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Incense Fireworks – Senko Hanabi

Por kirai el 31 de July de 2014 en Traditional

A typical scene seen in parks and beaches around Japan during Summer is this: Senko hanabi 線香花火 is difficult to translate but it would be something like “fireworks of incense sticks”. In reality the fireworks don’t have incense but they are very similar to incense sticks in shape and size, thus the name. Senko hanabi […]

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The Shrine That Cures Hemorrhoids

Por kirai el 14 de July de 2014 en Traditional

Kunigami is a Shintoist shrine that is specialized in blessing its visitors to cure them or protecting them from hemorrhoids. In the shrine there is a big egg-like rock in a fountain and a statue of a hen. This symbolizes a hen laying a magical rock egg that will cure hemorrhoids. According to the ritual […]

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Tanabata – Night Of Stars and Wishes

Por kirai el 08 de July de 2014 en Traditional

Tanabata (七夕: seven, night), the star festival, was celebrated in Japan yesterday, July 7th. The festival is also celebrated in China where it’s known as Qi xi. It honors the meeting of the gods Orihime and Hikoboshi which are represented by the stars Vega and Altair. Legend has it that the Milky Way separates Orihime […]

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Water Offerings in Meiji Jingu

Por kirai el 19 de June de 2014 en Drinks,Traditional

In Meiji Jingu there’s always a lot of barrels donated as an offering by many distilleries around the country. The funny thing is that last weekend I also found water bottles as offerings. In addition to being a donation to the Shintoist shrine, they are useful so that the kami-gods bring good luck and good […]

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Kameido Tenjin

Por kirai el 13 de April de 2014 en Traditional

We ended our walk around Kameido in the Shintoist shrine Kameido Tenjin 亀戸天神. As it is open 24 hours every day, it can be visited at night and you can take great pictures with night illumination and with almost no tourists/visitors spoiling the photo. The first bridge right after the main torii is the bridge […]

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Toshikoshi Soba

Por kirai el 01 de January de 2014 en Food,Traditional

One of the traditions of the Oomisoka (大晦日: last day of the year) is to eat toshikoshi soba (年越し蕎麦: year-passing soba). It is believed that eating soba noodles, which are very long, is good to have a long life. Morevover eating toshikoshi soba brings good luck and good health for the year that is beginning. […]

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Fundoshi

Por kirai el 30 de August de 2013 en Fashion,Traditional

Fundoshi (褌) is the most well-known Japanese traditional undergarment for men. With the arrival of Western underwear after World War II it felt out of use. Nowadays they are only used in traditional festivals (“matsuri”) and as traditional swimming suits. Photo by Rocket news The Japan Fundoshi Association has launched a Manga Fundoshi Kickstarter. The […]

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Yukata and Hanabi

Por kirai el 22 de August de 2013 en Traditional

We are at the moment right in the middle of the hanabi 花火 (花: “flower”, 火: “fire”) season in Japan. Firework festivals are one of the most traditional ways for the Japanese people to celebrate Summer. The tradition is to dress up in a yukata and gather in public places to see the fireworks. One […]

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