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Cool Japan / Sapporo's ice sculptures simply something to see

The 63rd Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from
February 6 (Mon.) through 12 (Sun.) in 2012.

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The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year.
Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see the hundreds of beautiful snow statues and ice sculptures which line Odori Park,the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and the main street in Susukino.
For seven days in February,these statues and sculptures(both large and small) turn Sapporo into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.

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Japan - The Ryokan Experience

New National Theatre, Tokyo, opens season with Puccini classic
Japan Times - Jan 27, 2012
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The New National Theatre, Tokyo, (NNTT) is opening its 2012 opera season with a classic by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The Puccini piece, "La Boheme," is especially popular with Japanese opera fans and this time around it will be directed by Jun Aguni and conducted by Germany's Constantin Trinks. The piece is set in Paris in the 1830s and centers on the love story of poet Rodolfo (Ji Min Park), and seamstress Mimi Veronica Cangemi). It will be both Cangemi and Park's first performances at the NNTT. Cangemi is an Argentinian soprano and has performed on some of the most celebrated stages in the world. Park is a tenor who hails from South Korea. (Japan Times)

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Cool Japan / The Akita-ken / The Akita-Inu (秋田犬)

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The Akita-ken (秋田犬)

The Akita-ken (秋田犬) is a large spitz breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are now two separate strains: American, a/k/a "Akita" or "American Akita"; and Japanese, aka "Akita Inu" or "Japanese Akita".

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Cool Japan / Fusuma (ふすま / Sliding Door)

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(Kin-busuma (golden fusuma))

In Japanese architecture, Fusuma (ふすま) are vertical rectangular panels which can slide from side to side to redefine spaces within a room, or act as doors. They typically measure about 90 centimetres (3.0 ft) wide by 180 centimetres (5.9 ft) tall, the same size as a tatami mat, and are two or three centimeters thick. The heights of fusuma have increased in recent years due to an increase in average height of the Japanese population, and a 190 cm height is now common. In older constructions, they are as small as 170 cm high. They consist of a lattice-like wooden understructure covered in cardboard and a layer of paper or cloth on both sides. They typically have a black lacquer border and a round finger catch.

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Cool Japan / Mashiko-yaki (益子焼 / Mashiko Ware)

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(Making Mashiko-yaki (益子焼 / Mashiko Ware))

Folk-art of Mashiko ware is characterized by its warmth unique to earthenware that you feel when you hold one in your hand. Mashiko ware began in the late Edo period, when Keizaburo Otsuka, a potter studied at Kasama pottery town opened his own kiln in Mashiko Town, Tochigi Pref..

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Cool Japan / Hime Temari (姫てまり)

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(Hime Temari (姫てまり))

Hime Temari ball (Japanese cotton-wound ball) is a traditional craft product of Matsuyama City, Ehime Pref. There is a tradition that a bride takes this ball along when she moves into the groom’s house as a symbol of amicable settlement (maruku osamaru) or healthy growth of a child (marumaru sodatsu) because a Japanese word maru means an orbicular shape.

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Cool_Japan / Maezawa-gobanten (前沢碁盤店)

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(Go^Board / Image)

The Maezawa Go-Board Shop was established close to 130 years ago, and is one of the oldest shops in Japan to specialize in go and shogi boards. The shop first opened its doors to customers in the early Meiji period. The founder was a craftsman from the Edo period, and it is recalled even to this day that his unrelenting intensity and rigour when carving go and shogi boards was tremendous.

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Cool Japan / Hime Dharma (姫だるま / Princess Dharma)

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(Hime Dharma (姫だるま / Princess Dharma))

Hime dharma is a traditional craft product of Matsuyama City, Ehime Pref. Its round shape with bushy black hair is very cute. The history of Hime dharma dates back to the late 4th century. It is written in an old record that Emperor Chuai and Empress Consort Jingu visited the land of Iyo and took a bath at Ishiyu (present Dogo Hot spring).

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Cool Japan / Yanesen (谷根千) - Shitamachi off the Beaten Path

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(Yanaka (谷中) Ginza / Shopping Street)

Asakusa and other parts of shitamachi have become fixtures on the international tourist map, but there is still one shitamachi area that remains largely undiscovered by overseas tourists: Yanesen.
Yanesen is an almost triangular area with Nezu (根津), Nippori (日暮里) and Sendagi (千駄木) stations at its tips. Given the geography and the Japanese language’s habit of merging words, it may come as no surprise to hear Yanesen is formed from the ya from Yanaka (an area just south of Nippori Station), the ne from Nezu and the sen from Sendagi.

