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Cool Japan / Joya-no-Kane (除夜の鐘)

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(Bell used for "Joya-no-Kane")

Joya-no-Kane, or midnight tooling of the temple bells. At the stroke of midnight on New year's Eve, the entire nation listens to the tolling of the Tsuri-Gane, the great bells or gongs at Japan's Buddhist temples.

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Omisoka (大晦日) in Japan

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Today is Omisoka (大晦日), New Year's Eve herein Japan.
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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Echizen Oni-gawara (越前鬼瓦 / Ridge-end tiles)

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(Echizen Oni-gawara (越前鬼瓦 / Ridge-end tiles) / Image)

Making of Oni-gawara (the ogre-face ridge-end tiles) in Fukui Pref. dates back to the Meiwa era (1764-1772) in the Edo period, when a workman named Jinzo, who had been to Kyoto from Mino province to learn roof-tile making, established his own kiln in Taki village in the northern part of Fukui Pref. and began to make “Taki-gawara.”

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Himeji Castle (姫路城)

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(Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jo))

Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jo) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō ("White Egret Castle") or Shirasagi-jo ("White Heron Castle") because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.

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Ki-to-urushi-no-utsuwa Ookura Toyohiko (木と漆の器 大蔵豊彦 / Wooden lacquered vessels: Toyohiko Okura)

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(Ki-to-urushi-no-utsuwa Ookura Toyohiko (木と漆の器 大蔵豊彦) / Image)

A wood craftsman, Toyohiko Okura’s workshop is in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. Here he shapes vessels out of wood blocks by using the Japanese traditional wood tuner, then applies lacquer on them to make various kinds of wooden vessels.

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Kamo-kiritansu (加茂桐箪笥 / Kamo Paulowina Chests)

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(Kamo City, Sho-Kyoto (little Kyoto) of Echigo)

Kamo City, Niigata Pref., called “Sho-Kyoto (little Kyoto) of Echigo”, is located in the central part of Niigata Pref. It shows sober atmosphere that reminds us of the historic city of Kyoto. Being on the Kamo River that flows into the Shinano River and the Agano River, the city has been a traffic hinge of this region and flourished as a lumber distribution center.

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X'mas Day here in Japan.

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(Christmas Ornament from Tohoku Grandma)

Today is X'mas day here in Japan.
We, Japanese, hope you all to enjoy "Merry X'mas" and also "A Happy New Year".
And we, Japanese, have to say thank you for all the people in the world regarding the extraordinary support at the time of Tohoku Earthquke, Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear power plant accident due to Earthquake & Tsunami.

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Mizuyano-takumi Kuon (水屋の匠 久遠 / Mizuya's professional Kuon)

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(Mizuyano Furniture)

'Mizuya's Professional Kuon' is a furniture workshop which specializes in Mizuya furniture. There are many explanations of the word 'Mizuya'; in old times, Mizuya was the room where a master of tea ceremony prepared before serving the guests. In the Edo period, Mizuya came to indicate the furniture near a kitchen.

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Yomitan zanpa-yaki (読谷 残波焼 / Zanpa Ware)

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(Yomitan Village)

Zanpa ware is a traditional handicraft of Yomitan Village on the west coast of the central district of Okinawa Island. The name Zanpa comes from that of a scenic cape in the village. Zanpa ware is an earth ware, which is considered the oldest kind of pottery.

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Nagoya Castle may double as wedding chapel

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(Nagoya Castle)

NAGOYA--Die-hard history buffs may scowl, and the samurai warlords may be rolling in their graves, but Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura seems to think opening Nagoya Castle to the public for use as a wedding hall may be a match made in heaven in a financial sense.
The proposal was made late last month by an assembly member as a means to rejuvenate the city.

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Architects focus on March 11 disaster for exhibition

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(A look at the Japanese pavilions and their themes at recent Venice Biennale architecture events.
Clockwise from top left: Metabolism 2010; Architecture extending beyond buildings 2008;
Otaku 2004; and, Undiscovered Japanese architecture and cities.)

From an architect's standpoint, the Japanese Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, to be held in Italy in 2012, will be the one that has a constructive proposal for the future of architecture.
It will feature works by Japanese architects whose theme will be the March 11 quake and tsunami.
"Architecture in the Wake of Disaster" will be curated by the Japanese Pavilion's commissioner, Toyoo Ito, 70.

