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Omisoka (大晦日)

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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Akihabara Information Center Open~ maid-cafe, costume-play etc!!

Long awaited Akihabara Information Center has opened last week with the speech by the chief of the Japan Tourist Agency. The center will provide various information on unique Akihabara cultures including maid-cafe, costume-play cafe, animation etc for foreign visitors in English and Chinese. Walking tours by certified professional guides as well.

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New Outdoor Bath ‘Tennyo-no-yuami’ is for Ladies’ Exclusive Use

Outdoor Bath ‘Tennyo-no-yuami’ is newly opened in Japanese onsen inn ‘Furutakiya’ in Iwaki-yumoto Onsen, Fukushima. The new outdoor bath is now the hottest thing going among women onsen lovers. The new onsen facility located on the 40m high 9th floor includes three attractive onsen baths as such ‘Kakenagashi (掛け流し)’ or full use of running natural hot spring water, Jacuzzi, and silky bath or micro babble water bath. Unfortunately, it is not open for gentlemen, but for ladies’ exclusive use.

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Promoting Cool Japan

The government of Japan is yet set to step up efforts to promote its marketing strategy to boost exports of Japanese cultural goods and services to reach a target of more than 12 trillion yen over the next 10 years.

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Akihabara / Tokyo / Tokyo & Kanto Area

Akihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in central Tokyo, famous for its many electronics shops. In recent years,
it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming, manga and animation culture. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion, giving Akihabara a new face.

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Shibuya (渋谷) / Tokyo

Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards of Tokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station.
Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to either Tokyu or Seibu, two competing corporations.

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Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan - Comparison between a Japanese Christmas and Christmas in western country.
Christmas in Japan is different from western countries like the USA or Australia. The major religions in Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, so Christmas is more commercial event. The main celebration revolves around Christmas eve and not Christmas day.

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Kobe Luminarie / Kyoto & Kansai

Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ?) is a light festival held in Kobe, Japan, every December since 1995 and commemorating the Great Hanshin earthquake of that year. The lights were donated by the Italian Government and the installation itself is produced by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka.

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“The New Words-/The Buzzwords-Of-The-Year 2010 selected

The award presenting ceremony of “The New Words- / The Buzzwords-of -The-Year 2010 ” (/2010 ユーキャン新語・流行語大賞)was hosted by U-Can on Dec 1st.
The grand prix went to “Ge Ge Ge no…” (/ゲゲゲの~) and Nunoe Mura(/武良布枝),the author of the popular book “Ge Ge Ge no Nyobo”(/ゲゲゲの女房, The Wife Of Ge Ge Ge) received the award.

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Imperial Palace East Gardens / Tokyo

The Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public.
The East Gardens are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist.

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Kyoto geisha start New Year preparations

Japanese traditional geisha entertainers in Kyoto gave a seasonal greeting to their dance master Monday as part of the "kotohajime" event signaling the start of their preparations for the New Year season. (By AP - Dec 14, 2010)

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Still more pursue of ‘Commute with Nature’ as its concept

Renowned architect, Terrance Conran, created the new east wing, Niki Club East’ with 24 rooms as ‘NIKI・CLUB & SPA’ in 2003. Guest rooms are cottage type terrace houses surrounded by a beautiful inner court.

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Kokedera (Moss Temple) / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Saihoji, more commonly known as Kokedera, is one of Kyoto's Unesco World Heritage Sites. Entrance to this temple requires a reservation made well in advance by mail.
Kokedera means Moss Temple, referring to the temple garden's estimated 120 different varieties of moss. Visitors to the temple can walk through this spectacular garden, which has strongly influenced subsequent Japanese garden design.

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Kurama (鞍馬) / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Kurama is a rural town in the northern mountains of Kyoto City, less than one hour from the city center. Kurama is best known for its temple Kurama-dera and its hot spring, one of the most easily accessible hot springs from Kyoto.

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Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later.

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The Tale of Genji Music by Isao Tomita

Introduce "The Tales of Genji Music" Videos by Isao Tomita provided by YouTube.
According to "Isao Tomita's Biography", Isao Tomita was born in Tokyo in 1932, and at the age of three moved to China with his father, where he remained for five years before returning to Japan. As a student he took private lessons in composition, orchestration and theory while reading art history at Keio University in Tokyo.

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Hama Rikyu / Tokyo

Hama Rikyu, the garden of a feudal lord's residence during the Edo Period, is one of Tokyo's most attractive landscape gardens. It is located alongside Tokyo Bay, next to the futuristic Shiodome district.
Seawater ponds, which change water level with the tides, former duck hunting grounds, forested areas and a teahouse are some of the park's attractions. Furthermore, the contrast between the traditional gardens with Shiodome's skyscrapers in the background is spectacular.

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Gion (祇園) / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, and one of the city's most popular attractions. The district lies in the city center around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo River, and is filled with ochaya (teahouses where geisha entertain), theaters, shops and restaurants.

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Byodoin Temple / Kyoto / Kyoto & Kansai

Byodoin features the most beautiful of Japan's few remaining Pure Land Gardens, a garden type which was popular during the Heian Period.
The Phoenix Hall was built in 1053 by a member of the Fujiwara clan. It is one of Japan's most famous temple buildings and depicted on the 10 Yen coin.

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Still more pursue of ‘Commute with Nature’ as its concept

Taking up herewith "The Niki Club".
Nestled in the lush valley below the beautiful Nasu mountain range, just 75 minutes north of Tokyo, in Tochigi prefecture, is the small Japanese luxury hotel Niki Club. It is a haven for tranquility as well as offering both summer and winter recreational activities. Nasu’s beauty attracts visitors from around the world as the area remains almost completely in its natural state. The Niki Club is an exquisite and picturesque escape into natural beauty and personal discovery.

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