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Cool_Japan / Jessica Alba hits the tourist trail on family holiday in Japan

Woman to row from Japan to B.C. as part of global trip
CTV - Apr 27, 2012

(Sarah Outen, 26, began her epic journey on April 1, 2011 and has already journeyed by bicycle from
London, England, across Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. )

A British woman who is attempting to become the first woman to travel around the world on her own steam is about to begin what may be the most difficult leg so far -- rowing from the coast of Japan all the way to Vancouver. (CTV)

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Cool Japan / Festivals of Japan: A blaze of color awaits intrepid visitors to the north

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(Crowds admire long chains of origami folded paper cranes attached to decorations for the
Sendai Tanabata festival in 2011. The paper cranes were added to honor victims of the
March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake the same year.)

Sendai puts on a dazzling welcome for the crowds who flock each August to the Tanabata Festival. The capital of Miyagi Prefecture becomes an orgy of color at this time of year.

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Cool Japan / Warabyakuren-monyo nanasun-zara (ワラ白蓮紋様七寸皿 / Wara White Lotus Serving Plate)

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Japanese cuisine is highly regarded worldwide for its beauty. This is often attributed not only to the food itself but also to the selection of serving dishes. When served on an elegant plate, home cooking looks even more appetizing.

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Cool Japan / "My Cool Japan" via Cool Japan NHK

Taking up herewith "My Cool Japan" submitted by Mr. Toto Sia, Indonesia via "Cool Japan NHK".
His "My Cool Japan" is regarding "Ramen (ラーメン)".
私の“cool japan”

The Local Famous Ramen
Toto Sia / Indonesia
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My first visit to Hokkaido last December was really an unforgettable experience. Talking about the food, Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido is famous for its rich miso ramen.

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Cool Japan / Oohatake-no-mushae-nobori (大畑家の武者絵のぼり / Mushae-nobori by the Ohatas)

手描き武者のぼり【いわき絵のぼり】の制作工房【滝根庵】
(Mushae-nobori / Image)

In Ichikai Town, Tochigi Pref. there is a custom of setting out Mushae-nobori (labrums with a warrior painting) as the decoration of Tango-no-sekku on May 5 with the wish for the boy’s sound growth and success in life. The Ohata family, who had been the castellan of Ohata Castle in Kozuke region, ran a dye house in the Edo period. 

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Cool Japanese / Whirling Darvish: Yu holds Yankees scoreless


(Darvish delivered for Texas on Tuesday night.)

Whirling Darvish: Yu holds Yankees scoreless
Fox News - Apr 25, 2012

Yu Darvish struck out 10 through 8 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Texas Rangers past the New York Yankees, 2-0, in the second test of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Darvish (3-0) scattered seven hits and two walks while Ian Kinsler smacked a solo home run for the Rangers, who improved to 14-4 on the season.

"He just keeps getting better each time he takes the ball. Tonight, he used everything he had against that team and he had to with the type of hitters they were," Rangers manager Ron Washington said about Darvish. ...

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Cool Japan / Festvals of Japan / Kyoto attracts tourists with atmosphere of ancient capital


(The parade of Aoi Festival left the former imperial palace on May 15, 2011.)

Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, attracts tourists from all over the world. Most of them come to Kyoto to seek an ancient atmosphere of Japan. Of course, you can enjoy it throughout the year in Kyoto. First and foremost is the annual Aoi Festival, one of the nation's most elegant events.

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Cool Japan / Kyoto cafe owner aims to bring peace through the samurai

SAMURAI CAFE&BAR 「士心 SHI-SHIN」

KYOTO--When customers pass through the "noren" shop curtains at the front entrance of the bar Shi-Shin, they are greeted by the bearded owner dressed as a feudal samurai.
Some may think they have entered the wrong place, or even gone back in time in Nakagyo Ward here in the nation's ancient capital.
In fact, the bar owner wears the traditional attire even when he goes to the bank.

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Cool Japan / Gundam center opens on Tokyo waterfront

Gundam center opens on Tokyo waterfront
Japan Times - Apr 20, 2012

A retail and entertainment complex where science-fiction fans can experience the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam" has opened in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront district. The facility, called DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, is situated in the Odaiba neighborhood in Koto Ward, where it is guarded by an 18-meter Gundam statue. "Diver" is a play on the name of the neighborhood. (Japan Times)

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Cool Japan / Sado Tarai-bune (佐渡 たらい舟 / Sado Tub Boat)


Sado Tarai-bune or tub boat is a traditional fishing boat that was developed in Sado city, Niigata prefecture. It was in the early Meiji period when tarai-bune, made from a washtub, first appeared and they are still used for fishing in some places, although they are regarded as quite unusual among the fishing boats used in coastal areas.

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Cool Japanese Person / Yu Darvish smiling and improving

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 14: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers hands the ball to manager Ron Washington #38 during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 14, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
(Yu Darvish is taken out of the game Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

DETROIT -- Perhaps the best indication that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is getting more comfortable with each start was that his humor was in full force as he spoke with the media in an interview room just outside the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park.
The 25-year-old, who allowed one run on two hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, joked that he could have pitched another full game despite throwing 121 pitches. He was asked what Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera said to him after he flied out in the sixth.

