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Av shin-chan - 1 juli 2012 11:23


The gaze of the spectators becomes riveted on the gorgeous motifs of the yatai floats.


Dates: October 9th and 10th
Place: Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine
City: 178, Sakura-machi, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture

The Takayama Festival, which is cited as one of the three most beautiful festivals of Japan, consists of two festivals: the Spring Takayama Festival or Sanno Matsuri at Hie Shrine, and the Autumn Takayama Festival or Hachiman Matsuri at Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine.

The Autumn Hachiman Matsuri, which is held annually on October 9th and 10th prompts the local inhabitants to start their winter preparations. The greatest attractions are the eleven yatai floats which are designated as significant intangible folk cultural assets. *Their splendid motifs produced by the skills of the master artisans called Hida no Takumi are so gorgeous that they are often described as 'mobile Yomeimon' in association with the renowned Yomeimon Gate of Nikko Tosho Shrine.

The crowds of spectators coming from distant places are fascinated by the festival procession, which is almost like a narrative picture scroll. The dexterous movements of the wind-up marionettes, which move with a thread or a spring, performing on top of the yatai floats are especially interesting. 

The yatai floats are lined up before dusk, and once the town becomes veiled in the evening darkness, as many as 100 chochin lanterns are lit on each of the floats. The unique ornaments of the yatai floats look even more resplendent in the darkness of the night.

*A significant intangible folk cultural asset refers to manners and customs related to food, clothing and shelter, vocation, faith, annual events, and folkloric performing arts, etc., which have been established by the people in daily life and passed down through generations, deemed especially valuable by the State.



Av shin-chan - 26 juni 2012 17:40

Japan One Year after the Tsunami, Earthquake, and Nuclear Disaster

Early in 2012, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said, "Japan needs to dramatically reduce its dependence on nuclear power, which supplied 30% of its electricity before the crisis." In late February 2012, a new report by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation found that during the nuclear disaster, no one knew the extent of the damage at the plant. The report also said that while leaders downplayed the risks to the public, they secretly considered evacuating Tokyo.

March 11, 2012, marked the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 16,000 people and set off a nuclear disaster in Japan. A year later, the country was still recovering. While the country rebuilt factories and roads as well as showed growth in its economy by the end of 2011, the cleanup was still far from complete. At the one year mark more than 160,000 people had not returned to their homes in the radiation-poisoned areas. Not trusting the decontamination process, they refused to go home even after the government lifted evacuation orders from certain communities.

In Late March 2012, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant released the results of an internal investigation that contradicted previous reports and raised concerns over the plant's stability. The latest investigation found that the water level at the core of one of the reactors was far lower than previously reported. Meaning, the fuel rods may not be covered in water and could heat up again. The investigation also revealed that radiation levels are currently 72.0 Sieverts inside the reactor's containment vessel, strong enough to kill a person within minutes. The high level of radiation could also cause a malfunction in electrical equipment.


Av shin-chan - 23 juni 2012 14:23


Japan is 70% mountains

Japan is made up of over 6000 islands

Kris and Jessica live in Japan

There are wild monkeys in Japan

Wild monkeys don’t like to be looked at in the eye

The Japanese Prime Minister is elected by the legislature, not the people

Legend says that the Japanese monarchy began in the 7th Century BC

In Japan they eat squid, octopus, eel, all fish, crabs, prawns, etc…

A traditional Japanese breakfast consists of rice topped with natto (fermented soy beans)

The Japanese say that the Chinese will eat anything

Golden Retrievers are the most popular pet

The Japanese use four different writing systems

In Japanese, the word for “wrong” and “different” are the same

American shows shown in Japan are: Ally McBeal, Dharma and Greg, Beverly Hills 90210, Full House, Sabrina the

Teenage Witch, Boy Meets World, Animal Rescue Kids

In Japan, Ally Mc Beal is called “Ally My Love” because McBeal when said in a Japanese dialect sounds like McBeer

Junior High and High School students wear uniforms

Elementary school students wear yellow caps

In Japan, the teachers move from class to class and the students stay in one room

At McDonalds the hamburgers are the same size as in America, but the drink sizes are one size smaller

“McDonalds” in a Japanese dialect sounds lilke “Ma-ku-do-na-ru-do”

Japanese is hard (Nihongo wa muzukashi des)

In Japan it is not uncommon to see women wearing platform shoes that are 4 to 6 inches high

Instead of “Ohayo Gozaimasu” (good morning), Japanese youngsters often say “Oha!”

