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Tokyo is elected as the host of the Olympic & Paralympic Games in 2020

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 9月 9, 2013

Tokyo was elected as the host of the Olympic Games by IOC at its general meeting held in Buenos Aaires on Sep.7th. (http://www.olympic.org/ioc)

Tokyo was elected  defeating other two candidates of  Madrid and Istanbul.At the first vote, Tokyo got 42 votes while the other two both got 26 each, which caused the second and third place decision vote. At that decision vote, Istanbul defeated Madrid  by  49 to 45 and  in such, the final vote was done to choose Tokyo or Istanbul. And Tokyo won by 60 to 36 in the final.  A lot of  people watching the live broadcast of the course of the meeting on TV gave exultant cries in many places all over Japan or even overseas, when the IOC president Jacques Rogge declared Tokyo was elected saying, “Tokyo !” producing the document with the name of the successful bidder “TOKYO 2020”.

Tokyo will have hosted Olympic and Paralympic games for the first time in 56 years in coming 2020. Personally, I have a “bond” with the last Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games  back in 1964 which was the first Games in Japan.  I was born on the closing day of the events and now I live near Komazawa Olympic Park which was one of the venues of  the events 49 years ago. In addition, at the presentation time for the candidates, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governer Naoki Inose, Christel Takigawa, a popular newscaster, and  HRH Princess Takamado, all of  whom made passionate and persuasive addresses in either English or French respectively. HRH Princess Takamado’s late husband HRH Prince Takamado made dedications in nature conservation activities where he helped my father.

This election is a proof that the international community now has recognized Japan’s good recovery from the aftermaths of  the earthquake and tsunami disaster in the northeast part of the country in 2011. Before the vote was done, PM Abe  assured the safety  answering a question about the worries of crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima and leakage of contaminated  water near there. He said,”Let me assure you the situation is under control,”  “It has never done or will do any damage to Tokyo.”, “You should read past the headlines and look at the facts,”  “The contaminated water has been contained in an area of the harbour only 0.3 square kilometres big,”  “There have been no health problems and nor will there be. I will be taking responsibility for all the programmes with regard to the plant and the leaks.”

Rogge said, “Tokyo is the most reliable bidder in committe members opinions that is expected to deliver safe and elaborately planned Games in order to pass on the sigificance of  sports to next generations.”

With those strong supports, expectations, and recognitions of  the  safety and reliability of  Tokyo or Japan by the international community,  it is highly expected that foreign visitors to Japan and Tokyo will  surely increase  even more from now on.

 

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Kanda Festival held on May 11- 15

By TERRY - Last updated: 金曜日, 5月 31, 2013

Kanda Festival(/神田祭、Kanda-matsuri) was held on may 11th – 15th for the first time in four years.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanda_Matsuri) and (http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/kandamatsuri/)

This festival is for Kanda-myojin Shrine in Chiyoda-ward Tokyo, which is more than 1,300 years old. The festival itself has been held for more than hundreds of year as well. And  it is one of the three great festivals in Tokyo and also one of the three great ones of Japan as a whole. The festival has been held every other year but the plan was suspended in 2011 due to the East Japan Earthquake, so this time it was held for the first time in the past four years.

The festival consists of several events and the climax are Shinko-sai(/神幸祭, gods parade festival) and Mikoshi-miyairi(/神輿宮入, moving shrines entering in the shrine’s place ), and the first is a parade of about 300 people clad in period costumes walking about 30 km in the shrines area of Kanda,Otemachi, Nihonbashi,marunouchi,and Akihabara. The latter one is peopel carry about 80 moving shrines to walk down in the town and latter on all one them come back to Kanda-myojin  Shrine one after another.

Actually, I myself  visited the shrine on the 12th when Mikoshi-miyairi was held and watched the great situations of huge passions and excitements of so many people there. Japanese traditional festivals are really splendid and even young people love and happily support them well.

