I love the works of Shuhei Fujisawa and Ryotaro Shiba, and spend my days re-reading all of their works.
Whenever I learn about Japanese history, the delicate and profound traditional culture, and the many traditional crafts that were completed through a series of dizzying techniques, I am reminded once again of how wonderful Japan is.
I hope to continue learning more about the unique aspects of Japan that I have yet to discover.
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Nagi MOCA - A Museum of Contemporary Art in Nagi, Okayama. A Collaboration of Installation and Landscape Art Created With NatureTravel Modern Culture Art & Architecture
A Café with Works of Art and Magnificent Scenery At the café of the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art, visitors can enjoy works of art and magnificent views. The café is a place where visitors can relax and enjoy the exhibits while also gazing out at the peak of Mt. Nagi. Various works can be seen in the foreground, while Mt. Nagi is used as a sort of "Borrowed Scenery" in the background. Also nearby is La gita, which serves authentic Neapolitan pizza and pasta, and Café Calme, which is attached to a rental gallery and offers baked goods and coffee. [Video] 0:31 - Nagi MOCA Café Enjoy Sightseeing Nearby at Waterfalls and Temples! Photo：Yashiki Falls Surrounded by a rich natural primeval forest, Yashiki Falls (屋敷の滝, Yashiki no Taki) features a beautiful view of cascading water falling from a height of about 40 meters. The area is also known as the place where Honen, a famous Japanese Buddhist monk, first studied, and is home to the Great Ginkgo of Bodaiji Temple, (菩提寺の大イチョウ, Bodaiji Dai-Ichou) a 900-year-old tree that has been designated a Natural Monument by the Japanese government. [Video] 1:08 - Yashiki Falls Summary of Nagi MOCA, a Popular Installation Museum in Okayama, Japan Photo：Nagi MOCA (Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art) Okayama Art Trip is a trip to enjoy the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art and the surrounding tourist spots. The museum is integrated with the artworks, which show different expressions depending on the season and time of day, along with the view of Mt. Nagi, a majestic natural landscape. It's truly an area where nature and art collaborate beautifully. In this video, you can enjoy the charms of a place full of art, including Nagi MOCA, a pioneer in interactive art museums. 【Nagi MOCA Facility Information】 【Address】441 Toyosawa, Nagi, Katsuta District, Okayama 708-1323 【Telephone】0868-36-5811 FAX 0868-36-5855 【Hours】9:30-17:00 (admission by 16:30) 【Closures】Mondays (open if Monday is a national holiday) and the day following a national holiday 【Admission Fee】 General, College Students - ¥700 (¥500) High Schoolers - ¥500 (¥350) Junior High Schoolers – ¥300 (¥200) ※Brackets () indicate prices for groups of 20 or more people. ※Free admission for those 75 years of age or older, those with disabilities, and one caregiver (must show proof). 【Access】 ●Local bus (approx. time - 30 mins one way): From Tsuyama Bus Center (津山バスセンター) at JR Tsuyama Station, take the Chutetsu Hokubu Bus bound for Maguwa (馬桑) and get off at Nagi Terrace (ナギテラス) (Nagi Town Hall), and it's about a 5-minute walk. ●Chizu Express/Chizu Line (approx. time - 2 hrs and 40 mins. from Shin-Osaka Station): From JR Shin-Osaka Station, take the "Limited Express Super Hakuto" (特急スーパーはくと) and get off at Chizu Station, and then take a taxi to the museum. ●By Air (approx. time - 1 hr and 40 mins from Okayama Airport): Take a limousine bus from Okayama Airport and get off at Tsuyama Station (津山駅). Take a local bus or taxi to the museum. ●Highway Bus (approx. time - 2 hrs and 50 mins from Osaka Station): From Osaka Station, take the Chugoku Jukan Jidosha Highway Bus (中国縦貫自動車ハイウェイバス) via Shin-Osaka Station and get off at the Mimasaka Interchange stop (美作インター停留所). Take a Nagi Bus or taxi to the museum. [Parking] 30 standard cars, 2 buses 【Official Website】Nagi – Museum of Contemporary Art https://www.town.nagi.okayama.jp/moca/ 【TripAdvisor】Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1027144-d2688080-Reviews-Nagi_Museum_Of_Contemporary_Art-Nagi_cho_Katsuta_gun_Okayama_Prefecture_Chugoku.html
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Chofu - A City Full of Tourist Attractions - Experience Fireworks, Cherry Blossoms, Rose Gardens and More at a Town in Tokyo Where Japan's Four Seasons Shine!Travel Action & Adventure Festivals & Events Nature Local PR
A Beautiful Video Packed With the Charms of Chofu, Tokyo This video, titled "「Feel Short Ver.」The Promotion Video of Chofu City, Tokyo" (「Feel short ver.」東京都調布市のプロモーション映像 The promotion video of Chofu City, Tokyo), was uploaded by "Chofu City Video Library - ChofuCity" (調布市動画ライブラリーChofuCity). Chofu is conveniently located about 15 minutes by train from Shinjuku, a popular shopping and entertainment district, yet it is known as a city rich in nature. There are many spots where visitors can enjoy natural beauty, such as rows of cherry blossom trees, autumn foliage, and rose gardens. This promotional video is packed with popular attractions and photo spots in Chofu. Chofu - Rows of Cherry Trees, Dazzling Fireworks, and Many More Attractive Events Photo：Cherry blossoms along the Nogawa River, Chofu, Tokyo Chofu has beautiful seasonal scenery and popular events that attract many visitors from both inside and outside the city. Along both banks of the Nogawa River, which runs from the northwest to the southeast of the city, there is a bicycle path where visitors can see beautiful rows of cherry trees in spring; although cancelled from 2020 to 2022, there is an annual one-night-only event where the cherry trees are lit up at night, creating a magical scene. The city is also known as "Eiga no Machi Chofu" (映画のまち調布, 'Chofu, the City of Movies'), as there are two major film studios and more than 40 film production companies gathered in Chofu. The Chofu City Fireworks Festival held on the banks of the Tama River is a popular summer event. [Video] 0:12 - Chofu City Fireworks Festival Autumn