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Cool Japan / Traditional Japanese Sweets and Snacks


Traditional Japanese sweets, called “wagashi” in Japanese, are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat. Often created in the shape of leaves, flowers, and other articles of nature, wagashi represents Japan’s four distinct changing seasons and appeal to all five of the human senses. Wagashi are commonly served as the Japanese tea ceremony sweets.

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Cool Japan / Bijin-bayashi (美人林 / Bijin-bayashi Forest)

【Japanese Beech Forest】Bijin Bayashi 十日町松之山 美人林 一面に生い茂るブナ林

Located in Matsunoyama-machi, Niigata Prefecture, this virgin forest has an area of 3 hectares, where 70-year-old Japanese beech trees bristle all around. The forest is nicknamed “Bijin-bayashi Forest” (beautiful woman forest) because the slender and carefree figure of a beech tree looks like a standing beautiful woman.

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Cool Japan / Sanja Matsuri (三社祭 / Three Shrine Festival)

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(Yakuza members display their full-body tattoos while carrying a mikoshi)

Sanja Matsuri (三社祭, literally "Three Shrine Festival"), or Sanja Festival, is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo, along with the Kanda Matsuri and Sannō Matsuri. It is considered one of the wildest and largest. The festival is held in honor of Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, the three men who established and founded Senso-ji. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May at Asakusa Shrine. Its prominent parades revolve around three mikoshi (three portable shrines referenced in the festival's name), as well as traditional music and dancing. Over the course of three days, the festival attracts 1.5 to 2 million locals and tourists every year.

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Cool Japan / Tohoku Rokkon Festival (Tohoku Six-Soul Festival)

Tohoku Rokkon Festival 2011 digest / 東北六魂祭 2011年ダイジェスト

Tohoku Rokkon Festival is the biggest festival in the history of the Tohoku region. The purpose of this festival is to recover the spirit of the Tohoku people after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The name of the festival means the six souls (Rokkon) representing 6 festivals in the Tohoku region, gathering at the same place as 1 festival.
Visit the Link:http://www.rokkon.jp/index_en.html

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Cool Japan / Asakusa (浅草) / Tokyo

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(The Kaminarimon, with its giant chochin, the outer gate of Senso-ji Temple)

Asakusa is on the north-east fringe of central Tokyo, at the eastern end of the Ginza subway line, approximately one mile east of the major Ueno railway/subway interchange. It is central to the area colloquially referred to as Shitamachi, which literally means "low city," referring to the low elevation of this old part of Tokyo, on the banks of the Sumida River. As the name suggests, the area has a more traditionally Japanese atmosphere than some other neighborhoods in Tokyo do.

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Cool Japanese Samurai / Saigo Takamori (西郷 隆盛) / Satsuma Rebellion (1877)

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(Saigo Takamori (seated, in Western uniform), surrounded by his officers, in samurai attire.
News article in Le Monde Illustré, 1877.)

Although Okubo Toshimichi and others were more active and influential in establishing the new Meiji government, Saigo retained a key role, and his cooperation was essential in the abolition of the han system and the establishment of a conscript army. In spite of his humble background, in 1871 he was left in charge of the caretaker government during the absence of the Iwakura Mission (1871–72).

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Cool Japanese Samurai / Saigo Takamori (西郷 隆盛) / Meiji Restoration

西郷隆盛像
(The Statue of Saigo Takamori, in Ueno Park Tokyo)

Saigo Takamori (Takanaga) (西郷 隆盛(隆永), January 23, 1828 – September 24, 1877) was one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history, living during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era. He has been dubbed the last true samurai. He was born Saigō Kokichi (西郷 小吉), and received the given name Takamori in adulthood. He wrote poetry under the name Saigō Nanshū (西郷 南洲).

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Cool Japan / Higashiyama-onsen-bon-odori (東山温泉盆踊り / Higashiyama Hot Spring Bon Dance Festival)


Bon Dance Festival is held from August 13 to 18 in Higashiyama Hot Springs in the suburbs of Aizu Wakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture. Higashiyama is a fine hot spring town with a lot of Japanese style hot spring inns lining along the both sides of the Yukawa River. The history of this hot spring town dates back to about 1,000 years ago, when hot springs were discovered by Priest Gyoki. It thrived as the entertainment center of the area since then and is still favored by many tourists today as the inner sanctum of Aizu.

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Cool Japan / Lady Gaga caps off Japan trip with Tokyo Sky Tree visit

U.S. pop singer Lady Gaga visits the 350-meter-high observatory at Tokyo Sky Tree on May 15. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
(U.S. pop singer Lady Gaga visits the 350-meter-high observatory at Tokyo Sky Tree on May 15.)

