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Dear diary: Here's a reminder of what I must do today

Graphic by The Asahi Shimbun

Schools across Japan are getting down to business in a big way: Specifically, they are getting students to organize their lives on the basis of pocket business diaries much like those used by office workers everywhere.
The market in Japan for day-planners is estimated by industry watchers to be worth 30 billion yen ($384 million) annually.
At the prefectural-run Yamagata Chuo High School in Tsuruoka, a forward-thinking teacher came up with the idea of a B-6 size diary for students to manage their hectic schedules.

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Far from the crowds in Japan

Far from the crowds in Japan
Irish Times - Nov 26, 2011

(Riding high: a kite-surfer on the Japanese island of Miyako)

WITH international tourism numbers declining in light of its nuclear disaster, why not divert to Japan's southern islands for a slice of the country you will not find in any tourist brochure? Turquoise water and stunning coastal scenery will show you there is far more to Japan than the tourist-heavy mainland. When you think of Japan, people usually conjure up romantic images of picture-perfect gardens, geishas walking neatly through Kyoto or vast swathes of neon lights illuminating the Tokyo skyline. Well, there is a different Japan. A Japan where the intense heat is tempered by cool winds and sand so soft, and water so turquoise, that you question your preconceived images of the country. (Irish Times)

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Ramen (ラーメン)

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Ramen (ラーメン) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー), dried seaweed (海苔), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.

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Bhutan king encourages students 'to grow a dragon'

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema meet with pupils at Sakuragaoka Elementary School in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Hiroshi Kawai)
(Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema meet with pupils
at Sakuragaoka Elementary School in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.)

SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The king and queen of Bhutan met Nov. 18 with survivors of the tsunami that devastated this coastal city in northeastern Japan in March.
And I have to say thank you to Bhutan King as one of the Japanese.
The royal couple are visiting as state guests of Japan.
At Sakuragaoka Elementary School, they were welcomed by 157 fifth- and sixth-graders.

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Conductor leads student orchestra in quake-hit area

Conductor Yutaka Sado directs an orchestra on the Nehama Beach in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on Aug. 9. (Eijiro Morii)
(Conductor Yutaka Sado directs an orchestra on the Nehama Beach in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture.)

KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--When Maestro Yutaka Sado assembled a "Superkids Orchestra" to pay homage to victims of the March 11 disaster, he chose a spot much beloved by residents of this quake-ravaged area: a pine forest on Nehama Beach.
This well-known scenic spot was transformed by the March 11 disaster. The beach is strewn with debris from the tsunami, and many trees were uprooted.
"I want to perform music that mourns the loss of life and helps people in their prayers for the recovery of affected areas," Sado, 50, said before the Aug. 9 event.

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Young artists get creative while helping quake-hit areas

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(Contemporary artist Tsubasa Kato organized an art event on Nov. 3 in the Tairatoyoma district
of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, where people lifted up a large model of a lighthouse to set it upright.)

Eight months after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, young artists are reaching new creative heights while carrying out volunteer work in disaster-stricken areas.
Many artists are visiting devastated areas and organizing art events for survivors to share moments, experiences and raise hopes for reconstruction.
An art event was held Nov. 3 in the coastal area of the Taira-Toyoma district of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, which was dealt a devastating blow by the tsunami. The residents were invited to lift a large model of a lighthouse and set it upright.

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Kyushu kite makers prepare for year of the dragon

Japanese kites decorated with images of dragons at the Kite House Magoji in Kita-Kyushu's Tobata Ward on Nov. 9 (Shoma Fujiwaki)
(Japanese kites decorated with images of dragons at the Kite House Magoji in Kita-Kyushu's Tobata Ward)

A couple in Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, plan to make 600 kites decorated with images of dragons ahead of the start of 2012, the year of the dragon in the oriental zodiac.
Yoshihiro and Hideko Takeuchi's Kite House Magoji in Kita-Kyushu's Tobata Ward will supply the kites to folk-craft stores across Japan and tourist attractions around the city.

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Yansanma-matsuri (やんさんま祭り) / Yansanma Festival

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(Yansanma-matsuri (やんさんま祭り))

Yansanma Festival is a big Spring festival that takes place at the Shimomurakamo Shrine in Imizu City, Toyama Prefecture. The festival lasts over 4 hours, starting with Soume-no-gi (Horse Riding), and followed by other ceremonies including Shinkou-shiki, Gyujyou-shiki (cow riding), shishi lion dance and yabusame (horseback archery).

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Wadaiko-syuudan gokuu (和太鼓集団 GOCOO) / Japanese Taiko Drum Group “GOCOO”

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(Wadaiko-syuudan gokuu (和太鼓集団 GOCOO))

GOCOO (pronounced gokuu) is a Japanese Taiko Drum band that, while playing more than 40 Japanese drums, creates the sound and beat of mother earth. The band consist of 7 female and 4 male members who generate their original sound that cannot simply be categorized as traditional, folk or rock music. The sound is more primitive and trance-like and it is beyond nationality and music genre. The core of the band is its leader, Kaori Asano, who possesses the enchanting power of a modern shaman.
Please visit the Official Website of GOCOO: http://www.gocoo.de/gocoo_taiko_sound_e.htm

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Escape games offer a way out of ordinary life

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(Players search all corners of the Fujikyu Highland Evangelion museum for clues to help them escape.)

