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Japan’s Emperor Celebrates 80th Birthday

Por kirai el 23 de December de 2013 en JapaneseCulture

Here in Japan we have to work on Christmas but today the 23rd we had a national holiday because it’s the 80th birthday of the Emperor. Akihito is the second Emperor of Japan that has reached 80 years old while being on the throne, just after his father Hirohito achieved the same feat. Apart from […]

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Shin-hanga 新版画, Kawase Hasui and Yoshida Hiroshi

Por kirai el 27 de October de 2013 en JapaneseCulture

Shin-hanga (新版画, new prints) was a Japanese art movement that arose in the early 20th century. It emerged from ukiyo-e art and evolved it a step further bringing new ingredients as for example the use of isometric perspectives. The creative process of shin-hanga artists was the same as the one ukiyo-e artists used. In order […]

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Aikido – The Samurai Spirit

Por kirai el 16 de May de 2012 en JapaneseCulture

I didn’t have much idea about aikido but after watching this 45 minutes documentary I have become quite interested in it. It is fascinating how master Shioda knocks down Robert Kennedy’s bodyguard in a second when he visited Japan in 1966, it seems like he uses a magical technique. In the documentary some of the […]

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Ofuro – お風呂

Por kirai el 18 de July de 2011 en JapaneseCulture

Ofuro or furo (traditional Japanese bath) is a really deep seated tradition in Japan that has carried on until today. The Japanese routine entails showering at night right before going to bed. After a shower, Japanese people get into a bathtub full of really hot water (approximately 45 ºC / 110 ºF) for a few […]

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Pachinko

Por kirai el 20 de June de 2011 en JapaneseCulture

Pachinko are the quintessential Japanese slot machines. They are machines with small marble-like balls that you have to throw and depending on where they land, you receive money or not. On most playing modes, the only thing you can control is the speed at which you throw the balls, so it’s quite a “stupid” game. […]

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Be bamboo my friend

Por kirai el 25 de May de 2011 en JapaneseCulture

Bruce Lee said: “Be water my friend”, last weekend Garr Reynolds in his talk at TEDxTokyo said: “Be bamboo my friend”. In that sentence, Garr sums up several lessons Japanese people has taught him using bamboo as a metaphor: what looks weak is strong, you do not have to be big to be strong, bend […]

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The dragon that goes up and the dragon that goes down – 昇り龍・降り龍

Por kirai el 06 de May de 2011 en JapaneseCulture

In one of the temples in Nikko, the ceiling is full of dragons, some of them are holding a ball and others are not. Those that are not holding a ball, are the ones that go up (Nobori Ryu – 昇り龍), they are coming back to the sky. Legend has it that those that are […]

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Hansei – 反省

Por kirai el 28 de April de 2011 en JapaneseCulture

Hansei (反省) is one of the concepts of Japanese culture that has been the hardest for me to fathom, and I believe that I still have a lot to understand and live within Japanese society to understand the concept like a Japanese person. Han (反) means “change”, “to turn something over”, “to see something from […]

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