2015/05/17

Doraemon


“Doraemon” is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio. Since the debut of Doraemon in 1969, it has been very popular as all Japanese people know, and has also been very successful in various countries of the world.

Main character Nobita Nobi has been very bad both exercise and study, and has been always made a fool of by classmates. In addition, he has always met with some misfortunes. Nobita’s this characteristic will give a bad effect on the Nobi family’s fortunes. Then, Nobita’s great-great-grandchild named Sewashi Nobi send Doraemon in order to alter history back in time from 22 century. And Doraemon helps Nobita using amazing tools from the future.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/05/16

Fukui Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Fukui City
Fukui Prefecture is rich in ocean resources and seafoods such as dried flounders, pickled small sea breams, Echizen crabs. And coastline is very unique, Tōjinbō’s cliff in particular is a scenic view.

Many traditional industry such as Echizen Ware, Echizen Shikki, Echizen Washi and Wakasa-nuri still remain. And Sabae City is the largest manufacturing centers of eyeglass frames in Japan. About 90% of Japanese eyeglass frames is made in Sabae.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese

2015/05/14

Toyama Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Toyama City
The production volume of tulip bulbs that are produced in Toyama Prefecture is the first in Japan. Tonami Tulip Park is a famous tourist destination. And Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that represents Japanese mountain tourism route, is getting popular all over the world. There are tourist destinations such as The Kurobe Dam in the Route.

You should visit “The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama”, UNESCO World Heritage Site. These villages are well known for their houses constructed in the architectural style known as gasshō-zukuri. By the way, pharmaceutical production is thriving in Toyama. About 300 years ago, sales of pharmaceutical products was launched in this region. Drug deliverers called “Kusuriuri of Toyama” had sold all over the country. As a result, Toyama’s pharmaceutical indutry has developed particularly.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese

2015/05/13

Ishikawa Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Kanazawa City
In Edo Period, Ishikawa Prefecture was called Kaga domain. The domain was founded by Maeda clan. Its income was over 1,000,000 koku. Except for the Tokugawa clan, the domain was the richest in the nation. Kanazawa flourished as a castle town of Kaga domain, and has been the largest city in Hokuriku region even now. Many streets preserve the old castle town, old samurai residences, temples and old shops. In particular Kenrokuen is a famous tourist destination.

Mount Haku is also a famous tourist destination, the mountain’s flora and fauna is very diverse. There is Kaga hot-springs district that boasts a history of more than 1300 years in Southern Ishikawa. And the traditional culture such as Kutani ware (Kutani yaki), Wajima and Kaga silk (Kaga yūzen) is also very famous.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese

2015/05/09

Slam Dunk


“Slam Dunk” is a sports-themed manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue about a high-school basketball. Hanamichi Sakuragi, main character that is not at all interested in basketball joins the basketball team to win Akagi Haruko’s favor. Sakuragi is secretly in love with Haruko, but Haruko is crazy about Kaede Rukawa, star player. Heartbreak try roused Sakuragi to practice harder and enabled him to be a good player.

Slam Dunk’s influence is very large, basketball fans that had been few in Japan increased suddenly. This manga is a tremendous popularity in China too. There are many famous basketball players who like this manga.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/05/03

Japanese rock garden

The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of various rocks and gravel that is raked to represent ripples in water. Karesansui symbolizes the river, the sea and the universe.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2015/05/01

Mie Prefecture


Theare are many tourist attractions in Mie Prefecture. Ise Grand Shrine in Ise City that dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-ōmikami is very representative. It became popular to worship in a group to Ise Grand Shrine called “Ise Mairi” in Edo Period. Even today it is very important for people of faith, 8 million people of worshipers have visited each year.

And there are many spots that are related to Iga ninja, such as Iga Ueno Castle re-constructed in early Showa priod and Iga-ryū Ninja Museum in Iga City. The museum’s collection includes ancient ninjutsu writings and ancient ninjutsu weapons. You can dress up and experience life as a ninja in the museum.


See also
*Ninja
*The theme parks associated with the Ninja
*Japanese
*Chinese