2015/07/31

Final Fantasy VII


Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation platform. Released in 1997, is the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series and the game is the first in the series to use 3D computer graphics.

Final Fantasy VII follows protagonist Cloud Strife, a mercenary who initially joins the eco-terrorist rebel organization to stop the world-controlling megacorporation Shinra from draining the life of the planet for use as an energy source.

This game is very popular and stands out among other Final Fantasy series. Various titles have been released. A high definition Final Fantasy VII remake was announced at The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow.


See also
*Final Fantasy XIII
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


When you want to got into high spirits, should listen to this music!
“Those Who Fight Further” composed by Nobuo Uematsu.


2015/07/30

Yamaguchi Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Yamaguchi City
In Edo Period, Yamaguchi Prefecture was called Chōshū domain. The domain was founded by Mōri clan. Chōshū domain’s kokudaka (income) was reduced by Tokugawa shogunate (Edo Bakuhu) and had been a long time poor due to their having fought against Tokugawa Ieyasu at Decisive battle, the Battle of Sekigahara. In this background, Chōshū became a hotbed of anti-Tokugawa activities.

In Bakumatsu (the final years of the Edo period) a great thinker Yoshida Shōin appeared. He presided over tiny private school, Shoka Sonjuku, gave advanced international education. Excellent young people such as Takasugi Shinsaku, Kusaka Genzui, Ito Hirobumi (the first Prime Minister of Japan) and Yamagata Aritomo gathered at the Shoka Sonjuku. Later years the Chōshū Five including Ito Hirobumi (*Fig.) studied in England, were surprised by advanced Western civilization. In addition, Kido Takayoshi known as Katsura Kogorō had strengthened cooperation with Satsuma domain (Satsuma-Chōshū Alliance). Finally Tokugawa shogunate was successfully overthrown, and the New Meiji government was established by Chōshū and Satsuma domains. Thereafter Yamaguchi Prefecture has produced many politicians. The current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s family is also originally from Yamaguchi Prefecture.

When you travel in Yamaguchi Prefecture, should visit the places associated with the Meiji Restoration such as Shoka Sonjuku and Hagi museum.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/07/26

Attack on Titan


“Attack on Titan” is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls as a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that eat humans seemingly without reason. Ellen Yeager, main character whose mother was killed eaten by a Titan decides to drive off the Titans.

What are the Titans? The story is full of mysteries. Battle scenes with the Titans are spectacular! The series has gained popularity in Japan and neighboring Asian countries. It is one of the leading Japanese mangas.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/07/25

Kakigōri

Kakigōri is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup. Popular flavors include strawberry, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape and melon syrup. During the hot summer months, kakigōri is sold virtually everywhere in Japan.

Kakigōri which is cold and delicious is also effective in the prevention of heat stroke. It is popular with everyone from children to adults.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2015/07/24

Uchimizu


Uchimizu refers to the sprinkling of water in Japanese gardens and streets. In streets in summer, it serves to cool the immediate area, keep down dust and also please neighbors. In Japan, uchimizu had been done to purify the place from ancient times.

In recent years, the Japanese government has also encouraged the uchimizu to reduce global warming. Uchimizu ceremonies have increased in which people wearing yukata sprinkle water in Japanese traditional style.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2015/07/22

Shimane Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Matsue City
Izumo Taisha is one of most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan, located in Shimane Prefecture. There are records of Izumo Taisha in oldest ancient chronicles of Japan, the Kojiki, Nihon Shoki and Fudoki. It is dedicated to the god Ōkuninushi (Ōkuninushi-no-mikoto), famous as the Shinto deity of marriage. For this reason, it has attracted many women and couples. The Kagura-den features the largest shimenawa (sacred straw rope) in Japan; it is 13 meters long and weighs around 5 tons. The rope is one of the most easily recognized and distinctive features of Izumo-taisha.

In addition, you should visit Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine which was added to the World Heritage List in 2007. It was the largest silver mine in Japanese history, since the late Sengoku period until the early Edo period were the heyday. Although it has closed, you can see vestiges of those days.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/07/17

One Piece


I’m Gonna Become!! “The Pirate King!!!”

