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Japanese People and Hot Springs

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(Onsen in Japan / Image)

As you might know, a hot spring is a spring that is produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater from the Earth's crust.
There are hot springs all over the earth, on every continent and even under the oceans and seas.
Especially, we, Japanese People, love "Hot Springs (温泉)" which is located everywhere in Japan.

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Japanese island as unlikely arts installation

Japanese island as unlikely arts installation
New York Times - Aug 28, 2011

(The Benesse House Museum on Naoshima island, where museums, installations and cutting-edge architecture blend with nature in novel ways. A “pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama looks over the Seto Inland Sea.)

ON a chilly night last November on the tiny island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea of southern Japan, I found myself alone in a dark concrete gallery, a sweater pulled over my pajamas. I was staying at the Benesse House Museum, a 10-room hotel set inside a contemporary art museum, on the island's craggy southern coast, and still battling jet lag. So instead of tossing in bed, I visited the deserted galleries of the museum - guests of the hotel are permitted to wander beyond closing time. Before long, I was transfixed by Bruce Nauman's art installation, "100 Live and Die," a neon billboard of flashing phrases. (New York Times)

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 13


(A pond in the inner garden.)

This time refer to "Kyoto Imperial Palace".
I have been living near Imperial Palace from 1970 to 1974 when I have been a student of Kyoto University.
The Imperial Palace has been officially located in this area since the final abandonment of the Daidairi in late 12th century.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 12

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(The Shishinden of the present-day Kyoto Imperial Palace, built according to Heian period models)

This time taking up herewith "The Heian Imperial Palace in Kyoto".

The Heian Imperial Palace in Kyoto

The Palace, like many of the oldest and most important buildings in Japan, was destroyed by fire and rebuilt many times over the course of its history.
Since it was first built in 794, it has been destroyed and rebuilt eight times, six of them during the 250-year-long peace of the Edo Period.

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Foreign luminaries invite tourists back to Japan

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(American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger)

International celebrities and cultural figures who love Japan have pooled their efforts to create an English-language guidebook to attract foreign tourists after visitor numbers plunged in the wake of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, French singer-actress Jane Birkin, American musician Jake Shimabukuro, Dutch author Karel von Wolferen, Indian conductor Zubin Mehta and Spanish chef Ferran Adria are among the 41 global Japanophiles who recommended places foreign tourists should visit.
Artists, academics, journalists, TV personalities and an architect round out the list, with 13 countries represented.

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Swiss man takes the 2500km road less traveled

As the sweltering August heat continues, most people in Japan are trying to stay indoors and as inactive as possible.
Not Thomas Kohler, however. The Swiss travel agent is lugging a 14-kilogram rucksack for 20 kilometers a day in an attempt to walk the 2,500 kilometers from the northern tip of the Japanese archipelago to its southernmost point.
"After the quake happened, I was trying to think of ways I could help Japan. We've had enough bad news about Fukushima. I realized it was important to let people know that they could still travel safely in the country," he explains.

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Public Outdoor Bath ‘Sunafukiyu:Sunaba’


The public outdoor bath is one of the most famed places in Yubara Onsen. It is named ‘Sunafuki-yu’ because hot spring water gushes out with sand from the riverbed. Travel writer Fuyuto Noguchi ranked it as the grand champion among outdoor baths in western Japan. ‘Sunayu’ is under the control of local citizens and provided with free of charge. It is only a remaining hot spring facility in Yubara Onsen since the ancient times. Men and women are still bathing together at ‘Sunayu’, however strict rule of bathing manner is required since then.

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Enjoy the cool breeze in the forest of Meiji Jingu Shrine


(Free walking tour guide at Meiji Shrine)

After the great disaster caused by East Japan Earthquake on March 11, foreign visitors to Japan have been decreased. Under the authorization of Meiji Shrine, I am personally participated in voluntary activity of guiding those foreign visitors in English around the shrine. Our activity is held once or twice a month regularly at the shrine. As usual we worked as free tour guide on August 7 to introduce Japanese couture while guiding around the precinct of the shrine.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 11


(Hondo with cherry blossom.)

Refer to "The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 11".
This time taking up herewith Hashi-dera Temple (Hojo-in) and Ujigami-jinja Shrine.
As you might know "Uji is a treasure house in connection with 'The Tale of Genji'".

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 10


(Eshinin hondo.)

