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Cool Japan Guide / Japan's Famous Hot Springs Kanto Region / Kanagawa & Shizuoka

Kanagawa / Hakone-onsen Hot Spring

Address: Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Directions: Take Hakone Tozan Railway from Hakone-Yumoto Station (Odakyu Line).

(Kanagawa / Hakone-onsen Hot Spring)

Hakone-onsen is a generic name for several hot springs located around Mt. Hakone-yama, situated in the center of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. This hot spring was very popular during the Edo Period (1603-1867) as an important site located on Tokaido Street. Each hot spring has a different atmosphere and spring quality, and many variations of Japanese hot springs can be enjoyed here. Also, there are a number of sightseeing points such as the range of mountains from Mt. Kami-yama (the highest elevation in Hakone) to Mt. Komagatake over the central cone, Lake Ashino-ko (a caldera formation) on the crater basin, sacred Mt. Fuji in the west, and the magnificent scenery of Suruga-wan and Sagami-wan bays in the southeast. It takes only 90 minutes from Shinjuku (Tokyo) to visit this hot spring, one of the most popular in Japan.
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/rest/onsen/onsen_p2.html

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Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Mt. Takao-san


(Mt. Takao-san)

Mt. Takao-san is 599 m high and located in western Tokyo. It is blessed with Nature's rich bounty and is designated as a national park.
About an hour from the center of Tokyo, it is a popular spot for mountain hiking.
The autumn leaves of November and the plum blossom season in February are particularly beautiful, attracting many people to the mountain.
There is a famous temple near the peak.

Traveling: Go to Takao-san-guchi Station on the Limited Express from Shinjuku Station on the Keio Line. It takes 45 minutes by Limited Express.
Fare: 370 yen

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Cool Japan Guide / The Gyokuon-hoso (玉音放送)

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Today is the 67th Aniversary Day regarding the Termination of the World War II in 1945.
We, Japanese, hope and expect "World Peace" and also all the war or war like operation including civil war in Syria or so to be terminated very very soonest.
To remember the tragedy of World War II in Japan, today taking up herewith "The Gyokuon-hoso (玉音放送)".

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Cool Japan Guide / Japan's Famous Hot Springs Hokkaido - Tohoku

Hokkaido - Jozankei-onsen Hot Spring

Address: Jozankei-onsen, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Directions: 1h10min ride by Jotetsu Bus (Jozankei Line) from JR Sapporo Station to Jozankei.

(Jozankei Onsen / 定山渓温泉)

Jozankei-onsen is a hot spring village found in a green valley, located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. ... There, you can enjoy forest bathing and a stroll on the promenade along the Toyohira-gawa River, which has hot water springing from its bottom, to the suspension bridge of Futami-koen Park and Kappa-fuchi Abyss known for the story of a legendary creature, kappa. Its Na-Cl Spring, which contains clear and colorless water of a mild salty taste, is one of the most popular qualities of any of the hot springs in Japan.
Full Story to be checked via Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/rest/onsen/onsen_p1.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Festivals in Japan in August (4)

Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima

Dates: August 12th-15th
Places: Throughout the entire city of Tokushima
City: Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture

This Tokushima festival features folkdances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon season, from July to August. It is well known throughout Japan for these words, which are voiced to set the rhythm, regardless of their meaning: 'It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches! If both are fools, you might as well have fun dancing!`. The dance dates back to 1587 when the feudal lord Hachisuka Iemasa (1558-1638), in celebration of newly-built Tokushima Castle, offered sake to the people of the castle town; the citizens became so drunk they started to dance in an unsteady gait. Awa is the former name of Tokushima. ...
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a46_fes_awa.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Sakai Gogatsu Koinobori (堺五月鯉幟)


(Sakai Gogatsu Koinobori (堺五月鯉幟))

Sakai Gogatsu Koinobori are koinobori or carp-shaped brocade streamers made in Sakai City, Osaka.
Their origin dates back to the beginning of the Meiji period when a merchant who had a toy and stationery business, on his way back from a visit to the Ise Shrine, saw paper carp made in Nagoya. This gave him the idea of having a Japanese kite maker make the paper carp, which he then sold.
By the middle of the Meiji period, the paper carp were replaced by ones made with brocade cloth and the techniques evolved to accommodate the change in material.

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Cool Japan Guide / Tokyo, Kyoto and Coco

Baby on board ... Barry Divola and Coco in toy heaven.
(Baby on board ... Barry Divola and Coco in toy heaven.)

Armed with lists and a stroller, Barry Divola and his wife head to Japan for 10 days, their nine-month-old in tow. Will they survive as a family unit?

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Cool Japanese Samurai / Saigo Takamori (西郷 隆盛) / Satsuma Rebellion (1877)

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(Saigo Takamori (seated, in Western uniform), surrounded by his officers, in samurai attire.
News article in Le Monde Illustré, 1877.)

