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Last Modified: Dec. 2, 2019          Public holidays in Japan - Wikipedia

 
Dec. 2, 2019
Yayoi Kusama – Obsessed with Polka Dots | Tate - YouTube
Yayoi Kusama at 90: How the 'undiscovered genius' became an international sensation - CNN Style  March 22, 2019

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room TateShots - YouTube

Yayoi Kusama - Wikipedia  born March 22, 1929, a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade | Love Flies Up To The Sky Balloon by Yayoi Kusama - YouTube
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade  Thursday, November 28, 2019     Thanksgiving Day
The best floats, balloons from the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - YouTube
Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City USA TODAY - YouTube

The Rockettes perform on the Thanksgiving Day Parade-Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019 - YouTube
Celine Dion Live At The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2019) - YouTube
Hadestown Performs on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - YouTube
Beetlejuice The Musical Cast on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - YouTube
Adrienne Warren - Tina The Tina Turner Musical - Best Audio - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - 2019 - YouTube

Thursday, November 28, 2019     Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving 
感謝祭 (Photos)
   Letter 15 | レター 15 感謝祭写真 Photos:
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Nov. 28, 2019  Japan's Jails: A Sanctuary for Seniors | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand  Sept. 2019
Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women - Bloomberg  March 2018
Why some Japanese pensioners want to go to jail - BBC News  Jan. 2019

Nov. 19, 2019  NINJA TRUTH Episode 7: In Search of the Kunoichi, the Female Ninja - 15 Minutes NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand
Kunoichi - Wikipedia
The DEADLY Life of a Female Ninja DEBUNKING Video - YouTube

Nov. 6, 2019  #2 Ninja - Drainspotters | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand
the secret of Iga Ninja - YouTube
Iga-ryu Ninjutsu demonstration - YouTube
Ninja - Wikipedia

Oct. 26, 2019  Teuri Island - Wild Hokkaido! | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand  Sept. 8, 2019
Wildlife

October 22, 2019 / Nov. 10, 2019  Japan holds enthronement ceremony for Emperor | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
Photojournalist recalls Emperor's Oxford days | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
Japan's new emperor formally takes the throne - YouTube  CNN
Japan Enthronement Ceremony Naruhito Takes Throne as Japan’s First New Emperor in 30 Years - YouTube
即位礼正殿の儀 - YouTube
即位礼 参列者が皇居に到着 - YouTube
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October 22, 2019 / Nov. 10, 2019  Enthronement of the Japanese emperor - Wikipedia
What to watch at the Emperor's enthronement ceremonies NHK WORLD-JAPAN News  Oct. 18, 2019
Japan emperor's parade to be delayed to November 10 NHK - Reuters  Oct. 17, 2019
Government decides route of October parade to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement | The Japan Times  May 22, 2019
The Imperial Household Agency

Oct. 19, 2019  Tokyo 2020 triathlon, outdoor swim may start early - NHK WORLD-JAPAN News  Oct. 16, 2019
 
Oct. 19, 2019  Top 10 Autumn Color Locations in Kyoto japan-guide.com - YouTube  Sept. 24, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019  Health and Sports Day - GaijinPot Study
Health and Sports Day - Wikipedia  2nd Monday in October

Sept. 24, 2019  Hiking in Japan Above the Clouds on Mt. Shirouma japan-guide.com - YouTube
Kamikochi - Japanese Alps mountain hiking - YouTube
NHK World - Seasoning the Seasons - Kamikochi 『 上高地』 A Sacred Mountain Paradise - YouTube

Sept. 24, 2019     born September 22, 1939    Junko Tabei
The Himalayas from 20,000 ft. - YouTube
Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest, dead at 77 - YouTube  CNN
Google DoodleGoogle honours mountaineer Junko Tabei with doodle on her 80th birthday - YouTube  Google Videos
Junko Tabei - Wikipedia
 田部井 淳子, Tabei Junko, born Ishibashi Junko; 22 September 1939 – 20 October 2016, a Japanese mountaineer. She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, located between Nepal and China, and the first woman to ascend all the Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent.
Junko Tabei: Google Doodle today honours first woman to conquer Mount Everest | The Independent  Sept. 22, 2019

Climbing
 

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Sept. 16, 2019
  "Keirō no Hi"  Respect for the Aged Day - Wikipedia  3rd Mon. in Sept. 

Sept. 14, 2019  Eating Japan's POISONOUS PufferFish!!! ALMOST DIED!!! Ambulance - YouTube
Japanese Street Food - LIVE FUGU PUFFERFISH Puffer Fish Japan - YouTube

Aug. 30, 2019  Driverless trains under scrutiny after accident - NHK WORLD  June 4, 2019
List of automated train systems - Wikipedia

Aug. 19, 2019  Japanese Obon Festival Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival (Photos), Como Park, St. Paul, MN,  (sort of shouro nagashi) < http://www.comozooconservatory.org Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park - YouTube
お盆 Japanese Festival of the Dead - OBON Sasebo 2018 - YouTube
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Aug. 17, 2019  2020 Olympics - Next Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020  Japan
Five new sports set to spice up the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Grit Daily
Karate tourism to Okinawa booms ahead of Tokyo Olympics | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Has An Official Theme Song And Dance - YouTube