Leaves and a Daruma Market at Jindaiji Temple. Enjoy Sightseeing Around Chofu Photo：Cherry blossoms at Jindaiji Temple, Chofu, Tokyo The "Yakuyoke Ganzan Daishi Festival" (厄除元三大師大祭) is the biggest event at Jindaiji Temple, and is held on March 3 and 4 every year. [Video] 0:12 - Scenes from the Yakuyoke Ganzan Daishi Festival The Jindaiji Temple Daruma Doll Market, held in conjunction with the Daishi Festival, is one of the three major daruma markets in Japan. About 300 Daruma stores, with dolls of all sizes, are displayed in various locations. The Jindaiji Summer Evening Party (深大寺夕涼みの会, Jindaiji Yusuzumi no Kai ) is a summer event where visitors can stroll around Jindaiji Temple in yukata (light cotton kimono), play traditional games, experience zazen (zen meditation), and enjoy a variety of stalls (canceled in 2020 and 2021). [Video] 0:09 - Jindaiji Summer Evening Party The famous "Jindaiji Soba" is a popular food in this area with 400-years of history. It's said that the name "Jindaiji Soba" originated when soba noodles made from the rich spring water were served at the temple, and many soba restaurants line the streets around the temple. In the fall, beautiful autumn leaves can be seen at Jindaiji Temple and the adjacent Jindai Botanical Gardens, and many people come to enjoy the autumn foliage in Tokyo. [Video] 0:16 - Autumn Foliage at Jindai Botanical Gardens Enjoy the Beauty of Nature at Jindai Botanical Gardens and Saneatsu Park Photo：A rose garden at Jindai Botanical Gardens, Chofu, Tokyo The Rose Garden at the Jindai Botanical Gardens was awarded the World Rose Convention's "Award of Garden Excellence" in 2009. The best time to see the roses is in spring and fall. It is one of the largest botanical parks in Tokyo, covering an area of about 480,000m2. The spacious park is home to 100,000 plants of approximately 4,800 species, allowing visitors to enjoy a variety of plants, trees, and flowers throughout Japan's four seasons. [Video] 0:06 - The Rose Garden at Jindai Botanical Gardens Saneatsu Park is a park on the site of Saneatsu Mushanokoji's house. The 5,000m2 park is filled with lush greenery, and carp and wild birds can be viewed in the pond. [Video] 0:24 - Saneatsu Park In addition, there's Fudatenjin Shrine, which has the oldest koma-inu (guardian lion-dogs) in Chofu and a 500-year-old sacred tree, and Kokuryo Shrine, which has a large 400~500-year-old wisteria tree. The area offers picturesque views of nature for visitors to enjoy. Unique Spots for Tours and Hands-on Experiences At the Chofu Aerospace Center, where JAXA's research and development facilities are located, visitors can tour exhibition rooms in the three zones: aviation, space, and fundamental technology, and experience a simulated flight in a futuristic spaceplane. Also, at Mayo Terrace, a Kewpie Mayonnaise facility where visitors can enjoy learning about various information and topics related to mayonnaise, and even try making mayonnaise by hand. There are also a variety of sports-related facilities in the area. The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, adjacent to Tokyo Stadium, has a gymnasium that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Top-level competitions, concerts, and other events are held here. Summary of the Attractions of Chofu, a City Where You Can Also Meet the Characters From GeGeGe no Kitaro Photo：Kitaro Teahouse, Jindaiji Temple, Chofu, Tokyo Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of "GeGeGe no Kitaro" is an honorary citizen of Chofu. Kitaro's characters can be seen throughout the city and are popular among instagrammers. Kitaro Square, located between Chofu Station and Nishi-Chofu Station, and the Tenjin-dori shopping street near Chofu Station, known as Kitaro Road, are also lined with monuments of the various characters. In addition, visitors can enjoy the world of "GeGeGe no Kitaro" at the Kitaro Teahouse in front of the Jindaiji Temple gate, where there is a cafe and store. Chofu is only a 15-minute train ride from Shinjuku, and despite its proximity to the city center, it's rich in nature, making it a comfortable place to live. The city offers a wide variety of sightseeing attractions and unique facilities where you can casually stop by to enjoy the seasonal expressions, tasteful temples and shrines, and characters of GeGeGe no Kitaro that can be seen throughout the city. The beauty of Chofu, including its atmospheric scenery, events, and various other attractions, can be viewed in this short video. Be sure to check it out! 【Official Website】Chofu, Tokyo - City Hall Website https://www.city.chofu.tokyo.jp/ 【TripAdvisor】Chofu https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g1060905-Chofu_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto-Vacations.html
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Mt. Sobo - Easy Mountain Climbing and Hiking Courses Through Valleys and Lush Virgin Forests! Famous Peaks and Breathtaking Views in Oita and Miyazaki Prefectures!Travel Action & Adventure Nature
Mt. Sobo Video Introduction This video, titled "Kobara Gorge [Gorge Walking Video] Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve" (神原渓谷【渓谷散策動画】祖母・傾・大崩ユネスコエコパーク), was uploaded by "Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve" (祖母・傾・大崩ユネスコエコパーク). Mt. Sobo, one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, is the source of Kobara Gorge. Designated as Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Park, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the fresh greenery in summer and colorful autumn leaves in fall while enjoying a relaxing hiking experience. The Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve – Tons of Popular Tourist Attractions Photo：Takachiho Gorge Straddling Oita and Miyazaki prefectures, the area surrounding Mt. Sobo, Mt. Katamuki, and Mt. Okue is home to lush virgin forests, numerous valleys, and rare flora and fauna. The area is known as the "Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve." The Oka Castle Ruins, the motif of Kojo no Tsuki, a famous Japanese song, as well as Harajiri Falls, selected as one