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Relocation And Inauguration Flowers

Por kirai el 19 de May de 2015 en JapaneseCulture

When you find many flowers at the entrance of an office building, hotel, restaurant or store like in the following pictures… …the most likely reason is that a new business is being inaugurated or and existing one has relocated. Each flower pot is the present of a client or a business partner. If you can […]

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Sowing Rice And Collecting Stories

Por kirai el 10 de May de 2015 en JapaneseCulture

Last Summer I visited for the first time an area with rice paddy fields in Chiba. I loved the experience. It was not only the place, but the friends I made there that made me return more times to breath the fresh air of the Japanese countryside. After a while, I was offered to be […]

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Sakura 桜

Por kirai el 02 de April de 2015 en JapaneseCulture

The Sakura is something that I didn’t understand at the beginning. I remember my first years, when I was looking at the flowered cherry trees with indifference, taking a photo from time to time. I recall how I looked with surprise the passion of hundreds of Japanese people gathering around the trees and spending the […]

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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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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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