Aug. 14, 2019  Obon Holidays in Japan 2019 and What to Expect - Blog
Japanese spiritual dance Bon odori #5 Tsukiji Hongwanji Bon odori 築地本願寺盆踊り Unexpected Tokyo #49 - YouTube
東京五輪音頭-2020- の踊り方 ~ゆうゆう踊ろう~ - How to dance TOKYO GORIN ONDO 2020 (basic tempo) - YouTube
Obon

Aug. 14, 2019 
Aug. 11th  Mountain Day
Public holidays in Japan - Wikipedia

Aug. 6 - 7, 2019  Akita: Swaying Lanterns Brighten Summer Nights - Journeys in Japan | NHK WORLD-JAPAN | On Demand
🏮🕯Like glowing ears of rice, candle-lit paper lanterns on bamboo poles fill the night sky at the Akita Kanto Festival. Known as kanto, each pole is 12 meters high, holds 46 lanterns and weighs 50 kg
Akita Travel: Kanto Matsuri (Kanto Festival)
Akita Kantō - Wikipedia
Akita Prefecture - Wikipedia

July 21, 2019  SUMO- Kakuryu forces out rival Hakuho to claim Nagoya basho, his 6th:The Asahi Shimbun
GRAND SUMO Highlights - TV - NHK WORLD - English

July 15, 2019  Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival climaxes | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
FUK(uoka) BUTTS! Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival! - YouTube
Hakata Gion Yamakasa - Wikipedia

July 7th     Tanabata     JAPAN FACTFILE: Tanabata - YouTube
WALK WITH ME THROUGH A JAPANESE SUMMER FESTIVAL: ASAGAYA TANABATA MATSURI-- TOKYO - YouTube
Tanabata Story with English Subtitles - YouTube

June 23, 2019   ORIGAMI TURTLE (Marc Vigo) 🐢 - YouTube
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June 18, 2019  Top 10 Origami - YouTube
Top 10 Most Amazing Origami Models Of All Time - 2017 - YouTube
Origami Dragon (Jo Nakashima) - YouTube
How To Make an Easy Origami Dinosaur - YouTube

June 18, 2019  The Origami Revolution Documentary on Vimeo
About Origami in the Garden
We saw a travelling exhibit, the "Origami in the Garden" show at the Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota, in summer 2018.

June 3, 2019   Cavity-Prevention Day - Smith's School of English  June 4th

June 3, 2019  
Every Cloud has a Silver Lining Even in Rainy Season - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Visiting Hokkaido in Spring-Summer 2019 The Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather and the Clothes You Need! - LIVE JAPAN (Japanese travel, sightseeing and experience guide) 
On mainland Japan, you get a lot of rainy days from June to July and increased precipitation. During the rainy season (tsuyu) in Tokyo and Kyoto, and in most parts of Japan, it tends to get hot and humid. The humidity can be quite uncomfortable at this time of year. However, in Hokkaido there’s no rainy season. Humidity is not an issue and the climate is refreshing and comfortable.

May 31, 2019   NATTO - Trails to Oishii Tokyo | NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand  video
Nattō - Wikipedia
Japanese Food "Natto"

May 21, 2019   HOTARU-IKA - Trails to Tsukiji - NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand
Firefly Squid of Honshu - National Geographic Society video
Blue Firefly squid ( ほたるいか , hotaru-ika ) - YouTube
Firefly squid - Shine blue beach in Toyama Bay - YouTube
Firefly squid - Wikipedia

May 1, 2019  Emperor Naruhito ascends the throne - News - NHK WORLD - English    May 1, 2019
New emperor pledges to fulfill duties as symbol of the state:The Asahi Shimbun  May 1, 2019
Japan's new emperor Naruhito formally ascends to throne as Reiwa era begins - YouTube
Heisei to Reiwa: The end of one era, beginning of another - YouTube
Japan in celebratory mood as Reiwa era begins - Japan Today
Japan's New Emperor Naruhito Ascends World's Oldest Monarchy - Bloomberg  A more extravagant enthronement is set for Oct. 22, ...
April 30, 2019  Akihito thanks Japanese public in final speech as emperor:The Asahi Shimbun  April 30, 2019
Special Edition Emperor's Abdication - NEWSROOM TOKYO NHK WORLD-JAPAN On Demand  April 30, 2019
April 22, 2019  Japan Prepares to Usher in Reiwa Era May 1  VOA
Looking Back on Heisei - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Akihito - Wikipedia
  January 7, 1989 - April 30, 2019  Heisei Era
2019 Japanese imperial transition - Wikipedia
Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan - Wikipedia  May 1, 2019 -    Reiwa Era
List of Emperors of Japan - Wikipedia

April 25, 2019  How to Survive the Crowds during Japan's Golden Week 2019 - LIVE JAPAN (Japanese travel, sightseeing and experience guide)
Golden Week in Japan And Why You Should Avoid It
April 24, 2019     April 29 - May 6, 2019  Golden Week  2019
Brokerages Brace for Japan's Longest Market Shutdown Since WWII - Bloomberg
Golden Week (Japan) - Wikipedia
2019 Japanese imperial transition - Wikipedia

April 22, 2019  Japan Prepares to Usher in Reiwa Era May 1  VOA
Looking Back on Heisei - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Akihito - Wikipedia
  January 7, 1989 - April 30, 2019  Heisei Era
2019 Japanese imperial transition - Wikipedia
Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan - Wikipedia  May 1, 2019 -    Reiwa Era
List of Emperors of Japan - Wikipedia
 
