SUSHI is the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan, and one of the most popular
dishes among the Japanese themselves who usually enjoy sushi on special occasions:
raw fish on small rice balls.
If you will try it, you sure like it. And above all ...it is very healthy!
During the Edo period, "sushi" refered to pickled fish conserved in vinegar.
Nowadays sushi can be defined as a dish containing rice which has been prepared
with sushi vinegar. There are many different types of sushi but commonly it is the
topped with raw fish.
World-known Japanese conductor
Sumo is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated
in ancient times as a performance to entertain the Shinto gods. Many rituals with
religious background are still followed today. The basic rules of sumo are simple:
The wrestler who either first touches the floor with something else than his sole or
leaves the ring before his opponent, loses. The fights themselves usually last only
a few seconds only sometimes about one minute.
.... means to dye ones hair, a big fashion amoung the young Japanese, boy or girl, man or woman.
TOKYO is the capital of Japan (since 1868). With its about 12 million
inhabitants it is a true megapolis and you can find anything in
Tokyo you are looking for. It is an interesting city like Paris,
New York or London, with many japanese and western cultural events
all over the year, great museums and many places to relax or to enjoy
life during day ...
A government white paper on juvenile delinquency showed 54% of adults surveyed turning a blind eye to juvenile delinquency. Only 11.5% said they speak to juveniles between 14 and 19 years of age when they see them engaged in acts such as smoking. As for the reason for turning a blind eye to juvenile delinquency, 78.8% said they fear the juveniles might use violence against them, and 14.3% said they think the juveniles will not listen. (Kyodo News)
UTADA HIKARU was born January 19, 1983 and is a third culture Japanese pop singer-songwriter, arranger and record producer. She has been hailed as one of the most successful, influential and acclaimed musicians in Japanese music history. With the release of her seven studio albums, including one compilation and two all-English, 24 solo singles (18 Japanese and 6 English) and several VHS/DVD releases, she has sold a combined estimated total of some 36,000,000 records in Japan as of 2007, making her the 9th most successful musical act ever in Japan.
The number of violent incidents that occurred in the nation's junior and senior
High Schools has increased dramatically during the recent years and about 70 percent
involved students attacking teachers, and many students were arrested or placed
under guidance as a result.
But sleeping at school is also a common sign and tolerated by many teachers to
keep the lessons without any disturbance from the rowdy students.
Despite the fact that the veteran Japanese actor KEN WATANABE has been appearing in films since the early '80s (foreign film buffs may remember him from a supporting role in the 1985 art-house "noodle Western" Tampopo), it wasn't until his breakthrough role in the Tom Cruise adventure The Last Samurai that the frequent onscreen samurai eventually came to the attention of the world. Watanabe has been a mainstay of Japanese cinema and now beloved by legions of fans overseas.
The artwork of YOSHITOMO NARA
ZEN cannot be tought by books it has to be experienced. You can experience ZEN for example in special shaped gardens like the garden of the Ryouanji Temple in Kyoto (above) the so called dry landscape garden, consisting only of rocks and white sand.
In Tokyo as well in many other cities of Japan you will find young street musicians playing just for the fun of it not for money as you will find in many european cities.
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Uyoku stands for hard core right-wingers who ride around in black trucks, play marching music and yell imperialist slogans. An embarrassment which most people ignore, they possess a surprising amount of political influence through yakuza connections. Their campaigning centers around increasing Japan's military, kicking foreigners out, and making the Emperor the head of Japan again.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested for trying to kill his junior high school teacher with a baseball bat because he scolded him for getting his ears pierced. "I really wanted to kill him," the second-grade student was quoted by police as saying.
(Compiled from Mainichi and wire reports, Feb. 4, 2003)
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said in a report that an estimated 530,000 young people aged between 15 and 24 remained without work and were not interested in taking jobs. "Many senior high school dropouts and teenagers remain in seclusion at home, are not making any effort to find jobs and don't show any inclination to enter society," it said. (Kyodo News November 27, 2003)
Yakyu (Baseball) is the number 1 sport in Japan since Japan's first professional team, the Great Tokyo baseball club was established in December 1934. The Giant's Sadahara Oh had 868 home runs in his twenty-two year career (1958-1980), exceeding both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron of the U.S.A. The country's love for the game is summed up by the saying, "Baseball is perfect, if the Americans hadn't invented it, we would have.
Yokohama has more than 3 million inhabitants and is the second largest city in Japan. It is a very important port city with a proud history. Here the first Japanese newspaper 'The Yokohama Shimbun' was published, it had the first brewery, butcher shop and horse race course in Japan. Being overshadowed by near-by Tokyo, today Yokohama has lost a lot of its importance and some regard it just as a bed-town of Tokyo.