It's dark. The carousels and roller coasters have stopped running. And you have only 80 minutes to solve a set of riddles that will get you out of the park and on the last bus back to Tokyo. Should you fail, you and your comrades recruited into the special U.N.-controlled paramilitary agency "Nerv" will be duly exterminated.

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City-funded novices start courses in being a geisha

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(Instructor Tsuyako Kashiwaya, far right, demonstrates the "Shimoda-bushi" dance to her three trainees.)

SHIMODA, Shizuoka Prefecture--Three trainee geisha, including a young Chinese woman, have been recruited as part of local government-backed drive to preserve the geisha tradition in this historic port.
"Awagiku," "Iroha" and "Rinka" were the only applicants for the 5.23 million yen (about $70,000) geisha trainee program set up by Shimoda city authorities and advertised through the government’s "Hello Work" job placement centers.
They are all in their 20s and previously worked as office workers, but are now learning the intricacies of the geisha art. They will have their salaries paid by the city, through a central government job creation program, for six months until March.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 32


(Front view of the main shrine.)

Introduce Sumiyoshi Shrine located in Osaka.
Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine (住吉大社, Sumiyoshi-taisha) is a Shinto shrine in Sumiyoshi ward in the city of Osaka, Japan.
It is the main shrine of all the Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan.
However, the oldest shrine that enshrines the Sumiyoshi Sanjin, the three Sumiyoshi kami, is the Sumiyoshi shrine in Hakata.
It is called "Sumiyoshi-san" or "Sumiyossan" by the locals, and is famous for the large crowds that come to the shrine on New Year's Day for hatsumōde.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 31

Shitennoji temple
(Main Hall of Shitennoji Temple.)

Today introduce Shitenno-ji Temple located in Osaka.
Shitennō-ji (四天王寺) is a Buddhist temple in Osaka, Japan.
Prince Shōtoku is said to have constructed this temple in 593, around 1400 years ago.
It is the first Buddhist and oldest officially administered temple in Japan, although the temple buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries.
Most of the present structures are from when the temple was last completely rebuilt in 1963.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 30


(The main shrine and inner courtyard of the Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine.)

This time introduce Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine.
Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine is on Mount Otoko at Yawata-shi, about 20 minutes by train southwest of Kyoto.
The shrine is dedicated to three spirits: Emperor Ojin, the legendary Empress Jingu and the deity Hime no Okami.
It is said that the shrine was founded in 859 when the Buddhist monk Gyokyo asked that the god of Usa Hachimangu Shrine in Kyushu descend according to the god's oracle. The temple was greatly venerated by the court and imperial family as a shrine to guard the country.

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In Akihabara, female sushi chefs invade 'men's world'

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(Chef Yuki Chizui serves customers at the Nadeshiko Sushi restaurant in the Sotokanda area of Chiyoda Ward.)

In Tokyo's fabled Akihabara district, where fantasy seems to reign these days, women have made a foray into a turf long dominated by men: The sushi counter.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 29


(Torii and curved bridge in Shimogamo's extensive grounds.)

Kamo Shrine is a general term for an important Shinto sanctuary complex near the banks of the Kamo River in northeast Kyoto. It is centered on two shrines, an upper and lower. 
In Japanese this is called Kamo-jinja (賀茂神社), which translates into English as either "Kamo Shrine" (singular) or "Kamo Shrines" (plural).

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 28


(The famous irises at Ota-jinja pond about to bloom.)

The Ota shrine is a small shrine near the Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi top Kamo shrine.
The Ota shrine near the Kyoto top Kamo shrine is a shrine which makes the enshrined deity
Amenouzumenomikoto which is one of the middle shrines outside a boundary of Kamigamo 8 middle shrine now, and is God relevant to an upper Kamo shrine, and Sarutahikonomikoto.

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Akuriru-no-kawakuri-ningyou (アクリルのからくり人形) / Acrylic Karakuri Doll

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(Akuriru-no-kawakuri-ningyou (アクリルのからくり人形) / Acrylic Karakuri Doll)


The word Karakuri was used to describe traditional Japanese mechanical devices. In the Edo period especially, gears from clocks were first used to make moving dolls and the elaborate Karakuri doll tradition began.
It was Hanzou Hosokawa from the Tosa region who first revealed to the general public the way the Karakuri work, using easily understood illustrations. His book, Kkarakuri-zui, had a tremendous impact on many artisans who later developed their own techniques in the field. This book is considered to be the foundation of Japanese robotic technology.

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Choko (猪口) / (Sake Cup)

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(Choko (猪口) / (Sake Cup))


A Choko is a small ceramic cup used for drinking sake or as a dipping sauce container for soba noodles.
There are theories as to where the name “choko” came from. One of them says that the word was derived from “choku”, a small dish used in a ceremonial table setting during the Edo period. Another legend says that choko, which is written “boar’s mouth” in Chinese characters, was named after a boar’s snout, which is wide on top and narrow on the bottom.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 27


(Bridge in front of the inner shrine.)

Introduce The Kamigamo Shrine.
Kamo Shrine is a general term for an important Shinto sanctuary complex near the banks of the Kamo River in northeast Kyoto.
It is centered on two shrines, an upper and lower. In Japanese this is called Kamo-jinja (賀茂神社), which translates into English as either "Kamo Shrine" (singular) or "Kamo Shrines" (plural).
The two shrines lie in the corner of the old capital which, according to ancient belief, was the "devil's gate" (kimon).

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