Nov 25, 2012

New face to promote Sakaiminato-City at Mizuki Shigeru Museum

New face to promote Sakaiminato-City at Mizuki Shigeru Museum


Mizuki Shigeru Road 134 yokai characters were sterically casted into detailed bronze statues. Anyone can see and touch the statues. Each unit of the black granite base and the statue is highly appraised as a fine art. Yokais attract a number of visitors and keep the town active.

Mizuki Shigeru Museum At Mizuki Shigeru Museum, visitors can feel existence of Yokais through cubic molds, sound and lighting effects, and they can visualize Yokais through the motion picutres using three large screens. Profiles of Mizuki Shigeru and the rare collections which he collected and brought back to Japan from world wide are displayed at the Museum.

official website ›› http://www.sakaiminato.net/foreign/en/mizuki.htm

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Mizuki Shigeru Museum

Nov 24, 2012

Victory Parade in Sapporo City | Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

Victory Parade in Sapporo City | Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

Victory Parade in Sapporo City | Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters


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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

Nov 23, 2012

The Kingdom of Light illumination at Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki

The Kingdom of Light illumination at Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki

10 million lights of illumination to the world greatest light festival.

Main venue of illumination spot "Art Garden" has increased the scale. To add eight hundred thousand light bulbs and expanded the area 1.5 times compared with last year. Bland new spot "Crystal Blue Wave": spread the area 6,000㎡ light bulbs in sync and light with the music. The other new illumination spot and new attraction will coming soon


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Sukiya Carpenter: the Creator of Beauty at TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology

Sukiya Carpenter: the Creator of Beauty at TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology

23rd November - 28th December, 2012 | at TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry & Technology, Nagoya City, Aichi

 
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›› http://www.tcmit.org/english/

Nov 22, 2012

Sapporo White Illumination | November 22 - December 25, Sapporo

Sapporo White Illumination | November 22 - December 25, Sapporo

Street trees and objects in Odori Park and other places are decorated with colorful electric sparklers.

The illuminated street against the backdrop of the snow-clad Odori Park produces a fascinating view.
Local temperature and what to wear 0.9 - 8.1 It begins snowing and the lowest daily temperature sometimes drops below 0°C. Outfits for cold weather (coat, cap, gloves, scarf) become necessary.

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Nov 17, 2012

Ishiyama-dera on Light-up with autumnal leaves | 17th - 25th November, 2012 | Otsu-City, Shiga

Ishiyama-dera on Light-up with autumnal leaves | 17th - 25th November, 2012 | Otsu-City, Shiga

Ishiyama-dera Temple is located near the southern tip of Lake Biwa on the right bank of Seta-gawa River which is the only river flowing out of that lake.
Ishiyama-dera Temple has been featured in various literary works including "Kagero Nikki" (The Gossamer Years), "Sarashina Nikki" (The Sarashina Diary) and "Makura no soshi" (the Pillow Book) and there is a lore that Murasaki Shikibu, the author of "Genji Monogatari" (The Tale of Genji), conceived the story line during her visit to Ishiyama-dera Temple for a sanro (a retreat (to a temple or shrine) for prayer).


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New Joetsu Bullet Train started on the 30th anniversary

New Joetsu Bullet Train started on the 30th anniversary
上越新幹線 30年記念列車 最新列車

To mark the 30th anniversary, East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has started running specially decorated Shinkansen trains.

Joetsu Bullet Train on the 30th anniversary
上越新幹線 30年記念列車


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"Monument for Nothing" at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

"Monument for Nothing" at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

17th November, 2012 - 31st March, 2013 | at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
AIDA MAKOTO, UNVEILED GENIUS IN CHAOS!

   Aida Makoto is one of the most noted contemporary artists in Japan today. Though grotesque and erotic in style, Aida's work displays an incisive critical faculty when it comes to political and historical issues. And, while projecting modern Japanese society, he simultaneously draws heavily on traditional artworks and modes of expression. It is also true, however, that surveying Aida's oeuvre, that very ambiguity starts to resemble a miniature version of Japanese society. This exhibition, Aida Makoto's first solo museum show, will reveal the artist in all his chaotic glory, via around 100 works - including new offerings - covering the two decades since his arrival on the international art scene.


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The first prize winner has been selected ! | The New National Stadium Japan

The first prize winner has been selected ! | The New National Stadium Japan

Zaha Hadid Architects (GBR) has been selected for international Design Competition of The New National Stadium Japan.