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Mikuni-dansu (三国箪笥)

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Mikuni Dansu is a handicraft of Mikuni-machi, Fukui Pref.. It is a solid and dignified chest coated with red Shunkei lacquer and reinforced with brilliant black iron. The chest was first made in the late Edo period in the collaboration of woodcraftsmen, metal workmen, and lacquerers.

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Japan's tsunami debris attracts travelers in new yacht cruise

Cultures mingle amid Atami's hot springs
Japan Times - Dec 18, 2011
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(Sea the sights: A short walk from Atami Station, up a narrow road that takes you through a tunnel,
rewards those who forsake the town's more material delights with beautiful views such as this of Sagami
Bay and wooded headlands on the lip of an extinct volcano falling away steeply into the ocean.)

She was on a train from Tokyo to Atami in the summer of 1959 when the English travel writer Ethel Mannin "saw what I had read about and been told about but felt unable to accept until I had seen it for myself." What the mortified Ms. Mannin beheld was the passenger in the seat opposite her stand up, remove his trousers and shirt, and then settle down for the rest of the journey in short underpants and a singlet. Though the days of blithely peeling off layers of clothing on trains may have gone, shedding garments is what Atami is all about. And, given the countless opportunities it offers to soak in its scalding waters, a stay at this major hot-spring resort in Shizuoka Prefecture presupposes a degree of exposure. (Japan Times)

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Chouchin (提灯)

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A ‘chouchin’ is a lantern that is lit with a candle. In the old days, the candle was put in a framework of wood, which was covered with paper. Back then, the characters used for lantern meant ‘peach-colored lantern’ because of the color of the lanterns.

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Urushi-daruma (うるしダルマ / Urushi Dharma)

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(Urushi-daruma (うるしダルマ / Urushi Dharma))

Hearing of “a dharma doll” people usually imagine something red and round, however, Urushi Dharma specially made in Obama City, Fukui Pref. is largely different form this image. It is colorfully painted triangular pyramid dharma.

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Rokkaku-maki-dako (六角巻凧 / Rokkaku kite)

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(Rokkaku-maki-dako (六角巻凧 / Rokkaku kite) / Image)

Sanjo-style Rokkaku-maki-dako kite which translates as “kite which rolls itself” is a traditional handicraft of Sanjo district in Echigo region, Niigata Pref. It has a history of 150 years since the late Edo period.

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Tanmono (反物)

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Tanmono has two main meanings.
One meaning is the fabrics used for kimonos. The other meaning is a one-tan sized piece of fabric (‘tan’ is the unit for one kimono for anadult).

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The story of forty-seven samurai (赤穂四十七士)

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(The story of forty-seven samurai (赤穂四十七士) / Image)

Today is a memorial day regarding "The story of forty-seven samurai (赤穂四十七士)".
In 1701 (by the Western calendar), two daimyo, Asano Takumi-no-Kami Naganori, the young daimyo of the Akō Domain (a small fiefdom in western Honshū), and Lord Kamei of the Tsuwano Domain, were ordered to arrange a fitting reception for the envoys of the Emperor in Edo, during their sankin kōtai service to the Shogun.

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Cool Japan / Chushingura (忠臣蔵)

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(Ukiyo-e depicting the assault of Asano Naganori on Kira Yoshinaka in the Matsu no Oroka of
Edo Castle in 1701, an incident that triggered the tragedy of the Forty-seven Ronin)

Do you know Chushingura?
Chushingura (忠臣蔵) is the name for fictionalized accounts of the historical revenge by the Forty-seven Ronin of the death of their master, Asano Naganori. Including the early Kanadehon Chushingura (仮名手本忠臣蔵), the story has been told in kabuki, bunraku, stage plays, films, novels, television shows and other media. With ten different television productions in the years 1997–2007 alone, the Chushingura ranks among the most familiar of all stories in Japan.

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Cool Japan / Bunraku (文楽)

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(tayu and shamisen player)

On Nov 19, 2011, I have enjoyed Bunraku at National Puppet Theater in Osaka with Foreign Tourist in to Japan.
Bunraku (文楽), also known as Ningyo joruri (人形浄瑠璃), is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theater, founded in Osaka in 1684.

Three kinds of performers take part in a bunraku performance:
* Ningyotsukai or Ningyozukai—puppeteers
* Tayū—the chanters
* Shamisen players
Occasionally other instruments such as taiko drums will be used.

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