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Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 arrives to New York

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(Left: Cover of 1Q84 English version/ Right: Cover of 1Q84 Japanese version)

The taxi’s radio was turned to a Classical FM broadcast. Janacek’s Sinfonietta – probably not the ideal music to hear in a taxi caught in traffic….(Quote: “1Q84″ by Haruki Murakami)
An English translation of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel “1Q84″ hit New York bookstore shelves two years after the best-selling book was released in Japanese, with some shops holding events to celebrate the book’s arrival and opening their doors at midnight for enthusiastic fans.

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Toto-Awase (魚魚あわせ) / Fish Card Memory Game

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(Fish Card Memory Game / Image)

Toto-Awase is a memory game in which the players have to match two cards to create a complete fish illustration and the kanji character that represents the name of the fish. Each card also has a brief description of the fish depicted. These fish are all familiar species in Japan and their illustrations have been beautifully done with colorful paper patterns. The game was created by Toto Koubou in Tango Uocchikan Aquarium, located in Miyazu City, Kyoto.

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Sai, Matsuri (祭) / Festival



Presently, as in the usage ‘matsuri: sale,’ the character 祭 ‘matsuri: feast, festival, festivity’ has come to be used also apart from the original religious context. Compared with the ancient usage, its meaning became slightly shallow.

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Kasuga-chou Omanto (春日町 おまんと) / Omanto Festival at Kasuga-cho

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(Omanto Festival at Kasuga-cho)

Omanto at Kasuga Town is a festival held at the Kasuga and Yatsurugi Shrines in Kasuga-cho, Aichi Prefecture, on the first weekend each October.
Its origin is not known, but it is believed that the festival started in the beginning of 1800, when horses were dedicated to the Kasuga and Yatsurugi Shrines to pray for rain. The festival is said to be the biggest in the Nishi-mikawa region.

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Tenjin-matsuri (天神祭) / Tenjin Festival

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The Tenjin Festival is a spectacular boat festival held at the Osaka Tenman-guu Shrine in Kita-ku, Osaka, and it is one of the Three Greatest Festivals in Japan. Osaka Tenman-guu Shrine was built in 949 by the order of Emperor Murakami. The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, who was deified as the patron god of learning.

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Shichisei-ken (七星剣) / Seven Star Sword

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Shichseiken or Seven Star Sword is a Japanese sword that is 62.1cm in length and belongs to the Shitennou-ji Temple located in Shitennouji-ku, Oosaka City, Oosaka. It is designated as a National Treasure.
Shitennou-ji Temple was built by Shoutoku Taishi in 598 and it is sacred to Kukanzeonbosatsu.

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Aobana (青花) / Blue flower

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Aobana is a colorant that originated in Japan and that has been in use for years.
Aobana, literally meaning blue flower, is obtained from the petals of perennial plants such as tsuyukusa (blue dayflower) and hotarugusa (firefly grass). The blue liquid is then applied to a paper which acts as a carrier for the colorant.

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Despite otaku invasion, Akihabara retains 'Electric Town' status

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(Akihabara / Electric Town)

Maid cafes, anime and figurines have become some of the trademarks of Tokyo's Akihabara district in recent years, attracting young couples and families to the area's glittering neon-lined streets.
But as its nickname, "Electric Town," suggests, for as long as people can remember, the majority of visitors who frequent the area have been male electronics and gadget enthusiasts.
The whole area around JR Akihabara Station was turned into a burned-out wasteland during World War II. But street stalls dealing in electron tubes and other radio parts illegally brought in by U.S. military personnel sprung up in the area after the war, supposedly resulting in the early development of the Akihabara we know today.

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Igo (囲碁)

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(Igo, Board Game Image)

Igo is a match-up board game, in which two players alternately place black and white stones on the vacant intersections of line grid on the board called “Goban.” The objective is to control a larger territory than the opponent’s by placing one’s stones tactically.
Igo originated in ancient Chinese horoscope, which was carried out around 2000 years ago, and it was gradually changed into the present form.

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Oo-jishi-ko-jishi-no-mai (大獅子小獅子の舞) / The Dance of Big Shishi and Small Shishi

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The Oo-jishi Ko-jishi Dance (Dance of big shishi lion and small shishi lion) takes place once a year at the spring festival of Handa City. Its performance is dedicated to the Narawa Shrine.
There are a number of shishi dances dedicated to religious rituals, yet this Oo-jishi Ko-jishi Dance has an especially long history. It is recorded that the dance had already been performed by the middle of the Edo period and it was formally influenced by styles that existed even earlier.

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Honami-kouetsu (本阿弥光悦) / Cool Person

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(One of the works of Honami Koetsu)

Honami Koetsu was a calligrapher and artist in the early Edo period. He was also well known as the leading tea master of the time.
Honami Koetsu was born into a family of swordsmiths who created and sharpened swords in Kyoto. He showed talent in a wide range of fields including calligraphy, pottery, lacquer, publishing, architecture and landscape design.