The first prize winner has been selected ! | The New National Stadium Japan



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If you were to win 600 million yen of the lottery, what would you buy with the money?

If you were to win 600 million yen of the lottery, what would you buy with the money?

"Year-End Jumbo" lottery tickets will be started to hit the stand from November 26.


The 'tomikuji,' which was the origin of the modern lottery and established to collect funds needed for building temples, was also produced special atmosphere in Japan.


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Hachioji Ginkgo Festival | November 17-18, Hachiouji, Tokyo

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival | November 17-18, Hachiouji, Tokyo

Those gingko trees were planted along the streets when the city expanded the Tama Goryo in the Showa period.
Highlight of this time is the tour of sekisho (old checking station) with old-time pass permits.
Also, the parade of classic cars that survived the Showa era is planned.
You can feel the loving enthusiasm of Hachioji citizen to their hometown, which remind us of good old days.
Enjoy nostalgic atmosphere covered with beautiful yellow leaves.

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival | November 17-18, Hachiouji, Tokyo



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Nov 16, 2012

Tram Summit 2012 | November 16-18, Osaka

Tram Summit 2012 | November 16-18, Osaka

Now, 15 prefectures have a streetcar running in a city area in Japan.


Tram Summit 2012 | November 16-18, Osaka

The streetcar is now certainly out of date.

However, with less people driving cars as a result of the rise in gasoline prices, and with more people concerned about the environment, the merits of small electric tram cars have been reconsidered.





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Nov 15, 2012

Tokyo Skytree Town Winter Festival Light Art Entertainment 2012

Tokyo Skytree Town Winter Festival Light Art Entertainment 2012


Illuminations at Tokyo Skytree
As the first Christmas event since Tokyo Skytree Town opened to the public, the illumination will light up the entire area around Tokyo Skytree. Moreover, the broadcast tower itself will feature a variety of limited-edition illumination themes centering on weekends up to the Christmas.
official website ›› http://www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english/


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Campaign Girl !? for The Seven-Five-Three Festival | November 15

Campaign Girl !? for The Seven-Five-Three Festival | November 15

 

"Shichi Go San" literally means Seven Five Three.

When children reach these ages, they are taken by parents or grandparents to a Shinto shrine in the neighborhood on November 15th to celebrate their growth.


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Nov 14, 2012

WMF Modernism Prize Awarded to Architectural Consortium | Hizuchi Elementary School, Yawatahama, Ehime

WMF Modernism Prize Awarded to Architectural Consortium | Hizuchi Elementary School, Yawatahama, Ehime

2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Awarded to Architectural Consortium for Restoration of Hizuchi Elementary School, One of Japan’s Most Representative Modern Buildings

Bonnie Burnham, president of World Monuments Fund (WMF), today announced that WMF has awarded the 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize to the Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School, for its impeccable restoration of Hizuchi Elementary School in Hizuchi, Yawatahama City, Ehime Prefecture, on Shikoku Island, Japan. Following serious damage from a 2004 typhoon, the school had been the center of a two-year debate over whether to demolish or preserve the structure.

WMF Modernism Prize Awarded to Architectural Consortium | Hizuchi Elementary School, Yawatahama, Ehime

(愛媛県八幡浜市の日土小学校)


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Nov 13, 2012

Busy for maiking zodiac animal's figure for next year | 2013年干支は「巳」

Snake is the next year's Zodiac Animal.

 
Busy for maiking zodiac animal's figure for next year
 三春張り子(福島・郡山)
 

ETO

In a cycle of 60 years based on
the ten celestial signs and the twelve horary signs,
each year is named a combination of one of the 12 kinds of animals and one of the ten kinds of elements (eto).
 
 
Busy for maiking zodiac animal's figure for next year
鋳物の「巳」(鋳物の町:埼玉県川口市)


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"U-MATSURI" Cormorant Festival, December 16, Hakui-City, Ishikawa

"U-MATSURI" Cormorant Festival

Keta Taisha Shrine
The Keta Taisha is located in Hakui City, Teramachi and has been a point of worship for approximately 2000 years. The most prominent shrine on the Noto Peninsula, it is popular nowadays as being home to the god of marriage.

