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Sake from Osaka Prefecture (Sake by Region)

In land size, Osaka is, together with Kagawa, the smallest prefecture in Japan. Lying at Osaka Bay, the Yodo and Yamato Rivers flow through the prefec...
11-08-2017 21:45

Modern Japanese Fiction by Year (3): 1912-1926, The Taisho P

In a literary sense, the Taisho period (1912-1926) is a rich time in which seven of the ten best modern fiction writers from the canon were active (So...
10-08-2017 21:49

Modern Japanese Fiction by Year (2): 1905-1911, First Flour

We continue our survey of the Japanese Novel with Part Two - 1905-1912.(Part One is here.)In Part One we saw an early-Meiji-period Japan that was so b...
28-07-2017 21:48

Sake from Nara Prefecture (Sake by Region)

In comparison to the giant sake centers of Nada and Fushimi, the other areas in the Kansai are mere dwarfs. That does not mean you won\'t find excelle...
03-07-2017 21:48

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 26 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 26Ogura-yamamine no momoji-hakokoro arabaima hitotabi nomiyuki matanamu??????????????????????????If the maple leaveson the peak o...
28-06-2017 21:51

The Omiwa Shrine and Sake

Mt Miwa, a beautiful conical mountain (467m / 1532ft) north of the city of Sakurai, at the eastern edge of the Yamato basin in Nara Prefecture, is an ...
27-06-2017 21:49

Sake from Kyoto Prefecture (Sake by Region)

Kyoto Prefecture is in volume the second sake producing prefecture in Japan (71,286kl or 16.0% - figures 2015) - after Hyogo (28.5%) and before Niigat...
17-06-2017 21:49

Okera mairi (Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto)

The Yasaka Shrine on the eastern edge of Kyoto plays an important role in the cultural life of the old capital, now and in the past. In July it organi...
08-06-2017 21:45

Sake from Hyogo Prefecture (Sake by Region)

The largest sake producing area in the whole of Japan can be found in Hyogo Prefecture, at the seaside of Nishinomiya and in the eastern part of Kobe....
04-06-2017 21:48

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 25 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 25na ni shi owabaOsakayama nosanekazurahito ni shiraredekuru yoshi mo gana ????????????????????????????If its name is true,"come ...
02-06-2017 21:49

"Japanese Pilgrimage" by Oliver Statler (Best Non-

This is where one begins. On this mountaintop, at the holiest spot of this sprawling complex of temples, in the shadow of these towering cedars, one...
02-05-2017 21:51

"The Empty Mirror" by Janwillem van de Wetering (B

This small memoir, that ends on a tone of disillusion, is one of the best accounts of a Westerner coming to terms with Zen and meditation. The Empty M...
28-04-2017 21:50

"Daodejing, The Classic Book of the Way and its Power&q

One of the reasons I decided to study Chinese (a decision that shocked both my parents and my teachers at the Grammar School in the small town where I...
28-04-2017 21:50

Science & Education: Two Museums in Kyoto

Science and education are the pillars of a modern country. This is demonstrated clearly by the development of Japan since the late 19th century. Two s...
28-02-2017 21:49

The Best Three in Japan

Pythagoras calls three the perfect number, expressive of ?beginning, middle, and end,? and he therefore makes it the symbol of the divine. The Japanes...
28-01-2017 21:50

Nanakusa or Seven Herb Festival

January 7 is the day of the Nanakusa or Seven Herb Festival. This day, many Japanese eat rice gruel (kayu) that contains the seven medicinal herbs of ...
07-01-2017 21:42

Seven Deities of Good Fortune in Sumida

The Sumida River circuit of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune in Tokyo is the very first of this type of New Year pilgrimages: it was devised in 1804 ...
04-01-2017 21:46

First Calligraphy in the New Year

The First Calligraphy in the New Year is called "Kakizome" or "Kissho-hajime" and it is one of many "firsts," as we have hatsugama (the first tea cere...
02-01-2017 21:44

