Archive for July, 2012

by / on July 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1886 – Junichiro Tanizaki, Japan, writer (Snow Dusting).

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎 Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, 24 July 1886 – 30 July 1965) was a Japanese author, one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki. Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family […]

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by / on July 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM / in Gion Matsuri, Matsuri-Festival

Yamaboko Junko-Gion Matsuri-2012! A Pictorial Overview!

The word Yamaboko refers to the two types of floats used in the procession: Yama, of which there are 23, and hoko, of which there are 9. One of the main reasons the Gion Matsuri is so impressive is the enormity of the hoko, which can be up to 25 meters tall, weigh up to 12 tons, and are pulled […]

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1894 – Treaty of Aoki-Kimberley Signed Between Japan and England.

The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation (日英通商航海条約 Nichi-Ei Tsūshō Kōkai Jōyaku?) signed by Britain and Japan, on July 16, 1894, was a breakthrough agreement; it heralded the end of the unequal treaties and the system of extraterritoriality in Japan. The treaty came into force on July 17, 1899. From that date British subjects in Japan were subject to Japanese […]

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1888 – Bandai volcano (Japan) erupts for 1st time in 1,000 years.

The 1888 eruption of Mount Bandai was a major volcanic eruption which occurred during the Meiji period of the Empire of Japan. The eruption occurred on July 15, 1888, and pyroclastic flows buried villages on the northern foot of the mountain, and devastated the eastern part of Bandai region, Fukushima Prefecture north of Tokyo. At least 477 people were killed […]

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by / on July 15, 2012 at 7:59 AM / in Arashiyama, Rakushi-sha hermitage

Rakushi Hermitage in Arashiyama!

One of the most important sites in Japanese literary history is this hermitage where Mukai Kyorai (1651-1704) enjoyed his solitude. He was one of the most distinguished disciples of Basho. Over the years many haikai poets, including Basho, visited here and it became like a haikai center which always welcomes haikai poets. Mukai Kyorai, original name Mukai Kanetoki, also called […]

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by / on July 14, 2012 at 7:15 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Matsuri-Festival

Yamabushi-Yama (山伏山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

This float is called Yamabushi-yama because it displays a holy doll of a Yamabushi (a mountain priest) on its top. When the famous five-storied Yasaka pagoda of the Hokan-ji temple near Kiyomizu temple began to lean many centuries ago a renowned Yamabushi named Yozokisho reportedly set the tower straight with his spiritual powers. The image on this float depicts the […]

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by / on July 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM / in Gion Matsuri, Matsuri-Festival

Urade-Yama (占出山) During the Yamaboko Junko (山鉾巡行) in Kyoto,2012!

This float portrays a famous story of when Empress Jingu, a more legendary than historical heroine of Japan, went fishing for Ayu (sweet fish) when she was in Hizen (present day Saga prefecture in northern Kyushu) in order to cast a horoscope about the victory or defeat of the Imperial campaign. For this reason, the float is also called Ayu-tsuri-yama […]

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