Archive for April, 2012

by / on April 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM / in Interesting Facts, Jūnihitoe Kimono

The Jūnihitoe Display at Kyoto’s Imperial Palace!

The jūnihitoe is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono that was only worn by court-ladies in Japan. Literally translated, it means “twelve-layer robe”. The older term, still used by scholars but not widely recognized in mainstream Japan, is Karaginu Mo. This is in reference to its Chinese coat (Karaginu) and apron-like train (Mo), the defining parts of the costume. […]

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by / on April 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1901 Hirohito, Emperor of Japan.

Hirohito, posthumously in Japan officially called Emperor Shōwa or the Shōwa Emperor, (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death in 1989. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan he is now referred to exclusively by […]

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by / on April 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1192 -Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan.

Emperor Go-Shirakawa (後白河天皇 Go-Shirakawa-tennō) (October 18, 1127 – April 26, 1192) was the 77th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1155 through 1158. This 12th century sovereign was named after the 11th century Emperor Shirakawa and go- (後), translates literally as “later;” and thus, he is sometimes called the “Later […]

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by / on April 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM / in Famous Deaths, History Today

Famous Deaths Today: 1185 – Antoku Taira, Emperor of Japan (1180-85), Drowns.

Emperor Antoku (安徳天皇 Antoku-tennō) (December 22, 1178 – April 24, 1185) was the 81st emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1180 through 1185. During this time, the imperial family was involved in a bitter struggle between warring clans. Yoritomo, with his cousin Yoshinaka, led a force from the Minamoto clan […]

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by / on April 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1930 – US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty!

The London Naval Treaty was an agreement between the United Kingdom, the Empire of Japan, France, Italy and the United States, signed on April 22, 1930, which regulated submarine warfare and limited naval shipbuilding. Ratifications were exchanged in London on October 27, 1930, and the treaty went into effect on the same day. It was registered in League of Nations […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Ide-cho, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Sakura on The Banks of the Tama River!

There are around 500 cherry trees, which are illuminated at night, on the bank of the Tama River. Under the trees, many festival booths organized by various groups stand side by side and attract many people. The Sakura is in full bloom here and perhaps will last another week. This Sakura spot has a light up. It’s on the JR […]

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by / on April 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM / in Cherry Blossoms, Chushojima, Local Gems, Matsuri-Festival

Cherry Blossoms in Chushojima, Kyoto!

This is near the Kyo-Bashi bridge in Fushimi and this River (Uji River) was constructed in 1594. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the inland river port and modified the Uji River to enable transportation of building materials. Today you can get a ride on these pleasure boats called in olden times Sanjikkoku and enjoy a splendid view of the cherry blossoms that […]

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