"U-MATSURI" Cormorant Festival

"U-MATSURI" Cormorant Festival, will be held on December 16, at Hakui-City, Ishikawa.

"U-MATSURI" Cormorant Festival



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The Tori no Ichi Market - a fair that brings luck to the household

The Tori no Ichi Market - a fair that brings luck to the household

Tori no Ichi is a fair held on the "days of the bird" in the month of December.
People gather from far and wide to buy the lucky kumade (bamboo rakes) which are believed to "rake in" good luck.

The Tori no Ichi Market - a fair that brings luck to the household

"Otori-sama". Tori no Ichi Market, will be held on December 15 at Otori Shinto Shrine, Higashi-Matsuyama-City, Saitama.

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! "Tori no hi" is the date that corresponds to 'Tori' (the Cock) in the dating method that applies each of eto (the twelve Chinese zodiac signs) to each day of the year.

Otariya Festival, December 15, Utsunomiya-City Tochigi

Otariya Festival

Otariya Festival of Futaarayama Shrine, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Pref., features a performance of Dengaku-mai (Shinto dance with music) from around 5 pm to 5:30 pm in the precincts of the Shrine.

Otariya Festival

A parade of Mikoshi (a portable shrine) goes through the city from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.



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Hiwatari Matsuri (Firewalking Festival), Sakuragawa-City, Ibaraki

Hiwatari Matsuri (Firewalking Festival),

The name of the festival is "Hiwatari," literally meaning fire crossing. They make a big fire, then allow people to walk over the embers.


People keep it for praying for safety of the family and state of perfect health over the year.
Hiwatari Matsuri (Firewalking Festival),

* Hiwatari Matsuri (Firewalking Festival), Sakuragawa-City, Ibaraki
* December 3rd Sunday ("Day of Touji"; on the winter solstice)
* Kaba-san, Saenazumi-shrine, Sakuragawa, Ibaraki



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Nov 12, 2012

Yassai Hossai, December 14th, Sakai-City, Osaka

Yassai Hossai, December 14th, Sakai-City, Osaka

This fire festival is based on a local legend in which fishermen were said to have warmed the god Ebisu (sea god), who drifted ashore on Ishizu-no-hama beach, using 108 pieces of firewood.


Yassai Hossai, December 14th, Sakai-City, Osaka

In this unique Shinto festival, three men carry a man in a costume of the sea god and walk through a bonfire, crying "Yassai, hossai."





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Purple Ribbon on many Towers Japan for campaign of Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women

Purple Ribbon on many Towers Japan for campaign of Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women

Violence against women, including spousal violence, sexual crimes, prostitution, trafficking in persons, sexual harassment and stalking behavior, constitutes a serious violation of the human rights of women.


Purple Ribbon on many Towers Japan for campaign of Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women

This is an issue to be resolved in the process of formation of a gender-equal society.
The international community also attaches great importance to this issue, as is seen in the 1999 inauguration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by the United Nations, which will be held each year on November 25.

Purple Ribbon on many Towers Japan for campaign of Elimination of All Forms of Violence against Women


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Nov 11, 2012

Okinawa International Carnival/Gate 2 Festival 2012 | November 24-25

Okinawa International Carnival


Okinawa City, Koza as it is familiarized, is home to people from more than 30 different countries, and makes it the most suitable place to hold this internationally flavored, participation-oriented event.

Enjoy the tastes from around the world, dance with Samba Parade, and be a part of the melting pot of International "champru(mixture)" !

Okinawa International Carnival



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http://www.onb.jp/event/oka_kokusai21/

Kira Kira Festival in Sasebo, Nagasaki | November 15 - December 25

Kira Kira Festival in Sasebo, Nagasaki

The city at night in winter around Shimanose Park in the center of Sasebo is decorated with beautiful illuminations.

The walls of Shimanose Art Museum in the center of the park stand out as it is decorated with massive electrical light art. During the Festival, various events are held each year including a residents' party at Japan's longest arcade.


Kira Kira Festival in Sasebo, Nagasaki


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Warai-Kou (Laughing Battle), December 2, Hofu-City, Yamaguchi

Warai-Kou (Laughing Battle)

Who said that Japanese don't usually Smile or don't say have a sense of humor?

You will find Big Laughing Men who are in very formal traditional dress at this Festival.


Warai-Kou (Laughing Battle)

Warai-Kou (Laughing Battle)

Warai-Kou (Laughing Battle)


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