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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. 

 

 

Nengajo. Hanko, A gift from Japan.

New Year postcards; In Japan, there is a custom to exchange New Year postcards with personal or business acquaintances. On these cards, fixed phrases of thanks for the year gone by and greetings for the New Year are written, along with beautiful designs of the Oriental zodiac sign for the year. Some people also write briefly how they are getting along. Lately, it has become popular to make original postcards with a personal computer. The cards should be posted in Dec to be delivered on the 1st day of Jan.

OSECHI. Hanko, A gift from Japan.

New Year dishes, We eat traditional dishes called OSECHI during the New Year holiday. The word OSECHI means “a feast for the New Year ” Typical OSECHI includes rolled kelp, mashed sweet potato with chestnut, sweetened black soybeans, teriyaki style small dried sardines, fried burdock root, fish cakes, salted herring roe, rolled sweet omelet and so on. Each dish has a blessed meaning such as happiness, prosperity, long life etc. These foods are prepared during the last few days of December and beautifully arranged in tiered lacquered boxes so that housewives do not have to worry about cooking during the New Year holidays. Today we are able to buy OSECHI dishes in department stores and supermarkets.

 

Gantan. New Year’s Day. Hanko, A gift from Japan .

New Year’s Day ( 1st Jan ) is called Ganjitsu or Gantan in Japanese. It is the day to celebrate the coming of the New Year. Most Japanese regard New Year’sY Day as the most important national holiday. As the old proverb says, ”it is the day to make new plans. for the year” and start afresh with a new state. of mind. In Japan, most people are able to get off school or work during the first three to seven days of January. So we can enjoy doing lots of time-honored customs for this season in a relaxed manner.

 

OMISOKA. New year’s eve. Hanko, A gift from Japan.

New year’s eve ( 31st  Dec ) is called Omisoka in Japanese,w hich literally means the last day of the year. This day is mthe tost favorite day in a year for me, m because there are so many good TV shows and today’s atmosphere in Japan is something different,most of Japanese could be fidgeting. By the end of this day,we usually finish cleaning the house and preparing New Year dishes to welcome the coming of the New Year. Many people keep up the old custom of visiting Buddhist temples and shrines, Eating buckwheat noodles, and wishing for longevity has also remained as one of the good old traditions of the night. Around midnight, Buddhist temples throughout Japan starts to toll a huge bell 108 times, which is known as a bell on New Year’s Eve. It is believed that we have 108 different types of earthly desires and that the peals of the bell should dispel them so we can have a happy New Year. 

 

Shodo. Brush calligraphy. Hanko. By A gift from Japan.

Brush calligraphy that is called Shodo in Japanese. Shodo is the fine art of writing Japanese and Chinese characters with brushes and Indian ink that is called Sumi in Japanese. It is a way to visually express one’s inner character. As for the techniques of calligraphy, special attention is paid to the shading and brush technique. Brush technique. Brush calligraphy was imported from China during the 8th century. People wrote only Chinese characters at that time. In the 9th century, the Japanese original letters of Hiragana and Katakana were invented. Calligraphy masters of the time developed the unique Japanese style of writing called Wayo. Today brush calligraphy is a required subject for elementary school and junior high school students. It is also taught at private calligraphy schools throughout Japan. Many contents and exhibitions are held every year and Japanese people think that all educated people should be able to write in a beautiful way.

Christmas in Japan. Hanko , A gift from Japan .

Christmas in Japan: Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan. In fact, Christmas make up less than 1 percent of the population. Recently, however, more and more Japanese people are enjoying Westernized Christmas traditional such as decorating their homes and trees with lights and exchanging presents. Christmas cake and chicken are popular Japanese Christmas food. Especially, we like buying KFC. Many Japanese people attach a great deal of importance to Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day because it has come to symbolize something romantic to them .

 

I went to drink a Japanese Sencha which my students made in My Japanese language school . Hanko , A gift from Japan.

In our Japanese language school ,

we have Japanese Sencha club for international students on Friday, and I sometimes come there and  taste very delicious Japanese Sencha .

and today, my students invited me to thier Sencha club.

About Sencha,

There are many names for the different kinds of tea. Sencha, developed around the middle of the 18th century and the most common type of green tea in Japan, is about 90% of the crop. Sencha has an astringent flavor much loved by the people, who drink it constantly. It is also good for the health. Gyokuro, cultivated around the middle of the 19th century, is a very high grade tea and is milder than sencha. Macha is powdered green tea which is strong and used in the tea ceremony. Bancha is low quality tea. There are others, but the above are the most familiar.