HARI LIBUR UMUM BULAN MEI 2018

HARI LIBUR UMUM / KOKUMIN-NO-SHUKUJITSU
[ PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ]
DI INDONESIA & JEPANG (JAPAN)
BULAN MEI
 / GOGATSU (MAY) 2018

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INDONESIA

1 Mei, Selasa
( Tuesday / Kayoobi )

Hari Buruh Internasional
International Labor Day ]

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10 Mei, Kamis
( Thursday / Mokuyoobi )
Hari Raya Kenaikan Yesus Kristus
[ The Ascension of Jesus Christ ]

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29 Mei, Selasa
( Tuesday / Kayoobi )

Hari Raya Waisak 2562
[ Feast marking Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death ]

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JEPANG / JAPAN
Golden Week / Oogon Shuukan

3 Mei, Kamis
( Mokuyoobi / Thursday )

Hari Peringatan Konstitusi
 [ Kenpo Kinenbi / Constitution Memorial Day ]

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4 Mei,  Jumat
( Kin’yoobi / Friday )

Hari Hijau
[ Midori no Hi / Greenery Day ]

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5 Mei, Sabtu
( Doyoobi / Saturday )

Hari Anak-Anak
[ Kodomo no Hi / Children’s Day ]

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ONLY IN JAPAN, TRAVEL INFORMATION

30 UNEXPECTED THINGS YOU CAN ONLY SEE IN JAPAN

Have you ever been to Japan? Here are some things that you might not be expecting to see on your first trip to the country.

Author user-avatar Tsunagu     

1. Vending machines

Japan is famous for being a country full of vending machines. The most common kinds are for drinks, but there are also vending machines for hot foods, candy, ice cream, cigarettes, books, newspapers, umbrellas, and even adult goods.

According to a Japanese research company’s investigation, the number of vending machines in Japan in 2014 were 50,400,000. It’s also said that they make 5 trillion yen a year (about 50 billion dollars).

2. Washlet toilet seat

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Right now the washlet toilet seat is very popular with foreign tourists.

While the basic one just spouts out warm water fom a nozzle to clean one’s region, many versions also include deodorization, dryers, warming functions, even music. It’s said that there are many tourists who try it once and become addicted.

3. Name plates

For single-family homes in Japan, usually they’ll have a nameplate at the entrance way. In the U.S. and in Europe, there will be a house number and usually a last name on the mailbox, but there aren’t many places where the names are displayed like they are in Japan.

One theory about the spread of the use of nameplates comes from 1923, after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

After the earthquake, victims reconstructed their homes, but many of them moved from the original place where they lived. Because of that, the town completely changed from the way it used to be. So many people wanted to let their neighbors know “this is where I live!” and from there nameplates became an indispensable part of life in Tokyo.

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4. Limited edition Kit-Kats

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Japan-limited Kit-Kats are another very popular souvenir among foreign tourists. There are many different kinds, so it might be fun to go on a quest to collect them all.

You can start with the varieties listed here:

5. Capsule Hotels

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Capsule hotels are a type of lodging unique to Japan. It’s said that the architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the first one for the 1970 Osaka World Fair. Many foreign tourists are interested in them because not only are they cheap and safe, but also staying in one feels like living within the world of science fiction.

For more information on capsule hotels, check this out:

6. Love Hotels

Love hotels are something that can be found in Japan and some parts of Asia. As the name implies, it’s a place where couples can go for a tryst. Japanese love hotels especially are built with different themes, so you can find ones that have carousels or waterslides in the rooms or even rooms that are made to look like cars, trains, or spaceships. The prices range from reasonable to quite expensive depending on the hotel.

Also, after the customer picks the room from a display in the lobby, they pay by machine and the key comes out of a small window. Employees and customers never meet face-to-face for privacy reasons.

7. Free tissues handed out on the street

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Seeing people hand out tissues for free on the street is a common sight in Japan. Companies put their advertisements inside the tissue packaging so people take them and learn of their products or servies. It’s said that Japanese pocket tissue production is close to 5 billion packs a year worth close to 100 billion yen (around 1 billion dollars).

8. Silky tissues

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The name of these tissues is “excellent nose celeb.” It’s soft like silk to a surprising amount, and many people grow addicted to using them after one try. On the package, the faces of white rabbits, seals, and polar bears are used so their noses stand out cutely.

9. People wearing face masks everywhere

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Many people in Japan use face masks, especially during the periods where pollen is high or in the winter. In those seasons, if you step on a train, most of the people riding the train will be wearing one. While of course there are people who wear them against pollen or germs, among them there are people who don’t want their faces to be seen. Many young people have been wearing fashionable ones lately too.

In the West, only people who are ill wear face masks, so for many foreign tourists it might seem a strange sight.

10. Wet towels

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In Japan when you sit in a restaurant, usually you’ll receive a wet towel called an “oshibori”. An oshibori is a slightly damp cloth, and is a way for customers to wipe their hands in order to enoy their meal in a hygenic way. Depending on the restaurant, the oshibori might be warm or cold. It’s considered one of the symbols of Japan’s hospitality.

