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Escape the heat island to the great outdoors

Getting high in the highlands
Japan Times - Aug 8, 2010

High in the Northern Alps of Japan there are snowfields in August. Up above the tree line, wherever the bare geology dips into cirques, thick blankets of dirty white stretch out between the peaks and jagged ridges like caught clouds. In summer, these mountains are a patchwork of green, white, and exposed tawny rock. In winter, they are meters deep in snow, smoothly fondant-frosted. But in between, in October, crimsoned foliage brocades the slopes and the snowfields have receded to leave only the unmelted slivers of winters past - some centuries old, perhaps - in the shadowed clefts and recesses where erosion and glaciation have incised and ground away the rock. (Japan Times)


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Victory over Japan Day / Aug 15, 1945

65th memorial day of V-J day is coming again.
Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day, also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event.


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Natural Hot Spring Gushes out from the Rocks

Hakone “Ubako-no-yu” is a famous Onsen, dating back to the mid 1800s. An old book titled “The efficacious of Onsen around the country”, published in the Tempo 10 (1840) in the Edo Era, ranked “Ubakono-yu” is one of the highest Onsens in Japan.


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The 2010 Setouchi International Art Festival is held from July 19 to October 31, 2010

The first ever Setouchi International Art Festival is currently being held on seven islands in the Seto Inland Sea (Setonaikai), the sea which separates Honshu and Shikoku, two of Japan's main islands.
It is a festival of contemporary art, intended to take place once every three years from now.


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Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火) / Kyoto & Kansai

Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火), more commonly known as Daimonji (大文字), is one of the iconic festivals of Kyoto, Japan. It is the culmination of the O-Bon festival on August 16th, in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city.
It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during O-Bon, are believed to be returning to the spirit world—thus the name Okuribi (送り火) (roughly, "send-off fire").


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Bon Festival

Obon (お盆) or just Bon (盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors.
This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.


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Nagasaki 65th Aniversary

Nagasaki 65th Aniversary, Aug 9 is also coming soon as Hiroshima.

Nagasaki mayor to express doubts about Japan pacts with US, India
Mainichi Daily News - Jul 30, 2010

NAGASAKI (Kyodo) -- Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Friday he will cast doubts over a possible nuclear cooperation agreement with India and also the government's handling of a secret nuclear pact with the United States in the Peace Declaration to be issued on the Aug. 9 anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city.

Releasing its gist at a press conference, Taue said he will call on the government to take the lead in achieving global peace while asking people around the world to work together for that purpose. ...


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Hiroshima 65th Aniversary

Hiroshima 65th Aniversary, Aug 6 is coming soon.
According to the News,60;however, this year John Roos, the US ambassador to Japan, is likely to attend this year's ceremony, while Britain is also considering sending a representative, according to the Japanese media.

Japan: For the first time a US official to attend Hiroshima commemoration60;
Spero News60;- ‎Jul 30, 2010‎

In 1998 the government of Hiroshima formally invited all nations that possess nuclear weapons to send a representative to the Aug. 6 ceremony. ...


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