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Katsunuma wine tour

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You might think, "Wine in Japan?" But the history of winemaking in Japan started in the 19th century, and now wine is produced in various regions in Japan. High-quality wines are produced in Japan and some labels have won the gold medal at an international wine competition in France. Let us introduce you a wine tour in Katsunuma, the wine country. It can be enjoyed as a day trip from Tokyo.

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Sokutai (束帯)

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(Sokutai (束帯))

Sokutai is the full official dress worn by emperors, aristocrats and courtiers since the Heian Period (794). It is also called Hino-shouzoku.
The word Sokutai, was originally found in the Analects of Confucius, where it meant layered clothes tied with an obi belt and it indicated a full set of dress.
Sokutai consist of a crown, hitoe clothes worn over underwear followed by akome and shitagasane clothes with a long sash called kyo hanging in the back. Crimson under pants and baggy outer trousers are then added and finally, an outer robe called hou, which is tied with a leather belt containing stone decorations called sekitai.

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Bunraku puppet theater pulls all the right strings

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(A scene from the bunraku classic)

A first-timer might feel hesitant about watching a Japanese bunraku, also known as a "ningyo joruri" (puppet theater) performance. In fact, the themes of the drama are quite common.
Many of the puppet theaters around the world are intended for children and deal with fantasy stories.
But bunraku, a traditional performing art presented with the combination of chanting and samisen music, can be harsh and even cruel.

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Local gourmet noodles the star of Fukuoka stalls

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(The streets of Fukuoka light up with colorful food stalls)

FUKUOKA -- Come nightfall, the streets of Fukuoka light up with colorful food stalls, frustrating foodies who want to try all the various takes on the local favorite.
Fukuoka's fleet of yatai are considered to be the largest single collection of street stalls dishing out local cuisine in the nation.
It was just a few years ago that "yaki-ramen (pan-fried ramen noodles)," a local favorite spawned in this neighborhood, made the jump from a hometown specialty to a nationwide favorite. In these times when more and more people are exploring the world of "B-class local gourmet dishes" -- cheap, simple and yummy local Japanese temptations, yaki-ramen has risen to star status.

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Futakoshi-chirimen (二越縮緬 / Futakoshi Chirimen Crepe)

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(Futakoshi-chirimen (二越縮緬 / Futakoshi Chirimen Crepe))

Futakoshi chirimen, also called ancient chirimen, is one of traditional fabrics that have been handed down in Japan for years.
Chirimen is white crepe cloth produced in the Tango region of Kyoto and the Nagahama region of Shiga. Most kimonos are made with this white chirimen which is then dyed to create beautiful kimono colors.
Chirimen is made by first scouring silkworm thread and then twisting about 18 to 27 of these threads into one thread.

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Ohajiki-asobi (おはじき遊び) / Ohajiki (Flat Marbles) Game

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(Ohajiki)

Ohajiki is a traditional game enjoyed by Japanese children, especially girls. Its name comes from the flicking (“hajiku” in Japanese) of fingers that is done to ohajiki (flat glass marbles) with a diameter of about 12 mm.

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Yamaguchi Genbee (山口源兵衛) / Genbee Yamaguchi

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Genbee Yamaguchi is one of the most respected kimono makers. In 1981, he became the head of “Kondaya”, a long-established wholesale store of obi sashes that was founded in Kyoto in 1738. As the tenth head of Kondaya, he devoted himself to advancing obi making. His recent works, however, have been more involved in designing and making the whole kimono. He also takes an active role in revitalizing the dyeing and weaving technologies through such measures as the revival of Koishimaru - a specific type of silk worm cocoon found in Japan and the preservation of a unique village in the Philippines called “Dreamweaver”. In 2003, Yamaguchi received the Japan Culture Award. After successful collaborations with Kengo Sumi, an architect, and Hiroko Koshino, a designer, he released a new kimono line called Kabukimonotachi-no-keifu, in collaboration with UNITED ARROWS, a specialty retailer. It is an exciting and bold kimono collection for men.

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Kushifuru-Jinja (くしふる神社) / Kurufushi Shrine

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Kurufushi Shrine is located in Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to Amatsuhikohikohono-niniginomikoto.
In earlier days when there was no building erected on the site, the mountain itself was the subject of worship and it was counted as one of the Eighty Eight Takachiho Shrines.

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Kabasaki-houdai-ato (樺崎砲台跡) / The Remains of Kabasaki Battery Fortress

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The Kabasaki battery fortress was built in 1855, after clearing a mountain and reclaiming the land for construction. It was built to protect Uwajima Bay. The battery was believed to have been planned and designed by Oomura Masujirou, who is also known as Murata Kuraroku. He was originally a medical doctor and he later took an active role as a military leader in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate.

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