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Cool Japan / Murakami Tsuishu (村上堆朱 / Carved and lacquered ware)

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(Murakami Tsuishu (村上堆朱) Crafts Gallery)

Murakami Tsuishu is a carved and lacquered ware.
In the making process, first a wooden core is carved and given fine carved decorations, and then natural lacquer is applied several times. This traditional handicraft with a history of 600 years is a handicraft of Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture.

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Cool Japan / Wakasanuri-bashi (若狭塗箸 / Wakasa lacquered chopsticks)

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(Wakasanuri-bashi (若狭塗箸))

Wakasa lacquered chopstick is traditional handicraft of Obama City, Fukui Pref.. Its history dates back to the Edo period (1603−1867).

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Cool Japan / Japanese Candles (和ろうそく / Warousoku)

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(Japanese Candles (和ろうそく / Warousoku) / Image)

Candle making was first introduced to Japan from China during the Muromachi period. The Chinese method was then further developed in Japan to create a very original version, which became known as the Japanese candle. These candles enjoyed their peak popularity during the Edo period.

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Cool Japan / Niseko, Hokkaido

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Niseko (ニセコ町) is a town located in Abuta District, Shiribeshi, Hokkaidō, Japan. To the Japanese people, Niseko principally refers to a mountain range and a municipal area. However, overseas the name has come to refer to a wider area of ski resorts encompassing Hokkaido's Mount Yōtei, often referred to as the "Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido", and Annupuri ranges. The name Niseko derives from the Ainu language and means "a cliff jutting over a riverbank deep in the mountains". Its main industries are agriculture and tourism.

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Cool Japan / Call of the powder: sublime snow in Japan

Call of the powder: sublime snow in Japan
Japan Times - Jan 15, 2012
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(Plowing gleefully through backcountry powder at Niseko in Hokkaido (far left and left),
where a "face plant" snow.)

There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of hurtling down a steep, untracked slope of knee-deep powder. It is an uncomplicated pleasure, pure and exhilarating; carving turns into the untouched snow and sending up white plumes in your wake. Fortunately, Japan gets masses of feathery powder, and many resorts turn a blind eye to off-piste skiing and have refined the art of Zen and grooming - taking a minimalist approach on selected runs. Having been raised on the icy slopes of New England, where deep powder runs are akin to Loch Ness monster sightings, Japan has been a revelation. In New England there are about 20 different words for icy conditions, and you get your money's worth out of your ski edges. Here, conditions are incredibly good and, unless you ski in Hokkaido, it's not nearly as cold. (Japan Times)

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Cool Japan / If anyone can make Tohoku smile, the candy man can

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A group of confectioneries whose offices and factories are located in the six prefectures that form the Tohoku region will be selling a joint packaged set to show solidarity in support of reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
"We decided that it was crucial that Tohoku come together as one right now to overcome difficulties," said Shuhei Sasaki, head of Ragueneau Sasaki, which produces various pastries that use Aomori's trademark apples.

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Cool Japan / Kanazawa-kirikougei (金沢桐工芸 / Kanazawa Paulownia Woodwork)

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(Kanazawa Paulownia Woodwork)

Ishikawa Prefecture was once ruled by the Kaga Clan, known as a “Hyakumangoku” clan or one million“Koku”clan. Koku was a measure of the domain’s production and the Kaga clan’s Hyakumangoku ranking indicated the extreme wealth of the region. Kanazawa Paulownia Woodwork, with its distinctly flamboyant design, has been produced in the region since the era of the Kaga clan.

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Cool Japan / Honinbo Shusaku (本因坊秀策)

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Honinbo Shusaku (本因坊秀策, born as Kuwabara Torajiro (桑原虎次郎), June 6, 1829 – August 10, 1862) was a professional Go player and is considered by many to be the greatest player of the golden age of Go in the mid-19th century.

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Cool Japan / Kendo (剣道)

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(Two kendoka in tsuba zeriai)

Kendo (剣道), meaning "Way of The Sword", is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship, or kenjutsu. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity that combines strong martial arts values with sport-like physical elements.

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Cool Japan / Kawara (瓦 / Kawara Kawara Roofing Tile)

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(Kawara Kawara Roofing Tile)

Kawara, are roofing tiles made of fired clay.
History indicates that Kawara first appeared in China around 2,800 years ago. They were introduced to Japan in the middle of the 6th Century, at the same time Buddhism was introduced from Kudara, now Korea. Kawara were reportedly first used for the Asuka Temple in Japan.

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Cool Japan / The Shiba Inu (柴犬)

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(3 year old red Shiba Inu / Nicknames Shiba)

The Shiba Inu (柴犬) is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog from Japan.
A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It is similar in appearance to the Akita, though much smaller in stature. It is one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today.

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