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The History of Hiraizumi

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Michinoku—Toward Independence

Take out a map of Japan. In southern Fukushima, right near the border with Tochigi, is a city called Shirakawa. Since olden times, the area north of the barrier that once stood here has been known as Mutsu. It is also called, Michinoku, “beyond the road,” because it was located past the end of the Eastern Mountain Route (Tōsandō). For reference, it’s about 550km from Shirakawa to Aomori according to the JR timetable. Considering that the distance from Aomori to Tokyo to Kagoshima is 2240km, this is about one fourth of the entire length of Japan (before the addition of Hokkaido and Okinawa).

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Furano (富良野) Flower Fields / Hokkaido

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(Lavender fields at Farm Tomita)

Furano is the centre of Hokkaido and it is this location that ensures amazingly light snow, great weather conditions, beautiful scenery and perfect farming conditions as well as some wonderfully unique festivals.
Downtown you can see a large rock indicating the geographical centre of Hokkaido.

The weather patterns ensure long warm days in summer and cool days throughout spring and autumn, not to mention 8 to 9 metres of light snow fall each ski season. Long blue-sky days allow great views from the ski hill of the smoke that spirals up from the volcano across town the valley. Anyone from families to beginner and high intermediate skiers easily fall in love with the ski area, its long groomed runs and the fantastic views.

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Hiraizumi (Japan) enters World Heritage List

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Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (Japan) comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto.

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Ogasawara Islands named World Natural Heritage site

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PARIS--The Ogasawara Islands, a group of islands dubbed the "Galapagos of the Orient" for their unique wildlife, have been added to UNESCO's list of World Natural Heritage sites, becoming the nation's fourth site to receive the designation.
The Ogasawara chain of about 30 islands is home to 57 species listed as rare by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a UNESCO advisory body. These include an endangered bat species known as the Bonin flying fox and the black-footed albatross.

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Hiraizumi, Iwate

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Hiraizumi (平泉町 Hiraizumi-cho) is a town located in Nishiiwai District, Iwate, Japan. And it will become one of the world heritages in June this year.
It was the home of the Hiraizumi Fujiwaras for about 100 years in the late Heian era and most of the following Kamakura period. At the same time it served as the de facto capital of Oshu, an area containing nearly a third of the Japanese land area. At its height the population of Hiraizumi reached 50,000 or more than 100,000, rivaling Kyoto in size and splendor.

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Cannes hopefuls return empty-handed, but not disheartened

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(Takashi Miike with actor Eita on the red carpet at Cannes in May)

While failing to snare any awards at the Cannes Film Festival, two world-acclaimed Japanese directors said they are undaunted by their failure to impress judges this time around and won't change their directing styles just to suit foreign audiences.
Takashi Miike, whose samurai epic film "Ichimei" (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) was entered in the Competition lineup, and Naomi Kawase, whose drama "Hanezu no Tsuki" (Hanezu) was entered in Competition, Director and Screenplay among other categories, spoke with The Asahi Shimbun soon after the festival last month.

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Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) / Akan National Park / Hokkaido

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Lake Kussharo is a beautiful caldera lake in Akan National Park. With a circumference of 57 kilometers it is the park's largest lake.
Various outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, kayaking and cycling, can be enjoyed around the lake.

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Sharaku / Ukiyoe

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(Otani Oniji II, dated 1794. The Kabuki actor Otani Oniji II in the role of Yakko (manservant))

Tōshūsai Sharaku (東洲斎 写楽, active 1794 - 1795) is widely considered to be one of the great masters of the woodblock printing in Japan. Little is known of him, besides his ukiyo-e prints; neither his true name nor the dates of his birth or death are known with any certainty. His active career as a woodblock artist seems to have spanned just ten months in the mid-Edo period of Japanese history, from the middle of 1794 to early 1795.

