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December 24 2012

waka
14:05
From Hotei to Santa Claus - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Hotei statue, Sendai

Christmas celebrations started in Japan after the arrival of Saint Francis Xavier, in 1549. And this was also the beginning of all the Christmas-related celebrations, including Santa Claus (サンタさん Santa-san, or サンタクロース Santa Kurōsu in Japanese).

But the success of the Christmas celebrations in Japan was probably facilitated by the existence of a much older tradition, related to a Buddhist God sharing similar traits: Hotei, also known as Budai (or Putai), is one of the Seven Gods of Luck (Shichifukujin), the God of abundance, satisfaction and happiness and also a patron of children, fortunetellers and… bartenders.

Usually represented as a Buddhist monk with a shaved head, always with a cheerful face and a big belly (which symbolizes the largeness of his soul), Hotei is sometimes represented very similar to Santa Claus, with a large bag of gifts and good luck for those who believe in him. What’s more, there are also other representations, like the statue from my photo, where Hotei is surrounded by happy children.

And there’s another similarity with Santa Claus: Hotei brings gifts about the same time of year, on the New Year, when he arrives together with the Seven Gods of Luck…

Merry Christmas!
メリークリスマス!
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December 23 2012

waka
17:01
lucky star shrine - meanwhile in japan
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December 21 2012

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23:01
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December 19 2012

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17:36
Kyoto Station nighttime view - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Kyoto Station, View from Kyoto Tower, Kyoto

I wrote recently about Kyoto Station, a masterpiece of architecture created by Hiroshi Hara, the same architect who designed my favorite skyscraper, Umeda Sky Building from Osaka. Today, I would like to show you a different view of this magnificent construction, a nighttime photo taken from the Kyoto Tower.

The Kyoto Station is actually a conglomerate of buildings, each with its own architecture, with an inner courtyard. On the inside, the Kyoto Station looks spectacular, but seen from above looks equally amazing. To the left, the block with smaller windows is the Granvia Hotel and to the right you can see the commercial area, while the semi-covered inner courtyard is visible in the middle…

December 14 2012

waka
12:20
Omotesando Winter Illumination - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Omotesando Winter Illumination, Tokyo

There are many places in Tokyo where the winter holiday lights are now shining brightly. During the last years, I spent every evening in a different place, each with its own charm… But there are a few places that, in my memory, are the essence of the Japanese winter illuminations. I still remember the magical atmosphere from Omotesando, created by hundreds of thousands yellow LED lights decorating the Zelkova trees…

Travel tip: The illuminations on Omotesando are lit until January 3rd, 2013.

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waka
12:15
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December 12 2012

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22:47
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December 09 2012

waka
10:43
Kanda Myojin tethered horse - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Zuishin-mon, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Tokyo

I was writing half a year ago about how to identify Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples and about the exceptions from the gate-torii rule. One remarkable exception is the Kanda Myojin Shrine from Tokyo, which although is a Shinto shrine features a gate like in the Buddhist temples.

On the exterior side, the gate has the Zuijin guardians, but inside there are two statues representing… horses. This is because here is enshrined Taira no Masakado, a respected and famous samurai who lived in the Heian period, whose emblem was the tethered horse…

December 08 2012

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12:25
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waka
12:20
Japanese thatched roofs - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Farmhouse of Tenmyo Family, Edo Tokyo Open Air Museum, Tokyo

The traditional Japanese house is made from natural materials only: the walls are made of wood and paper, while the tatami mats are made of rice straw. And the roof is no exception, being made of various kinds of grass, reeds and straw.

Thatched roofs are used throughout the world, but in the traditional Japanese house they have a very unique role: as I explained a few months ago, for cooking and heating is used an irori and since there is no chimney, the role of cleaning the air is fulfilled by… the straw roof, which acts as a giant smoke filter.

waka
12:19
not afraid - wtf japan seriously
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December 07 2012

waka
08:52
The Japanese umbrella - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Ponto-cho, Kyoto

A real work of art, the traditional Japanese umbrella - wagasa 「和傘」 - serves a more complex purpose than the occidental version: besides the protection against rain or sun, wagasa is made as a stylish fashion accessory and sometimes is even a ceremonial object (for tea ceremonies, weddings and funerals). Also, sometimes the color of the umbrella is associated with the user, for example geisha tend to use purple wagasa, while the actors are using black or brown umbrellas. During the tea ceremony and weddings the wagasa used are red, while during funerals the umbrellas are white…

Umbrellas are also used in Japan very creatively during the day-to-day life and one of the most interesting uses I have seen is, as you can see in today’s photo, as decoration in front of a restaurant from Ponto-chō, Kyoto.

December 06 2012

waka
12:54
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December 05 2012

waka
12:31
extreme rope jumping - gif japan
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08:48
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Nick Cage - WTF Japan Seriously !? - YouTube wtf japan

December 03 2012

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23:22
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December 01 2012

waka
09:39
Shinjuku Southern Terrace Winter Illumination - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Shinjuku Southern Terrace Winter Illumination, Tokyo

My favorite time of the year begins today, the season of winter lights. Actually, in Japan this season starts a bit earlier, in mid-November… I have in Tokyo a few favorite places, with lovely winter illuminations, where during the last years I returned, regardless of the chilly weather, armed with a tripod for a session of night time and long exposure photography.

Here is a photo taken on the Shinjuku Southern Terrace, with the trees lining the alley covered by bright blue lights…

Travel tip: The lights are on until January 31, 2013, between 5PM and 10PM…

November 30 2012

waka
23:06
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November 29 2012

waka
08:55
Colour Activity House - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Colour Activity House, The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

The works of the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson are well known in the entire world, so I wasn’t surprised to find one in Japan. In front of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, you can enjoy the Colour Activity House, a charming artwork, intriguing and… entertaining.

The “house” will certainly draw you in, especially if there are people inside, because that way you will easily notice the changing of colors according to their position and your point of view. And the moment you step inside, you will be delighted by this beautiful experience…

November 27 2012

waka
22:00
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