Archive for February, 2012

by / on February 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM / in Aodani Bairin, Featured, Joyo, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Aodani Bairin: Plum Blossom Matsuri in Joyo!

One often hears the people of Japan saying that among flowers, their favorite is the plum. In the hilly southern region of Joyo City one can find the Aodani Bairin; it is a name which has been known since old times and a place which is often visited by plum-watchers. Other than the natural attractions and beautiful landscape, there is […]

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by / on February 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1917 – AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I.

Here’s a little more about the reason behind this proposed pact from Wiki answers: There were several reasons, two of which were the most prominent at the time. Sinking of the Lusitania (unrestricted submarine warfare) The Zimmerman Telegram Economic Ties to European powers The Russian Revolution The most common answer, and possibly the right one, is the sinking of the […]

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by / on February 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1936 – Military coup in Japan!

The February 26 incident (二・二六事件 Ni-niroku jiken, or “2-2-6 incident”) was an attempted coup d’état in Japan, from February 26 to 29, 1936 carried out by 1,483 troops of the Imperial Japanese Army. Several leading politicians were killed and the center of Tokyo was briefly occupied by the rebelling troops. At that time, the incident was called the deplorable incident […]

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by / on February 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1103 – Emperor Toba of Japan.

Emperor Toba (February 24, 1103 – July 20, 1156) was the 74th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Toba’s reign spanned the years from 1107 through 1123. Events of Toba’s life: When his mother died, his grandfather, former-Emperor Shirakawa, took him under his care and raised him. August 9, 1107 (Kajō 2, 19th day of the […]

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by / on February 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1960 – Naruhito, crown prince of Japan.

Crown Prince Naruhito (born 23 February 1960) is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, which makes him the heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne of Japan. Titled Prince Hiro, he was invested as the Crown Prince on 23 February 1991, following the death of his grandfather, Emperor Shōwa on 7 January 1989. He received his bachelor’s and […]

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by / on February 22, 2012 at 10:55 PM / in Gourmet, Out Of The Box, Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki: A Japanese Winter Delicacy!

The other day while out dining we choose Sukiyaki. It was a cold winters night and we where staying in a mountain lodge in the Yamashiro mountains. It’s one of my favorites and enjoyed with a cup of Nihon shuu, it’s hard to resist. The nice thing about it is that you can sit around the table, cook the vegies […]

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by / on February 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM / in Mie-ken, My Travels

Iga-Ueno Castle: The White Phoenix of Iga City!

The Iga region, surrounded by nine villages in four directions is called “The Ninja village”. Situated on the town’s northern hill, the three chalky white levels of Iga-Ueno Castle create a beautiful image in the quiet surrounding area. Iga-Ueno Castle carries the elegant name of “The White Phoenix”. In 1585 the Iga region was ruled by Tsutsui Sadatsugu (筒井 定次), who […]

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