of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan, and Takachiho Gorge, a place of scenic beauty and natural monument, are also located in the area. In addition, popular sightseeing spots such as Seiun Bridge, which is the largest bridge on a national highway in Japan, are scattered throughout the area. In order to protect the area's rich natural environment, the municipalities in the vicinity of the Mt. Sobo, Mt. Katamuki, and Mt. Okue mountain ranges have launched efforts to have the area registered as a UNESCO Eco-Park (Biosphere Reserve). Having been recognized as a registered site in 2017, the area is expected to conserve biodiversity, revitalize the local community, and serve as a center for environmental education and research. Mt. Sobo - Virgin Forests and Beautiful Valleys, Popular Among Mountaineers Mt. Sobo has an elevation of 1,756 meters and is located on the borders of Oita and Miyazaki Prefectures, and has been selected as one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. It is also known for its rich natural forests, numerous valleys suitable for exploring waterfalls, and is a treasure trove of rare wildlife, with animals like the Japanese serow, which is a protected species. While there are well-maintained climbing routes and walking trails, the trail near the summit is a steep mountain path that involves rocky climbing. Mt. Sobo - Enjoy Extensive Hiking Trails Source :YouTube screenshot The Kobara Gorge Trekking Course, which climbs from the first to the fifth station of Mt. Sobo, is a course that's great for shorter mountaineering trips, with well-maintained trails and promenades. The video introduces the highlights of this trekking course. Gyouran Falls, located just outside the entrance of the first station, is one of the 100 Views of Oita. [Video] 0:38 - Gyouran Falls Ahead you'll find Oyashiro Falls, where it's said that Shugendo monks once purified themselves to reach the summit of Mt. Sobo. [Video] 1:07 - and 1:53 - Oyashiro Falls Other highlights include the fifth station hut, which is the turnaround point of the course, "Seirei no Ki" (精霊の木, lit. 'Spirit Tree'), a mysterious-looking tree with several intertwining trunks, and "Nezame Falls" (寝覚の滝), which has a drop of about 10 meters. [Video] 1:21 - The Fifth Station Hut [Video] 1:34 - Seirei no Ki [Video] 2:00 - Nezame Falls On the downhill route, stone walls that are believed to be the remains of a lumber trail, which was used to transport lumber, can still be seen, and precious remains of various industries can also be seen. An Easy Hike Up Mt. Sobo - Enjoy a Gorge Walk Recommended for Beginners The "Fujikawachi Gorge Walking Course" is recommended for a short mountain climbing, hiking, or waterfall touring trip on Mt. Sobo. The valley is dotted with unique spots that are great for taking Instagram photos, such as "Senmaidaira" (千枚平) where you can play in the water, "Hyotanbuchi" another place surrounded by nature, and "Odoiko Doi," an interesting rock formation that looks like an irrigation canal. Visitors can also use campgrounds with bungalows and camp sites, and "Fujikawachi Yu-topia," a day-trip hot spring facility. Summary of Hiking Information for Mt. Sobo Photo：A woman enjoying mountain climbing The popular Mt. Sobo/Kobara Gorge offers a relaxing experience for both body and soul, with waterfall tours and light hiking. The Kobara Valley Trekking Course and the Fujikawachi Valley Walking Course are great for beginners to try. However, climbing Mt. Sobo is not completely free from danger of accidents and other hazards. Please be sure to double check climbing routes and gather information on the day's weather and climbing conditions before setting out on the trail. A direct bus service runs from Bungo Taketa Station to the Mt. Sobo trailhead (Kobara), and a parking lot is also available. In the video, you can enjoy the rich nature and beautiful scenery of Mt. Sobo, the trekking course in the Kobara Valley and its attractions with vivid footage. In addition, spots where you can take awesome Instagram photos are introduced with still images as examples. be sure to check it out so you can get some photo ideas of your own! 【Official Website】Sobo, Katamuki and Okue Biosphere Reserve http://sobokatamuki-br-council.org/home-en
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Kanzashi - How to Use Japanese Hairpins! Stylish Hairstyles for Kimono and Yukata!Life & Business Traditional Culture
How to Style Your Hair With Kanzashi (Japanese Hairpin): Video Introduction This video, titled "3 Different Hairstyles for Kimono and Yukata Using Kanzashi" (浴衣や着物に使いたい簪(かんざし)の３つの使い方/How to use Kanzashi(chopsticks)/Kimono and Yukata 3 hairstyles.), was uploaded by "hair works &SOL." This video explains how to use kanzashi, Japanese hairpins used in traditional Japanese hairstyles, in an easy-to-understand manner, so that those unfamiliar with kanzashi can easily follow along. Kanzashi - Cute Hairstyles Without Kimono and Yukata A kanzashi is a hair ornament that is inserted into hair to maintain one's hair style after it is styled. During the Edo period (1603-1868 A.D.), as various hairstyles became popular, different types of hairpins emerged, and they became one of the most popular types of traditional Japanese accessories. They are used as hair ornaments for kimono and yukata, but in recent years, there are many products for everyday use as well. Common Types of Kanzashi Photo：Kanzashi There are various types of kanzashi, but here we'll introduce three common types. Tama Kanzashi This is a simple type of kanzashi with an ear pick and a ball attached to it. The larger the size of the ball, the more suitable the kanzashi is for young people. This type is shown in the video. Bachi Kanzashi The bachi type hairpin is called bachi because it resembles the bachi (pick) of a shamisen. Various materials, such as tortoiseshell, pearl, and foil are used for this type of hairpin, which is suitable for people of all ages to wear. Tsumami-zaiku Kanzashi This is a kanzashi made by folding cut fabric into small pieces and decorating the base with tweezers, using