2015/02/28

The god of manga - Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka (1928 – 1989) was a Japanese manga artist. He is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy

He drew a lot of comics. His complete oeuvre includes over 600 volumes with more than 150,000 pages. In addition to “Astro Boy”, there are a number of masterpieces. For example, “Phoenix”, “Black Jack”, “The Three-Eyed One” and “Kimba the White Lion” etc. Impact he gave on modern Japanese manga is very large. Known as “the god of manga.”

Tezuka mainly gave the following effect on the Japanese manga.

1. The application of the technique of movie to the manga
He liked Disney animation and other movies from the childhood. In response to their effects, he applied the technique of movie to the manga. He drew the manga using the zoom, wide-angle, overlooking and other movie techniques. He created by the images composed of fragmented cuts like a movie story, he broke the traditional approach.

2. Wide range of genres
Science fiction, detective, history, legends, literature, medicine, religion, music, philosophy and so on. Genres of works was very wide, Tezuka was unprecedented manga artist. His mangas like literature, not only children but also adults like his works. The adults also read the manga in Japan, this is one of Tezuka’s effect.

3. Huge impact on other manga artists
Almost all of the manga artists is under the influence of Tezuka.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/02/25

Samurai


Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan. In Japanese, they are usually referred to as bushi. When battles occured, Samurai had fought wearing ō-yoroi armor.

Origin of the samurai appeared in the early Heian period. They had served the nobility as mainly guardian and warrior. When it comes to the late Heian period, Taira clan (Heike) was led by Taira no Kiyomori has a mighty armed, samurai class came to the fore rapidly. After that Heike was destroyed by Minamoto clan (Genji), and then Minamoto no Yoritomo leader of Genji was awarded the title of Shōgun by the Emperor (Ten’no), and opened the Kamakura shogunate (Bakufu). Since the Bakufu was opened, Shogun house seized the regime while controlling the nobility. After this, also subsequent Shogun house changed, this political form lasted until the mid-19th century.

Although samurai no longer exist in modern Japan, you can see role-playing paerson as a samurai in traditional festivals and events.



2015/02/23

Iwate prefecture


Prefectural capital:Morioka City
Iwate prefecture is boasting the highest production of Abalone, seaweed and hop. And, the oak and quercus acutissima is grown up in vast forest. These wood is processed into charcoal, accounting for 25% of nationwide production volume. In the livestock industry, Maesawa cattle is very famous.

Iwate prefecture’s Wanko Soba is particularly famous. As soon as you finish the first bowlful, a server flings a fresh ball of noodles into the empty bowl with a wild cry and keeps on filling it until you have had enough!

The Northern Fujiwara (Ōshū Fujiwara-shi) ruled the Tōhoku region of Japan during the late Heian period. There is their headquarter in Hiraizumi (modern Hiraizumi Town). Chūson-ji Golden Hall (The Konjiki-dō) in Hiraizumi reflects the former glory. Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.


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*Japanese
*Chinese

2015/02/16

Saint Seiya : Knights of the Zodiac

"Let it burn, my cosmos…Pegasus meteor fist!"

Saint Seiya : Knights of the Zodiac is a famous Japanese manga written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. This story is based on Greek mythology. Mystical warriors called the "Saints" who fight wearing sacred armors named "Cloths". Both the original manga and the animation were very successful in various countries of the world.

A long, long time ago, there were warriors who guarded goddess Athena and fought with her. They were called "Saints of Athena." In modern times, Seiya, Shiryū, Hyōga, Shun and Ikki, five Bronze Saints fight together and grow up.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/02/10

Aomori Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Aomori City
Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu and faces Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait. Aomori prefecture is one of the foremost agricultural prefectures of Japan, boasting the highest production of apples, nagaimo yam, garlic, and burdock root. In fishery, squid, scallop, flounder and freshwater clams is abundantly caught.

In August 2-7 “Aomori Nebuta Festival” is held. It is one of Japan’s most famous festivals. Nearly 300 million people visit each year to watch this grand festival. You can see the giant dolls of warrior appeared in period drama.


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*Japanese
*Chinese

2015/02/03

The Three Great Spears of Japan

The Three Great Spears of Japan are three important spears in Japanese history.


1.Tonbokiri

A spear, also known as the "Dragonfly Cutting Spear", once wielded by Honda Tadakatsu(1548-1610), one of the great generals of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

This spear is very thin. It is a work of art rather than a weapon. Because this Tonbokiri is private property, it is not opened to the public.









2.Nihongo

Mori Tahei(1556-1615) was the most famous owner of Nihongo.  This spear has a length of 321.5 centimeter(About 10 feet). What a huge spear! It was a symbol of authority rather than a weapon.

This spear is now on display at The Fukuoka City Museum in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.



3.Otegine

Otegine has a length of 412 centimeter(About 13 feet). What a huge spear this is too! It was a symbol of authority.

Yuki Harutomo(1534-1614) ordered the spear. And then his adopted child Yuki Hideyasu(1574-1607) inherited this spear.

Unfortunately, the spear was lost by Bombing of Tokyo during World War II.

The restoring Otegine is now on display at Yuki-Kurabikan in Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture