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February 17 2013

The Bridge from the Rurouni Kenshin movie - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Bikan Historical Quarter, Kurashiki, Okayama

The merchant neighborhood from Kurashiki, Okayama, known as the Bikan Historical Quarter, is one of the places in Japan where time seems to have stopped, the whole area still looking like at the end of the Edo period. To preserve this feeling, not even electric poles were installed and only a few shops with modern merchandise reminds you that you’re actually in the 21st century.

In such a wonderful setting, if you film carefully, you can make a beautiful historical scene. And that’s exactly what has been done for the recent Rurouni Kenshin movie, the most recent adaptation of the manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. If you already saw the movie, you probably remember the scene of the fight between Kenshin and Sanosuke, on the bridge near the Akabeko restaurant. That was filmed in the Kurashiki Historical Quarter and the bridge is the one in this photo…

February 01 2013

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January 10 2013

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December 24 2012

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!
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December 23 2012

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Happy Holidays from the Just For Laughs Gags - YouTube justforlaughs

December 21 2012

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Merry Christmas from 5-Second Films (2012) - YouTube 5sf
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December 13 2012

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All Alone in the Night - Time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS - YouTube
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December 05 2012

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Can Texas Secede from the Union? - YouTube cgpgrey
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November 27 2012

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Dog Steals Pacifier from Baby's Mouth - YouTube justforlaughs

November 23 2012

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Russian man catches a big fish with bare hands from an ice hole - YouTube wtf russia
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November 15 2012

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November 01 2012

The frogs from Meoto Iwa - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Okitama Shrine, Ise

On the beach of the city of Ise, right near the Meoto Iwa “wedded rocks”, there is a little shrine featuring a large number of statues representing… frogs. This unusual shrine is dedicated to Sarutahiko Ōkami, a kami who is guiding people into balance with the divine nature and at the same time a god for safety transportation.

But what’s with all these frogs? Well, because the Japanese word for frog - kaeru - is a homonym for the word meaning “return home", the frog became considered the messenger of Sarutahiko. So the shrine is surrounded by a lot of uniquely shaped (and quite funny) stone frogs and it also sells good luck charms for “safe return", of course, made in the shape of little frogs…

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October 26 2012

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British Columbia to import low-wage miners from China - YouTube nma

October 14 2012

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October 12 2012

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Felix Baumgartner to skydive from the edge of space (3D Stereoscopic) - YouTube nma
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October 11 2012

The French Castle from Tokyo - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon, Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo

As a child, you probably read “The Adventures of Tintin", the series of comics created by the Belgian artist Hergé. Otherwise, you may have watched the recent Tintin movie…

Translated in over 50 languages, the series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. At some point in the story it is described a castle, Le château de Moulinsart, which was inspired by a real-life castle from France, Château de Cheverny from the Loire Valley. The fictive castle from Tintin was also built, not in France but… in Tokyo. Located in Ebisu, this architectural jewel houses one of the best French restaurants, “Chateau Restaurant Joel Robuchon” a Michelin 3-Stars establishment.
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October 04 2012

fox cub rescued from a hole caked in sludge
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October 02 2012

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Dentist from Indonesia creates musical drill to help ease patients' fears - YouTube

This Indonesian dentist is well aware of the fact that dental drills can be a little bit... err... intimidating. So, he created a drill that, instead of making the typical whirring and buzzing noises a drill makes, plays audio of the patient's favorite songs from an MP3 player. Nothing like a little Gangnam Style to ease the nervousness of having a whizzing metal object shoved into your mouth.
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