CULTURE

Is Shrine Sightseeing Spot?

Many tourists visiting at Izumo shrine .

Many tourists walk with their tour guides and sometimes stop to take pictures of the shrine. Among the crowd who are at this divine place, not so many people likely have faith. This year (2013) is important for Izumo shrine…

Potentials of Bathing

日本のお風呂文化

According to data released by Nippon Onsen Research Institute in March 2013, there are 3,108 hot spring spots, in Japan, and more than 120 million tourists visit these spots each year. Japanese’s love of bathing goes all the way back…

Can Betting Bring Happiness?

A lottery ticket booth

Harvard University, Princeton University, and the British Museum – these buildings all have one thing in common. Part of the construction expenses were covered by funds raised through lottery sales.  Lotteries are conducted in more than 100 countries around the…

Bird’s Construction

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In Japan, there are craftsmen who called “Tobi,” a bird name, kite in English. They are named so because they can move as if they were birds. During the Edo period (1603~1868), Tobi played an important roles in holding ceremonial…

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

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“Discover Tomorrow”: Tokyo is trying to bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games with this slogan, in the belief that sports can give the Japanese people tremendous power and contribute to the nation’s recovery from the Great East Japan…

Things We Can Do by Wearing Kimono

パリ小町

In France, a group of Japanese women appear on charity events wearing kimono. They gather donations for reviving northeast Japan, affected by the Great earthquake and ensuing tsunami. They are the members of Paris Komachi, a non-profit organization, (Komachi means…

Men Acting Women’s Role?

歌舞伎 のコピー

Nowadays in Japan people can sometimes see men dressed like women on TV entertainment programs. Does this trend originate from the Japanese traditional act form known as the “Kabuki”? Though some might find them connected in a sense, however, this…