delicate techniques to create a beautifully flower. This is a hairpin for girls used for Shichi-Go-San and for maiko (apprentice geisha). Besides these, there are many other types of kanzashi, such as hirauchi kanzashi, hana kanzashi, bira-bira kanzashi, etc. Yakai-Maki - A Simple Guide to the Japanese-Style Updo! Source :YouTube screenshot There are many people want to try an updo but think it's too difficult to do a yakai-maki. The yakai-maki style using a single kanzashi introduced here is relatively easy. Check out the video and give it a try. Once you get the hang of it and get used to using a kanzashi, you'll be able to do not only yakai-maki but also half updo styles. You'll be able to expand your hair styles not only for kimono and yukata, but also for everyday use! [Yakai-maki Using a Kanzashi] ・Comb your hair into a single ponytail ・Wrap your hair around the hairpin once ・Holding the end of your hair in your other hand, turn the hairpin one full turn ・The tip of the hairpin should be at 11 o'clock (If the kanzashi does not turn, loosen the ends of your hair slightly) ・Tilt the hairpin toward the scalp and insert it slowly so that you don't injure yourself ・The key is to adjust it so that the hairpin is not too tight but not too loose [Video] 0:00 - 1:27 - Styling Yakai-maki with a Kanzashi The hair length suitable for Yakai-maki is semi-long. A beautiful yakai-maki can be achieved if your hair is from just below the collarbone to about chest level. Using Kanzashi With a Braided-Style Source :YouTube screenshot The braid style has the advantage that the hair is held together tightly, making it easy to insert a kanzashi. It's recommended when you want to create a clean and tidy look. [Kanzashi With a Braid] ・Tie hair into a single strand with an elastic band. ・Pull out a little hair at the top of the head to create a silhouette. ・Braid the ends of the hair and tie with a hair band, then pull out a little hair from the braided part to create a softer look. ・Insert the tip of the hairpin into the braid, tilt it toward the scalp, and slowly insert it into the braid. [Video] 1:28 - Kanzashi With a Braid The braid arrangement is a style for long hair. It is tied with an elastic band to keep it together. To create a stylish look, it's important to pull out just the right amount of hair from the top of the head and the braided area to create a softer look. How to Use a Kanzashi, a Stylish Japanese Hair Ornament - Summary If you simply insert the hairpin into your hair, it may fall out. Because of this, after inserting the hairpin into your hair, be sure to flip the hairpin over so that it catches the hair near the surface of your scalp. The video shows you how to do this in an easy-to-understand manner. [Video] 3:09 - How to Insert a Kanzashi Hairpin Into a Finished Hairstyle Kanzashi, which come in a variety of types, are easy to use and can be used in all sorts of ways, depending on your taste and the occasion. Even if you think it might be difficult to use a kanzashi, don't be afraid to give it a try. It might be easier than you thought. Yakai-maki, which can be done with a single hairpin, will make you look stylish and mature when wearing a yukata or kimono. If you're visiting any Japanese festivals this summer, be sure to try it out!
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Awa Odori - A Traditional Japanese Dance With 400 Years of History! Check Out the Popular Summer Festival in Fukushima With Powerful Male Dancers and Elegant Female Dancers!Festivals & Events Traditional Culture Travel Action & Adventure
A Tourist Enjoys Her Time in Japan Wearing a Yukata [Awa Odori]: Video Introduction This video, titled "Japan's Culture : Russian Lady Dreamed About "Awa Odori in Yukata(Summer Kimono) First Festival.," was uploaded by "youmemeyou tokushima." It introduces Awa Odori, a traditional Japanese festival. The video features a Russian woman who learned about Japan through watching anime and fulfilled her dream of wearing a yukata at a Japanese festival. Various food stalls lined up along the river, rows of lanterns, and the exciting Awa Odori dance are just a few of the many photogenic shots throughout the video. Awa Odori is one of the most popular festivals in Japan, and can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages, and even by foreign travelers. Be sure to follow along as you watch the video! Awa Odori - 400 Years of This Traditional Japanese Dance Photo：Awa Odori There are various theories as to the origin of Awa Odori, including Nenbutsu Odori from Japan's Kamakura period, Furyu Odori from the late Warring States period, and celebratory events held at the time of the construction of Tokushima Castle. In any case, Awa Odori has taken root among the citizens and has been passed down through the generations, even overcoming frequent bans. Awa Odori is known as one of Japan's traditional performing arts. One of the three major Bon Odori dances in Japan, Awa Odori attracts approximately 1.3 million people, and there is said to be about 100,000 dancers in groups called ren (連). The dance style is characterized by a male and female version, and various types of Awa Odori can be seen from daytime to nighttime at theaters and other viewing spots. In addition, Awa Odori Kaikan (a museum in Tokushima where visitors can learn about Awa Odori) has been making efforts to accommodate foreign tourists in recent years by providing English- and Chinese-speaking staff at the reception desk. During the Awa Odori Festival, the central area of Tokushima City is filled with lively dancing and excitement, and the many food stalls and lanterns add to the festive atmosphere. [Video] 2:34 - Food Stalls and Lanterns at Awa Odori Gorgeous Costumes and Unique Dancing - Enjoying Awa Odori Photo：Image of Awa Odori Awa Odori can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages and is accompanied by enthusiastic cheering from the crowd. It also features unique costumes and dancing styles for both men and women. The men wear happi coats or yukata in a unique style, and their dynamic performance, called "Otoko