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Cool Japan / Crazy Fast and Safe Japanese Shinkansen train

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(Mount Fuji with Shinkansen and Sakura trees in the foreground)
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The Shinkansen (新幹線, new trunk line), also known as the "Bullet Train", is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–300 km/h (149–186 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini-shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services. The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, with construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway and plans to increase speeds on the Tōhoku Shinkansen up to 320 km/h (199 mph). Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world record 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trainsets in 2003.

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Cool Japan / Yaushi-ji Tou-tou (薬師寺 東塔 / East Pagoda at Yakushi-ji Temple)

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Yakushi-ji Temple is located in Nishinokyo in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, and one of two head temples of the Hossou religious sect. The principal image of Buddha is Yakushinyorai. Yakushi-ji Temple is the first temple of the Yakushi Pilgrimage of 49 Temples in Western Japan. The temple is also one of the Seven Great Temples of Nara. It was built by the Emperor Tenmu in 680.

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Cool Japan / INTERVIEW/ Ken Watanabe: If Hayabusa probe can do the impossible, so can Japan




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Critically acclaimed actor Ken Watanabe is a man of his word, not forgetting the evacuees he visited in the Tohoku region following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
He kept his promise to give evacuees the first showing of his latest film, "Hayabusa Harukanaru Kikan" (Hayabusa, return from distant place).

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Cool Japan / Search goes on for thousands of Japan's tsunami missing

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Somewhere under these unforgiving grey waters lie hundreds, perhaps thousands of bodies; the unfound, unclaimed dead of one of the country's worst ever
disasters.
Even though the hunt on these sullen seas goes on every day, Yoshifumi Suzuki says none of his coastguard colleagues has seen a single corpse since the partial remains of a man were untangled from a fishing net in November.
But they are not prepared to give up.
"If we don't do this, nobody will," Suzuki said.
"We want to continue the search until we find the very last one. I want to return people to their families not because it is my official duty, but because it is my duty as a human being."

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Cool Japan / Hashimoto-Yakichi-shouten (橋本弥喜智商店 / Hashimoto Yakichi Store)

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(Koinobori / 鯉のぼり)

Hashimoto Yakichi shouten is a craft studio that has for many years hand made koinobori or carp-shaped streamers. The studio opened in the 14th year of the Meiji period and now, as the third master, Takashi Hashimoto makes the koinobori.

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Cool Japan / And when the wraps come off -- correspondent fleshes out truth about 'naked' festival

Stripping until you're almost in the buff is one thing, but when thousands of young men do it in front of a temple perhaps it's time to sit up and take notice. That's right: 9,000 men clad in nothing more than loincloths and tabi footwear on a dark and cold winter's night.
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(Men dressed only in loincloths reach out in hopes of catching shingi, or lucky pieces of wood,
at the Eyo, or naked festival night at Saidaiji temple in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture in 2011)

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Cool Japan / Hagoita and Hane (羽子板, 羽 / Paddle and Shuttle)

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(Hagoita and Hane (羽子板, 羽 / Paddle and Shuttle)/ Image)

The hagoita originated in China and was brought over to Japan during the Muromachi period. At first, it was only used as a toy, or as equipment to play hanetsuki (a badminton-like game), but it gradually became an article to drive away evil spirits, and later became a charm given to women on oshogatsu (new year's day).

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Cool Japan / Takeuma (竹馬 / Stilt-Walking)

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Walking on stilts was an activity that began in China. It came to Japan during the Heian period. Stilt-walking is a game that uses sticks of bamboo with some kind of peg as foothold.

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Cool Japan / Gyokusendo (玉川堂(ぎょくせんどう))

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(Left: Mr. TAMAGAWA Motoyuki (the 7th generation and the head of the GYOKUSENDO family)
Right: KRUG's TSUIKI Bottle Cooler Size: W142×D146×H248mm Bottom: W114×D114mm Weight: 790g)

Introduce one of arts and crafts of Japan by Gyokusendo (玉川堂(ぎょくせんどう)) in Nigata Prefecture, Japan. And quote herewith Gyokusendo's HP information as follows. And please visit and check Gyokusendo's HP, the address of which is as follows;http://web.gyokusendo.com/node/52?language=en

The color of GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI (Hand-Hammered metal craft) copper-wares will gradually become mellow with increasing depth and gloss by rubbing them with a dry cloth with using them in everyday life. GYOKUSENDO's craftmen not only manufacture a copperware but also make a piece of raw copper as if it were a breathing or living object. You may feel the excellence of GYOKUSENDO's TSUIKI hand-hammered copper-wares. We hope our "TSUIKI" copper-wares to enrich you by their beautiful textures and quality and we hope our TSUIKI copper-wares will become a warm-hearted brige between generation to generation, from grand father and grand mother to, father and mother and to children.

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Cool Japan / The many faces of Tokyo

The many faces of Tokyo
guardian.co.uk - Feb 18, 2012
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(Harajuku in Tokyo: fashionista teenagers display what the rest of
the world will be wearing in the years to come.)

