The 2 nd Tohoku Rokkon Festival being held

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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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Tokyo Sky Tree Grand Open today !

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Tokyo Sky Tree , the newest popular tourists’ destination of Japan at the moment finally hosted its Grand Opening  and started its operation today May 22nd 2012.http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

 

Lucky 9,000 winners of the admission tickets of the obsevatories and other visitors visited the highestand newest tower in Japan.  Only one out of 335 applicants won the ticket to the First Obsevatory(350m high) for the entry there in daytime of the 22nd.

All the tickets to the First Observatory(/天望デッキ, Tenbou Deck) up to those for  Jul.10th can be purchased by advance reservation only.  The reserved tickets prices are;  Adult: 2,500 yen, Junior or Senior high school student: 2,000 yen, Elementary pupil: 1,400 yen, and  Infant: 1,100. From the Jul.11th and on, current- day tickets will be available and the prices will be;  Adult:2,000 yen,  Junior or Senior Student: 1,500 yen, Elementary Pupil:900 yen, and Infant: 600 yen. (1$≒80 yen, 1€≒102 yen)  In order to go up to the Second Obsevatory(/天望回廊, Tenbou Kairou) , surcharges are necessary (Adult:1,000 yen, Junior or Senior Student:800 yen, Elementary Pupil:500 yen, and Infant:300 yen).

It was, unfortunately, raining today 22nd, and as  strong winds began to blow in the evening, the elevator between the two observatories suspended its operation temporarily at around 17:30 and the Second Obsevatory closed at 19:30, which had orginally been planned to keep open until 22:00. Still, the illumination service started at 7:00 as originally planned.

The Tokyo Sky Tree started its history with huge enthusiasm and popularity supporeted by  people, and is expected to function as a new symbol of Japan.

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Annular solar eclipse

By Gloria Y. - Last updated: 5月 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

The eclipse viewed in Utsunomiya

Annular solar eclipse wowed millions of people in Japan on May 21, 2012.

My neighbors and my family also witnessed this rare event together in Utsunomiya, Tochigi.
The eclipse started at 6:30 AM here in Utsunomiya. Although my family and I were busy getting ready for kindergarten and work at that time, we cheked the sun from the window every five minute. The sun seemed to start waning like the moon. My yonger son insisted that it was not the sun, but the moon!

At around 7:00 AM, my neighbors and my family came outside with the special sunglasses. The more part of the sun got covered by the moon, the gloomier and colder it got.
The golden ring continued from 7:34 to 7:39. It amazed us all!

The style of the eclipse boy - Kids left for school right after viewing the eclipse!

The news said that the thick cloud prevented many people from viewing this special event in various parts of Japan. Fortunately, my neighborhood observed littld cloud. 

The next annular solar eclipse will be observed only in Hokkaido on June 1, 2030.

 

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Exhibition of Kumihimo in Kyoto

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 5月 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands.

Besides the practical advantages of fastening things efficiently, Kumihimo was used for the belts of the imperial family and the samurai armors as the braided structure developed complex and beautiful forms. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Tokyo Solamachi” pre-open

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

Tokyo SkyTree is to grand open tomorrow May 22nd, and today as its eve, “Tokyo Solamachi”(/Tokyo Sky town) is pre-open to press (official grand opening will be on tomorrow with SkyTree).

Solamachi(http://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/english/) is a huge commercial complex that binds Tokyo SkyTree station and Oshiage area with 400m long (east-west) and  size of 3.69ha including  various shopping malls on the foot of SkyTree. The facility contains 312 stores or restaurants, aquarium, a bird- eye- view observatory, planetarium and other stuff to attract visitors including those from overseas.

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Enjoy bathing in the four different types of springhead natural hot spring bathtubs

By Kikki - Last updated: 5月 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

 

 

Existing facilities help promoting the concept of ‘Natural & Comfort’.

 Hotel Shogetsutei has had attracting facilities, such as public bathhouse ‘Gekka-no-yu’, relaxation salon ‘Fuka’ and cottage type spa facility ‘Mori-no Private Spa’ which also help promoting the concept of new renovated zone ‘Natural & Comfort’.

 

 

 

Public bathhouse ‘Gekka-no-yu’ is surrounded by natural forest so you can enjoy beautiful natural scenery in each season while taking bath. You really feel something like bathing in a natural springhead Onsen. Fresh air surrounded the bathhouse will bring you to the supreme bliss of relaxation.

Both sections for men and women have natural taste of inner grand baths and outdoor baths in the landscape garden in front of the bathhouse. Different style of mist sauna and Jacuzzi are also equipped in each section.

