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Knowing about – Zen meditation (Zazen) (2017-05-09)

“Zen” is the name of one sect of Buddhism and sometimes refers to Zen meditation (zazen). There are some 75,000 Buddhist temples in Japan, among which some 2,000 are those of Zen Sect.   There are three principal schools of Zen Sect in Japan. Those are Soto School, Rinzai School and Obaku School. (Obaku School was branched from Rinzai School.)… Read more →

Knowing about – Active volcanos in Japan (2017-02-17)

The definition of “active volcano” has been changed in the history. With the advances of volcanology, it becomes generally accepted internationally to define active volcanos as those which have erupted within the past 10,000 years.   (Mt. Hiuchgatake: the latest eruption was in 1544.)   Reflecting this recognition in the international society, Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruption (CCPVE)… Read more →

Knowing about – Microbreweries in Japan (2017-01-09)

The Liquor Tax Law of Japan was revised in April 1994, in which the annual minimum production of each brewery was reduced from 2,000 kilo liters to 60 kilo liters. This was the beginning of the history of Japan’s craft beer, and many microbreweries have been born since then.     They say there are more than two hundred micro-breweries… Read more →

Knowing about – How to pray at Shinto shrine (2016-12-28)

Shinto is the Japanese traditional religion. As far as Webmaster understands, it was originally formed as the fusion of animism and chiefship in which any natural creatures and phenomena were considered as deities, and the ancestors of powerful families were also respected as deities.   The website of Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines) may help your further understanding of… Read more →

Souvenir – Leaf-shaped coasters of Ojiya textile (2016-12-27)

Webmaster introduces you to leaf-shaped coasters of Ojiya textile. It’s about 18 cm long and 10 cm width each. Webmaster chose only three among many designs.        This product is available only at Takuminoza on the second floor of a complex “Sun Plaza” in Ojiya City.   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 1:40) Urasa (local train 0:30) Ojiya (bus 0:10 or… Read more →

Souvenir – T-shirts with nishikigoi print (2016-12-27)

T-shirts with nishikigoi print on its back. The kanji are pronounced and mean “nishikigoi”. Not only black, but there are several colors.      A small logotype on the breast      The t-shirts are available at the shop “Ippin-kan” on the second floor of a complex “Sun Plaza” in Ojiya City, which is next to Nishikigoi-no-sato.   Access: Tokyo… Read more →

Souvenir – Japanese sake “Nishikigoi” (2016-12-24)

In relation to Colored carp, one which Webmaster introduces you today is Japanese sake “Nishikigoi” produced by Imayo-tsukasa Brewery (Imayo-tsukasa-shuzo, 今代司酒造).   As you see, the bottle and package are designed to image colored carp. It has received various prizes on design and taste. A bottle in the box (left) and a bottle taken out from the box (right). The… Read more →

Knowing about – Colored carp and its varieties (2016-12-18)

Yesterday, new item “Colored carp” was uploaded on the Top page. Colored carp (Nishikigoi) firstly appeared in the first half of 19th Century in Nijumurago (二十村郷, a part of present Ojiya City and Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture). They say “strangers” in color appeared by mutation among black common carp which were farmed for food. Since then, our seniors continued… Read more →

Souvenir – Soft toy of coelacanth (2016-12-14)

The second  item Country-Japan presents you as souvenir is a soft toy of coelacanth, which is available at the museum shop of Numazu Deepsea Aquarium. There are several sizes of them, small, medium, large and very large. One which Webmaster bought is the small one with about 25 cm long (see below).   Many coelacanths on the shelves of the… Read more →

Souvenir – Origami with national flag design! (2016-12-06)

Today, Country-Japan wants to introduce you to one souvenir from Japan. As you may already know, origami is Japanese traditional paper craft. Here is special origami papers with which you can make “cranes” of national flag design! There are 24 flag designs included in a package. It is produced by Toyo Corporation.      Webmaster bought it at Nippon Origami Association… Read more →