It is a country where tradition meets cutting edge, where peace and quiet meets buzzing excitement. From tea ceremonies to capsule hotels, jaw-dropping temples to digitised toilets, there is simply no other country quite like Japan. Its capital, Tokyo, is one of the world's great cities. Three million passengers flow through Shinjuku train station every day, and the "scramble" pedestrian crossing in Shibuya is a wonder of choreography. But beyond the hustle of the salarymen and office workers, you will discover a hospitality and attention to detail that makes Tokyo feel like a collection of charming villages. Before you get started, remember to look up: Tokyo hides many of its secrets on the fifth or sixth floor. Start in Harajuku, where fashionista teenagers display what the rest of the world will be wearing in three years, then pop into Tokyu Hands to pick up the latest cute and hilarious Japanese toys and gadgets. (guardian.co.uk)

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Cool Japan / Google Chrome Promotion With Hatsune Miku


Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) is a singing synthesizer application with a female persona, developed by Crypton Future Media. It uses Yamaha Corporation's Vocaloid 2 synthesizing technology. The name of the character comes from a fusion of the Japanese for first (初 hatsu?), sound (音 ne) and future (Miku (ミク) sounds like a nanori reading of future (未来).

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COOL JAPAN / SubWay Ohedo-Line Ueno Okachimachi / 上野御徒町 大江戸線

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(Toei 12-000 series EMU used on the Oedo Line at Kiba Inspection Yard)

This is one of Cool Japanese Scenes for foreign people.
The Toei Oedo Line (都営地下鉄大江戸線 Toei Chikatetsu Oedo-sen) is a subway line in Tokyo, Japan operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei). It commenced full operations on December 12, 2000; using the Japanese calendar this reads "12/12/12" as the year 2000 equals Heisei 12. The line is completely underground, making it the second-longest railway tunnel in Japan after the Seikan Tunnel.
On maps and signboards, the line is shown in "magenta" (O). Stations carry the letter E followed by a two-digit number.

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Cool Japan / Cool Japanese Person / Veteran Japanese singer tops foreign album charts

Saori Yuki Scat of the daybreak

Saori Yuki (由紀さおり, born November 13, 1948) is a Japanese singer and actress. She was born as Akiko Yasuda (安田 章子) in Kiryu, Gunma, Japan and raised in Yokohama. She started her singing career with her older sister Sachiko as a child singer. Although in 1965 she debuted with her first single "Hitchhike Musume (Hitchhiking girl)" from King Records (Japan) as Akiko Yasuda, the result was not successful and had not been for a few years.

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Cool Japan / Amazing japanese!! cool japan ...and otaku

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(Otaku Room)

Otaku (おたく / オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga or video games.
Otaku is derived from a Japanese term for another's house or family (お宅), which is also used as an honorific second-person pronoun. The modern slang form, which is distinguished from the older usage by being written only in hiragana (おたく) or katakana (オタク), or rarely in romaji, appeared in the 1980s.

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Cool Japan / Gyoza (餃子/ギョーザ)

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(Gyoza (餃子/ギョーザ) A la carte)

The Japanese word Gyoza (ギョーザ, ギョウザ) was derived from the reading of 餃子 in the Shandong Chinese dialect (giaozi) and is written using the same Chinese characters pronounced with Japanese sounds. The selection of characters indicates that the word is of non-Japanese origin.

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Cool Japan / Uomi-dake (魚見岳 / Mt. Uomidake)

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(Uomi-dake (魚見岳 / Mt. Uomidake), Right side photo is that of Spring season)

Mt. Uomidake (Fish-Seeing Mountain), 214.8 m above sea level, is a low mountain near the central part of Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is said that it was named so because fishermen watched the movements of fish schools from the top of the mountain.

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Cool Japan / Chinzeitaisha-Suwa-jinja (鎮西大社 諏訪神社 / Chinzeitaisha Suwa Shrine)

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(Chinzeitaisha-Suwa-jinja (鎮西大社 諏訪神社 / Chinzeitaisha Suwa Shrine))

Suwa Shrine is located in Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, and it is also commonly known as Chinzeitaisha. This shrine is the main shrine in Nagasaki that honors the Suwa, Morisaki and Sumiyoshi Deities.

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Cool Japan / Tategami-iwa Kagoshima (立神岩 鹿児島 / Tategami Rock in Kagoshima)

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(Tategami-iwa Kagoshima (立神岩 鹿児島 / Tategami Rock in Kagoshima))

Tategami (Standing God) Rock is a huge rock with a height of 42 m located about 300 in the offing of Makurazaki Port in Makurazaki City, Kagoshima Prefecture. It is a landmark of Makurazaki Coast. From its mysterious shape, it is thought to be the guardian god of the port who brings bumper catch and navigation safety.

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Cool Japan / 3.11 THE DAY WE NEVER FORGET via NHK World

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Taking up herewith NHK World's activety. NHK World is planning the following.
Send Your Messages!
Your Comments Make Our Programs!

NHK WORLD RADIO JAPAN
will broadcast special programs during the period from March 6th to 11th, marking one year since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March last year.

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Cool Japan / Japan enlists foreign bloggers to revive tsunami-hit tourist biz

Japan enlists foreign bloggers to revive tsunami-hit tourist biz
The Register - Feb 9, 2012

The Japanese government is trying to get foreign bloggers to do PR for it by inviting them to earthquake- and tsunami-hit areas to write compassionately about the progress being made in reconstructing the ravaged north-east of the country. The Foreign Ministry thought up the idea in a bid to revive the disaster-hit nation's ailing tourist industry, which has been understandably affected by the events of last March, according to the Mainichi Daily News. Advertisement Perhaps more optimistically, it also wants the bloggers to let their readers know that the tsunami- and quake-affected areas around Sendai are still appealing holiday destinations. The report reveals that the foreign bloggers have been arriving thick and fast, with a total of 10 invited to the Land of the Rising Sun. (The Register)

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