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Monthly Archive:2014/08

Japanese Summer – Of Cicadas and Ghosts 1

2014/08/15 | Animal , ,

Ahhhh.. summer in Japan is here. Long vacation from school. Fireworks. Obon. Dance festivals. And its official background music: the sound of cicadas. Wait, what was that? Summer in Japan is also also the time where the environment becomes noisy due to cicadas.…

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Onsen

Japan is one of the countries located along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”.  Countries along the “Pacific Ring of Fire” have high seismic and volcanic activity.  This explains why earthquakes are common in the “Land of the Rising Sun”.  There are many  volcanoes in Japan. …

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Matsuri: A Food-Lovers Heaven

2014/08/13 | Food, Traditional Culture

Summer in Japan is finally here! Finally, the season for Matsuri(festivals). Japan as busy as a country it may seem has a year-long list of festivals it celebrate all over the country. For most tourists, this is the best time to experience first-hand Japanese traditions and culture.…

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We are ninjas: What ninja is and the origin

What is “ninja”? From “Mansenshuukai” a.k.a. “Bansenshuukai” (a famous ninjutsu-sho, a book about ninja’s tricks), an excellent ninja is described as one who makes a great success but; Makes no sound Has no odor Remains nameless Never win a name for himself / herself Makes outstanding achievements just like creating this world About the expression “creating this world”, there is an explanation in the same paragraph; In spring, the world is peaceful, plants grow and flowers bloom.…

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Visiting a Gacha-gacha (Capsule Toy) Specialty Store

In Japan, you can find capsule toy vending machines or gacha-gacha in Japanese (refers both to the toy and the vending machine) mostly everywhere. It’s usually located near the entrance at supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, and other places. Gacha-gacha (Capsule Toy) Specialty Store in Okayama City Recently, I have learned that there is a gacha-gacha specialty store called “Gacha-gacha Museum Yume-koro” in Okayama City.…

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Japanese Summer – A Season of Fireworks and Dance Festivals 2

In our previous post, we featured fireworks as one of the things you usually associate to a Japanese summer. But summer is not only about fireworks, it also means commemorating one’s dead ancestors and summer dance festivals. Obon In Buddhism, they believe that the spirits of their ancestors visit their living relatives yearly and it is during the Obon (お盆).…

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Japanese Summer – A Season of Fireworks and Dance Festivals 1

It’s summer time now in Japan. If you know how hot and sweaty you can be during summer in Japan, then you also know that summer is also the time of fireworks and dance festivals. Almost every night of summer in Japan has fireworks, it may be coming from a small village or a big city.…

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Osaka Quest:Dotonbori and Hozenji

Ebisubashi (Ebisu bridge), Dotonbori (Doton moat) Dotonbori and Ebisubashi are well-known as bustling areas. There are many famous things like a large neon sign of the Glico running man and a huge moving crab on the front of the crab restaurant called “Kani douraku”(literal translation is “Crab indulgence”).…

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We are ninjas: The word “ninja”

When I was a child, “ninja” was not known worldwide like today. Of course it was very popular in Japan, but famous ninja anime / manga (“Sasuke” and “Kamui” by Sanpei Shirato were probably the best-known at that time) were for rather adults than kids to compare with the present “Nintama Rantarou” or “Naruto”, although I did enjoy those stories.…

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I Love Konbini: Amazing Technology of Onigiri (Rice Ball)

2014/08/04 | Food , ,

I sometimes eat onigiri of konbini for lunch or snack. There is a lot of variety of onigiri to choose from and it’s really delicious. Japanese really likes onigiri.The reason is we, Japanese, have been eating this food since childhood. This time, I’ll be introducing “Konbini Onigiri”.…

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