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Zenkoji Ekoin special disclosure ceremony

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 4月 30, 2013

Zenkoji Ekoin, an annex temple of  Zenkoji, a famous and popular Buddhist temple in Nagano pref. , in Ryogoku Tokyo hosts  a special  series of ceremonies April 27-May 19.(http://ekoin.or.jp/event201301/#eventdetail)

As I wrote in my last post,  Ryogoku is a “home town” of  sumo culture and Ekoin is in that area.  In the Edo Period (1603-1868),  sumo matches were primarily held at that temple and  Nezumi-kozou, a popular “good thief”‘s grave site is there as well.  In that period the temple hosted  special ceremonies for consolation of  souls of the victims of  fires, accidents, and other calamities often. So, this time the temple hosts special ceremonies for the victims of  the Great East Japan Earthquake. Such ceremonies are held for the first time in the postwar days.

The basic ceremony is called “Degaicho”, a disclosure ceremony, in which enshrined Buddha images usually hidden and other special treasures usually hidden are disclosed to the public for promoting offerings for donations and contributions for the victims and rebuilding projects.

During the ceremony term, some events are also held, such as music conserts, comic story telling, kabuki, noh, parades of monks, sumo wrestlers, and , temple infants, and others.

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“The 14th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo”

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 7月 31, 2012

I wrote about a food exhibition I visited with my customers the other day on my previous post here. Here I introduce another food exhibition to which I took my customers recently. That is “The 14th Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo” (http://www.exhibitiontech.com/seafood/e_tokyo_index.html), hosted by Japan Fisheries Association (http://www.suisankai.or.jp/index_e.html) at a huge venue in Tokyo Bigsight in Tokyo on Jul.18-20.

 

I visited the event with my customers who were food buyers on the 19th and found so many other visitors, stores, companies and their foods there. We also tried various food ,such as sashimi(raw fish), sushi, and others ,all of which were quite good. The companies are not only from Japan but from a lot of  foreign countries as well,so I was able to enjoy foreign dishes using various seafood.

Totally, more than 400 stores or companies joined and ran their booths where some of them demonstrated cooking or other events having their visitors try their items. And totally, 26,101 people visited the expo during the three days.

Like the other event I wrote previously, this event had mascot characters of stuffed-animal costumes as well.

 

What  amazed me most in the expo was an “automatic sushi maker”, which I saw for the first time and the shushi made with that machine were all delicious to my satisfaction.

This event was supported by a lot of  companies based in Tohoku Region as well and one of its purports was to assist Tohoku suffering from the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster last year. The facilitators intend to reinvigorate Japanese fishery business including those in Tohoku  so that that industry can work powerfully to make our country energetic and richer and people can be happier overcoming the damages and sufferings.

My customers and a lot of others had business negotiations with the sellers in a very vigorous atmosphere and manners. I am so happy the tour I took care of was successuful and fruitful.  

 

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The 2 nd Tohoku Rokkon Festival being held

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 5月 26, 2012

The 2nd “Tohoku Rokkon Festival”(/東北六魂際) is being held May 26th-27th in Morioka City, the capital of Iwate Pref. ,which is one of the Tohoku prefectures.http://www.rokkon.jp/index_en.html

As I wrote last year (http://www.tenkai-japan.com/2011/07/18/tohoku-rokkon-festival-being-held/) , the first one of  this special festival started being held last year in order to console and encourage sufferers of the 3.11 East Japan disaster and to  raise morale and energy of people to stick together to overcome the damages of the ordeal and to rebuild the damaged areas.  This year  again, a lot of visitors, as well as the dancers there, are enjoying the splendid and exciting joint exposure of the six major Tohoku festivals, their zeal,and passion.   So many people are gaining power and vitality to keep going on.

 

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New Dragon Quest promo video streamed

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 4月 27, 2012

The game publisher Square Enix said it will launch a new title in its popular ”Dragon Quest” series in Japan on Aug. 2. , and began streaming a promotional video.

”Dragon Quest 10 — Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku (目覚めし五つの種族/five awakened tribes) Online” for Nintendo’s Wii home game console will be the first version of the series allowing Wii users to play with others online by paying fees. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Spring Imperial Garden Party

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 4月 25, 2012

The Spring Imperial Garden Party was hosted by the imperial couple of Japan at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on this April 19th.  

