During late July and early August .Nagoshi Ohharai (purification in summer) at the Sumiyoshitaisha Grand Shrine will take place with the participation of Nagoshi girls from Imazato-shinchi, children and citizens. After the holy spirits are transferred to the mikoshi and horen, Togyo Matsuri takes place. The procession walks through the streets of Osaka(Anryu Kaido) and heads to Sakai City. It runs through Yamatogawa river which flows between Osaka and Sakai. After the procession reaches Shukuin Tongu(Sumiyoshi Angu ) in Sakai where a traditional ceremony takes place,Aranigo-no-Ohharai is conducted at Iigaibori. Traditionally participants walk through a "magic grass ring" and emerge purified.
Gokurakuji is the only temple in Kamakura City that belongs to the Shingon Risshu Buddhist sect. The temple has been destroyed by fire or natural disaster many times since its founding. Gokurakuji had many sanctuaries and 49 sub-temples in its heyday. However, at the present day only a house called Kichijoin remains after the repeated disasters.
Gokuraku-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect located in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The temple was founded in 1259 by Ninsho , a Japanese Shingon Risshu priest during the Kamakura period, under the sponsorship of Hojo Shigetoki.
Tenjin Matsuri has a history of more than 1,000 years. It takes place on July 24th and 25th at Osaka Tenman Shrine dedicated to Sugawara-no-Michizane and located in Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. It is one of the three greatest festivals of Japan. Some 3,000 people dressed in the ancient imperial-court style parade along the streets. The same 3,000 people board some 100 boats from the Tenmabashi Bridge and sail upstream. At dusk, the boats lit up with fires. It is said to be the world's greatest boat festival called Funatogyo.
Soma-Nomaoi will be held for three days from July 23 to 25 in Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture. It is usually held for 4 days from July 22 to 25, but the festival will be downscaled due to the impact of the March 11 disaster. In this event, the mounted samurai in armor and helmets who carry ancestral flagstaffs on their backs parade along the streets.
“Furuike ya”is a Japanese Haiku poem written by Matsuo Basho. It's the most popular Haiku poem in Japan. Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry , only three lines long. The first line is 5 syllables, the second is 7 and the third is 5 syllables.
Old Pond An old pond ! A frog jumping into it, Sound of water.
In the beginning, it's the First Shrine, The second is Toshogu in Nikko, The third is Sogoro in Sakura, The fourth is Zenkoji Temple in Shinano, The fifth is the Great Shrine in Izumo, The sixth is the chinjyu shrines in every village, The seventh is the Fudoson Shrine in Narita. The eighth is Yawata Hacimangu Shrine in Yawata. The ninth is Kogo-sama in Koya. The tenth is Tokyo Shokonsya Shrine.
Marine Day is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July. It is a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and for hoping for the prosperity of the maritime nation, Japan. This day was established in 1995 as Marine Memorial Day. Originally it was held on July 20. However, in 2003 it was changed to the third Monday of July. Marine Memorial Day was designated the holiday to commemorate the Emperor Meiji and his 1876 voyage in the Meiji-Maru around Ou district.
The Gion Festival is held annually in Kyoto. It is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It spans July 1st-29th. Gorgeous floats named Yamaboko parade down the main streets of Kyoto on July 17. Each float , adorned with exquisite craftwork, is topped with a long pole shaped like a spear . During the parade, musicians playing the flute, drums and bells are seated on the floats.
Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a Japanese festival in Fukuoka . The festival is celebrated from1-15 July. It is centred on Kushida-jinja located in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. Hakata Gion Yamakasa has a seven hundred and fifty year history . Its one ton float-racing attracts up to a million spectators.
The Nachi Fire Festival begins on the morning of 14 July every year. Twelve mikoshi decorated with gold and mirrors are purified by fire under Nachi waterfall, near Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine. In the afternoon the 12 mikoshi, are carried along with 12 ceremonial torches towards the Hiryu shrine which is located near the Nachi waterfall. The mikoshi are carried to the stone steps just under the waterfall. The torches are lit and the torch-carriers walk up and down the steps in circles.
The Gujo Odori is one of the three most famous traditional bon dance festivals in Japan as well as the Nishimonai Bon Odori in Akita and Awa Odori in Tokushima. Gujo Odori festival was designated as a Significant Intangible Cultural Folk Asset by the Japanese government in 1996. It will be held ,for thirty-one festive nights, from mid-July until the first weekend in September in Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture,
Saeki Yuzo was a Japanese painter ,born in Osaka as the son of a Buddhist priest in 1898. He went to Tokyo in 1917 to study art under Fujishima Takeji who was a Japanese yoga painter, noted for his work in developing Romanticism and impressionism.
Shin-Minamata Station is a train station on the JR Kyusyu Kyushu Shinkansen and the Hisatsu Orange Railway Hisatsu Orange Railway Line located in Minamata City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened in 1968 as JNR Hatsuno S.B. With the privatization of the JNR on April 1, 1987, the station came under the JR Kyusyu.
Nagatoro Station is a railway station on the Chichibu Railway Chichibu Main Line located in Nagatoro Town, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on September 14, 1911 as Hodosan Station. It was renamed to the present name in 1923. The Nagatoro Station is 46.5km from the terminus at Hanyu Station. It has one side platform and one island platform with two tracks on the ground. The station is attended.
I actually dream of you, Kanda was the memorial town for you and me. It still remains in my heart. The bells of Nikolay-do are sounding even now. Funny capital, Passionate capital, Dreamy paradise, Flowery Tokyo.
This song was released as an inserted song of "Soyokaze" that was the first film in Japan after World War II in 1945. Words by Sato Hachiro,Music by Manjome Tadashi. It was sung by Namiki Michiko.
Ringo no Uta
She was putting her lips in the red apple, And she looked up at the blue sky in silence. Though the apple says nothing, She understands feelings of the apples well. Ah, pretty apples. They are really pretty.
Uzui Station is a railway station on the JR West Sanko Line between Gotsu and Miyoshi located in Onan Town, Ochi District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on 31 August 1985. It has a single side platform serving a single track elevated approximately 30 m above ground level. There is no lift or escalator. Passengers use a concrete staircase of 116 steps to the platform. The station is unattended.