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Golden Week – Furikae Kyūjitsu and Golden Week History

Today is the last day of the Golden Week this year in Japan. For this year, this day has no particular celebration or holiday. Today is just a Compensation/Substitute Holiday (振替休日 Furikae Kyūjitsu) that is observed when any of the Golden Week holidays fall on Sunday.…

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Due South : Zentsuu-ji, Kagawa – Quick Shikoku Pilgrimage

Mini hachi-jyuu-hachi kasho meguri (Quick circuit for 88 sacred places) Behind the temple, there is a small mountain called “Koushiki-zan” (lit. “Mt. Scent-colour”). There is a path encircling the mountain, which is about 1.6 km (approx. 1 mile) long. This is a very short version of the well-known pilgrimage in Japan : “(Shikoku) Hachi-jyuu-hachi kasho meguri” (lit.…

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Golden Week – Children’s Day

Today in Japan is Greenery Day (みどりの日, Midori no Hi) which is a part of the series of holidays called the Golden Week. If you want to read more about Greenery Day, read our previous post. Continuing our series of posts regarding Golden Week, we will feature Children’s Day (子供の日) or Kodomo no Hi.…

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Due South : Zentsuu-ji, Kagawa – The temple and around

Zentsuu-ji : The temple It’s relatively large, but I didn’t take many photos. I don’t remember why. If you are interested, visit the official website. There aren’t many photos in the English page, though. (Japanese page with map and link to the photos are here.) Quick history As I wrote in the previous post, the temple was built by a Buddhist monk, Kuukai, He was born in this area, and the name “Zentsuu” was taken from his father’s posthumous Buddhist name “Yoshimichi” (The same Kanji characters are used for “Zentsuu” and “Yoshimichi”).…

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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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