2016/11/11

Lupin III


Lupin the Third is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch. The protagonist, Lupin III is the grandson of Arsène Lupin created by French writer Maurice Leblanc. He is considered the world’s greatest thief.

Lupin III has three reliable companions, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa and Fujiko Mine. Daisuke Jigen is an expert marksman. Goemon Ishikawa is a master swordsman whose sword can cut anything. Fujiko Mine is a female thief. Lupin’s gang are constantly chased by Inspector Zenigata of the ICPO, who has made it his life’s work to arrest them.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/09/11

Kingdom


Kingdom is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara. There are also many Japanese mangas based on historical fact in other countries, for example, The Rose of Versailles based on French history. This story set in the Warring States period in ancient Chinese history.

The protagonist of the story, Xin is a boy in the state of Qin. He lost parents because of the war, and fell as a household slave. Even then, he aims to become the “World’s Greatest General”, trains hard every day.

The young king of Qin, Ying Zheng is also very important parson. Ying Zheng eventually becomes the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Generally speaking, Qin Shi Huang was a tyrant, but this manga’s Ying Zheng is the king of justice.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/08/06

Summer festival


Every summer, various festivals are held at each region of Japan. Many people carry about a mikoshi (portable shrine), draw a Dashi (float), dance Awa Odori and let off fireworks. There are local characteristics. Japanese people pray for happiness and protection against evils through these activities.

During the summer festival, the whole town is in a festive mood. This is a representative Japanese summer. Wear yukata, you can enjoy festival more.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2016/07/31

Fireworks display


Every summer, fireworks display is held in various towns of Japan. You can enjoy fireworks with friend, lover and family. Especially children surely delight. Japanese fireworks are very spectacular and type is very rich.

Fireworks manufacturing method was introduced from China. After that, Japanese fireworks had developed in Edo Period. Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival that has continued from the Edo Period is very popular.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*Yukata
*List of Japanese culture

2016/07/28

The start of the sea-bathing season

In Japan each beach open in early summer. When the opening event is held, Shinto priest prays for uneventful sea-bathing. You can enjoy the beach from this day.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*The start of the mountain-climbing season
*List of Japanese culture

2016/07/10

The start of the mountain-climbing season

The event for the start of the mountain-climbing season is held in every year from June to July. Mountains have been the object of worship in Japan since ancient times. Therefore, Shinto priest prays for uneventful climbing in this event.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*The start of the sea-bathing season
*List of Japanese culture

2016/07/02

Rainy season

In Japan, the rainy season commonly called the plum rain lasts from early June to mid-July for most of the country. Because it rains almost every day in this season, you may feel depressed.

But the rainy season that supply precious water is also a welcome season. And hydrangea flowers are symbol of this season in Japan.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2016/06/09

Ryuichi Sakamoto


Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, composer and record producer. He began his career in the 1970s, first gaining major success as a member of electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO).

He concurrently pursued a solo career. He has collaborated with many international artists, in different genres ranging from electronic to classical and world music. He composed music for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics opening ceremony. His most successful work as a film composer was The Last Emperor (1987), he has won an Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Awards.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/06/08

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO)

Yellow Magic Orchestra (abbreviated as YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass, keyboards), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums, lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards). It was formed in 1978.

YMO contributed to the development of synthpop, techno, game music and contemporary J-pop. They achieved national and international success until the breakup (Sankai) in 1983.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/05/27

Astro Boy

Astro Boy, known its original name Mighty Atom is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. This manga was the first popular animated Japanese television series in the 1960s.

Astro Boy is set in a futuristic world where Robots co-exist with humans. Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) fight crime, evil, and injustice using 100K horsepower strength and another science powers.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/05/23

Samurai Champloo


Samurai Champloo is a 2004 Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe featuring director Shinichirō Watanabe who created Cowboy Bebop. Samurai Champloo has many similarities to Cowboy Bebop. Both series mix some genres, and utilize contemporary music.

The story is set in middle Edo period. It follows Mugen, a freedom-loving vagrant swordsman from Ryukyu Islands; Jin, a great swordsman and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a brave girl who asks them to accompany her in her quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/05/22

Cowboy Bebop


Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring director Shinichirō Watanabe. It became a commercial success both in Japanese and international markets, garnered several major anime and SF awards, and received praise for characters, story and soundtrack.

In 2071, humanity has colonized most of the rocky planets and moons of the Solar System. The series protagonists Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Edward Wong are bounty hunters (also referred to as “Cowboys”) working from the spaceship Bebop. They chase criminals and bring them in alive in return for a reward.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/05/08

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

In Japan, children give own mother carnations and a gift on this day.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2016/05/02

Terra Formars


Terra Formars is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. In an attempt to colonize Mars and terraforming the planet, cockroaches ware sent by scientists in 21st century.

