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Japan says 'sayonara' to Tokyo's kabuki theatre

Ureshino spa goes barrier-free
Apr 24, 2010 by Japan Times

The Ureshino hot spring in Ureshino, Saga Prefecture, widely known as a spa that helps to smoothen skin, is trying to create a barrier-free environment for babies, the elderly and handicapped people to improve safety and comfort. The trend is spreading to hot springs and tourist spots throughout the country as a way to attract more customers in these hard times. (Japan Times)

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Kyo Odori (Kyoto Dance) / Traditional events (Kyoto city)

This dance is performed by the maiko and geigi of Miyagawa-cho Kabu-kai.
The first performance was put on at the Miyagawa-cho Kaburen-jo Theater in 1950.
Depicting famous places and things in Kyoto, the dance enjoys great popularity.

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New Act Featuring Only Maiko / Kyoto News

Apr 4, 2010 by Kyoto Shinbun
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April 4 was blessed with good weather, and cherry blossom-viewing points across Kyoto Prefecture were crowded with holidaymakers enjoying the last Sunday of the spring holidays. At Maruyama Park in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, visitors with smiles and pink cheeks admired the fully-bloomed cherry blossoms.

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Untying the kimono myth: A little creativity makes traditional wear an attractive daily alternative

Once in a lifetime: Japan welcomes some of Boston's greatest art treasures 
Apr. 23, 2010 by Yomiuri

The word "masterpieces" is often used in the titles of exhibitions visiting Japan from European or North American museums, but more often than not, that superlative applies to a disappointingly small percentage of the works on show. With the exhibition European Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo, however, you needn't fear disappointment. ...

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Now anybody can do ink drawings

Now anybody can do ink drawings
Apr 24, 2010 by Asahi
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(A "sansuiga" on the iPhone display)

KYOTO--A new iPhone application allows users to create sansuiga, or traditional Oriental ink paintings that depict landscapes.

The Sansui Ink Painting software, developed by Necrosoft Games LLC of the United States, is based on ideas from Naoko Tosa, a professor at Kyoto University's Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies. It sells for 350 yen ($3.76).

Users can create their own sansuiga by selecting from about 80 icon items in 10 categories, such as rocks, trees, birds and bridges. ...

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Kyoto Cherry Blossom 2010/04/10 / Cool Japan

Regarding Kyoto, Cherry blossom season is tourist season.
Illumination events and other special events are held by the Kamogawa River, along the banks of Lake Biwa, and at parks, temples, and shrines throughout Kyoto.
The evening streets are packed with visitors. Illuminated cherry blossoms are a truly magical sight, revealing a face of Kyoto hidden from view during the day.
During cherry blossom season, temples and shrines host special viewings of temple treasures not normally open to the public. Why not take advantage of some of these rare opportunities?

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Fujigoko Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Fujigoko refers to the five lakes around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji: Yamanaka-ko, Kawaguchi-ko, Sai-ko, Shoji-ko, and Motosu-ko.
In ancient times, lava flow from volcanic eruption of Mt. Fuji spread across the area, damming up rivers and resulting in the formation of these lakes.
Introduce herewith Fujigoko Cherry Blossoms 2010. Please enjoy!!!

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Kanazawa Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Kanazawa is one of the overlooked jewels of Japanese tourism - although not by the Japanese, who visit in droves. Its relatively remote location, off the beaten (shinkansen) track, has perhaps unfairly contributed to its low standing among Western tourists.
However for those travellers who want to see perhaps the best-preserved major Edo-period city in the country (along with Takayama), it is hard to beat.
Kyoto's offerings of temples and shrines are all very well, but Japanese history and culture is not just about them. The samurai, the merchants, the geisha, and the lords have all left their mark on Kanazawa in a compact, easily navigable central area.
Introduce herewith Kanazawa Cherry Blossom 2010 around Apr 9, 2010. 

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Kamakura Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Introduce "Kamakura Cherry Blossom 2010".
Kamakura
(鎌倉市 Kamakura-shi) is a city located in Kanagawa, Japan, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south-south-west of Tokyo. It used to be also called Renpu (鎌府) (short for Kamakura Bakufu (鎌倉幕府 or Kamakura Shogunate)). Although Kamakura proper is today rather small, it is sometimes considered a former de facto capital of Japan as the seat of the Shogunate and of the Regency during the Kamakura Period.

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Sakamoto Ryōma / Person / Cool Japan

Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本 龍馬, Sakamoto Ryōma, January 3, 1836 – December 10, 1867) was a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate during the Bakumatsu period in Japan.
Ryōma used the alias Saidani Umetarō (才谷梅太郎, Saidani Umetarō) as a cover name during his work to keep Japan united in the creation of a modern government which would allow his country to join the rest of the world which was in a colonizing mode, while keeping its own sovereignty intact.