1956 people in total who have made remarkable feats to society were invited to the party, such as Satoshi Furukawa, an astronaut who completed tasks at International Space Station, a sumo stable master Hanaregoma who is an ex president of Nihon Sumo Kyokai (Japan Sumo Association),  Yoshihiro Murai, the governor of  Miyagi prefecture which is a damaged area  of the huge disaster last year, and others.

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One Year Anniversary of 3.11 DISASTER

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 3月 12, 2012

3.11; the unforgettable day has come again… March 11th 2011 was the most tragic day for Japan in its postwar history.  There are a lot of TV programs featuring  the one year anniversary of the national tragedy and  many memorial rituals and ceremonies to commmorate it are hosted alL over Japan and even some foreign countries, such as France, US, and others.

And now,  3.11 2012, a  special one year  annversary and  commemorative ceremony  for the souls of the victims of the worst disaster in Tohoku and East Japan at The National Theater in Chiyoda ward where The Imperial Palace is located in Tokyo.

the Emperor and Empress praying at the altar

 

Our emperor, empress, each head of the three branches of  the government including  Prime Minister Noda,and about 1,200  survival family members from Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate attended this special memorial ceremony.

The emperor, to whom this was the first official activity since discharged from the hospital after having undergone a bypass heart surgery,  gave a remark, saying,”I do expect all of our people keep making constant efforts to sympathize with the sufferers in order to improve the circumstances of the damaged areas and ” , extending deep condolences to the sufferers and areas.

Noda said, “I shall complete reconstructing damaged areas asap. I will give utmost supports to strife of those who are trying to restore their home lands. Our strife with the nuclear plants are still going on, and I shall restore Fukushima whatever it may takes.”

Some survival family member says, “Considering the chagrin and despair of the victims and huge grieves of the breaved families, i am entirely speechless.”   Even young children who are sufferers  participated in the solem ceremony.

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Pray for Japan documentary film

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 日曜日, 3月 4, 2012
Director Stu Levy announced that his documentary film Pray For Japan will feature a newly produced opening anime sequence. The film chronicles the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated much of the country’s northeast coast on March 11, 2011.

A feature-length documentary, the film focuses on the rescue and clean-up operations following the disaster, as well as humanitarian efforts by volunteers. The film also interviews survivors of the disaster about their lives since the incident took place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reconstruction Agency inaugurated

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 14, 2012

Reconstruction Agency(/Fukkoucho, 復興庁)  came into being to boost the rebuilding activities from the aftermath of 3.11 disaster on this Feb.10th. http://www.reconstruction.go.jp/ The agency’s duration is planned to be 10 years and will be over at the end of March 2021.  The post of  the first  Reconstruction Minister was assumed by Tatsuo Hirano, an ex- Minister of State for Disaster Management.

Tasuo Hirano

The agency is directly controlled by Prime Minister and the Minister of  Reconstruction is in charge of  managing the total operations to assist the Prime Minister.  The agency ‘s  “Main Office” is in Tokyo,  a “Reconstruction Bureau” and a “Branch Office” is set in  Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima respectively,and an “Office” is set in Hachinohe City Aomori and Mito City Ibaraki respectively. The above prefectures and cities are all damaged areas of the 3.11.  The agency is in charge of  planning reconstruction strategies, approving the budgets for rebuildings, disgnating Reconstruction Special Zones, and so forth. Read the rest of this entry »

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“LIGHTOPIA 2011” currently held

By TERRY - Last updated: 金曜日, 12月 23, 2011

“LIGHTOPIA 2011”, a festival of light is currently being held in Marunouchi, the business and political center near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo 22nd-29th(daily 17:00-22:00). http://www.kouto-tokyo.jp/

The event is has been annually hosted a few times at the end of a year jointly by  Tokyo commerce  chamber, Mitsubishi Real Estate and other major companies supported by  Tokyo Government, JTA, and other public associations.

