Archive

Archive for the ‘Japanese Culture’ Category

Stages will be consumed by its music -Wakanagi- Vol.2

null
I was going to post another new article about Wakanagi, the group of Japanese traditional musical instrument players. What took me so long? Sorry I’m late.

Before the main article to introduce some Wakanagi members to you, let me explain what geza is. It’s necessary for you to know what it is.
Read more…

Advertisements

Stages will be consumed by its music -Wakanagi- Vol.1

null

Mil Máscaras, a professional wrestler, has his theme music “Sky High” in his entering ring. Darth Vader always frightens the Galactic Empire officers with his theme music. You can easily remember his face when you listen to the theme song of Jason, the terribly big man with a hockey mask from the movie “Friday the 13th”. Famous characters in the varied fields have their own theme music that easily reminds you of them. So, do RAKUGO performers.

Read more…

Osu Vol.3 -Temples at times, strongholds at other times-

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

The construction of Nagoya castle in 1610 led to the redevelopment of Nagoya city. Osu, which was located between Nagoya castle and Nagoya port, must have been the first priority for the redevelopment as the main gate of Nagoya. The lord at the time ordered some temples and shrines to move into Osu in rebuilding the town in order to protect the area from enemies. Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines at the time were regarded as citadels or fortresses in case of emergencies. Osu Kannon temple and Banshouji temple were also moved with such a purpose.
Read more…

Osu Vol.2 -a town of particular cultures-

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

I was going to write a journal about Buddhist objects; however, before the journal, let me introduce an intriguing aspect of Osu: particular cultures that particular people get into.

Osu has a famous retailer which carries mangas and related goods, MANDARAKE. You must get surprised at the staff members in animation costume right after you enter the building. After becoming startled at them, thousand of comics, which include valuable ones published long time ago, welcome you at the first floor. Glitzy costumes or wigs are displayed and attract you at the upper floor. Some people show respect for animation characters by copying them.
Read more…

Osu Vol.1 -a town of Buddhist altar-

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

We have an attractive town in our region. It is Osu, which has been combined ‘tradition’ and ‘subculture’. I had a chance to learn about Osu. This time, let me introduce you a topic about Osu: Buddhist altars,butsudan.

It is said that Osu is famous for Buddhist altars and Buddhist objects. According to the oldest records, the specialized store offering Buddhist altars called ‘Hiroya’ kicked off its business in 1695. Ever since, a lot of Buddhist craftsmen and artisans came together for business settled down in Osu.
Read more…

Categories: Japanese Culture Tags: ,

How to learn kanji; don’t think of it, write it

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

It might be the most difficult part in learning Japanese for foreigners: reading/using kanji, chinese characters. Let me share you with a method to recite kanji most Japanese did in their youger age.
Read more…

Tanabata comes but once a year so make a wish for a star

July 7, 2012 4 comments

It rained heavily yesterday. I became extremely soaked during a five-minute walk from the place where my clients live to the subway station.

The thundering rain was gone today in contrast. Most Japanese, especially fathers and mothers, must have been relieved with the good weather because it’s July 7. We call it tanabata, the day when Orihime(the personified character of Vega) and Hikoboshi(the personified character of Altair) are allowed to meet with each other once a year. It is said that they lose the chance to have a date if it rains. Today, at least in my region, they made it.

There was nothing for Orihime and hikoboshi more than developing their relationship. They forgot to be diligence. That’s the reason they were forced to split up. I’m not sure where this plot was made(it came from China, I gather), but I think it may have been based on Asian virtue or customs. Being diligent, being selfless to work:the elderly taught us such disciplines. Working hard would be ranked at the highest place. First things first. You can obtain the right to immerse yourself in love after you live up to your duty. That might be what the author thought. Maybe I’m wrong.

Bamboo branches are decorated with strips of colorful paper on which people write down their wishes like Orihime and Hikoboshi hoped to see in person. What would you wish if you were at a tanabata party? Mr./Mrs.Right is waiting for you to come on the other side of the Milky Way? I hope your dream comes true, crossing my all fingers. Yes. The Milky Way will smile at you and permit you to cross over as long as you make a special effort.

Categories: Japanese Culture Tags:
%d bloggers like this: