Japanese mask song

Curry sncaks

It is the final day for HEISEI era in Japan.

 

Japan announced new “Gengo “ on April 1.

Gengo is the name of the Imperial era in Japan. The name of the new Imperial era will be Reiwa 令和, 

The new era will begin on May 1st.

The era name was taken from the Manyoshu, which is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry.

Reiwa represents auspicious harmony 

I went to Taga shrine in Shiga where is said the father shrine of Ise shrine in the final day of Heisei era.

most of Japanese want to be Ise shrine even one time whole our life, but Taga shrine is its father shrine, so Taga shrine is a higher class shrine.

 

This is carp streamer that is called KOINOBORI in Japanese.

 

 

May 5th is called “Children’s Festival Day”, a day to celebrate the healthy growth of children.

We put up a carp streamer in front of a house.

The carp is thought to be a lucky fish symbolizing success in life.

 

May 5th is called Children’s festival day , a day to celebrate the healthy growth of children.

we put up a carp streamer that is called KOINOBORI in Japanese in front of a house and so on. The carp is thought to be a lucky fish symbolizing success in life . 

 

And be when I walked around my house ,

I found a lot of KOINOBORI .

They are very amazing!!! 

 

We have a festival in our city 14-15th .

We have a festival in 14-15th , which is called Hachiman Matsuri in Japanese. Last night 14th,

we brought a big drum and 15 touches  from our town to Omihachiman Shrine . 

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This is a brand new Chips with WAGYU flavor.

Japanese traditional festival.

I joined the traditional festival in my town.

these white costumes mean swans and those swans are carrying a god of Shinto, you can see a golden portable shrine on our shoulders that is called Mikoshi in Japanese, this is as a god in this festival.

And this drum’s Sound means to communicate with a god. We paraded around our town with a drum and a Mikoshi.

 

 

 

 

 

I went to see Cherry blossom viewing

My ex-students invited me to see Cherry blossom viewing that is called Hanami in Kyoto Japan yesterday.  I had a good time. cherry trees are in full bloom from late March through to early April. Cherry blossom viewing or Hanami is like an outside party under the cherry blossoms. People spread out a mat under the trees and enjoy drinking and eating while appreciating the beauty of the flowers.Cherry blossom viewing has been a favorite annual event for the Japanese since the 9th century. The popular viewing spots are crowded with people who appreciate blossoms during blossom season throughout the country.

 

Japan announced the name of the new Imperial era.

Japan announced new “Gengo “ .

Gengo is the name of the Imperial era in Japan. The name of the new Imperial era will be Reiwa 令和, 

The new era will begin on May 1st.

The era name was taken from the Manyoshu, which is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry.

Reiwa represents auspicious harmony 

 

 
 

This is ceramic ware. By A gift from Japan. Hanko.

Ceramic ware is called Toujiki in Japanese.Ceramic ware are utensils made from clay and baked ina kiln.

Japanese ceramic ware was developed through the introduction of ceramic techniques from Korean and China. In addition, many skilled Craftsman from these countries came over to Japan and influenced the creation of fine ceramic ware. This is the reason why ceramic ware is referred to as china in English. These are a lot of  famous pottery producing regions in Japan. Each place has different kinds of clay and produces its own type of ceramic ware. Typically, types of pottery include Seto and Oribe and the best regions for porcelain are Arita, Kiyomizu and Kutani.

Folding screens that is called Byobu in Japanese.

Folding screens: A Byobu is a folding screen. Normally two, four and six panels are joined together. Each panel is made of thick Japanese paper or cloth stretched on wooden frames. Beautiful pictures or calligraphy are drawn on them, Byobu were introduced from China in the 7th century. Since then, have been used as both practical and decorative furniture. As for the practical use of Byobu, in the room. Today, however, they are no longer utilized in our everyday life.

Otoshidama and OSECHI. Hanko, A gift from Japan.

Otoshidama is kind of juggling game. The word also refers to a small cloth bag filled with red beans, pebbles. or rice. Beanbags come in a set of five or more, Otedama can be played either alone or in a group. The game is often accompanied by singing the most basic way of playing Otoshidama is to keep tossing several bean bags upward in sequence with both hands like juggling. Nowadays, very few people

Know how to either play Otishidama or sing the songs.