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since 1997. It follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” in order to become the next Pirate King.

One Piece has received widespread critical acclaim, primarily for its art, characterization and humor. Several volumes of the manga have broken publishing records in Japan. The series has over 320 million volumes in circulation worldwide, making it the best-selling manga series in history. In June 2015, it was announced that Eiichiro Oda and One Piece had set the Guinness World Record for “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.”


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/07/16

Neon Genesis Evangelion


Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese animated television series directed by Hideaki Anno. It is an apocalyptic anime in the mecha genre. The series is set in the futuristic city of Tokyo-3 after a worldwide cataclysm called the second impact. The story centers on Shinji Ikari, a teenage boy who is recruited by the shadowy organization NERV to pilot a giant bio-machine called an Evangelion in combat against monstrous beings known as Angels.

It became very popular in the charming characters and exciting story. Conversely, the details of story is too difficult, and It failed to complete the series. For this reason, it received mixed reviews. Nevertheless, it is one of the most successful anime television series of the 1990s. Subsequent film, manga and other products have achieved record sales in Japan and overseas markets, with revenues grossing over $2 billion (150 billion yen).


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (sometimes known simply as "the Choral"), is the final complete symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827). Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works of the repertoire of classical music.

This "the Choral" is used inthe climactic scene of Neon Genesis Evangelion.




2015/07/14

Tottori Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Tottori City
Tottori Prefecture is home to the Tottori Sand Dunes, Japan’s only large dune system. And the nashi pear is Tottori’s famous product. Fishery is also thriving, horse mackerel, mackerel, sardine, Japanese common squid and red snow crab are abundantly caught.

Sakaiminato city is famous manga artist, Shigeru Mizuki’s hometown which has invigorated local economies with his masterpiece, “GeGeGe no Kitaro”. There are statues of Kitaro manga characters in Kitarō Road. Many tourists have visited this place. In addition, Gosyo Aoyama which is manga artist of “Case Closed: Detective Conan” was also born in Tottori Prefecture. For that reason, Tottori Airport has been nicknamed “Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport” now. You can also say Tottori is “Manga County”.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/07/12

Hiroshima Prefecture



Prefectural capital:Hiroshima City
There are two World Heritage sites in Hiroshima Prefecture. The first is Itsukushima Shrine which had been worshipped by Heike (Taira clan) in the late Heian period. Leader of the Heike, Taira no Kiyomori had renovated Itsukushima Shrine to today’s scale. The dramatic gate or torii of Itsukushima Shrine is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions. The torii appears to be floating only at high tide. This beautiful view is classified as one of the Three Views of Japan (along with the sand bar Amanohashidate, and Matsushima Bay).

The second World Heritage site is Hiroshima Peace Memorial commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States Army Air Forces on 6 August 1945. This is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Many people which pray for world peace have visited this park.


See also
*The Three Views of Japan --- the sand bar Amanohashidate, Matsushima Bay and Itsukushima Shrine
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan


2015/07/04

Okayama Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Okayama City
You shuold visit Kōraku-en in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture. Kōraku-en which was built by the Okayama Domain in Edo period is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. The lawns, ponds, hills and cabins in this garden are tastefully placed. Okayama Castle adjoining Kōraku-en is also beautiful. Okayama Domain was very eager in education. It established the oldest han school and the oldest school for the common people, Shizutani School.

Kibitsu Shrine in Okayama City is also important. It has a connection in the well-known Japanese fairy tale "Momotaro". Momotaro gave his servant dog, monkey and pheasant millet dumplings (kibidango). These kibidangos has become a special product of Okayama Prefecture.


See also
*The Three Great Gardens of Japan --- Kairaku-en in Mito, Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama
*Japanese
*Chinese

2015/07/02

Golgo 13

Golgo 13 is a manga series written and illustrated by Takao Saito. This manga series began in 1968, and has continued until now. It is the longest works in Japanese comic history.

Golgo 13, also known by the pseudonym Duke Togo, is a professional assassin. His age, birthplace and true identity are unknown. Golgo 13 has a very quiet personality, and his assassination skills are perfect. Day and night, many of the nation, the intelligence community and the organization has asked him to assassination.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture