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Dotonbori (Namba, Osaka)

I’m pretty sure that everybody who has ever been to Osaka knows about the popular district called Dotonbori. It’s in the shopping area close to Namba Station. Actually you can walk all the way from Namba Station to...

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Autumn Colors in Japan – 2011 (Part 2)

Autumn seems to be over now. Actually we had our first snow today (初雪: hatsuyuki = first snow). I want to use this opportunity to say goodbye to my favorite season in Japan! The photos you’ll see were taken last week, just...

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Akabeko: Red Cow of Aizu

Akabeko (赤べこ) is a traditional toy from the Aizu region in Fukushima Prefecture. The toy is made from two pieces of papier-mâché-covered wood, shaped and painted to look like a red cow or ox. One piece represents the cow’s...

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Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto is probably one of the most famous sights with its many red shrine gates. Actually this was not my first time going to Fushimi Inari Shrine. My first visit was in September 2007. That was before I...

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Japanese Taiko Drums

Have you ever heard of Japanese taiko drums? Literally translated taiko (太鼓) means “great (big/fat) drum”. Nowadays taiko performances are quite famous even outside of Japan. “Yamato” is a group of taiko...

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Momoyama Castle, Kyoto

Hello, today I want to introduce “Momoyama Castle” to you. Earlier this month I went to Kansai for the 2039473th time. I really love Kansai and I’ve been to many places there already, but there’s always...

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Kyoto Geisha Doll

I bet a lot of you have been to Kyoto or want to go there some day. As you might know Kyoto is famous for its traditional old houses, historical sites, tons of World Heritage tagged temples and shrines and … for geishas, of...

Nature

Autumn colors in Japan (2011)

It’s slowly getting chilly here and that although I live in the southern part of Japan! October is usually the month with the most pleasant temperature. In November it’s getting cooler rather quickly and leaves change...

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The 12 Japanese Zodiac Figures

In Japan you will often run into 12 different zodiac figures. They’re available as omamori (lucky charms) or printed on ema (wooden wishing plaques) at shrines / temples and even on Japanese New Year cards. To be fair...