Christianity comprises less than 10% of the Japanese population

Normal Japanese kitchens don’t have ovens

The bathroom is not where the toilet is found in a Japanese home



Av shin-chan - 18 juni 2012 19:53

Kan tyvärr inte dela videon på bloggen! Men klicka bara på texten eller bilden så kommer du till sidan där du kan se avsnittet ^ ^ <3


Av shin-chan - 16 juni 2012 20:38

The Lazy But Helpful Samurai

One of the best things about Japanese manga is the characters. From the heroes and heroines to their sidekicks and enemies, every character in a manga has his or her own personality. The manga artists' detailed depictions of the characters draw readers deep into the stories. Let's meet some characters from two manga that are popular with Japanese kids right now.

The first manga is Gin Tama. In this story, aliens suddenly arrive in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868), when samurai warriors were still active and the city of Tokyo was called Edo. A long battle begins between the people and the aliens, but the aliens are so strong that the leaders of Edo have to accept their demands. The aliens walk around Edo, looking down on the people. Meanwhile, the samurai who fought against them have to give up their swords, and many of them lose the will to live . . .

The hero of this story is Sakata Gintoki, who keeps his samurai courage alive amid the despair. Gintoki runs an odd-job shop, where people come to ask him to solve all kinds of problems. He has a habit of prying into any sort of trouble that happens in Edo. Although he's generally lazy and is always cursing, what Gintoki values above anything else is giri-ninjo, or the spirit of keeping promises and being compassionate. He lends a hand whenever he sees someone in trouble and sometimes has to fight to help people out.

The Wizards Who Put Friendship First

Gin Tama is a fun, joke-packed manga that is a big hit with Japanese kids, who think Gintoki is cool for being so kind. Among the other colorful characters are a girl called Kagura, who loves eating and is amazingly strong, and Shimura Shinpachi, the son and heir of a sword-fighting master.

Another of many unique manga characters is Lucy, the heroine of the Fairy Tail series. Lucy is a young girl who is determined to become a great wizard. One day, she meets a wizard called Natsu, whose special skill is using fire. Natsu invites Lucy to join Fairy Tail, the guild of wizards to which he belongs. (A guild is a group that finds jobs for wizards, and anyone who wants to be a great wizard has to join one.) Fairy Tail is not like other guilds, though, because each of its members is an unusual, one-of-a-kind wizard. What makes Fairy Tail special is that all the wizards accept each other for who they are, including their strengths, weaknesses, and secrets from their past. They trust each other and are always ready to help each other, even if it means making a personal sacrifice. A lot of kids see parallels with their own lives as they read about Lucy and the other wizards growing up together as close friends.

What these two manga have in common is the appealing way that both the main characters and their enemies are portrayed. Even after a battle is over, the villains remain in the story as important characters, which means that the worlds depicted in these manga keep getting wider and wider. This is also one of the reasons why these works have become long-running series and have been turned into successful TV anime.


Av shin-chan - 12 juni 2012 15:50


The follow is selection of activities that are not done in public in Japan. Although these behaviors are seen as being rude by Japanese standards you, as a foreigner, should not worry too much about adhering to them as it is not expected of you.

1) It is considered a shameful act to kiss in public.

2) Hugging is considered impolite in Japan, as is any other sort of physical contact. 

3) Chewing gum: doing this in front of someone is not excepted, but smoking in front of someone is. It is also considered rude to be the only person eating something.

4) One should always take off their shoes when entering a Japanese house or restaurant (you will most often be supplied with slippers). This is one that foreigners should observe.

5) Of all of the above this may seem the strangest to foreigners: It is considered rude to look into the kitchen of a house that one is visiting.

