Oct 31, 2012

Kyoto Imperial Palace Open for Public | 10/31-11/4, 2012

Kyoto Imperial Palace Open for Public

Kyoto Gosho is an imperial palace located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture.



京都御所  秋の一般公開始まる

京都御所(京都市上京区)で31日、恒例の秋の一般公開が始まった。
明治天皇の崩御から100年にあたる今年は、明治天皇ゆかりの品々が展示されている。
観光客らは散策を楽しむなど、紅葉が始まった御所内を満喫していた。11月4日まで。

The 2012 Saga International Balloon Fiesta, November 2012

The 2012 Saga International Balloon Fiesta

The 2012 Saga International Balloon Fiesta, November 2012

This is an Asian maximum grade Hot Air Balloon International Festival at Kase Riversite, Saga city, Saga, Japan.


「佐賀インターナショナルバルーンフェスタ」が31日、佐賀市の嘉瀬川河川敷をメーン会場に開幕し、各チーム自慢のカラフルな熱気球が秋晴れの空を彩った。
11月4日まで。15カ国・地域の100機が参加する。

期間中、四つの大会が開かれ、目的地点への正確な飛行を競う。熱気球は高さによって微妙に異なる風の流れを読みながら、行く先を決める。
「球皮」の中の空気をバーナーの炎で暖めながら、高度を調節する。この日朝、記者が実際に搭乗。驚くほど静かに浮かび上がると、緩やかな西からの風に乗って、田園風景の約100m上空を30分間漂った。3、4日の夜には係留した熱気球を炎で照らすイベントも。

東日本大震災で津波被害に遭いながら修理して復活した「いろは号」やスペースシャトル型気球も登場し、主催者側は80万人の人出を見込む。

To Travelers Considering Visiting Saga City

To Travelers Considering Visiting Saga City

On March 11, 2011 an enormous 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in Japan, a seismic event on a scale rarely seen in previous history. With the earthquake came a huge tsunami that devastated Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures in Tohoku (northeastern Japan) and Ibaraki prefecture in the Kanto region. The earthquake and tsunami claimed many lives and there are many people who remain missing. Many individuals were also injured in the disaster and there are many people whose homes were destroyed or lost.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami, as well as extend our hopes that those who were injured will recover as quickly as possible and that the lives of those who have evacuated or lost their homes will very soon return to normal.

Oct 28, 2012

Who comes first in Karuizawa Marathon?

Who comes first in Kazuizawa Marathon?

Kazuizawa Marathon

The Bullet Train must be first runnner.

Kazuizawa Marathon

Karuizawa is an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of the active volcano Mount Asama in Nagano Prefecture. It was first "discovered" and promoted as a mountain resort by Western residents of Japan in the late 1800s.
Nowadays, many wealthy urbanites own a second home in Karuizawa. Located at an altitude of roughly 1000 meters, the mountain resort provides a pleasant escape from the summer heat. Thanks to the Nagano Shinkansen (opened in 1998), it now takes little more than an hour to reach Karuizawa from central Tokyo.
Various outdoor activities, such as tennis, hiking, cycling, golfing in summer and skiing and skating in winter can be enjoyed in Karuizawa, and there are ample of shopping opportunities.
Karuizawa is located along Japan's Romantic Road.

For details;
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karuizawa,_Nagano
>> http://www.sanspo-jigyo.com/

Oct 27, 2012

Susuharai (year-end cleanup) of the mural painting at Shibuya, Tokyo for a year

Susuharai (year-end cleanup) of the mural painting at Shibuya, Tokyo for a year

Susuharai (year-end cleanup) of the mural painting at Shibuya, Tokyo for a year

The mural painting was one of Arts by Taro Okamoto:


Reference for the details at;
http://www.taro-okamoto.or.jp/asunoshinwa.html
http://www.1101.com/asunoshinwa/
http://www.ntv.co.jp/asunoshinwa/


明日の神話」すす払い

東京・渋谷駅の連絡通路で27日未明、展示されている芸術家の故岡本太郎さんの巨大壁画「明日の神話」(幅30メートル、高さ5・5メートル)に付着した1年分のほこりを落とす「すす払い」が始まった。
NPO法人「明日の神話保全継承機構」の事務局員やボランティアら約20人が集合。
足場に乗って壁画表面のほこりをはけで払い掃除機で吸い取った。

Yono Railway Station Dance Taisho Period Festival, October, Saitama

Yono Railway Station Dance Taisho Period Festival

Since Yono Station was established in 1912,
the first year of the Taisho Period (1912-1926),
there is a costume parade recreating the atmosphere of the Taisho Period
as well as horse carriage rides, refreshment stands and other attractions that give a sensation of the good old days.