 
Upper: Outdoor bath
Lower left: Mist sauna Lower right: Jacuzzi bath

 

A feeling of natural freedom in spacious outdoor bath and Jacuzzi

A sauna next to the bathhouse is quite beautiful in Romanesque architecture. It is wholly covered with aroma of herb and white mist which make your skin revitalize in efficacy of aromatherapy. Then, soak into the Jacuzzi bath next door and make you relax mentally and physically. The herbs for aroma, such as rosemary, lavender, mint, and so on, are changed seasonally.

 
Left: Outdoor bath Upper right: Mist sauna
Lower right: Jacuzzi bath made with Hinoki

 

Enjoy seeing abundant greenery forest from ‘Gekka-no-yu’ bathhouse while soaking in a springhead Onsen.

While enjoy bathing in open-air Jacuzzi, fragrance from Hinoki Japanese cypress used as the bath tub make you mentally and physically refresh.

Then, perspire profusely and make your self refresh in the mist sauna decorated with marble floor and tasteful natural stone wall. It is a precious space with the scent of ‘Hinoki’ Japanese cypress is wafting through the air. Comfortable scent of mist heals your utterly exhausted body.

 

 

 

Comfortable Japanese style tearoom for bathers makes them relax and recuperate after bath. A cup of healthy drinks for refreshment, such as Oolong (traditional Chinese tea), orange juice, and Ume (Japanese apricot) are served.


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<Reference materials>

Monthly Hotel Ryokan January 2012

http://www.ikyu.com/

http://www.jalan.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/

http://www.jnto.go.jp/

http://www.kinosaki-hotsprings.com/

http://www.travel-around-japan.com/

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei’ in Kinosaki Onsen Resort. If you have something to ask, like to make reservation, or need English speaking tour guide when visit to Kinosaki Onsen Resort, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

Please Contact Us/お問合せ

Introduction of the specialist for Onsen design

 

If you like to build a real Japanese style hot spring facility in your country, I would like to introduce one of the best Japanese architects, Mr. Hiroshi Ebisawa, who is the author of a technical book ‘ONSEN’ specialized in design for Japanese Style SPA. The bilingual book written in Japanese-English is published by Rikuyosha Co. (http://www.rikuyosha.co.jp/) which is available at most bookstores in Japan.

Please contact: http://www.e-koubo.co.jp/

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Crow×Class~黒鴉組~

By Yuka - Last updated: 5月 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

 

I’d like to introduce you this interesting
band.

 

—-Crow×Class~黒鴉組~—–

The first Visual Kei band that is composed entirely of
professional Japanese instrument musicians.

I made some costumes for the band.
Between me and this band is not only about job
for me. I approve their purpose (I want to translate this in the future) for this project, so I
support them in many ways.

I hope this band will be known by many people.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O37trPohrOc&feature=plcp

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-RVRyLdIdM&feature=plcp

 

Article in English+video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7X9xKJkod8&feature=player_embedded

(Big thanks to Kurita-san!)

The next gig is on 17th this
month in Meguro.
The next of the next is 2nd June
in Ootsuka.

 

To know more details, more up coming shows,
please check CrowClass’s Facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/crowclass

 

Please”Like”it and receive news about this
band!

Message, ticket booking etc are available
in English!

 

 

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Trunk toward the unknown – Objet of abstractat Yokohama port

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 5月 14, 2012 at 8:22 am

The object, called “Michi eno Hana (未知への鼻)” ,trunk toward the unknown, was installed at Zo no Hana Park (Elephant’s Trunk Park) in a Yokohama port area in late April for a limited period.

Zo no Hana Park (Elephant’s Trunk Park) in Yokohama
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New restaurant ‘Ricca’ serves fine dishes cooked with rich local products

By Kikki - Last updated: 5月 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

 
The dinning room ‘Ricca’ is newly built for serving dinner and breakfast to guests staying in the new Western style rooms.

 

Basic idea of providing local products or related products is specifically performed at the new restaurant ‘Ricca’. The concept of ‘Ricca’ is ‘Being blessed with natural resources from their hometown Kinosaki where storks are brought up.’ There is a legend that a wounded stork was found first and it healed the wound here in the 7th century. City of Toyooka has promoted protecting and trying to increase number of storks in the district, and now wild strokes have steadily increased its number.

 
Left: Famous Japanese brand ‘Tajima-beef’
Right: Rich local seafood ‘Matsuba-crab’

 

Local food materials, such as Tajima beef, Matsuba-crab, and river fish from Kannabe area, are positively arranged in their dishes. Also, they contracted with local farmers to purchase directly their farm products. Safe and fresh local vegetable is always available throughout the year. This is one of their advantages that they can use safe local food materials from specified farmers or fishermen.