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Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) / Japanese Art

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(Katsushika Hokusai’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji – Kanagawa-oki nami-ura
(The Great Wave off Kanagawa)”)

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) prints and paintings are among the most widely known and admired arts of the Edo period. With the rise of the merchant class during the 17th century, there followed a demand for images of contemporary urban life in a new style reflecting the lives of the commoners.

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The History of Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) / Japanese Art


(The Origin of Ukiyo-e)

Ukiyo-e can be categorized into two periods: the Edo period, which comprises ukiyo-e from its origins in the 1620s until about 1867, when the Meiji period began, lasting until 1912.
The Edo period was largely a period of calm that provided an ideal environment for the development of the art in a commercial form; while the Meiji period is characterized by new influences as Japan opened up to the West.

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Tokyo Sky Tree admission set at sky-high 3,000 yen

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Tokyo Sky Tree, under construction in Tokyo's Sumida Ward, will open May 22, 2012, Tobu Railway Co. announced June 7.
When completed, the terrestrial digital broadcasting tower will soar 634 meters above the city, making it Japan's tallest structure and the world's tallest free-standing telecommunications tower.
Admission to the second, or top, observation deck, about 450 meters above ground, will cost an expensive 3,000 yen ($37.40), the operator of Tokyo Sky Tree said. Tickets will be available starting in March 2012.

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Frank Lloyd Wright and Ukiyo-e

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works. Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater and Graycliff), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House, the Westcott House, and the Darwin D. Martin House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House).

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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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Biei (美瑛) / Hokkaido

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Biei (美瑛町, Biei-cho) is a town located in Kamikawa (Ishikari) District, Kamikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.
Biei is famous for its views of wide fields and hills, and is used as a backdrop for many Japanese commercials and TV programmes. The bright colours of its fields attract thousands of visitors in July and August.
The town also houses the Shinzo Maeda Photo Art Gallery.

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Long-awaited book lovers arrived at the municipal library


(Ofunato municipal library is located in a unique building ‘Rias-hall’.)

The Ofunato municipal library has been closed since March 11 when the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami occurred. The library in the Rias-hall named after the saw tooth coastline in Ofunato reopened for citizens on June 4. A unique building ‘Rias-hall has been used as a temporary emergency shelter for tsunami victims. Just after reopened its door at 9:00 a.m. a large number of visitors arrived one after another, who were really looking forward to enjoy reading books.

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Furano Ski Area / Hokkaido

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Furano Ski Area is one of Hokkaido's famous snow resorts. Located in a town known for its flowers and television dramas, the resort offers an exciting attraction for the cold winter months.
It is a good place for a multiday family snow trip as there are lots of varied runs and other family oriented snow attractions.

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Family photo washed away by tsunami returned to owner

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The little girl in the photograph is safe, it turns out.
The photograph was spotted at the bottom of Yamada Bay in Iwate Prefecture nearly three months after the great tsunami of March 11 by this reporter and a photographer during a dive.
After The Asahi Shimbun ran a story about it in its June 7 morning edition, the mother of the girl in the photo called to say that it was of her daughter. The photo was handed back to the girl and her family June 10.

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‘Kokkara Yappeshi!’ / Let’s restart from scratch!

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A local amateur ‘Chindonya’ or a troupe of Japanese street musicians named ‘Cindon Teramachi Ichiza’ has restarted their full-scale performance in Ofunato city. Their main purpose of performance is aimed at encouragement of tsunami victims and praying for their earlier revival.

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Sightseeing Boat Cruises / Shiretoko, Hokkaido

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(Shiretoko)

By taking a boat cruise along the rugged western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, you can get a look at the more remote parts of the national park, which are otherwise only accessible on foot.

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Geisha, apprentices practice for pageant

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(Kyoto's geisha and apprentice geisha rehearse on June 7 for the Miyako no Nigiwai pageant.)

KYOTO--Geisha and "maiko" apprentice geisha got together June 7 to rehearse for an annual gala later this month.
The Miyako no Nigiwai pageant features performances by the entertainers from Kyoto's five "kagai" districts where the tradition of geisha and apprentice geisha lives on.

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