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(Photos in this post taken by me, 30/5/2021. Part of the new Lotus Garden.)
Gofuku No Hi fell on a day that was very close to the end of Autumn for me this year. And so, I decided I would spend the day dressed in some of the most Autumn kimono I had, eating the last of my Autumn-tide Japanese snacks and taking photos of beautiful trees in Springvale Botanical Cemetery. "A Cemetary?!" I hear you yelp. But be aware, Springvale Botanical Cemetery is no normal Graveyard. It is p
With lockdowns continuing for a few more days in Melbourne, I thought I'd share about some Ghibli related documentaries I found on AnimeLab.com. For those who don't know, AnimeLab.com is a free online streaming service where you can watch anime as much as you want without paying anything. The catch is that without a subscription you will have to sit through a lot of advertising. But none the less, the service makes it possible to access a lot of programs that mightn't be so e
I'm sorry, but I am currently lacking in time and energy, so here is an interesting video to watch: If you would like to supplement your virtual experiences of Japan with real life, wearable objects, you could try perusing my online store. I try to keep my prices reasonable, and my products a blend of the fun and practical: You might not be able to go outside and have some nice food. But that's okay! Nice food can come to you! DoorDash is a great way to support local restaura
In my wanderings online I happened to stumble across a preview informing me that a new movie about Hokusai was released not too long ago. Who is Hokusai? Probably the most famous artist in Japanese history. He created The Great Wave of Kanagawa: The movie is said to cover his life story, with details relatively unknown. Given that this might be one of the best known images of all time, knowing the story behind it would be a thrill. As it is, the official movie website looks a
(Borrowed from GaijinPot.com) Over time, it seems that Yokai, or the traditional folkloric creatures of Japan are becoming more popular. One of those creatures is the Namahage. Men will often dress up as Namahage for festival times in Japan, scaring children into good behaviour, particularly in the Akita region of Japan. And to this day, one can visit to see these rituals being performed. It turns out that there is a Namahage themed restaurant in the Ginza district of Tokyo.
Have you ever wanted to know more about Japanese calligraphy or sumi-e painting but weren't sure where to start? Soon, Akemi Lucas will deliver an online demonstration of both and a talk via Zoom. Here is a video so you can see her at work. I think you can agree there is a kind of majesty and grandeur to how she works. If you would like to know more about the event or book a place for yourself please see this link.
If you would like to supplement your virtual experiences of
Spring in the Northern Hemisphere will soon draw to a close. With that, acclaimed musician Tokiko Kimura will be holding a free online performance via Zoom! If you would like to see more details or participate, please book here. If you would like to see Tokiko Kimura performing at a previous event, you can see this video here: I'm sure you can agree, she plays beautifully. While the event isn't live, the footage that will be shown is exclusive. I haven't been able to find it
If you love travel and you have an interest in history, it might interest you to know that there are some antique Japanese maps that are too large to be displayed in museums. So how would anyone ever see them? Well one way is this free online event via zoom. The session will involve a guide who will explain the maps and their meanings. You can book it here. If you would like a small taste of what the event will show, you can see the related digital collection website here. If
Have you ever wanted to learn traditional Japanese flower arrangement but couldn't find out where to go? Well, the opportunity to learn online from a real Japanese teacher is coming soon! (An example of ikebana by Yuku Inoue Darcy from Evanston Art Centre.) The teacher, Yuku Inoue Darcy, is highly experienced and qualified and these classes are free. So, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn if you would like to learn ikebana! Please click the image below for more informat
Have you ever wanted to learn traditional Japanese dance but couldn't find out where to go? Well, the opportunity to learn online from a real Japanese teacher is coming soon! The teacher is a grandmaster of "Nihon Buyo"; well known and respected. I managed to find some footage of her performance in Chicago, 2014. If you watch the delicacy of her movements and how well she controls her outfit, you can tell she is both very skilled and very experienced. For only $60 per class,
Due to business and personal issues, I have been unable to properly maintain my blog. Please enjoy this video. If you would like to supplement your virtual experiences of Japan with real life, wearable objects, you could try perusing my online store. I try to keep my prices reasonable, and my products a blend of the fun and practical: You might not be able to go outside and have some nice food. But that's okay! Nice food can come to you! DoorDash is a great way to support loc
Due to the pandemic, a designer in Japan decided to recreate Edo Period Japan on Minecraft and anyone can visit it! Here is a youtube video about the project: If you would like more of a feeling of Japan being close to you, you could also subscribe with SakuraCo, a subscription box company that delivers delicious Japanese snacks and crockery to your door. They select the boxed items carefully from all over Japan, made by real traditional makers. So every box is more than just
It's said that people wrongly believe that Nagoya is boring or not worth visiting. But I'm actually very interested in a particular location: This is the Arimatsu Shibori Tie-Dying Museum. It is significant becuase Arimatsu is a historical town along the famous Tokaido line. So if you're wanting to get off the beaten track and see something most tourists won't, People have taken photo spheres of the authentic history of this area, so I decided to embed a little here: It turns
I'm sorry to say it, but due to business I haven't been able to keep up with maintaining this blog too well for a while now. But I did find this fantastic resource on Google Earth when I was looking for free online resources for touring Japan online: On Google Earth there is an album of many of the greatest places to see cherry blossoms in bloom throughout Japan! The white panel on the right side tells you about the location, and the arrows allow you to rotate through differe