On Thursday ,South Korea officially informed Japan of its rejection of a Japanese proposal to jointly refer a dispute over Sea of Japan islands to the International Court of Justice. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade submitted a document to the Japanese embassy in Seoul.
Bisei was a town located in Oda District, Okayama Prefecture, Japan till 2005. Bisei was merged into the city of Ibara on March 1, 2005. Bisei was famous for the Bisei Astronomical Observatory(BAO). It was opened in 1993. BAO is supporting amateur astronomers. It has also produced professional scientific studies. Bisei promoted local efforts to reduce light pollution.
A Japanese national flag has snapped off the car of Japan's envoy to Beijing. Japanese officials said two cars forced ambassador Niwa Uichiro's vehicle to stop before a man jumped out and snapped off the flag. The embassy lodged a complaint. China's foreign ministry was later quoted expressing "deep regret".
Video released on Monday shows two Japanese patrol boats holding a Chinese protest ship between them. The coast guard released a video of about 30 minutes in which 14 Chinese were arrested by Japanese authorities after some of them landed on the Senkaku island.
An extremely strong typhoon hit Okinawa , Japan's southernmost prefecture ,on Sunday. The typhoon brought heavy rains and strong winds. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of record-breaking rainfalls and winds toward Monday.
A strong typhoon ,named Bolaven, is to near the Okinawa islands on Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday. Typhoon Bolaven is the 15th of the season in the Pacific, with a central atmospheric pressure of 930 hectopascals. The typhoon moved northwest some 180 kilometers south of the Minami-Daito island as of 4 p.m. Saturday, the agency said.
On Friday ,Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko reiterated his strong determination of the territorial issue with South Korea and China. He told a news conference, "We will deal with the issues calmly, but in an uncompromising manner with unwavering determination to protect Japan's territory and territorial waters."
Marugame Castle is a Japanese castle located in the central area of Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is also known as Kameyama Castle. The castle is a hirayamajiro which means a castle built on a low mountain that rises up from a plain in Japanese. Marugame Castle is one of the twelve existing castles with wooden castle towers built before the Edo period.
JAXA announced Monday that the Arctic Ocean's ice extent has been shrinking fastest on record this summer. The ice extent was 4,664,000 square kilometers as of Saturday. It is coming close to record 4,254,000 square kilometers observed in September 2007. JAXA said based on data from the "Shizuku" observation satellite, launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on May 18, 2012.
Aguni Airport is an airport located in Aguni Village , Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Aguni Island is located 60km northwest of Naha City. The airport is located on the northeastern part of the island. The prefecture operates this airport, which is classified as a third class airport. The airport was opened in July 1978 with an 800m runway. At present, no scheduled flights take place since Ryukyu Air Commuter stopped its operation services in July 2009.
10 Japanese activists have landed on Senkaku islands Sunday morning and waved their country's national flags. The Japanese include five local assembly members in Tokyo, Ibaraki and Hyogo. The activists swam ashore after a flotilla carrying about 150 activists reached the Senkaku islands. Japan's coast guard is questioning the activists, who had earlier been denied permission to visit the islands. The Japanese wanted to commemorate the Japanese who died near the islands in World War II.nds
Yonaguni Airport is a third-class airport located in Yonaguni Town, Yaeyama District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. The airport , constructed by the Imperial Japanese Navy, was opened in June 1943 for military use. It became a civilian airport in August 1957.
Japan deported Friday 14 people from Hong Kong who were arrested this week on or near the Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea. The five members of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, along with two members of a television crew, left an airport in Okinawa to Hong Kong. The remaining seven were sent separately to Okinawa's Ishigaki Island by air to be deported on the ship they used to reach the islands.
Gozan no Okuribi, commonly known as Daimonji, is a fire festival in Kyoto, Japan. It is held on August 16 as one of the ceremonies of Obon festival. Five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city of Kyoto. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members are returning to the spirit world.
Gujo Odori is a Bon Dance Festival held in Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, every summer. This famous dance festival attracts many visitors. The festival started over 400 years ago. It has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. The festival lasts thirty-two nights. The highlight of this festival is Tetsuya Odori. During the four days of Obon, dances continue all night.
The Awa Dance Festival is held from 12th August to 15 th in Tokushima Prefecture ,Japan. It is the largest dance festival in Japan. Groups of dancers and musicians, known as ren, dance through the streets, accompanied by the shamisen, taiko, shinobue and kane. Performers wearing traditional obon dance costumes dance, chant and sing as they parade through the streets of Tokushima City.
Many people leave to visit their hometowns or going overseas during the Bon holiday in Japan. The Bon holiday departure rush peaked Saturday with many people leaving to visit their hometowns or going overseas. Airplanes and Shinkansen trains were crowded with holidaygoers. The expressways were congested throughout the country. In Japan, it is believed that one's ancestors are back to one's hometown in Bon season, and so people are back to people's hometown for comforting the spirits of their ancestors.aks
At least 250 people were killed and 2,000 others injured in strong earthquakes. The first earthquake, a magnitude 6.4, hit at 4:53 p.m. local time 37 miles northeast of Tabriz, Just 11 minutes later a second quake, measuring 6.3, struck 30 miles northeast of Tabriz. 17 aftershocks follow two powerful earthquakes.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak visited the disputed Takeshima islands in Shimane Prefecture ,Japan, Friday. The Japanese government recalled its ambassador from South Korea in order to protest the actions of Mr. Lee.
South Korea said Saturday it will not agree to bring the territorial dispute with Japan to the International Court of Justice after Japan has threatened to bring the case to the court.
The Noto Line was a Japanese railway line of Noto Railway in Ishikawa Prefecture. It ran between Anamizu Station in Anamizu Town, Hosu District and Takojima Station in Suzu City. The line was closed on April 1, 2005. Bus services between Anamizu and Suzu are operated by the Hokutetsu Okunoto Bus.
Wajima Station was a railway station on the Noto Railway Nanao Line located in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. This station was abandoned in 2001 when the section between Anamizu and Wajima was closed. The old station building is used as the Wajima station HURATTO HOME. It is the new door gate in Wajima. It is an arrival-and-departure place for a special express bus which runs between Wajima - Wakura, a special express bus which runs between Wajima - Kanazawa, and a bus on a regular route of Wajima - Anamizu. Behind the Huratto-Home sightseeing guidance center, the old Noto Tetsudo Wajima station platform is still remained aimlessly.
Ominugui is a ritual cleaning ceremony of Buddhism. Japan’s largest Buddha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara got cleaned by nearly 200 monks and staff wearing with white clothes on August 7th every year. The statue was cleaning with brooms and dusters.
The festival organized in Aomori is attracting tourists from all areas of Japan. There is a legend that Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro, a general and shogun of the early Heian Period of Japan, came to stamp out the Ezo people of the very north of Honshu after hiding soldiers inside gigantic dolls as a lure to his enemies and destroying them. It is believed that this was the origin of the festival.
The Night Parades are held along Chuo Dori street in the center of the city. The various performing groups are carrying nearly 250 kanto poles. The performer balances the kanto pole by using various techniques. The performers change every few minutes.
Sendai Tanabata Matsuri is held in entire city of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture from August 6th to 8th. Tanabata is generally celebrated on July 7th nationwide, but the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri is held in August in accordance with the lunar calendar. Decorations made with bamboo and tanzaku are put up in the arcades in all parts of the city.
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is held throughout Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture between August 2nd and 7th. Nebuta are made of bamboo and wooden frames covered with paper illustrated with historic figures and pictures of samurai warriors along with birds and beasts. These are set up on yatai floats and illuminated from inside by light bulbs.
The Kanto Matsuri is held every year from August 3rd to 6th in Akita City, Akita Prefecture ,Japan. Kanto is lanterns with a long bamboo pole. The kanto pole is carrying as many as 46 paper lanterns, illuminated from inside by real candles. Each kanto is hoisted up by a single performer with the sound of sound of drums and flutes.
Bunraku is the traditional puppet theatre in Japan. It is one of Japan’s performing arts. It is said that the origin of present day bunraku date back to 7th century. At that time ,the older puppet show was integrated with ningyo joruri or puppet narrative. Bunraku was originally the name of the theatre in which this puppet drama was performed. However , it came to be used as the name of the art itself.
The 60th PL fireworks were held at the headquarters of PL Kyodan in Tondabayashi City ,Osaka Prefecture on August 1. About 25,000 fireworks were shot with roaring sound ,attracting of about 130,000 people. A curtain of this show was closed at 8:45 p.m. when "Star Mine" shot off with BGM.