Odori," is very lively and exciting to watch. [Video] 0:30 - Otoko Odori "Onna Odori," the women's version, is characterized by elegant and graceful hand gestures and footwork repeated at a mesmerizing tempo. In the video, you can see a woman wearing a happi coat and performing "Otoko Odori." [Video] 0:17 - Women Performing "Otoko Odori" While Wearing Happi Also popular is the "Chibikko Odori," a children's version of the dances. One of the highlights of the performance is the musical accompaniment, which combines instruments, such as shamisen, drums, and flutes, to enliven the dance, and the unique musical style of each dance troupe. The light, two-beat tempo creates a stage where both the dancers and the audience can enjoy a sense of unity. [Video] 0:54 - Audience Members Participating in the Dance Koenji Awa Odori - Enjoy the Awesome Dances Performances in Tokyo Koenji Awa Odor in Tokyo is second in scale only to the Tokushima City Awa Odori and is known as a summer tradition in the area. The event is held every year in late August, and its history dates back to 1957, when it was started as a town revitalization event. The event in the shopping district led to the expansion of the event to surrounding towns and neighborhood associations, and today it is known as "Tokyo's Awa Odori" with 10,000 dancers, attracting many visitors. In addition to dancers from the Tokyo metropolitan area, dancers from Tokushima, the home of Awa Odori, also participate in the festival, adding to the excitement. Summary of Awa Odori, a Dance For Anyone to Enjoy Awa Odori is a popular summer event in Japan that tourists and foreign travelers can enjoy together. In the video, a woman in a yukata from Russia conveys the beauty of Japanese culture through Awa Odori. If you're planning on visiting Japan this summer, we highly recommend checking out Awa Odori, it's a dance that you can both watch and participate in, and will create a lifelong memory of your visit to Japan! ◆Awa Odori 2022◆ Theme: Awa Odori 2022 – A NEW STORY Event Period: Aug. 12 (Fri.) - Aug. 15 (Mon.) ※Aug. 11 (Thurs) Pre-event festival
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Unshoji Temple – A Temple Home to 1,500 Blue Hydrangeas... Experience the Beauty of "Blue Heaven" in Akita, JapanTravel Festivals & Events Nature
Unshoji Temple in Oga, Akita: Video Introduction This video, titled "[4K] A Temple Where Hydrangeas in All Shades of Blue Bloom Across the Precincts: Oga, Akita｜nippon.com" (【4K】青一色の紫陽花（あじさい）が境内一面に咲き誇る寺：秋田県男鹿市| nippon.com), was uploaded by "nippon.com." The 1,500 hydrangeas that cover the temple grounds, also known as 'Blue Heaven,' make Unshoji a popular spot in Oga, Akita. It was also selected as one of "The Best Scenery in Japan" in 2017. Hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple Photo：Hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple, Oga, Akita The highlight of Unshoji Temple is the beautiful blue world that can be seen there. On a clear day, the blue of the cloudless sky, the blue of the sea in Oga, and the blue of the hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple all combine to create a unique view that you won't find anywhere else. Hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple, also known as "hydrangea temple," date back to when the temple's deputy chief priest was captivated by the beauty of a single hydrangea that was blooming quietly in a corner of the temple's grounds. After seeing this he began to take cuttings and plant the hydrangea to the delight of his parishioners and local residents. After 15 years, the hydrangea bloomed like a carpet of blue, moving the hearts of all who saw it. At night, when the hydrangeas are lit up, their blue color becomes deeper and more beautiful than in the daytime, creating fantastic scenery. The best time to view the hydrangeas is usually from mid-June to early July, and they are in full bloom in late June. [Video] 0:55 - Hydrangeas Lit Up at Unshoji Temple Unshoji Temple and Highlights of the Temple Photo：A cute Jizo statue at Unshoji Temple, Oga, Akita Usually in June and July, the precincts of Unshoji Temple are filled with vivid blue hydrangeas. Even before you pass through the temple gate, you'll be overwhelmed by their beauty, and your soul will be spirited away. Now we'll introduce some of the other highlights of Unshoji Temple besides the hydrangeas. Unshoji Temple belongs to the Soto sect of Japanese Buddhism. The temple was founded in 1624 (early Edo period). In the main hall, there are statues of the Gautama Buddha, Kannon, the Goddess of Compassion, Bodhidharma, and Manjushri. In addition to the joint tomb of the statues of Kannon and Kshitigarbha, the temple grounds are dotted with photogenic spots where you can take great pictures for Instagram, including elegant bamboo groves, Japanese umbrellas (wagasa), and the view from the observation deck. There are also "heart stones" in seven locations around the temple, which are said to grant wishes if found, and the gentle-looking Smiling Jizo. Be sure to check them out when you visit. [Video] 1:26 - Smiling Jizo Charms and Souvenirs at Unshoji Temple Charms and other souvenirs, like shuin stamps available only at Unshoji Temple, are also popular. One charm containing a single hydrangea petal costs 700 yen. Hydrangeas are believed to ward off evil spirits, prevent women from getting sick, bring families together, and bring good luck. There are three types of shuin stamps available at Unshoji Temple, all Hydrangea-themed, and they can be purchased for 500 yen each. However, during the hydrangea viewing period, there are special shuin stamps you can collect as well. Summary of Unshoji Temple, a Hydrangea Temple in Akita, Japan Photo：Hydrangeas at Unshoji Temple, Oga, Akita The deputy chief priest of Unshoji Temple spent 15 years painstakingly cultivating the hydrangeas, and this 4K video enhances their beauty and transports the viewer into a fantastical world. With 1,500 blue hydrangeas blooming all over the temple grounds, Unshoji Temple is a must-see spot! ◆Unshoji Temple◆ 【Address】Kitaura-57 Kitaurakitaura, Oga, Akita 010-0683 【Access】 ・Approximately 45 minutes (34 km) by car from the Showa Oga Peninsula IC. ・Approximately 1 hour from JR Akita Station to Oga Station or Hattachi Station on the Oga Line. Approximately 20 to 40 minutes (16 km) by Namahage shuttle (なまはげシャトル), local bus, or cab. ・From Oga Onsen (Oga Hot Spring), it's about 7 minutes (4 km) by car. 