2015/08/29

Saga Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Saga City
The Yoshinogari Site is large and complex archaeological site of Yayoi period (between the 3rd century BC and the 3rd century AD) in Saga Prefecture. You can know Japanese life of Yayoi period.

In addition, you shuold visit one of the famous festivals, Karatsu Kunchi which has been held every year in early November. Massive floats in the form of samurai helmets, sea breams and dragons make their way through the streets of Karatsu. Arita, Imari and Karatsu are also famous for the beautiful porcelain that is created there.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan


2015/08/22

Fukuoka Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Fukuoka City
Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture is the largest city in Kyushu. Economy, culture and transportation of Fukuoka have highly developed. One of the famous festival, The Hakata Dontaku has been held every year during Golden Week, from 3 to 4 May, attracting over 2 million tourists. And local foods such as motsunabe, mentaiko and Hakata ramen are very popular.

The Yawata Steel Works in Kitakyūshū City was built in the Meiji period, had led the Japanese heavy industry. It was formally approved as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015, as part of “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining”. In addition, historic sites such as Dazaifu Tenman-gū, Fukuoka Castle Ruins and Kokura Castle are also popular.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/08/21

Ehime Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Matsuyama City
Ehime Prefecture is one of the major citrus fruits such as mikan (Japanese citrus), Iyokan and Ponkan producing regions in Japan. It features the cultivation using mountain slopes. And processed citrus fruits products such as juice and jelly have been increasing.

Ehime’s tourist spots are concentrated in Matsuyama City. The Matsuyama Castle’s scale is large, and its preservation state is also good. In addition, one of The Three Ancient Springs, Dōgo Onsen with a history over 3,000 years is very popular. The springs are mentioned in the Man’yōshū (written c. 759). And Natsume Sōseki, Japanese famous novelist of Meiji period described Dōgo Onsen in his popular novel “Botchan”.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan


2015/08/18

Hattori Hanzō

Hattori Hanzō (1542–1596), also known as Hattori Masanari, was a famous samurai and ninja of the Sengoku period, was one of the great generals of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Although his ancestors ware Iga ninja, he became status of a samurai. He had lead ninja clans using a distinctive network.

Today, he is often a subject of varied portrayal in modern popular culture. As a great leader of ninja, Hattori Hanzō is very popular in Japan and overseas.






See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Ninja
*List of Japanese culture

2015/08/17

Kochi Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Kōchi City
In Edo Period, Kōchi Prefecture was called Tosa domain. The domain was founded by Yamauchi clan. In Bakumatsu (the final years of the Edo period) an important person in Japanese history, Sakamoto Ryōma appeared. Although his family was goshi which was the lowest rank in the samurai hierarchy, Ryōma got a chance to practice in Edo because of excellent Kenjutsu skill. When he had lived in Edo, he had seen Western powers threat and advanced Western civilization. After he threw himself into the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate. He accomplished the negotiation of peace between Chōshū and Satsuma, two powerful domains that had long been hostile to each other. And he played a crucial role in Taisei Hokan that led to the voluntary resignation of the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu, thus bringing about the Meiji Restoration. But he was assassinated by someone without greeting the Meiji period.

Ryōma’s upheaval life has been taken up many times by novels, TV dramas and movies. That’s why he has been loved by many Japanese people. When you travel to Kochi Prefecture, should visit Sakamoto Ryōma Memorial Museum.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan





2015/08/14

The theme parks associated with the Ninja


If you want to experience a Ninja life, you should visit these theme parks.

*Ninja Museum of Igaryu (Official website English)
 117 Ueno Marunouchi, Iga, Mie, Japan

*Koga-ryu Ninjutsu Yashiki (Official website Japanese)
 2331 Ryuboshi, Konan, Koka, Shiga, Japan

*Koga Ninja Village (Official website Japanese)
 394 Oki, Koka, Koka, Shiga, Japan

*Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura (Official website English)
 470-2 Karakura, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan

*Kids’ Ninja Village (Official website English)
 3193 togakushi, Nagano, Nagano, Japan

*Ureshino Onsen Ninja Village (Official website Japanese)
 716-1 Shimono-ko, Ureshino, Ureshino, Saga, Japan


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Ninja
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/08/13

Kagawa Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Takamatsu City
Sanuki udon (a type of udon noodle) is a famous local food in Kagawa Prefecture. The characteristic of Sanuki udon is its strong elasticity and smooth texture. Recent years have seen an interest in Sanuki udon across Japan, and many Japanese and foreign tourists now take trips to taste the many Sanuki udon restaurants in Kagawa.

In addition, Shōdo Island which is known for its olives, soy sauce, sōmen and tsukudani is also a popular destination.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Udon
*Prefectures of Japan


2015/08/11

Naruto

WE WILL..
..DEFEAT YOU TOGETHER!!


Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all.

Naruto has received acclaim, primarily for its characterization, humor and powerful fighting scenes. It has been very successful in various countries of the world. As of September 2014, the manga has over 200 million volumes in Japan and overseas.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*Ninja
*The Naruto whirlpools --- Tokushima Prefecture
*List of Japanese subculture


2015/08/10

Tokushima Prefecture


Prefectural capital:Tokushima City
From the Edo Period to the early Meiji Period, Tokushima Prefecture had been a major producer of Japanese indigo which had been used to dye. In modern days, it has grown various vegetables such as sweet potato called “Naruto kintoki”, sudachi, lotus root and strawberry.

The Naruto whirlpools in the Naruto Strait are very famous visitor attractions of Tokushima Prefecture. When the tide dynamically moves, and the whirlpools occur, tourists cheer. In addition, the Awa Dance Festival which is held from 12 to 15 August in Tokushima City is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year. The origin of Awa Dance (Awa Odori) had begun in the late 16th century in Awa Province (old Tokushima). In modern times, Awa dance is popular throughout Japan.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Prefectures of Japan

2015/08/01

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure


“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It has lasted about 30 years from 1986.The manga is split up into 8 unique parts, tells the story of the Joestar family, a family whose various members discover they are destined to take down supernatural foes using unique powers that they find they possess.

Araki uses ardent lines, unique onomatopoeia and poses in the series. The poses, which are known in Japan as JoJo-dachi, are iconic on his book covers and panels.


See also
*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture