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Yosakoi dance festival in Harajuku

02 September 2012 Events and festivals in Japan Guillaume Erard

Yosakoi dance festival in Harajuku

Most people with an interest in Japan are aware that the summer season is one of many matsuri (festivals) which are often accompanied with copious amounts of music playing, dancing, eating, and drinki...

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Events in Japan

Annular solar eclipse over Tokyo

Written on 21 May 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Annular solar eclipse over Tokyo

This morning, a very special atmosphere can be felt along the short path that leads me to the subway station Yotsuya. The salary-men and women don’t have the nose on their mobile phones as usual, but ...

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Summer Grand Sumo Tournament 2012

Written on 20 May 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Summer Grand Sumo Tournament 2012

Sunday, May 20th was the fifteenth and final day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament held annually in Tokyo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan. This year, the Mongolian Kyokutenho, at the advanced age of 37 yea...

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Hanami, the cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Written on 11 April 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Hanami, the cherry blossoms in Tokyo

Every year in Japan, the blossoming of the Sakura, the Japanese cherry trees, marks a sort of rebirth after the harsh winter months. This event is probably amongst the most important in the Japanese c...

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Hojutsu: An introduction to Japanese gunnery

Written on 05 November 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Hojutsu: An introduction to Japanese gunnery

Even though firearms had been introduced in Japan from China as early as the 13th century, these were rather primitive and pretty impractical on the battlefield as they consisted of nothing more than ...

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iPhone 4S in Japan: Are smartphones breaking into Japanese market?

Written on 12 October 2011 by Guillaume Erard

iPhone 4S in Japan: Are smartphones breaking into Japanese market?

The Japanese have always been passionate about novelty and innovation. This interest was observed as early as 1543 by the first Portuguese settlers in Japan when the daimyo Taneshima Tokitaka, intrigu...

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Tokyo Koenji Awaodori

Written on 23 September 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Tokyo Koenji Awaodori

The Tokyo Koenji Awaodori is one of the largest Awaodori summer dance festivals and it is usually held on the last Saturday and Sunday of the month of August. Each year, almost 200 groups (ren, 連) gat...

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Real-time report during the earthquake in Tokyo on March 11th 2011

Written on 10 March 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Real-time report during the earthquake in Tokyo on March 11th 2011

A massive earthquake of a 8.8 magnitude (the biggest ever since Japan started recordings 140 years ago) occurred in the Pacific Ocean at about 160 km from North-eastern Japan at 12:46pm on March 11 (J...

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