Five hundred years later, Mars cockroaches have mutated giant humanoid “Terraformars”. The genetically modified humans are sent to Mars to exterminate the mutated roaches.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/04/22

Ghost in the Shell


Ghost in the Shell is a Japanese media franchise originally written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. It set in the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.

In this future society, computer technology has advanced to the point that many members of the public possess cyberbrains. And technology allows them to interface their biological brain with various networks. This can also be combined with various levels of prostheses, with a fully prosthetic body enabling a person to become a cyborg. This setting has had an impact on various SF such as The Matrix (1999).


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/04/08

Final Fantasy XIII


Final Fantasy XIII is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Released in 2009, it is the thirteenth major installment in the Final Fantasy series.

The main protagonist Lightning in the middle of a journey to save younger sister cursed by paranormal entities called fal’Cie, is also cursed. Even then Lightning fight against powerful enemies with comrades who received the same curse.

The solemnity and indomitable spirit of Lightning is very popular. In addition Louis Vuitton appointed her to character in Spring-Summer 2016 collection advertising campaign.



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


When you want to got into high spirits, should listen to this music!
“Blinded by Light” composed by Masashi Hamauzu.




2016/04/06

Sushi

Sushi is one of the most famous Japanese dishes, consisting of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients (neta) such as raw seafood and vegetables. Sushi is often served with pickled ginger (gari), wasabi and soy sauce (shōyu).

You may think sushi is the best kind of dish, but there are also many kaitenzushi restaurants in Japan. You can enjoy various type of sushi at reasonable prices.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2016/03/24

The Rose of Versailles

There are also many Japanese mangas based on historical fact in other countries. In particular, The Rose of Versailles created by Riyoko Ikeda is a representative manga and one of the best-known titles in shōjo manga. It has been adapted into an anime television series and several Takarazuka Revue musicals.

It focuses on Oscar François de Jarjayes, a girl raised as a man to become her father’s successor as leader of the Palace Guards in France in the 18th century. Many historical figures, such as Marie Antoinette and Axel von Fersen appear. The French Revolution will occur soon, the story is getting more and more chaotic.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2016/03/18

Street Fighter series


The Street Fighter series is a competitive fighting game developed and published by Capcom. While the Street Fighter that released in 1987 lacked a big hit, the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior in 1991 achieved the worldwide popularity. The success of Street Fighter II inspired other game developers and creators.

Many unique characters of different nationalities have appeared in the series. Guile: a major in the United States Air Force, Ryu: a Japanese karateka, Chun-Li: a Chinese martial artist who works as an Interpol officer, Zangief: a pro wrestler from Russia, and so on.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/02/19

The Seven Deadly Sins

“The Seven Deadly Sins” is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. This is one of the high fantasy mangas.

The Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of seven knights in the Liones Kingdom, the continent of Britannia. They fled in all possible directions, after they were suspected of the kingdom overthrow.

Ten years later, the Holy Knights, the mastermind of plot staged a coup d’état and captured the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. The third princess, Elizabeth, then starts out on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins and enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture


2016/02/14

Haru-ichiban

Haru-ichiban is a meteorological phenomenon in Japan, and the first strong south winds of the year. It causes wind damage, avalanche and melting snow due to sudden temperature arises. This meteorological phenomenon occurs because the wind blows from southern high pressure toward the low pressure passing through the Sea of Japan.

Even then, Haru-ichiban blows, which tells us finally spring has come.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2016/02/12

Instant noodles

An instant noodle is a kind of instant food. Generally they are sold in paper cups or plastic bags. Instant noodles were invented by Momofuku Ando of Nissin Foods in Japan.

Because life rhythm is fast in Japan, instant noodles are popular. Bachelors especially like these.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture

2016/02/07

“The Gag Manga King” Fujio Akatsuka


Japanese manga is roughly divided into two types, a story manga and a comical manga. Fujio Akatsuka (1935 – 2008) was the first comical manga artist.

Akatsuka was also one of manga artists in Tokiwa-so apartment. Most of the representative works such as “Himitsu no Akko-chan”, “Osomatsu-kun”, “Tensai Bakabon” and “Mōretsu Atarō” ware animated, these are very popular.

His motto is “Life is a gag.” People have laughed a lot by his deformed the character and the nonsense story. Innovative lines and actions also ware in great vogue. Akatsuka was called “The Gag Manga King”.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese subculture

2016/01/02

Hatsumōde

Hatsumōde is the first Shinto shrine visit of the Japanese New Year. Japanese people commonly worship with family. For many Japanese, hatsumōde is a custom rather than a faith.


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*Japanese
*Chinese
*List of Japanese culture