Yono Railway Station Dance Taisho Period Festival

Yono Railway Station Dance Taisho Period Festival



! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event] ; http://www.taishou-jidaimatsuri.jp/index.html

Oct 25, 2012

Chrysanthemum Dolls and Flower Show | October 25 - November 25, Gifu

Chrysanthemum Dolls and Flower Show

During a limited period each autumn, 3,000 pots of various chrysanthemums carefully grown by fanciers go on display.
         

Included are “Minogiku”, a species known for their multi-colored petals and which originated here in Gifu, as well as “Yamagiku” and “Ogiku”.

The Chrysanthemum Dolls Show and Chrysanthemum Garden are also popular.


Chrysanthemum Dolls and Flower Show



Official Site;
http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/01_sightseeing/01_03.html
http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/sightseeing/detail_kankou.php?eid=00002

Oct 21, 2012

Kiba no kakunori (Kiba square log rolling) | October 21, Tokyo


The Kiba area of Koto-ku derives its name from the once prolific lumberyards and warehouses. (Kiba is literally “lumberyard.”)
Kiba no kakunori, or square log rolling, developed as a folk art from this unique background.

It sprang from the process of assembling rafts for transport, in which the lumberyard workers maneuver thick, massive logs with only a single fire hook.


Each year, as part of its residents’ festival, Koto-ku organizes this square log rolling at a pond in Kiba Park to pass down the origin of the name and the traditional culture of the area.


Why not join the event and witness the skillful Kiba raftsmen roll and ride the square logs floating in the water?


Kiba no kakunori

The lady with 400 kimonos : Parade on Nihonbashi, Tokyo

The lady with 400 kimonos : Parade on Nihonbashi, Tokyo

The lady with 400 kimonos : Parade on Nihonbashi, Tokyo


The lady with 400 kimonos : Parade on Nihonbashi, Tokyo

The lady with 400 kimonos : Parade on Nihonbashi, Tokyo

「TOKYO KIMONO WEEK 2012~きもの・和・日本橋~」

イベント基本情報
 
期間2012年10月9日(火)~10月23日(火)
時間各会場による
場所日本橋周辺地域
主催TOKYO KIMONO WEEK 実行委員会
特別協賛三井不動産株式会社
協賛日本橋三越本店、日本橋髙島屋、東京織物卸商業組合、京都織物卸商業組合、西陣織工業組合、ワミレスコスメティックス株式会社、株式会社オンワードホールディングス
協力名橋「日本橋」保存会、日本橋地域ルネッサンス100年計画委員会、国土交通省東京国道事務所、野村不動産株式会社、SUNデザイン研究所、芝居茶屋 新日屋
後援中央区、一般社団法人日本ファッション・ウィーク推進機構(予定)
事務局TOKYO KIMONO WEEK 実行委員会事務局
TEL 03-5652-5403(芝居茶屋 新日屋内/平日10:00~17:00)


>> http://www.nihonbashi-tokyo.jp/event/20121009.html

Oct 20, 2012

Yu-Ru-Chara Festival 2012 in Hikone, holy place for Yu-Ru-Chara

Yu-Ru-Chara Festival 2012

in Hikone, holy place for Yu-Ru-Chara

Yu-Ru-Chara Festival in Hikone, holy place for Yu-Ru-Chara

Yuruchara are anime-style cartoon mascots that represent the various prefectures of Japan.
Each yuruchara character can be seen on posters, brochures, and websites that treat visitors to a fun and inviting symbol of the area.

! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://yuru-chara.jp/hikone2012/

 
Yu-Ru-Chara Festival 2012 in Hikone, holy place for Yu-Ru-Chara

Oct 19, 2012

Bettara Ichi | October 2012, Tokyo

Bettara Ichi | Nobember 2012, Tokyo
 
Bettara Ichi | October 2012, Tokyo
 
Bettara Ichi | Nobember 2012, Tokyo

Bettara Ichi (べったら市) is the food festival with Ebisu Shrine at Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

It started in the middle of Edo period.
The main attraction of this festival is Bettara which is pickled japanese radish.
This festival holds every October 19th and 20th.

There are over 300 food stands which sell Bettara, japanese spice, and other typical foods of festival.

Bettara Ichi | Nobember 2012, Tokyo


! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/

Oct 16, 2012

Niihama City Taiko Drum Festival, Ehime | October

Niihama City Taiko Drum Festival, Ehime

This dramatic festival is one of the major autumn festivals in Ehime prefecture.

Centered on the three days from October 16 to 18, over fifty lavish taiko drum floats decorated with gold and silver tassels are paraded around the city on the backs of 150 men each.

An exciting event during the festival is when the floats compete in a "kaki kurabe" where groups compete to see which group can lift their float for the longest amount of time.