【Parking】Designated parking lots are available. Free parking for standard cars. 【Hydrangea viewing (2022)】 Period: Saturday, June 11, 2022 - Monday, July 18, 2022 Viewing Hours and Admission Fees: ・Daytime: 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30) 500 yen (200 yen for admission fee + 300 yen for special admission fee during hydrangea viewing period) ※6/25 (Sat), 6/26 (Sun), 7/2 (Sat), 7/3 (Sun): 800 yen (200 yen for admission fee + 600 yen for special admission fee during hydrangea viewing period) ・Special nighttime illumination viewing: 18:45 - 21:30 (last admission 21:00) 1,000 yen (200 yen entrance fee + 800 yen special nighttime admission fee) ※6/24 (Fri.) - 6/26 (Sun.) and 7/1 (Fri.) - 7/3 (Sun.) 1,300 yen (200 yen for admission fee + 1,100 yen for special nighttime admission fee) Free for junior high school students and younger. Regular admission fee outside the hydrangea viewing period is 200 yen.
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Akita Kanto Festival – A Traditional Tanabata Event With Exciting Chanting and Lanterns Swaying in the Night Sky!News Traditional Culture Travel
Akita Kanto Festival: Video Introduction This video, titled "Akita Kanto Festival to Be Held for the First Time in 3 Years" (秋田竿燈まつり 3年ぶりに開催), was uploaded by "The Asahi Shimbun Company." The Akita Kanto Festival, held in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, is known as one of the three major festivals in Japan's Tohoku region. Approximately 280 poles and 10,000 lanterns light up the summer night sky. This year's festival, which was held for the first time in three years due to the effects of the novel coronavirus, can be enjoyed in this immersive video. Akita Kanto Festival – The History of the Festival Photo：Akita Kanto Festival The Akita Kanto Festival attracts people with the skillful manipulation of the heavy poles and lit lanterns shaped like rice bales that resemble glowing ears of rice. Along with Aomori's Nebuta Festival and Sendai's Tanabata Festival, the Akita Kanto Festival is one of the three major summer festivals in Japan's Tohoku region. It's an event that has been passed down for approximately 270 years to pray for the exorcism of evil spirits and a good harvest, and is designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. According to literature, the Akita Kanto Festival first appeared in 1789 in a travelogue by Tsumura Soan, a merchant, poet, and scholar of Japanese studies in the mid-Edo period, titled "A Snow-Covered Road." It is said to have originated from an event called "Neburi Nagashi" held around Akita City on July 6 of the lunar calendar, in which people decorated bamboo branches and silk trees with strips of paper with wishes written on them, walked through the town, and finally floated them away in the river. Later, the spread of candles during the Horeki period (1750-1765) and the use of tall paper lanterns were combined to form what we see today. Akita Kanto Festival 2022 - Highlights, Goods, and More! Source :YouTube screenshot The many hanging lanterns shown in the video show the beauty of the event as they light up the summer night sky. [Video] 0:16 - Lanterns Lighting Up the Night Sky The largest of the poles, called 'Owaka,' is 12 meters long and features 46 64cm x 45cm lanterns hanging from it, weighing a whopping 50 kilograms (110 lbs)! The highlight of the festival is watching the skilled performers holding these lanterns high in the air on the palm of their hand, while transferring them to their foreheads, shoulders, and even waists. [Video] 0:31 - Skilled Performers Balancing Lantern Poles The Akita Kanto Festival is also popular for the many food stalls set up at the festival site, including Kanto Yatai Village (竿燈屋台村, Kanto Yatai Mura), which has two locations, and the Local Gourmet Festival (ご当地グルメフェスティバル, Go-Touchi Gurume Festibaru) hosted by the Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where visitors can enjoy local delicacies. In these food and beverage areas, consideration has been given to preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, such as by changing spaces to avoid dense crowding. In addition, the collaboration with "My Hero Academia" is a highlight of the three major festivals in Japan's Tohoku region in 2022. The Akita Kanto Festival featured poles and lanterns with the My Hero Academia logo on them, attracting many fans. In addition, limited-edition goods were sold at the festival as well. Popular characters from My Hero Academia appeared in Happi coats and enjoyed the festival. Access to Akita Kanto Festival + Spectator Tickets Photo：Akita Station The venue for the Akita Kanto Festival is Kanto Odori Street (竿燈大通り, Kanto Odori), a 15-minute walk from JR Akita Station. Spectator seats are set up around the center strip of the 800-meter-long boulevard, and traffic will be limited around the venue in the evening. Tickets for spectator seats are also available, with prices varying by seat type. The price for the "Masu-seki" (box seating with a capacity of 6 people) is 25,000 yen, S seats are 4,000 yen, A seats are 3,500 yen, and B seats are 3,000 yen. 2022 is the first year that the number of spectator seats has been reduced by 20% compared to previous years due to measures to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading. In addition, events such as "Fureai Kanto" and the "Citizens' Parade" (市民パレード, Shimin Pareido) will be cancelled due to the coronavirus, and pre-recorded voices will be used for chanting. Summary of Akita Kanto Festival The many lanterns that light up the night sky and the skill of the performers who manipulate the lanterns is what makes the Akita Kanto Festival one the most popular summer events in Akita Prefecture. Each year, the festival attracts many people from both inside and outside of the prefecture. There are many hotels near Akita Station and the festival site where visitors can stay overnight. Easy access from the station makes it convenient for travel and sightseeing. In this exciting video, you can see the charm and highlights of the Akita Kanto Festival, as well as the fresh faces reflecting the joy of the people who are celebrating the festival for the first time in three years. [Video] 1:05 - Comments from Performers at the Festival We hope that at next year's Akita Kanto Festival, we'll be able to hear the taiko drums, hayashi band, and the chanting of the performers and crowd instead of prerecorded voices! 