At the festival, the venue of the road about 140M long between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace and other adjacent areas are breathtakingly beautifully decorated with illuminations and lanterns which have pictures or messages drawn by  elementary school pupils who are suffers of  the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku and celebrities ,such as Shigeo Nagashima , the Lifetime Honorary Director of Yomiuri Giants,  Norio Sasaki , the manager of Nadeshiko Japan , some Nadeshio Japan’s members, and so forth.

This year’s subject of the festival is  “Bonds, Hopes and to the Future “, which implies we Japanese people strongly hope to regain vitality and energy overcoming the blow of the aftermath and huge grief of the earthquake related disaster and confirm and strengthen the solidarity of the nation so that we can create  bright future.

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“Miracle pine seedlings growing in pods

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 12月 16, 2011

Small seedlings of the so-called “miracle pine (奇跡の松)” tree that survived the March tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, are growing in pods at a forestry company institute and will be planted in the city at a future date.

Sumitomo Forestry Group said it has grown 18 seedlings from seeds taken from pine cones of the tree at its institute in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. It unveiled the plants during a press conference in Tokyo. Read the rest of this entry »

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“The New Words- / The Buzzwords-of -The-Year 2011 ”

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 12月 10, 2011

“The New Words- / The  Buzzwords-of -The-Year 2011 ” (/2011 ユーキャン新語・流行語大賞) awarding ceremony was hosted by U-Can on Dec.1st. http://singo.jiyu.co.jp/

The Grand prix was given to the word “Nadeshiko Japan”, the name of the winner of  FIFA Woman World Cup 2011.    The Top 10 are as follow;

Grand Prix-  ○ ”なでしこジャパン”(/Nadeshiko Japan)

○”絆”(/Kizuna,  bonds), ○”スマホ”(/Sumaho, smartphone),○”どじょう内閣”(/Dojoh Naikaku,  a loach cabinet),○”どや顔”(/Doya Gao, a boastful facial expression), ○”Kitaku-nanmin, a stranded commuter ”,○”こだまでしょうか?”(/Kodama de shouka?, Is that an echo ?),○”3.11”(/3.11),○”風評被害”(/Fuhhyou Higai,  damages caused by rumor),○”ラブ注入”(/love injection)

Some of the words are related to the earthquake and tsunami disaster on March 11th, some are contemporary fads of young people, some are expressions used by a politician or a TV personality.

 

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“Inawashirokos” from disaster area to appear in NHK’s Kohaku Uta Gassen

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 12月 3, 2011

Singers from areas hit by the March quake and tsunami will perform in NHK’s 62nd “Kohaku Uta Gassen” music extravaganza to be broadcast on New Year’s Eve.

Among the artists are Inawashirokos(猪苗代湖ズ), a rock band whose members hail from disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture, as well as veteran singers Toshiyuki Nishida and Masao Sen, Japan Broadcasting Corp. said in releasing the lineup of 55 individual and group performers in the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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A photo studio was set at the meeting place in a temporally housing area

By Kikki - Last updated: 土曜日, 11月 5, 2011

[From Ohfunato City-my stricken home town]

– East Japan Great Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster-

 

Celebration of ‘Shichi-Go-San’ for children

Devotees of the photograph in Ohfunato city voluntarily took pictures of children on November 4 beforehand, who are living in temporally houses for celebration of the occasion on November 15, the gala day for boys of three and five and girls of three and seven.

Shichi-Go-San (七五三) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15. As Shichi-Go-San is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend.

4 children of four and five years old attended the meeting place in the temporary housing in Nagasawa, Ohfunato town and put on their best clothes for the occasion helped by their family and volunteer staff.

The meeting place was temporarily changed as a photo studio and local photo lovers took commemorative pictures for them.

‘Although, we won’t be able to worship at a shrine, we are happy taking a commemorative photo at least.’ Mrs. Satoko Nishiyama (47) smiled in seeing her second son Mutsuo who putted on his best suite and necktie.

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http://www.asahi.com/special/10005/TKY201111040414.html


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