Niihama City Taiko Drum Festival, Ehime



! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event]
NiihamaCity: http://www.tourismshikoku.org/index.php?cID=247

Oct 10, 2012

Saijo Festival, Ehime | October

Saijo Festival, Ehime

The Saijo Matsuri, one of the largest festivals in Japan, is a continuing tradition of over 300 years. The festival is held every October.
Giant wooden portable shrines called Danjiri (5 m tall, 700 kg) are carried by 20 men each, and more than 150 portable shrines including some outfitted with large taiko drums, are paraded through the city to the shrine.
This lavish and gorgeous festival is like a picture from a storybook.




! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.saijo.ehime.jp/kankou/maturi2.htm

The Annual Grand Festival of Kotohiragu Shrine, Kagawa | October 10

The Annual Grand Festival of Kotohiragu Shrine, Kagawa

Every year from October 9 to 11, the 400 year old Omiyuki festival is held at Kotohiragu Shrine.
On the night of the 10th, 500 participants carry a mikoshi shrine 2 km to the otabisho where it is housed.
During the route, they run down 785 steps in a single dash to the delight and amazement of the tens of thousands of visitors.


! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.konpira.or.jp

Oct 7, 2012

Thailand-Japan Friendly Ties - Nagamasa Festival | October, Shizuoka

Thailand-Japan Friendly Ties - Nagamasa Festival

Thai products and cuisine will be presented at Sengen-dori, which is said to be the birthplace of Nagamasa Yamada


>> Baban-cho ~ Miyagasaki-cho: Sengen-dori, Shizuoka, Japan

Official Web; http://www.yamadanagamasa.com/

Hagoromo Festival - Miho Hagoromo Matsu | October, Shizuoka

Hagoromo Festival - Miho Hagoromo Matsu

In honor of the French dancer Elene Giuglaris, events include creative dance, Miho Takigi-Noh and haiku poetry competitions.
The Noh play “Hagoromo”is performed here, and is a top Takigi Noh (outdoor Noh play performed by firelight) in Japan, held at the spiritual home of the legend of Hagoromo.



! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://hagoromomatsuri.blogat.jp/

Michinoku YOSAKOI Festival, October, Sendai

Michinoku YOSAKOI Festival

Festival period: Middle of October

The basic rule of dancing for this festival is you must dance with clappers on your hands to music partly composed of local folk songs.
The costumes and design of the dances are all up to the participants and unique musical arrangements from folk music to vibrant rock music are used.
Together with a storm of chanting and splendid dancing, they never fail to overwhelm the audience.
You can experience a bodily sensation of powerful and passionate performance at more than 10 stages in the city.

Michinoku YOSAKOI Festival

Don't miss this exciting event and make sure to stop by the nearest stage and enjoy it. Anybody can participate in the performance, so why don't you form a group and join in!



! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.michinoku-yosakoi.net/

Oct 6, 2012

Deer-horn Cutting Ceremony, Nara | October 6-8

Deer-horn Cutting Ceremony, Nara

The horn cutting ceremony was held in order to prevent people from being injured, during the Kanbun era (1661-73), the early Edo period.

Deer-horn Cutting Ceremony, Nara

It was perfomed in the dead-end streets by the magistrates of Nara.
The ceremony resumed in the 24th year of Meiji(1892), and has been held using part of the front approach to the Kasuga Grand Shrine with the spectators' seats set up nearby.
In the 4th year of Showa(1930), a new pen was completed, a part of which has been used for the horn-cutting ceremony.
In the ceremony, 7 or 8 stags are brought into the horn-cutting place, captured by brave men called Seko, and the deer horns are cut off with a saw. This is an event peculiar to Nara.


! For the details, please access to the followings;

[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture]
http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event]
http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/event/event_data/ivnt108/index.html
http://naradeer.com/event01.htm

Oct 5, 2012

Nagoya Meshi (Nagoya Food Festival) | 10/5-11/11, 2012

Nagoya Meshi (Nagoya Food Festival)

What to eat in Nagoya

Nagoya's specialty foods are introduced, including hitsumabushi eel dish, misonikomi udon noodle, kishimen noodle, miso-katsu cutlet, tebasaki fried chicken wingtips, and tenmusu rice balls.


なごやめしを食べ歩く最大級のイベント
 
2012年10月5日(金)~ 11月11日(日)、名古屋市内の飲食店150店舗以上を中心とした回遊型「なごやめし食べ歩き」と新しいなごやめしを参加者の投票で決める「新なごやめしコンテスト」からなる、1 ヶ月以上に及ぶ「なごやめし」をテーマにした一大イベント
10/5(金)~11/11(日)の38日間食べ歩きイベントです。