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Cool Japan Guide / Sadou (茶道 / Tea Ceremony)

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Tea At Koken WITH SOUND

Powdered green tea was introduced from China in the Heian period (794 to 1192). It gradually became popular as a luxury item. In the meantime, as opposed to the enjoyment of tea at a lively banquet, Sado (way of tea) or Wabi-cha appeared.

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Cool Japan Guide / In Japan, a nuclear ghost town stirs to life


The main street is deserted and quiet except for the eerie echoes of music being played somewhere in the distance. Pieces of shattered glass lie scattered along sidewalks outside collapsed buildings, some with their second-story roofs smashed flat on the pavement. Yards and driveways are overgrown with weeds, and schools and playgrounds are silent and forlorn.

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Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Kobe

Visiting the exotic streets of the port town of Kobe, a base for international exchange, and a shrine with a 1800 year history.

(Kobe Night Scenery)

Traveling: San-no-miya > (5 minutes by Kobe City Subway, 200 yen) > Shin-Kobe > (Ropeway/10-minute walk) > Nunobiki Herb Park > Shin-Kobe > Kitano Ijinkan Hall > (10-minute walk) > TOR Road > Ikuta-jinja Shrine (5-minute walk) > San-no-miya Station > (10-minute walk) > Kobe City Museum > Meriken Park

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Cool Japan Guide / Nagasaki City (長崎市)

Five peninsulas, 971 islands and many exotic streets. A diverse, exciting and pulsating area of varied cultural and topographical differences.

(Nagasaki City and The Port of Nagasaki)

Nagasaki Prefecture lies in the northwestern part of Kyushu, the third-largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands, and consists of five peninsulas and numerous islands. With the sea in between, it stands face-to-face with a continent, part of which is China, and the Korean Peninsula. It has therefore long been an important transportation point facing the continent of Asia. Ports for trade with Portugal and Holland were also established there in the 16th century. In addition, since it was once the center of Christian propagation, there are many exotic historical ruins and buildings that still remain within the prefecture.


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Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Enjoying both the traditional and contemporary sights of Tokyo

This tour offers glimpses of the traditional craftsmanship and customs inherited from the people of the Edo period, as well as the exciting contemporary scenes of Tokyo.

In the morning: Tour of Tsukiji Jou-gai Shijo

(Tsukiji Jou-gai Shijo)

Direction: 5-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or from Tsukiji Shijou Station on the Toei Oedo Line

Tsukiji Market represents the typical wholesale market of Japan, running 24 hours a day. The general consumer is not allowed to shop there, but you are welcome to visit. On the other hand, there are 300 shops in the Jou-gai, or Off-market, where anyone can not only buy but also dine on sashimi, sushi or tempura made with fresh ingredients on the spot. ...

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Cool Japan Guide / Lower Skytree deck draws millionth visitor

AirAsia Japan begins no-frills domestic flights
Yomiuri - Aug 2, 2012

AirAsia Japan started its domestic flight service on Wednesday, becoming the third major Japanese low-cost carrier.
The no-frills airline launched flights between Narita Airport and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, and between Narita and Fukuoka Airport. The Narita Airport-based airline will begin flights linking to Naha on Friday and between Narita and the South Korean cities of Seoul and Busan in October. Its fares are 15 percent to 50 percent of those of major airlines. (Yomiuri)
Link : http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/business/T120801004979.htm

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Cool Japan Guide / Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火) / Kyoto


Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火), more commonly known as Daimonji (大文字), is a festival in Kyoto, Japan. It is the culmination of the O-Bon festival on August 16, in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during O-Bon, are believed to be returning to the spirit world—thus the name Okuribi (送り火) (roughly, "send-off fire").

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Cool Japan Guide / Hiroshima City (広島市) -

Six rivers flow in this "City of Water." Restored from the devastation caused by the atom bomb.

(Hiroshima City Scenery)

Hiroshima City, facing the Seto Inland Sea, is one of the most prominent cities in the Chugoku region, and a center of the administration and economy of Hiroshima Prefecture. Six rivers flow through the city, so it is often called the "City of Water." It was devastated by an atomic bomb in World War II. All of the buildings in the surrounding area were destroyed. Hiroshima, where the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) miraculously remained standing, is internationally known as the "City of Peace."


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Cool Japan Guide / Japan beats Brazil 2-0 in Olympic women's soccer

Japan beats Brazil 2-0 in Olympic women's soccer

Two long balls, two sharp finishes and Brazil's hopes of its first Olympic gold were over. Japan's 2-0 victory Friday means it will travel to Manchester for a semifinal against France and a chance to add an Olympic medal to the World Cup it won last year in Germany.
It created few chances, but strikers Yuki Ogimi and Shinobu Ohno took them when it mattered, midway through each half.

Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Kamakura


(Kamakura Street View)

Kamakura is an ancient city. It has flourished since warlord Minamoto Yoritomo established a new government in 1192. Kamakura is surrounded on three sides by mountains and the south side faces the sea, so this landscape was highly suitable for constructing a fort.
With its many historical temples and abundant natural scenery, the city is crowded with visitors throughout the year.

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Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Introduction to Kyoto

It takes only 30 minutes by train to travel from Osaka to Kyoto. You can see all the popular Kyoto spots including the world heritage temples.

Traveling: Go to JR Kyoto Station from JR Osaka Station (30 min. by new rapid train).

Nijo-jo Castle

(Nijo-jo Castle)

Take a city bus to Nijo-jo Castle, a world heritage site built in 1602 (tour lasts 1 hour). It is lit up at night, which gives a different impression of the grandeur of the castle.