This time refer to Eshin-in Temple and Kosho-ji Temple as "The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 10"

Eshin-in Temple

Founded in the Heian period by the priest Genshin (Eshin), Eshin-in is situated on the east bank of the Uji River, opposite Byodo-in.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 9

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(Mimurotoji temple's belfry and pagoda.)

This time refer to Mimuroto-ji Temple.
Mimurotoji (Mimurodo-ji) is the 10th temple of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage. A picturesque mountain temple, its courtyard is filled with beds of lotus plants and a memorial beside the belfry is associated with Ukifune in The Tale of Genji.

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How to take a bath? / To enjoy "Onsen (温泉)"



Introduce "How to take a bath?" to enjoy "Onsen (温泉) Culture in Japan".
Below is the description of the most common way of taking a bath in a hot spring (or public bath). The actual rules may be different depending on the place, but if you follow the instructions below, you should be okay most of the time.

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Japanese Hot Springs (温泉) Vol. 1

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Indoor onsen in Ōfuka (大深温泉).

Japanese people also love Natural hot springs (onsen / 温泉).
An onsen is a term for hot springs in the Japanese language, though the term is often used to describe the bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 8

Byodo-in temple Phoenix Hall
(The Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in.)

This time refer to Byodo-in Temple located in Uji.
Byodo-in, the only surviving example of Heian temple architecture, was originally Fujiwara Michinaga's villa. It was converted into an Amidist temple by his son in 1052, the year that Buddhists believed the Latter Day of the Law (mappo) was to begin.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 7

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(Tale of Genji Statue and Uji Bridge.)

Refer to Uji in relation to "The Tale of Genji".
In the 4th century the son of Emperor Ōjin established a palace in Uji.
Three Battles of Uji-gawa took place here in 1180, 1184, and 1221.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 6

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("Naikū, Ise Shrine")

This time taking up herewith Amida-ji Temple and Ise.
As you might know, Ise Grand Shrine (伊勢神宮 Ise Jingū) is a Shinto shrine dedicated to goddess Amaterasu-ōmikami, located in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan. Officially known simply as Jingū (神宮, lit. "The Shrine"), Ise Jingū is in fact a shrine complex composed of a large number of Shinto shrines centered on two main shrines, Naikū (内宮) and Gekū (外宮).

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Sendai Sparrow Dance (Sendai Suzume Odori)

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Sendai Suzume Odori is a folk dance that Sendai Sparrow Dance Company reconstructed from a traditional entertainment of sparrow Dance that had been lost for a long time.

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Hillsides of Kyoto to flame up with words

'Cafe in Mito 2011 - Relationships In Color'
Japan Times - Aug 12, 2011
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("Unfinished and unexhibited works from my studio in July, 2011" (2006-2011) by Yoshitomo Nara.)

Mito's Contemporary Art Center was forced to close its doors after suffering some damage due to the March 11 earthquake, but it has reopened for its annual "Cafe in Mito" - now in its ninth year. The event's name stands for "Communicable Action for Everyday," and its aim is to present art for the masses in an informal environment. This year's exhibition seeks to reemphasize that original aim through a grand collaboration with a throng of creators the art center has worked with over the past 20 years. Top artists whose works are returning include ones from the visually impressive duo Christo and Jean-Claude, from Mika Ninagawa, famed for her brightly colored editorial photographs of flowers and landscapes, and examples of the intricate work of internationally renowned artist Yamaguchi Akira. (Japan Times)

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 5

Jakko-in temple garden
(Jakkoin Temple's small garden remains as described in The Tale of the Heike.)

This time taking up herewith Jakko-in Temple (寂光院).
Jakko-in, a nunnery of Tendai sect, is said to have been established in the year 594 by Shotoku-Taishi, or Crown Prince Shotoku, to pray for the soul of his late father, Emperor Yomei.

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Rising popularity of 'kyogi karuta' in the cards

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(Kyogi Karuta / Image)

Dripping in sweat, the combatants nurse their sprained and jammed fingers, some showing gouges on their hands carved by the fingernails of their adversaries.
The "kyogi karuta" culture club, has in a sense, become more like "fight club."
Kyogi karuta, or competitive karuta, is a game in which participants grab cards as fast as possible upon hearing the beginning part of any poem from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, an anthology of 100 pieces of ancient and medieval 31-syllable poetry written by 100 different authors.

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