 
Left: One of the dinner courses in winter season 
Right: Variety fresh local food products in breakfast dishes

 

 
Night view of ‘Ricca’ is also very attractive


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<Reference materials>

Monthly Hotel Ryokan January 2012

http://www.ikyu.com/

http://www.jalan.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/

http://www.jnto.go.jp/

http://www.kinosaki-hotsprings.com/

http://www.travel-around-japan.com/

For travelers from overseas

As a certified guide-interpreter in English and also a writer of the website “Cool Japan Guide”, I am very happy to introduce Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei’ in Kinosaki Onsen Resort. If you have something to ask, like to make reservation, or need English speaking tour guide when visit to Kinosaki Onsen Resort, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your kind cooperation, I am looking forward to your contact.

Please Contact Us/お問合せ

Introduction of the specialist for Onsen design

 

If you like to build a real Japanese style hot spring facility in your country, I would like to introduce one of the best Japanese architects, Mr. Hiroshi Ebisawa, who is the author of a technical book ‘ONSEN’ specialized in design for Japanese Style SPA. The bilingual book written in Japanese-English is published by Rikuyosha Co. (http://www.rikuyosha.co.jp/) which is available at most bookstores in Japan.

Please contact: http://www.e-koubo.co.jp/

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Kamogawa Seaworld

By Gloria Y. - Last updated: 5月 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Killer whales are what my boys had dreamed to see!!

    The last Golden Week was the chance for my family and me to visit Kamogawa Seaworld, which is famous for the dynamic killer whale performance in Japan.
http://www.kamogawa-seaworld.jp/english/index.html )

    These photos were taken by my husband. (View them larger by click!) He concentrated on catching the moment of the killer whale somersaulting and kicking a ball!! The audience in the front section got wet to the skin.

The killer whale ready to somersault!

The killer whale kicked the ball - out of the field!

     Besies the performance of killer whales, Kamogawa Seaworld puts on various performances of sea lions, dolphines, beluga white whales. We could cover all performances in one day.

The sea lion's smile

    Can you see the sea lion’s smile? When the sea lion lifted up its lips and made a smiling face, all the audience bursted into a hearty laugh!

     Kamogawa Seaworld would be a good destination of a one-day trip from Tokyo. It’s about 200km from Utsunomiya, where we live. It’s about 100km from Kashiwa, where my parents live. This time we made a one-day trip (by car) from my parents’.



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Auction – Life-size Gundam’s virtual pilot

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 5月 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yahoo! Japan is currently holding an auction for someone to have his or her image projected from the cockpit section of the rebuilt life-size Gundam.

The auction, which opened on May 10 with a starting bid of 1 yen (US$0.01), currently has a bid of 509,000 yen (about US$6,372). The bid will end at 11:59 p.m. on May 16 in Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Universal Studios Japan to launch new attraction featuring ‘Harry Potter’

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 5月 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka will launch a new attraction based on the ”Harry Potter” movies in the latter half of 2014.

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”Design Festa vol35”

By Temari - Last updated: 5月 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

A international art ivent”Design Festa vol35”
will be held on may 12th(sat) and 13th(sun) at Tokyo Big Sight.
Alice Garden with the another gothic brand SNOB will participate to the event.

It’s a exciting big event♪
We hope you come and enjoy this event!

 

Booth No.H-83・84

 

[Design Festa]
http://www.designfesta.com/

 

★Alice Garden :http://alicegarden.jp/

★SNOB :http://snob-mode.jp/

 

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Mashiko

By Jack A. Maruta - Last updated: 5月 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

It was a nice day when we visited Mashiko to have a look around the crockery fair which is held every Golden Week Holidays.  We can buy crockery at half the price off the market price.  A lot of potters from all over the country opened up tentative stores focusing around Jonaizaka which is the main street of Pottery.

Unfortunately we had devastating tornadoes in Kita Kanto region on the 6th.  One of them wreaked havoc in Mashiko.  I haven’t heard a lot of damages there but I suspect bad weather prevented people to come.  Even Utsunomiya city were I live had a gust.

According to Shimotsuke Shimbun (local newspaper) said that city of Moka and the towns of Mashiko and Motegi in Tochigi, around 914 houses were damaged by a gust.

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Tokyo HOTARU:The image of firefly of Tokyo

By emieva7 - Last updated: 5月 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

There were so many people who admired the beauty of Tokyo HOTARU as well as Tokyo Skytree. It was wonderful. At first,I couldn’t find the place to watch since there were so many people. So I ride on a train which runs over the river. It was also fun.
If you missed the chance to watch yesterday, please come and see next year .
There are so many nice restaurants near by which provide customers very tasty dishes with reasonable price.

view from river side


大きな地図で見る

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