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2010-11-26 23:31 | カテゴリ:Japanese culture
ジャンル:スポーツ テーマ:柔道
Judo or Jūdō (柔道) is a modern martial art and combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Dr Kano Jigoro. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown one's opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one's opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata、形) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).

Judo(Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judo

Jigoro kano(嘉納治五郎)


Jigoro Kano Judo's uki goshi, Kano's favorite technique


Kodokan Judo(講道館柔道)
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2010-11-25 05:27 | カテゴリ:Japanese culture
ジャンル:テレビ・ラジオ テーマ:お笑い/バラエティ 全般
Manzai(Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzai

Manzai (漫才) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture, which usually involves two performers (manzaishi) —a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.

Boke and tsukkomi
Similar in execution to the concepts of "funny man" and "straight man" in double act comedy, these roles are a very important characteristic of manzai. Boke (ボケ) comes from the verb bokeru (ぼける) which carries the meaning of "senility" or "air headed-ness" and is reflected in the boke's tendency for misinterpretation and forgetfulness. The word tsukkomi (突っ込み) refers to the role the second comedian plays in "butting in" and correcting the boke's errors. It is common for tsukkomi to berate boke and hit them on the head with a swift smack, often with a pleated paper fan called a harisen (張り扇).

The tradition of tsukkomi and boke is often used in other Japanese comedy, although it may not be as obviously portrayed as it usually is in manzai.

Two Beat(ツービート)


Downtown(ダウンタウン)


Nakagawa-ke(中川家)
2010-11-23 20:18 | カテゴリ:Japanese culture
ジャンル:旅行 テーマ:国内、史跡・名勝巡り
Meiji Mura(Meiji village museum、博物館明治村)
http://www.meijimura.com/english/index.html

Meiji Mura(Meiji village museum、博物館明治村)(wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Mura

Meiji Mura (博物館明治村, Hakubutsukan Meiji-mura, lit: "Meiji village" museum) is an open-air architectural museum/theme park in Inuyama, near Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, Japan. It was opened on March 18, 1965. The museum preserves historic buildings from Japan's Meiji (1867-1912), Taisho (1912-1926), and early Shōwa (1926-1989) periods. Over 60 historical buildings have been moved and reconstructed onto 1 square kilometre (250 acres) of rolling hills alongside Lake Iruka. The most noteworthy building there is the reconstructed main entrance and lobby of Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Imperial Hotel, which originally stood in Tokyo from 1923 to 1967, when the main structure was demolished to make way for a new, larger version of the hotel.

Meiji Mura(Meiji village museum)
2010-11-23 04:01 | カテゴリ:Japanese culture
ジャンル:ファッション・ブランド テーマ:ファッション
The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by women, men and children.

Kimono(Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimono

Kaga Yuzen(加賀友禅)(Japanese highest kimono)
http://www.kagayuzen.or.jp/english.html

Kanazawa travel guide( Wikitravel )
http://wikitravel.org/en/Kanazawa

Kimonos range from extremely formal to casual. The level of formality of women's kimono is determined mostly by the pattern of the fabric, and color. Young women's kimonos have longer sleeves, signifying that they are not married, and tend to be more elaborate than similarly formal older women's kimono.Men's kimonos are usually one basic shape and are mainly worn in subdued colors. Formality is also determined by the type and color of accessories, the fabric, and the number or absence of kamon (family crests), with five crests signifying extreme formality. Silk is the most desirable, and most formal, fabric. Kimonos made of fabrics such as cotton and polyester generally reflect a more casual style. It is said that the reason of these long sleeves is when confessed by man, in case of replying "Yes," she waves sleeves back and forth, but as for "no" left to right.

Women's kimonos
Many modern Japanese women lack the skill to put on a kimono unaided: the typical woman's kimono outfit consists of twelve or more separate pieces that are worn, matched and secured in prescribed ways, and the assistance of licensed professional kimono dressers may be required. Called upon mostly for special occasions, kimono dressers both work out of hair salons and make house calls.

Choosing an appropriate type of kimono requires knowledge of the garment's symbolism and subtle social messages, reflecting the woman's age, marital status, and the level of formality of the occasion.

Furisode
A young woman wearing a furisode kimono(振袖):
furisode literally translates as swinging sleeves—the sleeves of furisode average between 39 and 42 inches (1,100 mm) in length. Furisode are the most formal kimono for unmarried women, with colorful patterns that cover the entire garment. They are usually worn at coming-of-age ceremonies (seijin shiki) and by unmarried female relatives of the bride at weddings and wedding receptions.

Hōmongi(訪問着):
literally translates as visiting wear. Characterized by patterns that flow over the shoulders, seams and sleeves, hōmongi rank slightly higher than their close relative, the tsukesage. Hōmongi may be worn by both married and unmarried women; often friends of the bride will wear hōmongi at weddings (except relatives) and receptions. They may also be worn to formal parties.
Pongee Hōmongi are made to promote kimono after WW2. Pongee is used for casual clothes, so they are not for formal occasions no matter how expensive they are.

Iromuji(色無地):
single-colored kimono that may be worn by married and unmarried women. They are mainly worn to tea ceremonies. The dyed silk may be figured (rinzu, similar to jacquard), but has no differently colored patterns.
Komon(小紋):
"fine pattern". Kimono with a small, repeated pattern throughout the garment. This style is more casual and may be worn around town, or dressed up with a formal obi for a restaurant. Both married and unmarried women may wear komon.
Edo komon (江戸小紋):
is a type of komon characterized by tiny dots arranged in dense patterns that form larger designs. The Edo komon dyeing technique originated with the samurai class during the Edo period. A kimono with this type of pattern is of the same formality as an iromuji, and when decorated with kamon, may be worn as visiting wear (equivalent to a tsukesage or hōmongi).

Tomesode
Irotomesode(色留袖):
single-color kimono, patterned only below the waistline. Irotomesode are slightly less formal than kurotomesode, and are worn by married women, usually close relatives of the bride and groom at weddings. An irotomesode may have three or five kamon.
Kurotomesode(黒留袖):
a black kimono patterned only below the waistline, kurotoroko are the most formal kimono for married women. They are often worn by the mothers of the bride and groom at weddings. Kurotomesode usually have five kamon printed on the sleeves, chest and back of the kimono.

Kimono show


Yuzen Kimono (友禅)
2010-11-11 02:19 | カテゴリ:Japanese culture
ジャンル:ブログ テーマ:ブログ
Bōsōzoku(Wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C5%8Ds%C5%8Dzoku

Bōsōzoku is a Japanese subculture associated with motorcycle clubs and gangs.

The word bōsōzoku is also applied to motorcycle gangs, who share an interest in modifications (often illegal) for motorcycles, such as removing the mufflers so that more noise is produced. These bōsōzoku groups also engage in dangerous or reckless driving, such as weaving in traffic, not wearing motorcycle helmets, and running red lights. Another activity is shinai bōsō speeding in city streets, not usually for street racing but more for thrills. With many bikes involved, the leading one is driven by the sentōsha , the leader, who is responsible for the event and is not allowed to be overtaken. Japanese police call them Maru-Sō , and dispatch a police vehicle to trail any groups of bikes to prevent any possible incidents, which can include riding through suburbs at speeds of 5–10 miles an hour, creating a loud disturbance and waving imperial Japanese flags, to starting fights which can include weapons such as wooden swords, metal pipes, baseball bats and Molotov cocktails. These bōsōzoku gangs are generally composed of people under the legal adult age, which in Japan is 20 years old.

specialist


Mickey Mouse march on a motorcycle
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