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Kendo, The Way of the Sword – Kendo Equipment

In our previous post about kendo, we learned about its history. In this post, we will learn about the kendo equipment. As the All Japan Kendo Federation (AJKF) restored kendo and fight against the ban after the declaration of Japan’s independence, they then published “The Concept and Purpose of Kendo”.…

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Go west : Dazaifu Tenman-guu and Kyushu National Museum

Dazaifu Tenman-guu : The “ema-dou” area and around the pond The “ema-dou” (ema house) area - "Bonsai" market - A small market of plum tree pots was held beside "Ema-dou". There is a small square where “ema-dou” is located. “Ema” is a wooden plaques with people’s wishes and/or appreciation to God.…

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Kendo, The Way of the Sword – History

Kendo, or the “way of the sword,” is similar to forms of fencing seen in other lands. Two contestants wearing armor to protect the face, chest, and arms confront each other with bamboo swords called shinai. Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world.…

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Go west : Dazaifu Tenman-guu – Main area

Dazaifu Tenman-guu : Main area and around The main shrine area – Rou-mon – The main gate to the main shrine area. “Rou-mon” means “two-story gate”. Now the word is used for a gate which has no roof for the bottom story.…

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Around the Web: April Fools’ Day in Japan

Yesterday was April 1 which is celebrated as April Fools’ Day. It is the day where people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. April Fools’ Day in Japan before, is not that well observed. Thanks to the advent of technology, every April Fools’ Day in Japan is a day to look forward for pranks and hoax news.…

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Go west : Dazaifu Tenman-guu – To the main shrine

Dazaifu Tenman-guu : To the main shrine On the way to the shrine from the station Like “Konpira-guu” in Kagawa, there are many shops and restaurants on either side of the street to the shrine. - Starbucks with a peculiar appearance - – “Ume ga e mochi” or “Ume ga ya mochi” – One of Dazaifu specialties.…

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Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination – Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Yes, march is already ending today and the winter chill has slowly abated making way for spring, but if you still can’t get enough of winter and  you want to prolong that winter holiday feeling, head over to Mie Prefecture and visit Nabana no Sato on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana City.…

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Go west : Tenman-guu to console Michizane

“Kitano Tenman-guu” in Kyoto to console Michizane In 942, Michizane’s spirit showed up before a girl from a poor family in Kyoto and ordered to build a shrine for him in “Ukon no baba” (“hippodrome controlled by the right guard office”), the place where he often visited during his life.…

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Sumo: More Than Just a Martial Art – The Sumo Wrestler

As sumo has its roots from a religious background (originally performed to entertain Shinto deities), sumo wrestlers lead a highly regimented way of life.…

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Go west : Sugawara no Michizane strikes back

After Michizane’s death in 903, people, who were involved with the conspiracy to frame him, died in a mysterious death one after another. Also, there were natural disasters in Kyoto. Victims of vengeance by Sugawara no Michizane Illustration from Illust-ya Year: Person 906: Fujiwara no Sadakuni (Age: 40) 908: Fujiwara no Sugane (Age: 53) He reported to the emperor along with Sadakuni that Michizane was plotting against the regime.…

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