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Rising Bamboo Entertains Visitors in Memory of Busho10/06/2017

KYOTO – When we think of bamboo woods in Kyoto, the Arashiyama and Sagano districts are probably at the top of the list. However, Kodaiji Temple, shown in this photo, also boasts magnificent woods that entertain visitors with its tall green bamboo th…



Wind Chime’s Cute Sounds Bring Summer Reminiscence09/21/2017

NARA – Japan’s summer is almost over. When the temperature goes below 30 Celsius, we begin to feel that summer is ending. With the exception of only a few locations, such as Hokkaido or Karuizawa, summer in Japan is generally very humid, hot and unpl…



The Mood of the 18th-Century Streets Attract Visitors07/28/2017

CHIBA – There are several towns and streets that maintain the traditional feel of the Edo period of 17-19th century Japan. These places are known as Ko-Edo, meaning “Little Edo”, the old name for Tokyo. Sawara City of Chiba Prefecture recently …



Noh Masks Infused with the Spirit of Craftsmanship07/11/2017

TOKYO – When you say “it looks like a Noh mask” in Japanese, it means “expressionlessness.” On the contrary to what we say, Noh masks are quite expressive. With a slight shift in angle the facial expression on the mask will totally change. The …



Hydrangeas, a Splash of Vitality in the Rainy Gloominess07/06/2017

KANAGAWA – Until early July, Japan is typically in the rainy season. At these times the high humidity makes us feel uncomfortable day and night. On the plus side, pretty hydrangea flowers bloom in this season. Many different colors such as blue…



Onarutokyo Shows Up in Pale-Pink Chiffon Skies05/26/2017

TOKUSHIMA – Onarutokyo bridge, seen from the side of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island. The background pale pink sunset behind the bridge was impressive. Shikoku Island, surrounded by sea, is the fourth largest island after Honshu, Hokkaid…



Blues Merge Japan and the West in the Only Aizome Dress05/11/2017

TOKUSHIMA – Japanese indigo dyeing, known as aizome, is believed to be the oldest dyeing technique in Japan. There are many degrees of the color blue in the finished aizome product. Craftsmen know based on their experiences which dye pods they …



Ryukyu Glasses Help You Taste Beer Better05/02/2017

OKINAWA – These colorful glasses are called Ryukyu glasses in Okinawa Prefecture. Ryukyu is the old name of Okinawa and, from the 15th to the 19th century, the prefecture was reigned by the Ryukyu Kingdom. Because of this history, there are man…



Tulips Sing Cheerfully to the Sun04/13/2017

IBARAKI – Tulips are blooming as if they were singing to the sun in National Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Various flowers and plants amuse visitors at this huge park located near the Pacific Ocean. Depending on the se…



Spring is Here! Cherry Blossoms are Blooming in Japan04/06/2017

CHIBA – Spring 2017 has come! No verbal explanations are necessary for cherry blossoms in Japan. Just enjoy this photo, which was taken in Nakayama Hokekyoji temple, Chiba Prefecture, in early April. Instead of talking only about cherry blossom…



Glamorous Noh Costumes Timelessly Glitter03/26/2017

TOKYO – Costumes are an indispensable aspect of Noh performance. As the clothing is made of fabric, they deteriorate much faster than masks, which are made of wood. Some costumes are from the medieval time of the 15th century, when Noh performa…



Tidal Current Generates Vigorous Whirlpools 03/23/2017

TOKUSHIMA – The tidal current under Onarutokyo bridge is about 20 kilometers per hour, marking it the fastest in Japan, creating many whirlpools. The diameters of the larger whirlpools here are as big as 30 meters (about 100 feet). The brown se…





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