American pop sensation Lady Gaga reached some new heights May 15 when she visited Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest free-standing tower located in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward.
Wearing a silver sparkly, reflective dress, said to have been inspired by the tower, the pop diva enjoyed a night view from the observatory at 350 meters. Even though it was cloudy, Lady Gaga said she wanted to visit Tokyo Sky Tree before she was scheduled to leave Japan on May 16.

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Cool Japan / Japan's loo with a view is world's largest too

A Japanese town has opened what is claims is the world's largest public lavatory - a single toilet in a glass cubicle surrounded by more than 2,150 square feet of carefully tended gardens.
(The cubicle has a light and a wash basin and looks out over a garden of cherry,
plum and peach trees and potted plants)

A Japanese town has opened what is claims is the world's largest public lavatory - a single toilet in a glass cubicle surrounded by more than 2,150 square feet of carefully tended gardens.

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Cool Japan / Japan readies for 'ring' solar eclipse

Japan readies for 'ring' solar eclipse

Special darkened glasses were selling out in Japan on Friday as anticipation built ahead of a "ring" solar eclipse above one of the most densely populated parts of the planet.
A swathe of the country will be able to see the annular solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out all but an outer circle of light.

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Cool Japan / The Harley lifestyle in Japan


As you've probably heard by now, one of the first pieces of debris from the Japanese tsunami to wash up in British Columbia was a Harley Davidson motorcycle. After a little detective work, the bike, which floated across the Pacific in the back of a moving van, was traced back to its owner in the Miyaga Prefecture. In the most recent development of this story, Harley Davidson has announced that they will restore the bike to its original condition before sending it back to its owner in Japan.

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Cool Japanese Person / Japanner Sakai Kenji wint compositieprijs bij Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd

Japanner Sakai Kenji wint compositieprijs bij Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd
DeMorgen.be - May 19, 2012

De Japanse componist Sakai Kenji heeft de Internationale Prijs Koningin Elisabeth Compositie 2011 gewonnen. Zijn concerto voor viool en orkest zal door de twaalf finalisten van de Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd 2012 worden gespeeld tijdens de finale van de vioolwedstrijd. Die vindt van 21 tot 26 mei plaats in het Brusselse Paleis voor Schone Kunsten. De finalisten worden begeleid door het Nationaal Orkest van België onder leiding van Gilbert Varga.

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Cool Japan / Japanese Depachika (デパ地下)


(Japanese depachika)

Japanese depachika are Japan’s department store food floors which boast a mind-boggling array of foods. Depachika are located on the bottom floor of Japanese department stores. The word “depachika” is a combination of the Japanese word “depaato,” which is Japanese for department store, and “chika,” which is Japanese for basement.”

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Cool Japan / Kuji-kohaku (久慈琥珀 / Kuji Amber)


Kuji Amber is amber produced in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture.
Amber is a fossilized resin that takes million of years to form. The region of Kuji is notable for its production volume and high quality. Historically it is known to be the only amber production location in Japan.

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Cool Japanese Person / Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Oakland 1 (Via ESPN)


(The Rangers spent $107.7 million to obtain Yu Darvish)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish and a four-run fourth inning helped the Texas Rangers end a two-game slide and beat the Oakland A's, 4-1. Some quick thoughts on Wednesday night's game:

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Cool JApan / Honba-tsurusaki-odori-taikai (本場鶴崎踊大会 / The Tsurusaki Odori Festival)


The Tsurusaki Odori (Dance) Festival is held for two days in August in the town of Tsurusaki in Oita City, Oita Prefecture. During the festival period, 2,000 dancers perform elegant and gorgeous dances. It is designated as a national Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

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Cool Japan / Hokkaido's diverse cuisine recognized by Michelin


(Hiroshi Nakamichi)

Hiroshi Nakamichi dreamed of becoming a great one-star restaurateur when he went to Lyon, France, with a Michelin guide in his hands, to work at Michelin-starred restaurants. More than 30 years later, his dream came more than true when his "bible" gave three stars to his Sapporo-based French restaurant Molière.
"I never thought three stars was possible," says owner-chef Nakamichi, 60.

(Dishes by French restaurant Molière)

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Cool Japan / Food / Kobe Beef (神戸ビーフ)

Japan - Kobe Beef 神戸ビーフ

Kobe Beef (神戸ビーフ) refers to cuts of beef from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu; cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, my Home Town. The meat is generally considered to be a delicacy, renowned for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Kobe beef can be prepared as steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, sashimi, teppanyaki and more.

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Cool Japan / Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Leaf Crest Festival)


Tomorrow is the day of Aoi Matsuri, in Kyoto.
Date: May 15th
Places: Shimogamo-jinja Shrine and Kamigamo-jinja Shrine
Kyoto Imperial Palace: Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City
Shimogamo-jinja Shrine: Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
Kamigamo-jinja Shrine: Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto City

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