April 16, 2019 
Japanese battleship Yamato is sunk by Allied forces - HISTORY  April 7, 1945
The End Of The Japanese Battleship Yamato - World Documentary Films HD - YouTube
The Yamato - Largest battleship in History (Behemoth) - YouTube

Japanese battleship Yamato - Wikipedia 
Sunk, April 7, 1945; Yamato was dispatched on a one-way mission to Okinawa in April 1945, ...
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Return of the Legend - Musashi - YouTube
Japanese battleship Musashi - Wikipedia 
Sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, 24 October 1944
WWII

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March 28, 2019  Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself  National Geographic, April 2019 issue

March 25, 2019  GRAND SUMO Highlights - TV - NHK WORLD - English  Spring Tournament  March 10 -24, 2019, Osaka
The Techniques of Sumo - GRAND SUMO Highlights - TV - NHK WORLD - English
Honbasho - Wikipedia 
an official professional sumo tournament.

March 14, 2019 
Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019  
Below the map, you can find tables: Kanto/Koshin table > Tokyo
Kinki table > Kyoto, Osaka
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March 30, 2018    Cherry Blossoms Part II    SAKURA – Cherry Blossom 2018 | JAPAN ATTRACTIONS
Cherry Blossoms in Japan 2018 Forecast - YouTube

日本三大桜名所 ( 吉野山 - 高遠城址 - 弘前公園 ) [HD] - YouTube  Japan's 3 Most Famous Cherry Blossom Spots
日本の城と桜 Japanese Castles and Cherry blossoms - YouTube
富士山 Mt. Fuji in UNESCO World Heritage 世界遺産登録の春の富士山と桜(sakura)、忍野村と西湖いやしの里根場 日本の桜 花の名所案内 - YouTube  Mt. Fuji and Cherry Blossoms

March 27, 2018    Cherry Blossoms Part I    SAKURA – Cherry Blossom 2018 | JAPAN ATTRACTIONS
Cherry Blossoms in Japan 2018 Forecast - YouTube
"Kyoto"
KYOTO JAPAN 京都観光の桜・満開の枝垂桜の名所 Weeping cherry trees spots in Kyoto 半木の道 平安神宮 京都府立植物園 原谷苑 櫻花 樱花 벚꽃 日本の桜 - YouTube
[4K]KYOTO JAPAN 京都の桜 花見の名所 CHERRY BLOSSOM in KYOTO 平安神宮,京都府立植物園,原谷苑,清水寺,嵐山,京都観光 京都夜桜 日本の桜 Japan Trip - YouTube
Japan Vlog - Sakura in Osaka & Kyoto (桜・花見) - YouTube
Moments in Kyoto - Sakura Real Beauty Cherry Blossoms Kyoto Japan 京都の桜 着物美人と夜桜 京都観光 - YouTube
"Tokyo"
Tokyo's Best Cherry Blossom Spot Meguro River 初めての目黒川花見 - YouTube
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo - Ueno Park - YouTube
TOKYO JAPAN Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo 東京の千鳥ヶ淵の桜(sakura) 日本の桜 東京観光 ディスカバーニッポン 花見 - YouTube

March 6, 2019  Arata Isozaki Won 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Now See Pictures Of His Work | NPR  March 5, 2019
The Pritzker Architecture Prize
Pritzker Architecture Prize - Wikipedia

March 3, 2019  March 3  Hinamatsuri - Wikipedia  also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day
ひな祭り , Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girl's Day), ひな祭り 2019 Google Doodle - YouTube
雛祭りの歌「うれしいひなまつり」♪歌詞付 雛人形写真集(ディズニーも) - YouTube
The origin of Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day in Japan)! - YouTube
March 3 - 4, 2017
March 3rd  Hina Matsuri Girls’ Day Japan Japanese Doll Festival March 3rd Hinamatsuri Song 三月三日
ケネディ家のひな人形 - Hina Dolls Return to Japan - YouTube - In 1962, former President John F. Kennedy received a gift of Japanese “Hina” dolls from Ms. Tsuyako Matsumoto of Kitami, Hokkaido. Even though the Kennedy family did not know Ms. Matsumoto personally, the dolls left a strong impression on Ambassador Caroline Kennedy as a young girl. ...
"Hinamatsuri" Japanese culture and traditions for children - YouTube
Hinamatsuri - Wikipedia  also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day

Feb. 21, 2019  Best Countries Ranking Full List | US News Best Countries
Japan Opens Its Gates to Foreign Workers | Best Countries | US News

Feb. 14, 2019  SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL
Visitors to Sapporo Snow Festival hit record 2.74 million thanks to weather and Chinese New Year tourists The Japan Times
Sapporo Snow Festival 2019 - 5 Things You Must See! 札幌雪祭り - YouTube
Japan Trip - Sapporo Snow Festival - YouTube

Feb. 6, 2019 
Top 10 Best Winter Destinations In The World - YouTube  Dec. 8, 2017
#1 Vienna, Austria  #4 Tokyo, Japan  #6 Park City, Utah  #7 Breckenridge, Colorado  #8 Quebec, Canada  
Travel

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Jan. 30, 2019 
Japan’s Mazda founded - Jan 30, 1920 - HISTORY.com
MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION GLOBAL WEBSITE
Mazda - Wikipedia
Jujiro Matsuda - Wikipedia  August 8, 1875 – March 27, 1952, a Japanese industrialist and businessman who founded automobile manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation


Jan. 19, 2019  Coming of Age Day - Wikipedia  2nd Monday in January; Jan. 14, 2019
JAPANESE COMING OF AGE CEREMONY -- Seijin Shiki - YouTube
Public holidays in Japan - Wikipedia

Jan. 18, 2019  The changing view of foreigners in Japan - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD  Jan. 10, 2019

December 22, 2018  Extraordinary Solar Halos
  "Astronomy Photo of the Day" by NASA  Dec. 21, 2018  
Astronomy  |  Winter Fun    Photos: Sundogs 1  |  2  |  3  and Halos
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Note: One of our staff members saw sundogs in Japan early December 2018 for the first time while there. He hadn't known the sundogs before. 
 
December 17, 2018  The kendama (けん玉, "sword [and] ball") is a traditional Japanese skill toy.*
World's Most Amazing Kendama Ninjas! Ft. Zoomadanke - YouTube
Kendama Basics Tutorial - Beginner Tricks and Tips - YouTube
Kendama Network - Japan Kendama Association Official Website 公益社団法人日本けん玉協会
Kendama - Wikipedia 

December 8, 2018  As Japan enacts law opening door wider to foreign labor, experts warn of challenges with integration | The Japan Times
Facing Critical Labor Shortage, Japan Opens Door Wider To Foreign Workers | NPR

November 30, 2018  Trump offers India chance to stop brain drain - Nikkei Asian Review  Nov. 27, 2018

November 2, 2018    born c. October 31, 1760    Hokusai   
Hokusai - Wikipedia 
Katsushika Hokusai, c. October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849, a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period.[1] Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景, Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei, c. 1831) which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
The Influence of Japanese Art on Van Gogh - YouTube
The Eye of Hokusai - YouTube
Miss Hokusai - YouTube
Katsushika Hokusai: A collection of 1145 works (HD) - YouTube

October 31, 2018   Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. opens in Hollywood - HISTORY  Oct. 31, 1957
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October 9, 2018   Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide by TourRadar 2/5 - YouTube

October 8, 2018   Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Japan japan-guide.com - YouTube
KYOTO JAPAN 京都観光・嵐山の紅葉の名所 Autumn Leaves in Kyoto - Arashiyama, Sagano 嵯峨野トロッコ、天龍寺、常寂光寺、宝厳院、日本の紅葉 - YouTube

September 10, 2018  
Naomi Osaka defeats Serena Williams in dramatic final US Open News Official Site of the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships - A USTA Event   Sept. 8, 2018
US Open history: Two Japanese players are in the semifinals  Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka  USA TODAY, Sept. 5, 2018
US Open    Aug. 27 - Sept. 9, 2018    Official Site of the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships - A USTA Event
Sports  2018
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September 10, 2018  Tsunami pounds Japanese islands - Sep 04, 1596 - HISTORY.com
List of historical tsunamis - Wikipedia
2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami - Wikipedia
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August 18, 2018  In Japan, 100 Years of Glory Days for High School Baseball:The Asahi Shimbun
Japanese High School Baseball Championship - Wikipedia
第100回全国高校野球選手権記念大会 第14日 準々決勝 Part 1 - YouTube  Quarterfinals

August 14, 2018 
阿波踊り2016 総集編 Awaodori Festival in Tokushima, Japan - YouTube  Awaodori (Awa Dance)
Bon Festival - Wikipedia
Obon in 2018-2019 - When, Where, Why, How is Celebrated

August 5, 2018  Summer In Japan - Traveling, Clothing And Weather In June-August MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE 
How is the Tokyo summer heat? - Quora
Tokyo Summer Escape: Karuizawa Day Trip | japan-guide.com - YouTube
The Real Hokkaido - Japan - YouTube
JG 4K 北海道 摩周湖,川湯,屈斜路湖 Mashuko,Kawayu,Kussharoko,Hokkaido - YouTube
The Fascinatingly Mysterious Origins of the Ainu - YouTube

July 27, 2018 
Why is Japan so Clean? - YouTube
Why Japan's streets are spotless | World Economic Forum
Why are Japanese cities so clean? - Quora


July 12, 2018  Day 4 - GRAND SUMO Highlights - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English   
Sumo 
Kimarite - Wikipedia 
winning techniques in a sumo bout.

June 27, 2018   Forest gumption: Researchers produce liquor from trees:The Asahi Shimbun

June 15, 2018  Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou) - Kyu Sakamoto (English Translation and Lyrics) - YouTube
Kyu Sakamoto tops the charts with “Sukiyaki” - Jun 15, 1963 - HISTORY.com

May 31, 2018 
Tsutsuji Azalea  
A Japanese azalea garden, Daikozenji, Tsutsuji Tera - YouTube
AZALEA - Tatebayashi Gunma Japan - YouTube
TOKYO JAPAN 東京都・根津神社のツツジ Azalea festival 東京観光 花の名所案内 - YouTube
ツツジがいっぱい - YouTube  Tsutsuji Azalea
塩船観音つつじまつり2011.wmv - YouTube
  Tsutsuji Azalea Festival
2016 Kanuma Satsuki Festival - YouTube
"We're pretty sure that Tsutsuji blooms in April while Satsuki, in May."
Azalea - Wikipedia  Tsutsuji
Rhododendron - Wikipedia  Tsutsuji
Rhododendron indicum - Wikipedia  Satsuki


May 20, 2018  The Nature Surrounding Noboribetsu - Wild Hokkaido! - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English

April 27, 2018  Nagano - Life Deep in the Mountains - - CYCLE AROUND JAPAN Highlights - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English

April 21, 2018  What To Do In Japan Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kanazawa, Takayama, Nagano - YouTube
  
April 21, 2018  Golden Week | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide  late April - early May 
Golden Week
Golden Week (Japan) - Wikipedia

March 30, 2018    Cherry Blossoms Part II    SAKURA – Cherry Blossom 2018 | JAPAN ATTRACTIONS
Cherry Blossoms in Japan 2018 Forecast - YouTube

日本三大桜名所 ( 吉野山 - 高遠城址 - 弘前公園 ) [HD] - YouTube  Japan's 3 Most Famous Cherry Blossom Spots
日本の城と桜 Japanese Castles and Cherry blossoms - YouTube
富士山 Mt. Fuji in UNESCO World Heritage 世界遺産登録の春の富士山と桜(sakura)、忍野村と西湖いやしの里根場 日本の桜 花の名所案内 - YouTube  Mt. Fuji and Cherry Blossoms


March 27, 2018    Cherry Blossoms Part I    SAKURA – Cherry Blossom 2018 | JAPAN ATTRACTIONS
Cherry Blossoms in Japan 2018 Forecast - YouTube
"Kyoto"
KYOTO JAPAN 京都観光の桜・満開の枝垂桜の名所 Weeping cherry trees spots in Kyoto 半木の道 平安神宮 京都府立植物園 原谷苑 櫻花 樱花 벚꽃 日本の桜 - YouTube
[4K]KYOTO JAPAN 京都の桜 花見の名所 CHERRY BLOSSOM in KYOTO 平安神宮,京都府立植物園,原谷苑,清水寺,嵐山,京都観光 京都夜桜 日本の桜 Japan Trip - YouTube
Japan Vlog - Sakura in Osaka & Kyoto (桜・花見) - YouTube
Moments in Kyoto - Sakura Real Beauty Cherry Blossoms Kyoto Japan 京都の桜 着物美人と夜桜 京都観光 - YouTube
"Tokyo"
Tokyo's Best Cherry Blossom Spot Meguro River 初めての目黒川花見 - YouTube
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo - Ueno Park - YouTube
TOKYO JAPAN Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo 東京の千鳥ヶ淵の桜(sakura) 日本の桜 東京観光 ディスカバーニッポン 花見 - YouTube

March 20, 2018  Conveyor Belt Sushi - Japan's Top Inventions - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English
History Of Sushi -HD - YouTube
A Brief History of Sushi -- Food Fridays - YouTube

Feb. 27-28, 2018  "Sorry for late posting!"    Setsubun  February 3
How to Celebrate Setsubun | Tokyo Weekender
Kyoto Festival: Spring Ogre Purification (Oni Yarai Shinji) [4K] - YouTube
Kyoto Festival: Setsubun at Kitano Tenman-gū - YouTube
Setsubun at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto! - YouTube
Setsubun: Bean Throwing Festival in Japan - YouTube
Setsubun - Wikipedia
節分に厄除け・厄祓いをする意味は?|厄除け・厄祓い神社どっとこむ
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February 2nd  Groundhog Day  Letter: 38  |  Photo Gallery   
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Feb. 24, 2018  Abdication ceremony to be held on April 30th, 2019 - News - NHK WORLD - English
Emperor of Japan Enthronement Ceremony - YouTube
 Enthronement ceremony of Emperor Akihito in 1990.

Jan. 31, 2018  Toyota officially passes GM as planet’s biggest car maker - Jan 21, 2009 - HISTORY.com

Jan. 7, 2018  [4K]New Year's in TOKYO JAPAN お正月の日本(東京)初詣、初日の出、元旦、正月、東京観光 - YouTube
New Years, Explore America Info

Jan. 7 & 10, 2018  Why are temple bells rung 108 times on New Year's Eve?|英会話|アルク   Joya no Kane
Joya no Kane: The Tolling Bell Ceremony on New Year’s Eve | Chopsticks New York
【12-31速報!!】知恩院、除夜の鐘、2017年12月31日【京都】 - YouTube  New Year's Eve, 2017, Chion-in, Kyoto
Joya no Kane 2008 Chion in - YouTube  Kyoto
Fukoji Bells on New Year's Eve - YouTube
New Year's Eve New Years, Explore America Info

December 31, 2017  The top domestic news stories of 2017 | The Japan Times
The top overseas news stories of 2017 | The Japan Times
The top business news stories of 2017 | The Japan Times


December 14, 2017  Top 10 Wonderful Japanese Gardens | Places To See In Your Lifetime Pandotrip 
About Japan

November 25, 2017  Ushiwaka meets Benkei for the first time video with English subtitles
弁慶と牛若丸 - YouTube
The Story of Benkei and Yoshitsune
Minamoto no Yoshitsune - Wikipedia  Ushiwakamaru > Yoshitsune  1159 – June 15, 1189
Benkei - Wikipedia  1155–1189
◆DW4 .牛若丸(童謡・唱歌) - YouTube  Ushiwakamaru song

