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Sumo: More Than Just a Martial Art – Professional Sumo

As noted in our previous posts about sumo, it is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan’s national sport. It originated in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto deities.…

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Go west : Sugawara no Michizane – Legends

There are mysterious legends around Sugawara no Michizane. Most of them are episodes after he was framed by his political enemy. Michizane and the flying plum tree This legend is very well-known along with the following poem. The night before he left his home in Kyoto, the capital at that time, he composed a poem to a plum tree in the garden.…

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Sumo: More Than Just a Martial Art – Rules

In our last post about the Japanese traditional martial art sumo, we learned about its history. In this post, we will learn more about its rules and features.…

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Go west : Dazaifu and Sugawara no Michizane

2015/03/20 | Others ,

- Michizane by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1885) - On the top right, his poem, which was written when he was eleven, is shown. Illustration from GATAG Sugawara no Michizane is the person who is worshipped as god of study at the shrine, “Dazaifu Tenman-guu”.…

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Sumo: More Than Just a Martial Art – Origin

Sumo (相撲, spelled as sumou in romaji, literally means “striking one another”) is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet.…

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Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

- The gate to the main shrine - Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times.…

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Kamishibai – Storytelling Through Paper Theater

Kamishibai (紙芝居, literal meaning: “paper drama”) is a form of storytelling that originated in Japanese Buddhist temples in the 12th century, where monks used emakimono (picture scrolls) to convey stories with moral lessons to a mostly illiterate audience.…

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Go west : Kushida shrine and others in Hakata, Fukuoka

I didn’t do “sight-seeing” in Hakata, because there aren’t many things to see as I wrote in my first post of this series. However, according to one of the official websites of Fukuoka city government (Japanese page), there seems to be many historical locations.…

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White Day – Men’s Answer to Valentine’s Day in Japan

Tomorrow, March 14, is marked as White Day (ホワイトデー, Howaito Dē) in Japan and other Asian countries (South Korea, Taiwan, and China). It is observed exactly one month from Valentine’s Day. In Japan, Valentine’s Day is typically observed by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to boys or men, as an expression of love, courtesy, or social obligation.…

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Go west : Juventus Lounge in Hakata, Fukuoka

2015/03/12 | Entertainment ,

At first, I’ve got to say that this post has got nothing to do with Hakata. If you are not interested in the Italian football (soccer) team “Juventus”, this is not for you. Italian Serie A is my favourite football league.…

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