【Official Website】Akita Kanto Festival https://www.kantou.gr.jp/english/ 【TripAdvisor】Akita Kanto Festival https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298239-d8820142-Reviews-Akita_Kanto_Festival-Akita_Akita_Prefecture_Tohoku.html
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Cape Kiritappu - Enjoy a View of Cute Otters Playing in Hokkaido! Observe the Wildlife of Japan at This Popular Sightseeing Location!Living Things
Video Introduction This video, titled "Cape Kiritappu, Hokkaido｜Wild Sea Otters Floating in the Sea｜2020" (北海道霧多布岬 ぷかぷか浮かぶ 野生のラッコ 2020), was uploaded by "Shinji kawamura." The video captures endangered sea otters playfully swimming and relaxing at Cape Kiritappu, a place where you can encounter otters, foxes, and other wildlife of Japan. It's a great place for taking Instagram photos as well, so be sure to check it out. Don't forget to follow along with the video! Sea Otters – An Endangered Species on the Decline in Japan Photo：A raft of sea otters The main habitat of wild sea otters is the area from the California coast through Alaska and the Aleutian Islands to the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Overfishing has led to a decline in the wild population, and it's estimated that more than 3,000 sea otters perished when an oil tanker ran aground in Alaska. Although the number of sea otters in the wild temporarily declined to less than 2,000, active conservation efforts have helped the population recover to more than 100,000. On the other hand, the number of sea otters kept in aquariums in Japan has continued to decline from 122 in 1994, and by 2021 there will be only 4 in Japan. Sea otters, which are designated as an endangered species, are prohibited from being imported from outside of Japan. Currently, because of declining reproductive capabilities and aging populations, further breeding of sea otters kept in Japan becoming more and more difficult. Because of this, it's not unlikely that there will come a day when sea otters can no longer be seen in aquariums in Japan. Where to See Sea Otters in the Wild in Japan Photo：Cape Kiritappu, Hokkaido There was a time when wild sea otters were no longer seen in the waters around Japan due to overfishing, but since 1980, there has been a string of sightings along the eastern coast of Hokkaido. In recent years, wild sea otters have been seen in Japan mainly in three areas along the eastern coast of Hokkaido. One is Cape Kiritappu, which is introduced in the video, and the others are Cape Nosappu in Nemuro, which is located on the northeast side of the cape, and Moyururi Island, an uninhabited island off the Kombumori fishing port between Cape Kiritappu and Cape Nosappu. Breeding has been confirmed on both Cape Kiritappu and Moyururi Island. Of these three locations, the highest probability of observing wild sea otters from land is at Cape Kiritappu. The sight of wild sea otters, both parents and offspring, floating in the sea, is both funny and cute. [Video] 0:19 - Wild Sea Otters Swimming With Their Offspring in Their Arms Sea Otters at Cape Kiritappu - The Best Times and Where to See Them Photo：An otter Wild sea otters can be seen throughout the year around Cape Kiritappu. However, your chances are low during bad weather, such as fog or high waves. It's said that the chance of seeing sea otters on a clear day is only a 1 in 3 chance, so weather is also an important factor. The best place to see them is where the waves are most calm. The probability of seeing them is higher on the north side of the cape and around reefs. If you're lucky, you can see wild sea otters up close, but we recommend bringing a telescope or binoculars in order to clearly see their appearance, behavior, and facial expressions. You can check out the sea otters napping and eating in the video. [Video] 1:50 - Sea Otters Relaxing and Taking Naps [Video] 4:28 - Sea Otters Eating Shellfish off Their Stomachs Summary of Otters at Cape Kiritappu The number of sea otters kept in aquariums has drastically decreased due to difficulties in breeding in Japan. Wild sea otters, on the other hand, a species that once vanished due to overhunting, can now be seen in the waters around Japan. The eastern coast of Hokkaido, where sightings are particularly common, is now quite popular. Cape Kiritappu is a popular spot to see rare wild sea otters from land. If you happen to see them during a visit to the area, consider yourself lucky! 【TripAdvisor】Cape Kiritappu https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1120924-d1553698-Reviews-Kiritappu_Cape-Hamanaka_cho_Akkeshi_gun_Hokkaido.html
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NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE - Great for Families and Women! Spacious Campsites and Lodging Facilities, and Water-Based Activities!Action & Adventure
