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Monthly Archive:2015/04

Golden Week – Constitution Memorial Day and Greenery Day

Continuing our feature about Japan’s Golden Week, this post will feature the second and third holidays, the Constitution Memorial Day and Greenery Day. Constitution Memorial Day The Constitution Memorial Day, or Kenpō Kinenbi (憲法記念日) as it is known in Japan, is a national holiday in Japan that is celebrated every May 3.…

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Due South : Zentsuu-ji, Kagawa – General Info and Kuukai

Zentsuu-ji : General Info Zentsuu-ji is a name of the temple which was built by the well-known monk Kuukai a.k.a. “Koubou-daishi” (The Grand Master Koubou) *. (The French fashion label “Kookai” is named after the priest.) Then, the location where the temple is also began to be called as “Zentsuu-ji”.…

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Golden Week – Shōwa Day

Tomorrow in Japan is Shōwa Day. It is the start of the so-called Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク, Gōruden Wīku). Often abbreviated as GW, Golden Week is a term applied to a series of public holidays between April and May. Golden Week The current holidays celebrated during this period are: April 29 – Shōwa Day (昭和の日, Shōwa no Hi) May 3 – Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日, Kenpō Kinenbi) May 4 – Greenery Day (みどりの日, Midori no Hi) May 5 – Children’s Day (こどもの日, Kodomo no Hi) When a public holiday lands on a Sunday, the next day that is not already a holiday becomes a holiday for that year.…

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Basic Japanese : “Iroha-uta”, line by line – Part 2 –

2015/04/27 | Others

The rest of “Iroha-uta”, line by line Line 3 From a Buddhism thought, “Free from living and dying(, by entering Nirvana)”. [First half] Meaning: The deep mountain called life, “Ui” is also a Buddhism word. It means “every thing and phenomenon which comes from various karma(, always lives and dies and never lasts forever)”.…

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Kendo, The Way of The Sword – Sword Masters

Kendo has a very long and rich history of development in Japan. Some of the legendary sword masters of ancient Japan left writings to explain their philosophy and methods. Even though they are not really practitioners of the modern kendo, nevertheless, their philosophies and methods became a part of it.…

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Basic Japanese : “Iroha-uta”, line by line – Part 1 –

2015/04/23 | Others

“Iroha-uta” as a poem - "Iroha-uta" - I’m going to explain the meaning of the poem in two posts. As I wrote in the previous post, it is thought to be composed in the Heian era (794 – 1185). In the major theory, the poem is said to express a doctrine from the Nirvana Sutra.…

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Kendo, The Way of The Sword – Kendo Kata

Kendo kata are fixed patterns that teach kendoka the basic elements of swordsmanship. The kata include fundamental techniques of attacking and counter-attacking, and have useful practical application in general kendo.…

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Basic Japanese : Old Japanese Alphabets

Old Japanese Alphabets or Historical Japanese Alphabets - "Gojyuu-on" : Hiragana version - - "Gojyuu-on" : Katakana version - - "Iroha-uta" - The two red characters in “gojyuu-on” and “iroha-uta” are out of use now. Both characters had their own sounds consisting of a consonant and a vowel, but each of them changed into the same sound as a vowel which has a similar sound.…

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Kendo, The Way of The Sword – Kendo Grades

Just like other martial arts, practitioners also are ranked by kendo grades.…

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Basic Japanese : Japanese Alphabetical orders – “Gojyuu-on” and “Iroha-uta”

General Info : Japanese Alphabetical orders There are two patterns of Japanese Alphabetical orders. One starts with “A”, “I”, “U”. This is now used at school to learn Japanese Alphabets, Hiragana and Katakana. Known as “Gojyuu-on” (lit. “fifty sounds”). The other starts with “I”, “Ro”, “Ha”.…

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