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Why I Like Japan

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

This is a video asnwering the question that is often asked of people who live in Japan which is basically  ”Why do you like Japan?”

Mainly my three reasons:

Plus I also like the food, hot sake, and cold Sapporo beer.

When I first came to Japaan, I didn’t have the economic security to spend much time getting around or getting into the culture. I slowly came to acquire a love of Japan rather than coming over here head-over-heels with Japan to begin with.

On my trials and turbulations during my first year, check out my Ronin Teacher Saga:
Saga of a Ronin English Teacher

Background music by Super Girl Juice. I meet them in Tokyo and bought their CD last year. 

Zagreb’s Noonday “Chime”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Zagreb’s Noonday ‘Chime’
Croatia’s capital marks noon with a blast

Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, has an interesting way to mark the time at noon using a howitzer cannon.

Zagreb’s Noonday Chime Story

Momote Shiki – Japanese Archery Ritual

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
On Seijin-no-Hi (Coming of Age Day) in early January in Japan, an archery ritual known as Momote Shiki is held at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo for all those turning 20 for that year. 10 Archers at a time shoot two arrows ... [Continue reading this entry]

Setsubun – Japanese Spring Cleaning Exorcism

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Japanese Drive Devils Away in Spring Ritual Setsubun is February 3rd and it's kind of like Groundhog Day, New Years, and Halloween all rolled up into one. It's a day where Japanese seek to drive Oni or Devils from their ... [Continue reading this entry]

Ninja In Action!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
Ninja Demonstrate their skills in Iga-Ueno, Japan - the home of Ninja. For more on Ninja in American Pop Culture see my essay on "Where Have the Ninja Gone?"

A Freezing Japanese Shinto Purification Ritual

Friday, February 1st, 2008
At Tokyo's Kanda Myojin Shrine, Shinto Ritual Participants Cleanse Themselves With Freezing Cold Water in early January. The ritual is known as misogi. Warm Weather Makes Japanese Wintry Dip Seem Refreshing [Continue reading this entry]