A Campsite Close to Tokyo NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE in Saitama is conveniently located approximately two hours from Tokyo by car. Camping is very popular in Japan today, where visitors can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the great outdoors. The spacious site is equipped with both camping and glamping facilities, as well as bungalows. Many people use these facilities to immerse themselves in nature and get away from their day-to-day troubles. Video Introduction of NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE in Nagatoro, Saitama Photo：Nagatoro Gorge This video, introducing NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE in Nagatoro, Saitama via aerial footage, was uploaded by "Campism." NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE is a vast family campground located in Nagatoro, Saitama, a town rich in nature. It's also popular for water-based activities! The campground offers a full range of accommodations, including camping, glamping, and bungalows. There are also barbecue spaces and a riffle where campers can play in the river, as well as facilities that accommodate female campers. A variety of camping styles can be enjoyed here. 7 Types of Tent Sites! Women-Only, Solo Sites, and More! Photo：Camping at night There are seven types of tent sites available for camping! Women-only and solo sites are also available. P: Premium Site M: Forest Site S: Starry Sky Site A: Aozora Site V: View Site H: Hammock Site D: Dog Free Site [Video] 0:45 - The different tent sites The spacious "view site" is an area along the river paved with bricks. The main reason for its popularity is that it overlooks the lovely Arakawa River. The "Premium sites" are individually separated and private, taking advantage of the natural terrain along the river. Perfect for those who want to enjoy camping with just family and friends! The "Girls' Site," for women only, is often used for events. Located in the central area of NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE, the "Aozora Site" is a spacious site with a view of the blue sky on clear days. There's also the "Hammock Site" popular among families, "Starry Sky Site" where you can gaze at the stars on a clear night, and the "Forest Site" surrounded by trees through which the sunlight filters through beautifully. Furthermore, there's the "Dog Free Site," which is fenced off for campers with dogs so that they can enjoy some time off their leashes. The Solo Site provides exclusive campsites for one person, which is great for solo campers looking to camp in this location. A Full Range of Accommodations, Including Popular Glamping Accommodations and Bungalows Source :YouTube screenshot NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE also offers a full range of accommodations, including the popular glamping and bungalow facilities. Glamping is a stylish way to enjoy camping, and there are two types of rooms to choose from. There are indoor glamping tents where guests sleep in tents pitched indoors, and glamping cottages with stylish bohemian and oriental-style interiors, each with rooms for 2 and 4 persons, respectively. All bungalows are equipped with a roof and a kamado (Japanese-style cooking stove), so you don't have to worry about the weather. There are a variety of types to choose from, including standard wooden bungalows, bungalows unique to this area, and bungalows with Wi-Fi and pet-friendly facilities. [Video] 2:20 - A look at the accommodations NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE - Comfy for Female Campers and Small Children! Source :YouTube screenshot NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE has a full range of facilities for female campers and small children. A brightly lit women-only powder room and women-only shower room are available, as well as "Waku Waku Hiroba," and "Ehon no Heya" (lit. "Picturebook Room"), two spaces for small children to play. A wide range of products are sold at the local store, from food and seasonings to kitchenware, daily necessities, outdoor goods, and official NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE goods. Tools, such as pots, pans, BBQ stoves, and cooler boxes can be rented here as well. Summary of NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE There are various sightseeing spots around NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE. You can enjoy fishing in the river as well, but we recommend playing in the river and soaking up the sun. Nagatoro Line Kudari is an exciting boat ride down the Arakawa River, and popular activities such as SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) and rafting can also be experienced here as well. Other attractions include Mukuge Nature Park, where visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers, and Hodosan Shrine, one of the three shrines in Chichibu and awarded a Michelin Star by the Michelin Green Guide Japan. In addition, there are various tourist attractions, such as the Saitama Prefectural Museum of Nature, which exhibits plants and fossils found in Chichibu and Nagatoro, Nagatoro Iwadatami, formed from uplifted schist, and a day spa to soothe the body and mind. The video shows the charms of NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE surrounded by rich nature via beautiful drone footage. Be sure to check it out. Consider visiting NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE, a great place for female campers and an area close to central Tokyo where even small children can enjoy themselves! NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE Facility Information 【Address】559-1 Ido, Nagatoro, Chichibu District, Saitama 369-1312 By car: 20 minutes from the Hanazono Interchange via the Kanetsu Expressway. By train: 20 minutes on foot from Nogami Station via the Chichibu Railway line. 【Phone】0494-66-0640 【Fax】0494-66-0441 【Camping Season】March 10 - December 26 【Campsite Office Hours】9:00～17:00 【Pricing】 Camping: ¥2500~ (Excluding women only and solo camping) Glamping: ¥19,000~ Bungalows: ¥11,000~ (If air-conditioned) ※Fees vary by type of camping and season. A separate facility use fee of 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children (free for preschool children) is required for each night of stay. 【Reservations】Reservations can be made through the "Availability Search/Online Reservations" on the official home page. (The blue box) 【TripAdvisor】NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1121091-d13295986-Reviews-Nagatoro_Auto_Campsite-Nagatoro_machi_Chichibu_gun_Saitama_Prefecture_Kanto.html
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