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Cool Japan Guide / One-day trip / Tour of Yanaka and Japanese Culture

Traveling: Go from your hotel to Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line. The Yamanote Line is a circular line and the fare is only 190 yen, even to the furthest station on the line.

Meiji-jingu Shrine

(Meiji-jingu Shrine)

The Meiji-jingu Shrine is dedicated to the sacred souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It is a beautiful oasis lying in the middle of an urban city. During the New Year season, this is the most popular shrine in Japan for visitors and worshippers. ...
Sightseeing time: 60 minutes

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Cool Japan Guide / Annual Hiroshima, Nagasaki commemoration Aug. 5 at Staten Island's Unitarian Church

Annual Hiroshima, Nagasaki commemoration Aug. 5 at Staten Island's Unitarian Church
SiLive.com - Jul 28, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Father Liam Tomás O’Doherty will be the featured speaker at the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Commemoration, Aug. 5 at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island in New Brighton.
The free program, part of the Arthur Foise Summer Forum and also being sponsored by Peace Action of Staten Island, will feature reflection, music, art and a dramatic presentation, relating to the tragic events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Father O’Doherty, pastor of Our Lady Of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Tompkinsville, will reflect on his work in Nagasaki four decades after the bombing, bringing personal witness to the long shadow of the atomic bombings. ...
Link: http://www.silive.com/worship/2012/07/annual_hiroshima_nagasaki_comm.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Japan’s tsunami towns go green to create jobs, bypass nuclear


Rikuzentakata, like many towns on Japan's rugged north-east Pacific coast, was in decline even before last year's tsunami killed 1 700 of its 24 000 inhabitants and destroyed most of its downtown buildings. With two-thirds of the remaining residents homeless, mayor Futoshi Toba questioned whether the town could recover. Damage to infrastructure and the local economy, he said, would force people to move away to find jobs.

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Cool Japan Guide / Hanaya Yohei, father of nigiri (寿司)

Nigiri
(Yohei began selling his version of nigiri around 1824. He died in 1858 but his business endured into the
1930s, according to Theodore C. Bestor, author of "Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World.")

Sushi is the symbol of Japanese food worldwide. And the most iconic, most familiar, style of sushi is known as nigiri. Credit Hanaya Yohei, a 19th-century sushi chef, for its popularity. These oblong pads of vinegared rice topped with raw fish are found everywhere these days, from cutting edge restaurants in big cities to neighborhood joints in even the smallest of towns.

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Cool Japan Guide / Festivals in Japan in August (5)

Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire)

Date: August 16th
Places: All places within Kyoto City.
City: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

The Daimonji Gozan Okuribi (Daimonji Bonfire) is an event held on the evening of August 16th, when gigantic Chinese characters and other motifs are depicted by fires lit to illuminate the surroundings for patrolling on the slopes of the mountains surrounding the Kyoto Basin. It is a famous for evoking the image of a Kyoto summer.
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a48_fes_okuribi.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Festivals in Japan in August (4)

Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival in Tokushima

Dates: August 12th-15th
Places: Throughout the entire city of Tokushima
City: Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture

This Tokushima festival features folkdances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon season, from July to August. It is well known throughout Japan for these words, which are voiced to set the rhythm, regardless of their meaning: 'It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches! If both are fools, you might as well have fun dancing!`. The dance dates back to 1587 when the feudal lord Hachisuka Iemasa (1558-1638), in celebration of newly-built Tokushima Castle, offered sake to the people of the castle town; the citizens became so drunk they started to dance in an unsteady gait. Awa is the former name of Tokushima. ...
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a46_fes_awa.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Festivals in Japan in August (3)

Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri

Dates: August 5th-7th
Place: From Tokamachi Corner to the front of Bunshokan Hall.
City: Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture

Although it was first held as a festival in 1964 so is relatively new, the Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri attracts more than 1 million spectators over three days and is now considered one of the major festivals of Tohoku (Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Yamagata and Akita prefectures). It is commonly included among the four greatest festivals of Tohoku, together with the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri (Sendai City), Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (Aomori City) and Akita Kanto Matsuri (Akita City). ...
Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a44_fes_hanagasa.html

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Cool Japan Guide / Saie-Hiogi Fans (彩絵檜扇 / Saiehiougi)


(Saie-Hiogi Fans (彩絵檜扇 / Saiehiougi))

Saie-Hiogi is a crescent folding fan with blades made of Japanese cypress wood. Hiogi fans were made in the Heian period (794-1192) as the accessory used by the nobility on formal occasions in the Imperial court. The number of blades differed according to the rank of the person who carried the fan. At the present time, there are only seven Hiogi fans remain; one at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, five at Itsukushima Shrine and one at Asuka Shrine in Kumano.

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Cool Japan Guide / Ichiro Suzuki is a New York Yankee. Weird.

Ichiro Suzuki is a New York Yankee. Weird.
WP Sports - Jul 24, 2012

(A strange sight indeed.)

For each of his 11 1/2 seasons in the majors, Ichiro Suzuki has been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest and a reliable contributor atop the Seattle Mariners lineup.
So when Suzuki stepped to home plate on Monday night at Safeco Field sporting an opponent’s uniform, the sight was nothing short of bizarre for all parties involved. ...
Full story to be checked via Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/post/ichiro-suzuki-is-a-new-york-yankee-weird/2012/07/24/gJQAw0Nc6W_blog.html

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