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Lafcadio Hearn (小泉八雲) & Japan

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo (小泉八雲) after gaining Japanese citizenship, was an author, best known for his books about Japan. He is especially well-known for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.

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William S. Clark and Hokkaido

In 1876, Clark was invited by the government of Japan to establish the Sapporo Agricultural College, now Hokkaido University. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1867, the new Imperial government of Japan set out upon a path of rapid modernization and recruited many European and American academics and military experts to help expedite the process. These men were referred to by the Japanese government as Oyatoi gaikokujin or "hired foreigners."

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Hokkaidō / History

Hokkaidō (北海道, literally "North Sea Circuit"), formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island and the largest, northernmost of its 47 prefectural-level subdivisions.
The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaidō from Honshū, although the two islands are connected by the underwater Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaidō is its capital, Sapporo, which is also its only ordinance-designated city.

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5 Tokyo experiences you won't forget

5 Tokyo experiences you won't forget
CNN - Jul 15, 2010

Japan is thick with temples, shrines and cultural attractions with a unique and interesting ancient history. But beyond what you can learn about the past, modern Tokyo offers more than a few memorable experiences. You can't beat Japan for variety and quality of native cuisine. If you find yourself hungry, keep walking; you won't get very far without stumbling over something delicious or odd (and usually -- but not always -- both). From vending machines and food stalls to traditional and cutting-edge (and stratospherically expensive) restaurants, there is no shortage of options. (CNN)

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Kyoto Gion Festival / Kyoto & Kansai

It is said that the summer of Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, begins with the Gion Matsuri. It's an annual festival of Yasaka Shrine which begins July 1 and continues through July 31 every year. During this period, a series of Shinto rituals and various events take place at Yasaka Shrine and others locations in Kyoto-city. Yasaka Shrine was originally named Gion-sha and is the head shrine of the thousands of Gion-sha shrines in Japan. The Gion Matsuri is one of the three largest festivals in Kyoto, alongside the Aoi Matsuri and the Jidai Matsuri.

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"O-fune Hoko" Ready to Revive

Devoting to Starring Role of "Chigo"
Naginata Hoko Float's Ceremony
Kyoto Shinbun - Jun 19, 2010

"Yuino-no-gi" of the Gion Festival Naginata Hoko float, based at Shijo-dori Karasuma Higashi-iru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, which is a ceremony of adoption to welcome this year's "Chigo," or sacred child, into the town, was held at the house of 10-year-old Chigo Mineyuki Tokuriki in Higashiyama Ward on June 19.

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Shiretoko (知床) / Hokkaido

Shiretoko National Park, located on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, is one of Japan's most beautiful and unspoiled national parks.
No roads lead further than about three fourth up the peninsula, and the northern tip can only be viewed from boats or be reached on multi day trekking tours.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 45

Pick up herewith Hoto-ji (Gokuraku-ji) Temple.
In Murasaki Shikibu's day, Gokuraku-ji was a funerary temple for the senior Fujiwara nobility. In the Wistera Leaves chapter of The Tale of Genji, To no Chujo, Yugiri and Genji travel to Gokuraku-ji for the anniversary of Princess Omiya's death.

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