The Seven Deities of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin)

In Japan, "Shichifukujin" are the seven gods (kami) who are said to bring wealth and long life. The group of these seven lucky gods consists of Ebisu,...
01-01-2017 21:42

The Year of the Rooster

2017 is the Year of the Rooster (toridoshi) in Japan (also translated as cock or chicken; the term denotes general barnyard fowl), the tenth year in t...
31-12-2016 21:49

Meyami Jizo, Kyoto

The small temples of Kyoto are very interesting when you happen to stumble upon them, but usually they are not places to seek out on purpose. Meyami J...
26-12-2016 21:42

The Ako Incident and the Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers (Chushi

As I wrote in my ?revious post about the seasonal events of December, the last month of the year is the season that traditionally the story of the For...
23-12-2016 21:41

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 24 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 24kono tabi wanusa mo toriaezuTamukeyamamomiji no nishikikami no mani mani???????????????????????????on my present journeyI could...
18-12-2016 21:48

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 23 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 23tsuki mirebachiji ni mono kosokanashikerewaga mi hitotsu noaki ni wa aranedo    ????????????????????????????when I view the ...
15-12-2016 21:45

Kanzake - the season of warm sake

Years ago when I started making promotion for sake, the main "enemy" was the wrong image of the brew caused by the piping hot sake served in all too m...
07-12-2016 21:43

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 22 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 22fuku kara niaki no kusaki noshiorurebamube yama kaze oarashi to iuran    ????????????????????????????as soon as it blowsaut...
05-12-2016 21:46

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 21 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 21ima komu toihishi bakari ninagatsuki noariake no tsuki womachi-idetsuru kana???????????????????????????just because you said "...
31-10-2016 21:44

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 20 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 20wabinurebaima hata onajiNaniwa narumi o tsukushite moawamu to zo omou????????????????????????????In dire distress, our reputat...
27-09-2016 21:44

Ozu Yasujiro (Great Auteur Film Directors 3)

Ozu Yasujiro (1903-1963) has been called the "most Japanese" of Japan\'s film directors, but I believe such a designation can only lead to a misunders...
20-06-2016 21:49

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 19 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 19Naniwagatamijikaki ashi nofushi no ma moawade kono yo osugushiteyo to ya????????????????????????????Are you telling meto go thr...
15-06-2016 21:45

Thinking about Ikkyu in Ikkyuji (Kyoto)

Ikkyuji is one those ever rarer Kyoto temples that is still quiet and unspoiled by mass tourism. It is situated in southern Kyoto, at the border with ...
06-06-2016 21:45

Mizoguchi Kenji (Great Auteur Directors 2)

Mizoguchi Kenji (1898-1956), was with Ozu Yasujiro and Kurosawa Akira one of the three greatest Japanese directors of all time. For some obscure reaso...
18-05-2016 21:42

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 18 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 18Suminoe nokishi ni yoru namiyoru sae yayume no kayoijihito me yokuramu?????????????????????????Are you so afraid of people\'s e...
10-05-2016 21:48

Best Places to See in the Kobe Area

It may come as a surprise to hear that my present hometown Kobe is a popular tourist destination (more than 22 million annual visitors incl. day tripp...
29-04-2016 21:42

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 17 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 17chihayaburukamiyo mo kikazuTatsutagawakarakurenai nimizu kuguru to wa??????????????????????????Not even heard ofin the legendar...
22-04-2016 21:45

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 16 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 16tachiwakareInaba no yama nomine ni ourumatsu to shi kikabaima kaerikomu????????????????????????????Even if I depart nowand leav...
15-04-2016 21:51

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 15 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 15kimi ga tameharu no no ni idetewakana tsumuwaga koromode niyuki wa furitsutsu??????????????????????????For your sakeI went into...
06-04-2016 22:38

Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto

Where can you find the best hanami spots in Kyoto"Here are my five favorite cherry blossom locations:[The canal in Okazaki Park]1. Okazaki Park, Keag...
03-04-2016 21:44

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 14 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 14Michinoku noshinobu mojizuritare yue nimidare someishiware naranaku ni???????????????????????????That my love has become confus...
02-04-2016 21:49

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 13 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 13Tsukuba ne nomine yori otsuruMinanogawakoi zo tsumoritefuchi to narinuru  Like the River Minafalling down from the peakof Moun...
28-03-2016 21:51

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each): Poem 12 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 12amatsukazekumo no kayoijifukitoji yootome no sugatashibashi todomemu O winds from on high,blow shutthat path through the cloud...
22-03-2016 21:47

A Kobe Tragedy: The Story of Unai

One of the most "famous" legends from Kobe ("famous" within quotation marks as almost nobody today has heard of it), is the tragic story of Unai, the ...
15-03-2016 21:48

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 11 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 11wata no harayaso shima kaketekogi-idenu tohito ni wa tsugeyoama no tsuribune???????????????????????????That I have rowed outove...
12-03-2016 21:54

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 10 (

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 10koreyo konoyuku mo kaeru mowakaretsutsushiru mo shiranu moAusaka no Seki??????????????????????????This is that placewhere peopl...
06-03-2016 21:52

The Japanese Seasons: March

March (sangatsu) is also called Yayoi, meaning "plants grow luxuriantly." Plum blossoms are in full bloom and so are yellow rape flowers. Green plants...
01-03-2016 21:51

Five Best Books on the Japanese Cuisine

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art by Shizuo TsujiMy rating: 5 of 5 starsShizuo Tsuji (1933-93) was the founder of the Tsuji Culinary Institute in Osaka, ...
28-02-2016 21:51

Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan's Ancie

Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the Sacred Sites of Japan\'s Ancient Religion by Joseph CaliMy rating: 5 of 5 starsAn excellent guide to the most interesti...
25-02-2016 21:55

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 9 (O

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 9hana no iro wautsurinikeri naitazura niwaga mi yo ni furunagame seshi ma ni??????????????????????????????As the color of the che...
24-02-2016 22:11

Daishichi Sake (2) - Yukishibori Honjozo Nigorizake

Besides the Yukishibori Honjozo Namagenshu, Daishichi has one more seasonal sake for the winter season: Yukishibori Honjozo Nigorizake. Yukishibori H...
19-02-2016 21:48

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 8 (P

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 8waga iho wamiyako no tatsumishika zo sumuyo wo Ujiyama tohito wa iunari??????????????????????????Although I live contentedly in...
16-02-2016 21:51

Daishichi Sake (1): Yukishibori Honjozo Namagenshu

Seasonal sakes are popular in Japan and one of the seasonal drinks from the Daishichi Sake Brewery for the first months of the year is Yukishibori Hon...
13-02-2016 21:48

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 7 (A

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 7ama no harafurisakemirebaKasuga naruMikasa no yama niideshi tsuki ka mo?????????????????????????When I gaze into the distanceacr...
08-02-2016 21:52

Sake from Toyama Prefecture (Sake Regions)

Toyama Prefecture boasts magnificent nature in the heart of Japan. It is in the first place well-known for the Tateyama mountain range and the Kurobe¬...
01-02-2016 02:57

Matsuo Taisha, Kyoto's Sake Brewer's Shrine

Matsuo Taisha (also called Matsuonoo Taisha) is one of the oldest shrines of Kyoto. It now is in the first place the tutelary shrine of sake brewers, ...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake by Region Update: Tochigi and Gunma

Two new updates in the sake by region series have appeared on my site: Tochigi and Gunma, both in the Kanto area. ...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake from Nagano Prefecture (Sake by Region)

Nagano Prefecture is landlocked and mountainous - nine of the twelve highest mountains of Japan can be found here. On the south side of the prefecture...
01-02-2016 02:57

