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November 26 2012

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Glico Man, Dotonbori, Osaka

One of the best known landmarks of Osaka is the “Glico 300 Meter Running Man", a huge neon sign on a building on the Dotonbori channel, representing an athlete (the Glico Man) running on a blue running track. The sign was first installed in 1935 (the one you see in the photo was installed in 1998) and it is the symbol of the Japanese company Ezaki Glico, well known outside Japan for its Pocky sticks.

The name of the sign intrigued me, it is clearly a running man, but why 300 meters? So I learned that, according to Glico, an average height man (165 cm tall and weighting 55 kg), by eating a Glico-Caramel candy, will receive the energy to run 300 meters…

November 25 2012

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Japanese Mascots, Kasabo, Amanohashidate

There are so many kawaii mascots in Japan! My favorites are the mascots of the tourist attractions (especially from the high-rise buildings), who can often be found wandering around, always ready to play with the children and to take pictures with the tourists, because the Japanese people love to be photographed with mascots (as I also do).

Today I want to introduce you to Kasabō 「かさぼう」, the mascot of the Kasamatsu Park from Amanohashidate. With his head inspired by a conifer cone, he impressed me by doing a lot of cheerful kawaii gestures, even if outside it was really, really hot…

November 24 2012

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Toshougu Shrine, Nikko

There are 5173 sculptures at the Toshougu Shrine from Nikko, practically all the buildings are lavishly ornate. From all these decorations, my favorites are the panels decorating Tozai Kairo, the wall surrounding the main building. Three of the four sides are still looking exactly as they were 376 years ago (the northern side was destroyed by the earthquake from 1647, after just 11 years since construction).

In today’s photo, I want to show you two of the 25 panels from the southern wall, with sculptures in vivid colors representing exotic flowers and birds…

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November 23 2012

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November 22 2012

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November 21 2012

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November 20 2012

Rare prayer wheel in Japan - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Mani wheel, Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto

During my trips through Japan, I sometimes had the opportunity to see rare items… One of them is this prayer wheel found near the entrance of the Kodaiji Temple from Kyoto. The prayer wheels are Tibetan religious objects often found in Tibet and Nepal, but uncommon in the Japanese Buddhist tradition.

In the most usual form, the words inscribed on the cylinders are creating the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, but the prayer wheels from Kodaiji are made with the Heart Sutra, one of the most popular Buddhist scriptures. According to the Tibetan tradition, to spin a prayer wheel has the same effect as reciting the prayers…

November 18 2012

Matchmaking Maneki Neko - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Imado Shrine, Asakusa, Tokyo

From the many exotic Japanese customs, one that I always enjoy is Maneki Neko, the beckoning cat. So when I learned that the Imado Jinja from Asakusa, Tokyo, is one of the two places related to the beginning of the Maneki Neko legend, I went there to visit and research.

Maneki Neko is one of the most popular lucky charms from Japan and these statues, representing a calico Japanese bobtail with a raised paw, can be found in almost every shop or restaurant, because it is believed that they bring prosperity by inviting the customers inside.

However, the Maneki Neko from the Imado Jinja are very special… Here, the cats are always represented in pairs, a male and a female. The reason is that Imado Jinja enshrines the couple of Shinto gods Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto, so it is also known as a shrine from matchmaking. This attribute was applied to the Maneki Neko here, and now the paired statues are considered to bring, besides good luck in business, good luck in love and marriage.

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November 16 2012

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November 15 2012

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Kago, Boso no Mura Open Air Museum, Chiba

Before the invention of rickshaw (jin riki sha in Japanese), until the end of the 19th century, the most popular transportation method in Japan was the kago. Kago was a kind of palanquin with a single crossbeam, designed to be to be carried on the shoulders by two men. Used by ordinary people, the construction of a regular kago was very simple, with bamboo straw screens and just a pillow as shock absorber (like the one photographed here). Of course, for nobility and warriors more expensive models were available, called norimono

Although today it seems strange, the widespread usage of the kago is explainable, because at the time the horses were very expensive in Japan, so they were used only for military purposes. However, human labor was cheap…

November 12 2012

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Un'ryu, Kencho-ji Temple, Kamakura

Unlike in the western culture, in Japan the dragon is considered a benevolent creature, a protector of the Buddhist law and many Zen temples are decorated with paintings representing dragons. However, that’s not a rule and Kenchō-ji Temple, the oldest Zen training monastery in Japan and the temple with the highest rank in the Kamakura Five Mountain System, wasn’t decorated like this until recently…

In 2003, when the temple celebrated 750 years since its founding, a spectacular 12 by 10 meters image representing a dragon was painted on the ceiling of the Kenchō-ji Hatto (Dharma Hall). Made by the Japanese painter Koizumi Junsaku, the painting represents the Cloud Dragon (Un’ryu) and since then the building became known as Ryūō-den 「龍王殿」, the hall of the Dragon King.

November 11 2012

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November 10 2012

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Akita mosaic, Shibuya, Tokyo

There are 6 native Japanese dog breeds: Akita, Kai Ken, Shikoku, Kishu, Hokkaidō and Shiba Inu. Otosan, a Hokkaidō dog who appeared in numerous SoftBank commercials over the last years, is quite famous right now, but I don’t think any other dog will ever surpass the popularity of Hachikō. Nicknamed chūken Hachikō, “faithful dog Hachikō", this Akita dog became a true legend while waiting for his dead master, in front of the Shibuya Station, every day for 9 years, until he died on March 8 1935… A beautiful ceremony is held every year at the well known statue from Shibuya on April 8th, one month after the anniversary of Hachikō’s death.

However, today November 10 is the anniversary of 89 years since the birth of Hachikō, so I want to show you a beautiful landmark related to Hachikō and his breed: at the Shibuya Station exit towards the Hachikō Square there is this colorful and interesting mosaic representing Akita dogs of different ages..

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November 08 2012

Unusual Toba Bay Cruise - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Toba Bay Cruise ship, Toba, Mie Prefecture

If you enjoy taking a cruise, Japan offers many places to enjoy pleasant trips in unusual sightseeing ships. I already wrote about the pirate ships from Lake Ashi in Hakone and about the Santa Maria ship replica from Osaka. These are replica ships, inspired after real historical sailing ships, but in Toba, in the Mie Prefecture, I discovered a ship inspired by… a castle.

The castle is called Ryūgū-jō and comes from a classical Japanese folktale, Urashima-Tarō. The fact of having a ship modeled after a castle may seem strange, but considering how the medieval Japanese warships (atakebune) were built, like floating fortresses, the design doesn’t seem so strange… Plus, the castle from the folktale was owned by Ryūjin, the dragon god of the sea, and was located under the sea.

Travel tip: The Toba Bay Cruise departs nearby the Toba Station, close to the Mikomoto Pear Island. The trip takes about 50 minutes and costs 1700 yen.

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