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Cool Japan / Soga Shohaku (曾我蕭白) / Japanese Art Treasures Exhibition of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


("Unryu Figure", representative work of Soga Shohaku, owned by American Fine Art of
Boston Museum referred to as the Hall of Fame of Oriental art)

Soga Shohaku (1730–1781) was a Japanese painter of the Edo period. Shohaku distinguished himself from his contemporaries by preferring the brush style of the Muromachi period, an aesthetic that was already passé 150 years before his birth.

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Cool Japan / Japanese honeybees cook enemy in 'hot defensive bee ball'

Japanese honeybees cook enemy in 'hot defensive bee ball'
(A hornet is attacked by honeybees)

When confronted with their arch-enemy, the aggressive giant Asian hornet, the honeybees will attack it by swarming en masse around the hornet and forming what scientists call a "hot defensive bee ball" - a move unique to their species. With up to 500 bees all vibrating their flight muscles at once, the bee ball cooks the hornet to death. While this defensive manoeuvre has been known for some time, the mechanism behind it has been shrouded in mystery. But researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo, through study of the bees' brains, have now found that neural activity in bees taking part in the attack picks up.

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Cool Japan / Sakunami-kokeshi (作並こけし)

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(Sakunami Kokeshi)

Sakunami Kokeshi is a wooden doll and traditional craft product originating in Sakunami hot-spring area which is, along with Akiho hot-spring, the most popular resort in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.
Sakunami Kokeshi has a body slimmer than other kokeshi. It is generally a kind of cylindrical shape becoming gradually slimmer from shoulder to lower body.

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Louvre goes visual with Nintendo 3Ds guide

Louvre goes visual with Nintendo 3Ds guide
BusinessWeek - Apr 13, 2012
A visitor studies a painting "The Raft of the Medusa" by French artist Theodore Gericault 1791 - 1824 with the help of the new audio guide at the Louvre Museum in ParisThursday April 12, 2012. The famed Paris museum is going 3D visual with its electronic guides in a deal with Japan's Nintendo to provide game consoles to help visitors who navigate its labyrinthine halls by the millions each year. The guides, in seven languages, and accompanying headsets cost Euro5 ($6.50) on top of the museum's Euro10 standard admission price. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

For the Louvre, the existing audio guide is so 20th century. So the famed Paris museum is going 3D visual with its electronic guides in a deal with Japan's Nintendo to provide game consoles to help visitors who navigate its labyrinthine halls by the millions each year. (BusinessWeek)

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Cool Japan / Hyakunin-isshu (百人一首)

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(Poem Card No.1)

The 'Hyakunin-isshu' is a compilation of 100 exceptional poems from 100 famous poets, each individually chosen in chronological order.
The compilation was made by Sadaie Fujiwara, a poet of the Kamakura period, and the poems were carefully selected from the 'Kokinshu' and 'Shin-Kokinshu'.

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Cool Japan / Kyoto Omuro Cherry Blossoms (御室の桜)


(Somei-Yoshino Cherry Blossoms at Ninna-ji Temple 2012)

This year, "Omuro Cherry blossoms" began to bloom at once on and around Apr 14. And you'll be able to enjoy from now on.
The unique cherry trees at Ninnaji Temple, known for their late blossoms, are called "Omuro sakura (御室の桜)". Only growing to a height of about 2 meters, they are a variant of the satozakura (village cherry trees). There are are several variants of the Omuro sakura here, including the single-petaled and double-petaled varieties, and the glorious way they bloom led to the designation of Ninnaji Temple as a site of national scenic beauty in 1924.

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Cool Japan / Kyoto view from the sky (1)

Japan, Kyoto from Sky part1

Today taking up herewith Kyoto(京都). As you might know, Kyoto is one of the most famous travel spot in Japan. Please enjoy the above Video by YouTube, that is to say, the Video titled "Japan, Kyoto from Sky part1".
The history is as follows.

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Cool Japan / Hiroki Kuroda shines in Yankees home debut as Angels shut out

<p class='caption'>New York <a href="/topics/New_York_Yankees">Yankees</a> starting pitcher <a href="/topics/Hiroki_Kuroda">Hiroki Kuroda</a>, of Japan, delivers ]against the <a href="/topics/Los_Angeles_Angels">Los Angeles Angels</a> during the first inning of Yankees home opener baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, April 13, 2012.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)</p><p class='credit'>Photo Credit: AP | April 13, 2012</p>

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez hit a milestone home run. Hiroki Kuroda was pinstripe sharp in his Yankee Stadium debut. Even recently retired teammate Jorge Posada joined in the festivities.

Conglaturations!! Mr. Kuroda, I hope your great activities as a member of New York Yankees.

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Cool Japan / Kamakura (かまくら / Kamakura Snow Igloos)


Kamakura is a Lunar New Year festival held sometime in January or February in Akita prefecture. Kamakura is a kind of small igloo made from compacted snow with a small opening and a larger space inside. This festival is from the Tohoku region, but its origins are unclear.

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