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Yoshino Cherry Blossom 2010 / Cool Japan

Introduce Yoshino Cherry Blossoms Apr 6, 2010.
Mount Yoshino was the subject of a waka poem in the 10th century poetry compilation Kokin Wakashū. It is also the subject of several poems in the Hyakunin Isshu.
Several important religious and pilgrimage destinations are located around Mount Yoshino, including Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, Kimpu Shrine, and Kimpusen-ji. It is well known for its cherry blossoms, and attracts many visitors every autumn.

Mt. Yoshino is famous for its many thousands of Sakura trees. These flowering specimen trees were planted in four groves at different altitudes, in part so that the famed trees would come into bloom at different times of the spring. A 1714 account explained that, on their climb to the top, travelers would be able to enjoy the lower 1,000 cherry trees at the base, the middle 1,000 on the way, the upper 1,000 toward the top, and the 1,000 in the precincts of the inner shrine at the top.

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Inuyama Cherry Blossom 2010 / Cool Japan

Introduce Inuyama Cherry Blossom Apr 6, 2010.
Inuyama is an ancient castle town located in the northwest of Aichi Prefecture.
It is part of the Hida-Kiso Quasi-National Park. The town is noted for historical sites and its natural beauty. Inuyama Castle, the center of the town, was built by a warrior general, Nobuyasu Oda, in 1537.
The history of the town, however, goes back to the ancient `Kofun` period, when people built many gigantic mound-like tombs.
Inuyama has grown as a tourist town because of its historical sites, old temples and shrines, and other tourist attractions. In 1987, it was designated an International Tourism Area.

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Hikone Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Introduce Hikone Cherry Blossoms on and around Apr 5, 2010 .
Hikone's most famous historical site is Hikone Castle.
Its construction was begun in 1603, by Ii Naokatsu, son of the former lord, Ii Naomasa, but was not completed until 1622. Naokatsu's lands had been taken from him in the interval by the Tokugawa shogunate, and when his brother Naotake assumed control of Ōmi Province, he was able to complete the castle by collecting stones from the former Sawayama Castle.
When the Meiji period began in 1868, many castles were scheduled to be dismantled and only a request from the emperor himself, touring the area, kept Hikone Castle intact. Today it remains one of the oldest original-construction castles in Japan.

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Understanding Heijo-kyo

Let's get to Know the Ancient Capital of Japan, Heijo-kyo!
The emperor lived and worked with many officials and functionaries in Heijo Palace, which was situated at the northern end of central Heijo-kyo Capital.

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Heijo 1300th Anniversary

In the mid-6th century, Japan's nation building began in the Asuka area, in present-day Nara Prefecture.
The capital was moved from Asuka to Fujiwara-kyo, then to Heijo-kyo in 710.
Nara Heijo-kyo Capital flourished as Japan's first international capital.
Japanese ancient culture blended with various foreign cultures introduced through the Silk Road, laying the foundation of a nation, and for the development of Japan's unique culture and spirit.

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Renewed Old "Banpeiyu" Onsen / Japanese Hot Springs

The origin of "Banpeiyu" dates back to about 600 years ago in the Period of North and South Dynasties in history. The old document said that a deity in Rokuro’s dream suggested where should be dug for finding Onsen. Rokuro was a son of the defeated soldier, Ukon Hamada who was fleeing the enemy.
The son was trying to find Onsen to cure his father’s sword wound caused by the civil war. He followed what the deity said and could find a hot spring there. It is said to be the origin of Hinagu Onsen in 1409. Although, nobody knows real story, at least “Hinagu” Onsen has existed since 600 years ago.

Please enjoy the YouTube Video below regarding Japan Travel to Rural Japan by bicycle.

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Sweet fruit fresh from the vine  

Sweet fruit fresh from the vine  
ロゴ Mar 27, 2010 by Daily Yomiuri

OTA, Gunma--Farmers in Ota and Tatebayashi, both in southeastern Gunma Prefecture, have for years been cultivating a variety of high-fructose tomatoes whose sweetness is comparable to that of strawberries.




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Asian consumers size up Japan 'cute'

Smart smokers carry their ashtrays with them
Apr 6, 2010 by Asahi

 

 

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A smoker tips ash into a portable ashtray. (ETIENNE BARRAL))

A French friend who is a longtime resident of Japan is, like me, a smoker. Out of consideration for her children, she doesn't smoke inside the house. When she has time, she goes outside to puff to her heart's content. When she does, she always carries a portable ashtray.
"It started when I received one on the street as a giveaway. Now, it has become indispensable. In France, I used to toss cigarette butts on the street and stamp on them. Now, looking back, I feel ashamed," she said. ...

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Nara Cherry Blossom 2010 / Cool Japan

Taking up herewith Nara Cherry Blossom of Apr 3.
It has been two weeks since the cherry blossoms in
Nara opened and a week since our last visit to the city. Today's report includes follow up visits to Heijo Palace, Nara Park and Wakakusayama.

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Kyoto Cherry Blossom 2010 / Cool Japan

Taking up herewith Kyoto Cherry Blossoms of Apr 2, 2010.
Today's report included followup trips to the Philosopher's Path, Maruyama Park and Kiyomizudera Temple, as well as our first visits of the year to Nanzenji Temple and the Keage Incline.

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