6) This may be the most pleasant to foreigners (especially Americans): Civil court proceedings are avoided as Japanese emphasize relationships based on trust rather than contracts. Therefore most problems of a civil nature are discussed through third party mediation. The only time one goes to court is when there is no hope of maintaining a relationship between two parties. It is interesting to note that the number of lawyers in Japan is one-fiftieth of that in America.


Av shin-chan - 10 juni 2012 18:42



The people of Japan call their country "Nippon", which means "the land of the rising sun". You can see the rising sun in the middle of their flag.                                                                                                                                                 

Most Japanese people today wear western style clothes. But during holidays, festivals, and at other special times, they may wear traditional robes called kimonos. The patterns on kimonos change with the seasons to reflect the seasonal changes in nature.


The Japanese have strong family ties and deep respect for authority. In Japan, it is polite to greet one another by bowing.


Japanese students study calligraphy to learn the art of handwriting.  Children go to school in Japan Monday through Friday, plus a half day on Saturday. They only have one month off from school, during the school year, from the middle of July to the middle of August.   Because school is so difficult and competitive in Japan, many children go to juku, which is a school held in the evening that helps students keep up with their regular school work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                SOURCE!

Av shin-chan - 8 juni 2012 16:34


Painting is an ancient and refined art in Japan encompassing a wide variety of styles and genres. Paintings of crude stick figures and geometric designs have been found on bronze dotaku bells and pieces of pottery that date back to between 300 BC and 300 AD. Murals have been found dated between 300 and 700 AD. It became very popular to paint Buddhist imagery in the sixth century. These works were commissioned by the ruling classes, who were erecting a large number of temples at the time. The early murals that survived from this time period include those painted on walls at the Horyu-ji Temple in Ikaruga, Nara. These depict episodes in the Buddha and minor deities' lives. They are painted in a style similar to paintings from China's Sui Dynasty.

The painting style of the Tang Dynasty became extremely popular by the middle of the Nara period. These paintings include murals that are found in the Takamatsuzuka Tomb, painted around the year 700 AD. This Tang Dynasty-influenced style eventually evolved into the Kara-e genre of painting. This genre held in popularity into the early part of the Heian period. Most of the Nara paintings are religiously-themed and painted by artists who retained their anonymity. Many pieces from this period are collected at the Shosoin Storehouse, which is controlled by the Imperial Household Agency. The popularity of the Tendai and Shingon Buddhist sects brought about many religious paintings in eighth and ninth century Japan. As Japanese Buddhism progressed in the tenth century, The Raigozu was born. This depicts Buddha Amida's arrival at the Western Paradise. An early piece from 1053 can still be found in the Byodo-in Temple that still stands in Uji, Kyoto.


During the middle of the Helan period, the Chinese Kara-e painting style was replaced by the Yamato-e as the popular style of the time. This newer style was primarily used to illustrate folding byōbu screens and sliding screen doors. Over time, Yamato-e began to be seen on other interesting mediums including the Emakimono hand scroll. The Emaki artists were able to devise illustrative conventions to convey very emotional scenes in their paintings. Of the different E-maki genres, Genji Monogatari was unique in that it was organized into separate episodes, whereas Ban Dainagon Ekotoba was more lively and used continuous illustrations to emphasize the figures in active motions with vibrant thin colors and rapid brush strokes. A very famous example of this painting style is The Seige of the Sanjō Palace. E-maki are the greatest and earliest examples of Otoko-e, which are paintings of men, and Onno-e, which are paintings of women. There are minor stylistic differences between the two genres. The Onna-e style is best represented by the hand scroll painting of The Tale of Genji. Court life and romance are the central themes of this painting style. Otoko-e focused more on recording historical battles and other important events.

Japanese painting has had a rich history. Many of today's Japanese painters work in styles that are heavily influenced by popular culture and anime. The most popular and well-known of these contemporary painters is probably Takashi Murakami. He is part of a studio collective, which is called Kaikai Kiki. His work focuses on Japanese society in the post-war period. One of the intentions of his art is to blur the lines that separate fine art from its commercial counterpart.


Japanese painting has a unique and colorful history.  The creative innovation of modern artists melding popular and fine art points to an interesting future for painting in Japan.


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