Although Okubo Toshimichi and others were more active and influential in establishing the new Meiji government, Saigo retained a key role, and his cooperation was essential in the abolition of the han system and the establishment of a conscript army. In spite of his humble background, in 1871 he was left in charge of the caretaker government during the absence of the Iwakura Mission (1871–72).

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Cool Japan / Gyokusendo (玉川堂(ぎょくせんどう))

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(Left: Mr. TAMAGAWA Motoyuki (the 7th generation and the head of the GYOKUSENDO family)
Right: KRUG's TSUIKI Bottle Cooler Size: W142×D146×H248mm Bottom: W114×D114mm Weight: 790g)

Introduce one of arts and crafts of Japan by Gyokusendo (玉川堂(ぎょくせんどう)) in Nigata Prefecture, Japan. And quote herewith Gyokusendo's HP information as follows. And please visit and check Gyokusendo's HP, the address of which is as follows;http://web.gyokusendo.com/node/52?language=en

The color of GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI (Hand-Hammered metal craft) copper-wares will gradually become mellow with increasing depth and gloss by rubbing them with a dry cloth with using them in everyday life. GYOKUSENDO's craftmen not only manufacture a copperware but also make a piece of raw copper as if it were a breathing or living object. You may feel the excellence of GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI hand-hammered copper-wares. We hope our "TSUIKI" copper-wares to enrich you by their beautiful textures and quality and we hope our TSUIKI copper-wares will become a warm-hearted brige between generation to generation, from grand father and grand mother to, father and mother and to children.

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Cool Japan / Amazing japanese!! cool japan ...and otaku

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(Otaku Room)

Otaku (おたく / オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga or video games.
Otaku is derived from a Japanese term for another's house or family (お宅), which is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun. The modern slang form, which is distinguished from the older usage by being written only in hiragana (おたく) or katakana (オタク), or rarely in romaji, appeared in the 1980s.

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Cool Japan / Murakami Tsuishu (村上堆朱 / Carved and lacquered ware)

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(Murakami Tsuishu (村上堆朱) Crafts Gallery)

Murakami Tsuishu is a carved and lacquered ware.
In the making process, first a wooden core is carved and given fine carved decorations, and then natural lacquer is applied several times. This traditional handicraft with a history of 600 years is a handicraft of Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture.

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Cool Japan / The Shiba Inu (柴犬)

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(3 year old red Shiba Inu / Nicknames Shiba)

The Shiba Inu (柴犬) is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog from Japan.
A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It is similar in appearance to the Akita, though much smaller in stature. It is one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today.

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Omisoka (大晦日) in Japan

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(Omisoka (大晦日) / Image)

Today is Omisoka (大晦日), New Year's Eve herein Japan.
Omisoka (大晦日), New Year's Eve, is the second-most important day in Japanese tradition because it is the final day of the old year and the eve of New Year's Day, which is the most important day of the year.

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Unique proposal for reconstruction of Ofunato


Mr. Hidito Horiike, an architect and professor from the graduate school of Kumamoto University, and graduate students have produced a scale model of Ofunato bay based on their scheme of city planning for reconstruction. They threw it to the public at the Ofunato city hall on June 7.

A croton in Ofunato city is piled up on the level of 20 meters above the sea and may be useful for building earthquake-resistant town. They also proposed how to reconstruct facility of the port to minimize damages on fishing boats at the tsunami.

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Gion Matsuri 2011 / Schedule

Dates: Throughout July (annually); see below for the event schedule.
Place: Goin-cho, Kyoto City, Japan

Kyoto's Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) is one of Japan's most historic and largest festivals. It spans the entire month of July and has been held annually since 970. In 869 the festival began as a ritual to appease the gods who were believed to be causing plagues and pestilence, but by 970 it had been decreed an annual event and in 1533 when all religious events were ordered to be stopped, the festival became what it is today.

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Kiyomizu-dera / Kyoto & Kansai

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(Kiyomizu-dera in cherry blossom season)

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), known more fully as Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site.
It should not be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan.

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Eastern Coast / Shiretoko, Hokkaido

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(Rausu)

Rausu is the largest town on the eastern coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, offering some accommodation and limited dining and shopping opportunities. Information and some exhibits about the area is provided by the Visitor Center.

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Shirakawa-go and Gokayama / Chubu District

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(Shirakawa-go and Gokayama / Image)

The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures.
Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.

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Ohara (大原) / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Ohara is a rural town nestled in the mountains of northern Kyoto, about one hour from Kyoto Station, but still technically located within Kyoto's city limits. Ohara is best known for Sanzenin Temple and particularly popular in mid November during the autumn leaf season, which typically occurs about one week earlier than in central Kyoto.

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Death toll exceeds Great Hanshin Earthquake

The death toll one week after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck exceeded the figure for the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
Officials of the National Police Agency have confirmed 7,197 deaths as of 11 a.m. Saturday, surpassing the 6,434 deaths in the 1995 earthquake that devastated Kobe in western Japan.

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