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February 13 2013

Traditional Japanese Renjishi Dolls - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Traditional Japanese Shishi Dolls

There’s a wide variety of traditional Japanese dolls, sometimes classified by how they are made, other times by what they represent. Most of them are easy to identify: geisha, noble ladies or samurai, but there are some representing less known characters from the Japanese traditional culture, like the Hina Matsuri Dolls, or the Ichimatsu Dolls.

The dolls from today’s photo are very popular in Japan and many times I have been asked what they represent… it is clear that they represent Kabuki characters, but what is the story?

They are characters from the Renjishi / Lion Dance Kabuki play, but as strange as it may seem, these are not humans: these are… lions - well, actually shishi, mythological lion-like animals. The white one is the father and the red one is the cub… (^_^)

February 08 2013

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Japanese breaks world record for sprinting on four limbs - YouTube wtf japan
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February 07 2013

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Japanese Mermaid TV commercial - YouTube wtf japan seriously
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January 30 2013

Japanese castle garden - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Genkyu-en Garden, Hikone

The Japanese castles were built as military strongholds, but the aesthetic aspect was always taken into consideration. And as symbols of the ruler’s power and wealth, many of them were also augmented with beautiful, traditional Japanese gardens. In many cases the gardens were made to be admired from the castle and also to be enjoyed during a promenade, so they were often made by the period’s famous designers, featuring tea houses, rare plants, spectacular rocks or islands connected by elegant bridges…

Here is a photo taken inside the Hikone Castle’s Genkyu-en garden, one of the most beautiful Japanese castle gardens, built in 1677.

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January 18 2013

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CONCERTO MOON - SAVIOR NEVER CRY (full version) - YouTube a japanese song per day

January 16 2013

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HINOI Team - IKE IKE (English subbed) - YouTube a japanese song per day

January 15 2013

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Time Travel (Budokan'78 ver.) / 原田真二 - YouTube a japanese song per day

January 13 2013

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Dance In The Vampire Bund: Friends (Full Opening) - YouTube a japanese song per day

January 12 2013

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Fujita Maiko - Nee (Engsub) Hiiro no Kakera Opening - YouTube a japanese song per day
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January 09 2013

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Onmyouza - Nemuri (PV) - YouTube a japanese song per day

January 08 2013

Japanese Koi and some photo tips - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Japanese Koi

The common carp was domesticated in Japan at the beginning of the 19th century and soon several ornamental varieties were bred. 100 years later, at the beginning of the 20th century, these colored carps, called nishiki-goi - “brocaded carp” - or simply koi ("carp") were already presenting a wide variety of patterns and colors, so after being presented at an expo in Tokyo, the koi became popular all over Japan.

Today, the Japanese koi is popular all over the world, while in Japan it’s almost impossible to find a garden pond without koi. Interestingly, though, koi are still just regular carps: if allowed to breed without control, they will revert to their original, bland color… Even in Japan, I saw some ponds full of koi, where 90% of them where without any interesting color or pattern.

In many gardens there are vending machines selling food for koi and if you want to photograph them, these are good places, because koi are gluttonous, so you can photograph them swarming.

Photo tips:
- In order to capture their beautiful colors, be sure to have with you a polarizing filter. That way you will reduce the water glare and you will be able to see deep into the water (in my photo you can see the coins from the bottom of the pond).
- Use an aperture of at least f/7.1, it will give you sharpness and even better colors and contrast. If you have enough light, it is better to have an even smaller aperture (I usually prefer f/8).
- However, the polarizing filter will severely reduce the amount of light entering the camera, so you will need to increase the exposure. Here’s a trade off: that’s why I took this photo with just f/7.1, the shutter speed was 1/60s, a bit too long for some fast moving koi, and I didn’t want to increase the ISO.

January 03 2013

Japanese customs and traditions - 7 Lucky Gods Pilgrimage - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Hashiba Fudo-in, Asakusa, Tokyo

As I was writing a few days ago, I attended a couple of times to the New Year’s Japanese traditions, starting with the Joya no Kane and continuing with the Hatsumode. But the most special experience was to follow, like many Japanese people, a 7 Lucky Gods New Year’s pilgrimage.

There are many versions of this pilgrimage in Japan, only in Tokyo I know of 20 such routes: groups of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples from the same neighborhood, each dedicated to at least one of the Lucky Gods, are grouped together in a single route. Visiting all of them can take a couple of hours or more and sometimes it can be quite tricky to find all the locations, even though the area is often marked with especially made maps.
But it is a very rewarding experience if you want to feel the local touch…

Here is a photo taken at one of the temples from the most famous pilgrimage route in Tokyo, the one in Asakusa. The temple is called Hashiba Fudo-in and it is dedicated to Hotei. You can see in front of the temple votive plaques with the 7 Lucky Gods and to the left of the photo you can also see the dedicated map…

January 01 2013

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An Cafe - Snow Scene with lyrics - YouTube a japanese song per day
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Japanese New Year - no comment - YouTube
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KOTOKO - Fuyu no Shizuku Live - YouTube a japanese song per day

December 30 2012

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D - Snow White [PV] - YouTube a japanese song per day

December 29 2012

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La'cryma Christi - Warm Snow - YouTube a japanese song per day

December 28 2012

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Paradise Go!! Go!! - Argent snow. - YouTube a japanese song per day

December 27 2012

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白い恋人達/桑田佳祐 (Kuwata Keisuke White Love) - YouTube a japanese song per day

December 26 2012

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Sailor Moon - Christmas Rudolph the red nose Reindeer - YouTube a japanese song per day
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