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Cool Japan / Australian anthropologist enters the rarefied world of Japanese tradition ...


It's an unlikely job for a white girl from Melbourne, Australia. Fiona Graham is the first ever fully trained non-Japanese geisha. She entered the unusual line of work - a 400-year-old tradition - after a lifelong passion for all things Japanese.
But her refusal to stick to tradition has ruffled feathers in the tight-knit world of the ceremonial tea servers. Miss Graham, who holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Oxford, formally debuted as a geisha in 2007, after a year of preparation and training.

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Cool Japan / Cool Japanese Person / Steve Yamaguchi (山口スティーブ)


(Steve Yamaguchi hard at work (photo by Masaru Komiyaji))

Taking up herewith Mr. Steve Yamaguchi, one of the Japanese Citizen with Blue Eye, like Professor Donald Keene who received Japanese Citizenship in the begining of March, 2012. Please visit the page "Cool Japan / Keene calls for orderly, beautiful cities to be rebuilt in disaster areas".
Also regarding Mr. Steve Yamaguchi, many people in the Northeast are grateful for Mr. Steve Yamaguchi's efforts to support Tohoku Region Reconstruction from the Earthquake of Mar., 11, 2011 and Tsunami disanter.

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Cool Japan / Satsuma-tsugegushi (薩摩つげ櫛 / Satsuma Comb)

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(Satsuma-tsugegushi (薩摩つげ櫛 / Satsuma Comb))

Satsuma Tsugegushi or Satsuma Comb is a general term for the comb made from a Satsuma box tree.
Ibusuki region of Kagoshima Prefecture, having a climate with high temperatures and high humidity, is known to produce high quality box trees.

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Cool Japan / Kamishibai storytelling takes center stage at Tokyo museum

大道 紙芝居師 くぼたKichirou (Street Paper Picture Show)

The National Showa Memorial Museum (Showakan), in the Kudanshita district of Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, is holding an exhibition on "kamishibai," the once-popular picture card shows, whose heyday was in the 1930s through 1950s.

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Cool Japan / Shinsyu-sobakiriboucyou Kurouchi-shiage (信州そば切包丁 黒打ち仕上げ / Shinshu Soba Knife Kurouchi-shiage)

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If you have a taste for the buckwheat noodle “soba” from Japan and you like it so much that you find dining on it at a restaurant occasionally does not satisfy you, then it could be time for you to start making your own soba at home.

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Cool Japan / Sky Tree releases individual bookings

Sky Tree releases individual bookings
Yomiuri - Mar 23, 2012

Individual ticket reservations for the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest free-standing tower, which will open to the public in two months, became available on Thursday. About 8,000 people can visit the tower in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, each day. It is possible that reservations will exceed capacity, travel agency sources said. If this occurs, people who reserve tickets will be granted admission at random. (Yomiuri)

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Cool Japan / Police dogs busy with PR not crime


Two toy poodles have been tied up doing promotional events instead of crime-fighting duties since they became police dogs in Tottori Prefecture in January. The female poodles - Karin, who turns 2 on Sunday, and Fuga, also 2, - passed the police canine exam in November and have been making TV appearances ever since.

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Cool Japan / I really like the culture, especially the food.

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Taking up herewith "My Cool Japan" via COOL JAPAN NHK.
Ms. Kathe D'Ugrad loves Japan especially Japanese Food, maybe also "Sushi (寿司)".
I hope she'll enjoy many and many "Cool Japan".
私の“cool japan”


I really like the culture, especially the food.
Kathe D'Ugard from Peru

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Cool Japan / Tokyo Collection Week opens with Yuima Nakazato’s show

Yuima Nakazato’s show kicks off Tokyo Collection Week on March 18. (Hikaru Uchida)
(Yuima Nakazato’s show kicks off Tokyo Collection Week on March 18.)

Tokyo Collection Week, one of Japan’s best-known galas, opened March 18 at the Tokyo Midtown Hall in Minato Ward and other venues.
About 40 fashion houses will introduce the latest creations for the 2012-2013 autumn and winter seasons during the week, which runs through March 25.

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Cool Japan / Hyuuga-hamaguri-goishi (日向はまぐり碁石 / Hyuga Clam Go Stones)

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(Hyuuga-hamaguri-goishi (日向はまぐり碁石 / Hyuga Clam Go Stones))

Go-ishi or Go stones are black and white stones used for “Go”, a Japanese traditional board game that originated in China. Hyuga Clam Go Stones are Go stones produced in the Hyuga region, made from clamshells.