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 1 (E

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 1aki no ta nokariho no iho notoma wo aramiwaga koromode watsuyu ni nuretsutsu??????????????????????????Because of the rough thatc...
01-02-2016 02:57

The Year of the Monkey

2016 is the Year of the Monkey (sarudoshi) in Japan, the ninth year in the cycle of 12 signs from the Japanese (and originally Chinese) zodiac.["See n...
01-02-2016 02:57

The Japanese Seasons: February

The ancient name for February (Nigatsu) is Kisaragi, meaning "to wear more clothes due to the cold." As it also is the month of plum blossoms which ar...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake by Region Updates: Ibaraki and Tokyo

Two posts in the Sake by Region series which is under revision, have been updated and expanded and are available at: Ibaraki and Tokyo. ...
01-02-2016 02:57

Modern Japanese Fiction by Year (1): 1885-1899, Beginnings

In 1868, at the beginning of the Meiji period, a complete transformation of Japanese society started, but that was not immediately true for literatur...
01-02-2016 02:57

The Japanese Seasons: January

January (Ichigatsu) is the month that the new year starts in the solar or Gregorian calendar, although technically it is still winter. In fact, Daika...
01-02-2016 02:57

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 3 (K

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 3ashibiki noyamadori no wo noshidari-wo nonaga-nagashi yo wohitori kamo nemu?????????????????????????????Must I sleep alonethroug...
01-02-2016 02:57

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 5 (S

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 5okuyama nimomiji fumiwakenaku shika nokoe kiku toki zoaki wa kanashiki???????????????????????When I hear the voiceof the crying ...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake by Region Update: Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa

Here are three more updates in the series of sake by region: Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa. ...
01-02-2016 02:57

Judge Dee novels

In 1949, the Dutch Sinologue and diplomat Robert van Gulik translated an 18th century, anonymous Chinese crime novel under the title Celebrated Cases ...
01-02-2016 02:57

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 2 (E

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 2haru sugitenatsu kinikerashishirotae nokoromo hosutefuama no kaguyama???????????????????????Spring has gone away, andsummer come...
01-02-2016 02:57

The Monkeys of Jigokudani

On of the best places to enjoy the sight of wild monkeys in Japan in this Year of the Monkey is Jigokudani Onsen in Nagano Prefecture.How to get here:...
01-02-2016 02:57

A History of Japanese Film by Year: Risk Avoidance (2010-201

Although the annual production of Japanese films scales new heights (408 in 2010, rising to 615 in 2014), unfortunately the quality of Japanese cinema...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake from Yamanashi Prefecture (Sake by region)

Although Yamanashi Prefecture has the image of being Japan\'s wine country, with its fresh water and cold winter climate, conditions for sake brewing ...
01-02-2016 02:57

The Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each)

The Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each) is Japan\'s most popular and widely known poetry collection, containing one hundred poems in...
01-02-2016 02:57

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 4 (Y

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 4Tago no ura niuchi-idete mirebashirotae noFuji no takane niyuki wa furitsutsu????????????????????????????As I come outon the sea...
01-02-2016 02:57

Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), Poem 6 (O

Hyakunin Isshu, Poem 6kasasagi nowataseru hashi nioku shimo noshiroki wo mirebayo zo fukenikeru???????????????????????????When I see the whitenessof t...
01-02-2016 02:57

A History of Japanese Film By Year: Cinematic Bubble (2005-2

Here are some characteristic trends of the years 2005-2009: - An overproduction of films, a sort of cinematic bubble (of course also thanks to digita...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake regions: the Kanto area

Although there exist several interesting, individual breweries here, the Kanto area generally speaking is not a major sake producing area. This despit...
01-02-2016 02:57

Sake from Niigata Prefecture (Sake by region)

Niigata Prefecture is one of the most well-known sake prefectures in Japan, front runner of the jizake boom of the 1980s and famous for its "tanrei ka...
01-02-2016 02:57
 



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