November 3, 2017  Abe set to take foreign, security policies further after poll victory:The Asahi Shimbun  10/23/2017
Japan's Abe may have won election, but many don't want him as PM  Reuters, 10/24/2017
Peter Tasker: After an election win, get ready for more Abenomics- Nikkei Asian Review  11/02/2017
ABENOMICS - JapanGov
Abenomics - Wikipedia
Shinzō Abe - Wikipedia
Time for Japan’s prime minister to change the constitution - Abe’s chance  Economist, 10/28/2017

October 25, 2017  Duelo 'Miyamoto Musashi VS Sasaki Kojiro' - YouTube
Top 10 Duels in History - YouTube
MIYAMOTO MUSASHI 宮本武蔵. Dokkodo. The way of walking alone. 21 LIFE PRINCIPLES - YouTube
Miyamoto Musashi - Military Leader, Journalist, Painter, Warrior - Biography.com
Miyamoto Musashi - Wikipedia 
c. 1584 – June 13, 1645

October 9, 2017  Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature for 'Novels of Great Emotional Force' - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Nobel Prize a Pleasant Surprise - News - NHK WORLD - English

October 9, 2017  EDITORIAL: Eradicating ‘karoshi’ should be key campaign issue in election:The Asahi Shimbun
Advertising Giant Dentsu Answers to Overwork Suicide, Promises Reforms - NHK NEWSLINE - News - NHK WORLD
Karōshi - Wikipedia

September 17, 2017  World's oldest person dies at 117 - News - NHK WORLD - English
Changing Education in Japan - RISING - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English

August 14, 2017  2,100 dancers set world record for largest bon dance:The Asahi Shimbun
Bon Festival - Wikipedia  August 15

August 14, 2017  The Science of Fatigue - Medical Frontiers - TV - NHK WORLD - English

August 7, 2017    born
November 17, 1894    Konosuke Matsushita, Founder of Panasonic 
Konosuke Matsushita | The Economist
Matsushita leadership lessons from the 20th century's most remarkable entrepreneur - Harvard University
Quest for Innovation - Konosuke Matsushita and Panasonic - YouTube
Kōnosuke Matsushita - Wikipedia 
27 November 1894 – 27 April 1989, a Japanese industrialist who founded Panasonic, the largest Japanese consumer electronics company. To many Japanese, he is known as "the god of management".[citation needed] A biography of Matsushita's life called Matsushita Leadership was written by American business management specialist John Kotter in 1998.
Panasonic - Wikipedia
Panasonic Global
Panasonic Moves Us
Matsushita Konosuke | Japanese industrialist | Britannica.com

August 5, 2017    born
November 17, 1906    Soichiro Honda     Founder of Honda   
Honda Motor Company is incorporated - Sep 24, 1948 - HISTORY.com
Soichiro Honda | A Personal History - YouTube
Soichiro Honda - Wikipedia 
November 17, 1906 – August 5, 1991, a Japanese engineer and industrialist. In 1948, he established Honda and oversaw its expansion from a wooden shack manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer. 
Honda - Wikipedia
Honda Soichiro | Japanese businessman | Britannica.com
本田宗一郎 ー挑戦と成功ー - YouTube
Cars

July 17, 2017    born July 12, 1938    Eiko Ishioka 
Eiko Ishioka’s 79th Birthday  Google Doodle
6 Facts About Legendary Designer Eiko Ishioka | Mental Floss  07/12/2017
Eiko Ishioka - Wikipedia 
July 12, 1938 – January 21, 2012, a Japanese art director, costume designer, and graphic designer known for her work in stage, screen, advertising, and print media.
Eiko Ishioka - IMDb
Bram Stoker's Dracula Wins Costume Design 1993 Oscars - YouTube
The Costumes of Bram Stoker's Dracula - YouTube

July 7, 2017  Tanabata wishes shine bright on the trees at Kyoto shrine:The Asahi Shimbun
Tanabata - Wikipedia  Star Festival, July 7th
Tanabata Story with English Subtitles - YouTube
仙台七夕まつり 東北の夏祭り Sendai Tanabata Festival 仙台観光 日本の夏まつり - YouTube

June 15, 2017  Kyu Sakamoto tops the charts with “Sukiyaki” - Jun 15, 1963 - HISTORY.com
Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou) - Kyu Sakamoto (English Translation and Lyrics) - YouTube

June 8, 2017  born June 8, 1867     Frank Lloyd Wright
"So Long Frank Lloyd Wright" by Simon and Garfunkel - YouTube
150 years of Frank Lloyd Wright - Chicago Tribune
Frank Lloyd Wright Biography
Frank Lloyd Wright - Wikipedia
  June 8, 1867 - April 9, 1959, an American architect, interior designer,
writer, and educator
House on the Rock - Wikipedia  ... the inspiration for the house in a meeting between Alex Jordan, Jr. and Frank Lloyd Wright, ...
Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel (1923) - YouTube Tokyo, Japan

Wisconsin  |  Buildings  
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June 3, 2017 
Toyota patriarch born - Feb 14, 1867 - HISTORY.com
Sakichi Toyoda - Wikipedia
Kiichiro Toyoda - Wikipedia
History of Toyota - Wikipedia


May 6, 2017  Famous People who everybody knows in Japan
The Three Unifiers - Japan Under the Shoguns  Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu

May 5, 2017    Golden Week  April 29 - May 5 each year
Golden Week (Japan) - Wikipedia
Children's Day (Japan) - Wikipedia  May 5 each year

April 11, 2017    born April 10, 1794     
Matthew C. Perry
Matthew C. Perry - Diplomat, Military Leader - Biography.com
Matthew C. Perry - Wikipedia  April 10, 1794 – March 4, 1858, a Commodore of the United States Navy and commanded a number of ships. He served in several wars, most notably in the Mexican–American War and the War of 1812. He played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854.
Commodore Matthew C. Perry - The Man Who Unlocked Japan - YouTube
Rhode Island  |  Black Ships 
Presidents    Millard Fillmore        #13    
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April 11, 2017    born c. 563 BCE/480 BCE    Buddha
Buddhists celebrate birth of Gautama Buddha - Apr 08, 563 - HISTORY.com
Buddha - Religious Figure - Biography.com  born in Nepal
The Life Of The Buddha Full BBC Documentary - YouTube  born in Nepal
The Top 5 Buddhist Teachings That Will Change Your Life - YouTube
Gautama Buddha - Wikipedia 
c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic (śramaṇa) and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. 
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8, 2017  Hana matsuri (Flower Festival)
Buddha's Birthday - Wikipedia  2.1.5  Japan

April
8, 2017     born April 1, 1920    Toshiro Mifune
Toshirô Mifune - IMDb
Toshiro Mifune - Wikipedia 
April 1, 1920 – December 24, 1997, a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration (1948–65) with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in such works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo.

March 23, 2017     born March 23, 1910    Akira Kurosawa
Top 10 Akira Kurosawa Films - YouTube
Akira Kurosawa's great advice to aspiring filmmakers - YouTube
Kurosawa Akira | Biography & Films | Britannica.com
Akira Kurosawa - IMDb
Akira Kurosawa - Wikipedia  March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, ...


March 8, 2017  The 25 best countries in the world - AOL News  U.S. News  03/07/2017

March 6, 2017
Ambassador Kennedy Farewell Message - ケネディ大使から日本の皆さんへ御礼のメッセージ - YouTube
As Kennedy steps down from ambassador post, observers see a mixed legacy | The Japan Times  01/17/2017
Caroline Kennedy, an Ambassador Whose Role Transcended the Embassy - The New York Times  01/11/2017
ケネディ駐日米国大使から日本の皆さんへ - YouTube  Nov. 12, 2013,  A Message to the People of Japan from Ambassador Kennedy, New York
Caroline Kennedy on TODAY show: Donald Trump's 'America first' approach is 'alarming' - TODAY.com  02/03/2017

March 3 - 4, 2017
March 3rd  Hina Matsuri Girls’ Day Japan Japanese Doll Festival March 3rd Hinamatsuri Song 三月三日
ケネディ家のひな人形 - Hina Dolls Return to Japan - YouTube - In 1962, former President John F. Kennedy received a gift of Japanese “Hina” dolls from Ms. Tsuyako Matsumoto of Kitami, Hokkaido. Even though the Kennedy family did not know Ms. Matsumoto personally, the dolls left a strong impression on Ambassador Caroline Kennedy as a young girl. ...
"Hinamatsuri" Japanese culture and traditions for children - YouTube
Hinamatsuri - Wikipedia  also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day

Feb. 14, 2017  Toyota patriarch born - Feb 14, 1867 - HISTORY.com
Winter in Mt. Yotei, Niseko - Wild Hokkaido! - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English  02/11/2017

December 5, 2016 
Preserving a Natural Gem - News - NHK WORLD - English  Japan
December 4, 2016  Making Hospitals More Hospitable - News - NHK WORLD - English

April 16, 2016
32 new fatalities as more quakes hit Kyushu; 900 or so injured:The Asahi Shimbun
Large road bridge collapses as new quake hits Kumamoto:The Asahi Shimbun
Kumamoto earthquakes continue Japan - NHK WORLD English - YouTube
Quake halts train services, cuts power in Kumamoto:The Asahi Shimbun  -
A Shinkansen bullet train carrying no passengers derailed about 1.3 kilometers south of JR Kumamoto Station following the powerful earthquake...
2016 Kumamoto earthquakes - Wikipedia
Why Do So Many Earthquakes Strike Japan? - Yahoo
Earthquakes in Japan - Wikipedia
List of earthquakes in Japan - Wikipedia
* 9097 150426   Nepal Earthquake: Everest Survivor Describes 'Clinging to a Tree' During Violent Shaking - ABC News  04/26/2015
NZ Get Thru - What To Do In An Earthquake - YouTube
What to do during an Earthquake FINAL - YouTube
Earthquakes 101 - YouTube
How Earthquakes Work - YouTube

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April 12, 2016 
Fastest Train in the World 581km-h. Japan JR-Maglev - YouTube
Riding the Superconducting Maglev Train - Linear Motor Car - YouTube
Chūō Shinkansen - Wikipedia - ... The line is expected to connect Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes, and eventually Tokyo and Osaka in 67 minutes, running at a maximum speed of 505 km/h (314 mph). About 90% of the 286-kilometre (178 mi) line to Nagoya will be built underground or through tunnels.
... JR Central* aims to begin commercial service between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, with the Nagoya-Osaka section to be completed by 2045...
* Central Japan Railway Company - Wikipedia
Maglev - Wikipedia