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Cool Japan / The Overnight Express Train “Cassiopeia”

Taking up herewith another "My Cool Japan" by Ms. Silvia Chu, USA.
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私の“cool japan”

the overnight express train “Cassiopeia”
Silvana Chu USA

For me, there are too many things in Japan are absolutely “Cool”, but I would like to share one of the things that I love the most.

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Cool Japan / Ailing maestro Ozawa cancels all performances for rest of the year

2002 Seiji Ozawa ラデツキー行進曲Radetzkymarsh Conducted by Seiji Ozawa

TOKYO — Internationally renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa, 76, has canceled all his scheduled performances for the rest of the year due to health reasons, he said in a statement released Wednesday by his office.
The statement said he would not conduct until at least February next year in order to concentrate on recovery on the advice of his doctors.

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Cool Japan / Festivals of Japan / Where life's rhythms march to a different beat

Here's a festival that leaves thousands of men, clad only in happi coats and loincloths, literally panting.
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(Men dressed in happi coats and loincloths parade their float through the central Hakata Ward
of Fukuoka in the 2011 Hakata Gion Yamagasa festival.)

Hakata Gion Yamakasa (博多祇園山笠) is a Japanese festival celebrated from 1-15 July in Hakata, Fukuoka. Its rites centre on Kushida Jinja. Famous for its one ton float-racing, it has a seven hundred and fifty year history, attracts up to a million spectators, and in 1979 was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.[1][2][3] The sound of the Kaki Yamakasa has been selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

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Cool Japan / Kyoto aiming to get some royals to return

Kyoto aiming to get some royals to return
Japan Times - Mar , 2012
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(Good old days: Tourists view the Old Imperial Palace in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, last April 6.)

When the Imperial family moved to Tokyo at the beginning of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, after more than a millennium in Kyoto, many in the ancient capital were convinced the Emperor was just embarking on a long visit and would someday return. Now, more than 140 years later, Kyoto's top political and business leaders are working to have at least some members of the Imperial family take up residence here again. The reasons have less to do with romantic dreams of the past and more to do with modern concerns ranging from safety from natural disasters to the strengthening of Kyoto's role domestically and abroad as the center of traditional Japanese culture. (Japan Times)

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Cool Japan / How to Make Bento Lunch Box (お弁当の作り方)

How to Make Bento Lunch Box お弁当の作り方 by YouTube

Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or "character bento". Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters.

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Cool Japan / Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro

Lanterns and Flower Lane
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Approximately about 2500 lanterns decorate the 4.6 km walking path that leads to the foothills of Higashiyama Mountain. From the north, the path goes through Shoren-in Temple and Maruyama Park, and then through Yasaka Jinja Shrine to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in the south.Enjoy the striking charms of Kyoto streets. Faint lights that beautify the store fronts of Monzen-machi, soft lights that reflect off the stone pavements, lights swaying amongst the trees, white and earthen walls.
The Ikebana Promenade and the abundant Ikebana arrangements together with the paper lanterns invite the visitor to an enchanting world.

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Cool Japan / Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼 / Fried or Grilled Octopus)

たこ焼き たこ吉 [ Making of The TAKOYAKI ]

Takoyaki (たこ焼き or 蛸焼, literally fried or grilled octopus) is a popular ball-shaped Japanese dumpling or more like a savory pancake made of batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan (see below). It is typically filled with diced octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion.

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Cool Japan / Cool Japan! Food

Eating Ramen in Tokyo: The BEST most AWEsome ramen in Japan!!! YUm

Japanese cuisine has developed over the centuries as a result of many political and social changes throughout Japan. The cuisine eventually changed with the advent of the Medieval age which ushered in a shedding of elitism with the age of shogun rule.

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Cool Japan / Submit your "Cool Japan" to Cool_Japan_NHK

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As you might know, NHK, the Broadcasting Corp., in Japan, is waiting your submission your "My Cool Japan". You are able to submit via clicking below.
 Submit my cool
 


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Cool Japan / Japan wants cuisine listed as UNESCO heritage

Japan wants cuisine listed as UNESCO heritage
AFP - Mar 9, 2012

("Washoku" or the Japanese diet, is traditionally based on rice, fish and vegetables)

Japan said Friday it was applying to UNESCO to have its cuisine listed as a global cultural treasure as part of a bid to restore global confidence in its food after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Tokyo is to ask the UN's educational, scientific and cultural arm to register "Washoku: Traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese" as part of the intangible heritage of humanity, the foreign and agriculture ministries said. The government said washoku was characterised by respect for nature and the importance placed on the way in which dishes are served as well as the quality of ingredients used. (AFP)

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