May 24, 2015  Working to death in Japan: health warning over 'no overtime' law  MSN, AFP, 05/24/2015
Karōshi - Wikipedia

May 14, 2015  Japan launches 'cool biz' campaign as mercury climbs | Daily Mail Online  05/01/2015
Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan | Japan Today  05/01/2015
Cool Biz campaign - Wikipedia

May 14, 2015  New Light on Rice - Tech Trends - NHK WORLD  05/12/2015

April 6, 2015 
The Bloom of Cherry Blossoms 2015  Japan
Amazing experience. Best cherry blossoms in Osaka castle park & Osaka Mint Bureau - YouTube
Moments in Kyoto - Sakura Real Beauty Cherry Blossoms Kyoto Japan 京都の桜 着物美人と夜桜 - YouTube
 
April 6, 2015  World's 2 top must-see castles agree to cooperate in tourism promotion - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun  03/24/2015    Japan
Himeji Castle in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture & Neuschwanstein Castle in the southern German state of Bavaria

August 28, 2014  Harajuku Fashion, Harajuku, Tokyo
Harajuku Fashion - Bing Images 
Harajuku Fashion Walk #17 - Kawaii & Colorful Tokyo Street Style Event - YouTube
Harajuku Fashion Takeshita Street Adventure ★ WAO! 流〈RYU〉ONLY in JAPAN #12 - YouTube
Harajuku Fashion Walk on Vimeo
Tokyo Travel: Harajuku
Harajuku - Wikipedia
Takeshita Street - Wikipedia
Japanese street fashion - Wikipedia
Harajuku Street Performance - YouTube


August 27, 2014 
Bon Festival - Wikipedia
Obon in Japan  -  ... In most regions, Obon is celebrated around August 15, and it typically begins 13th and ends 16th of August. ... 
-  About.com, Japan Travel, Shizuko Mishima
Obon  Japan-guide.com
Obon Lantern Festival - YouTube
Obon: Japanese Festival of the Dead お盆 - YouTube
お盆 (Obon) - Bing Images
Bon Festival - Bing Images

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From Explore America American: Photo of the Week or Day 7001-7050
7035 140827 
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Minnesota, Aug. 17, 2014
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival | Como Park photos
Glimpses in Life Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival - YouTube
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park - YouTube


March 8, 2014  Birds of Japan - photos  Explore America Info
Birds 1 | Tancho Zuru (Japanese Crane or Red-crowned Crane)
Kushiro & Akanko, Hokkaido

December 9, 2012 Inuyama Castle, Inuyama, Aichi (Fall foliage and Cherry blossoms)

May 31, 2012  Fukushima Update
January 20, 2012 Black-backed Wagtail (Bird) Photo 0003 We've learned that this bird is commonly seen in Japan while it can only be seen in Alaska in the U.S.

Info on The Triple Disaster in Japan:
Asahi News |
Daily Yomiuri | Mainichi Daily News
110314 "Nuclear Emergency Situation" declared in Japan. Last Friday, Tsunami damaged nuclear plants.
110311 Major Tsunami hits Japan after the massive 8.9-magnitude quake. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.   CNN | USA Today
Disaster in Japan   "Help Japan" : UNICEF USA | American Red Cross | Japanese Red Cross Society

110303 News: The 2011 March Grand Sumo Tournament has been cancelled amid match-fixing scandal‎ in Japan. For more info, click  1 2

110207 Added Wisteria "Fuji" info to "About Japan" Pages

100220 Red Sea Bream (Tai) Photo 0002  "Mede-Tai" in Japanese means "congratulatory."  鯛
"About Japan" Pages": Imperial Household Agency, Nikko, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki

091013 Idiom: "Pulling One's Leg"  USA vs. Japan
"あいつは、俺の足を引っ張った。"
"About Japan" Pages": Bullet Train, Judo, Kodokan, Kendo, Kabuki, Geisha, Maiko-san, Map of Japan+

090707 What is the difference between 'Hares' and 'Rabbits'?   USA vs. Japan
"About Japan" Pages": Sports   Work in Progress"

090427 Pussy Willow - USA & Neko (ネコ: Cat) Yanagi (ヤナギ: Willow) - Japan  "Pussy Willow" and "Neko Yanagi" have different sounds, but an (almost) identical meaning.
Famous Gardens: Top 3 Japanese Gardens & Other Famous Gardens
"About Japan" Pages"

090108 F
ruitcake tastes like Yokan (羊羹) - Traditional Japanese sweat bean paste jelly cookie cakes.  Fore more stories, check here
090108 "About Japan" Pages" Work in Progress"

080925 Added "About Japan" Pages
080924 We're in the process of improving our web site, Explore Japan Info.

080619 Note from Explore America Info: "We're in the process of improving our web site, Explore America Info <
www.exploreamerica.info > Check updates at Explore US Info < www.exploreus.info >"

080530
May Sweeps vs. December Sweeps   USA vs. Japan 

080313 A Sport & Sports: USA vs. Japan  

1207 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  ---  Explore America Info
Letter  101, 177

071108
 Letter 001 Sake & Beer  (Japan vs. USA)   酒とビール

070925  Shrines: USA vs. Japan

070712 "We're back!  We really apologize for the fact that we've been slacking off updating our web pages for the past several years. In fact, we've been busy helping an information web site,
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