11. Unmanned vegetable stands

In the Japanese countryside, you can often see unmanned vegetable stalls where all you do is leave some money and take the produce. Because it’s a sales method that involves a lot of trust in everyone’s good consciences, many foreign tourists are surprised at the sight.

12. Machine-operated multistory parking space

Since Japan is a very narrow country, especially in the cities, in order to make the best of parking spaces they were built upwards into multistory spaces. Many people are surprised at this use of technology.

13. Randoseru backpacks

Every elementary student in Japan has a randoseru backpack. Many people have seen them in anime or other Japanese media. Since they’re usually made of leather and of very high quality, children can use them for 6 years straight.

While the standard is that boys use black and girls use red, lately there have been many variations with patterns and colors so it’s grown to be more of a fashion item. In recent years, thanks to their fashionable looks and usefulness, they have been growing in popularity overseas as well.

14. Kotatsu

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If you’re talking about winter in Japan, one of the main images is of the kotatsu. A kotatsu is a home heater that consists of a table placed on the floor with a blanket draped between the legs and the surface to hide the heater beneath it. Since it often appears in anime and movies, there are many people around the world who know about it.

In Japanese households, it’s standard for families to sit under the kotatsu in the winter to eat mandarins and watch TV together. It’s a scene that can be said to be unique to Japan.

15. Otooshi

Otooshi is a small dish, usually a snack, that is brought out at izakaya restaurants after the customer’s order is taken to tide them over until their meal arrives. Since it comes out without having been ordered, it might surprise some people. It’s a custom that began out of regard for the customer. Orders in izakaya usually start with drinks, and drinking without something to snack on seems sad, so it is a way for the establishment to make their customer feel more welcome.

Depending on the place you can refuse the otooshi, so if you would prefer not to have it, please tell your waiter when you place your orders.

16. One-use pocket heater

A kairo is a chemical warmer that you can carry around and throw it away once you’re done using it. Before, you used to have to unseal it and then shake it so the chemical reaction would begin, but newer versions just require opening it. There aren’t just versions for your hands, but there are also types to stick to the insides of your clothes. Thanks to its convenience and usefulness, it’s definitely something that is indispensable for the winter.

17. Yurukyara

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“Yurukyara” is short for “loose mascot character,” and are characters created as PR for prefectures or regions. Thanks to their cute appearances, yurukyara have exploded in popularity, and because of that there is a phenomenon where tourists to the areas promoted by yurukyara have also increased. Kumamoto’s Kumamono and Funabashi City’s Funasshi (though he’s not recognized by the city) are especially famous.

You can say that in Japan, the characters have become the faces of the region they’re promoting.

18.Rice patty art

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Rice paddy art is art made by choosing different kinds of rice to plant in order to create a huge piece of art. Inakadate in Aomori prefecture started it in 1993 to revitalize the town, and now it’s done in close to 100 places.

Rice paddy art is a unique way to enjoy anime characters or other art styles, and even just looking at them makes one smile.

19.Dekotora

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“Dekotora” is an abbreviation for “decorated trucks,” which are trucks covered in paintings, decorations, lights, and other flashy accessories. Thanks to the hit movie from the 70s, “Truck Yarou,” these trucks became extremely popular throughout Japan. While currently the number of dekotora have significantly decreased, you can still see them on the highway.

Dekotora owners decorate their trucks depending on their own sense, so the designs are different all over Japan.

20. Purikura

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Purikura is a general term for machines where you can take pictures of yourself or with a group that are immediately printed out as photo stickers. They exploded in popularity in the 90s, and lots of high school girls had “purikura books” where they would exchange stickers of each other.

At the time, the machines only took photos, but machines nowadays allow you to add designs and writing to the photos as well as adjust the size of your eyes and other treatments. Some machines will also allow you to receive the photos as data to your smartphones, showing the profession of modern technology. There are many purikura establishments where men are not allowed to go in alone as a crime prevention tactic.

21.The superhuman feats of the shinkansen’s cleaning staff

When a shinkansen train stops at the terminal station, there is a little less than ten minutes between when passengers alight and board for the return trip. In that small time window, the shinkansen cleaning staff have to clean the train perfectly. This means that superhuman cleaning techniques are necessary. Please watch the video linked above to watch them.

If you want to know more about the wonders of the Japanese bullet train, please see this article:

3 Secrets Behind the Wonders of the Shinkansen (Japanese Bullet Train)

22. Nose hair cutter

23. Eye drops

24. Dispenser pack

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In between the two packets is an ultra-thin incision, so when you press the two containers together the liquid will squeeze out. The dispense pack containing two types of liquids was first thought of in Japan, so you can have an equal amount of both condiments without mixing them.

Since you can squeeze out the condiments with just one hand, even if you’re outdoors or some other location, you can use it without dirtying your hands. If you buy a hot dog or a similar item at a convenience store in japan, you’ll often receive a dispenser pack that has ketchup and mustard.

25. Toilet slippers

26. Square watermelons

These square watermelons are produced in Kagawa prefecture. Since producing them takes a lot of labor, they only produce a couple of hundred a year. It’s not a GMO product, but rather created to make it easier to stack for delivery purposes. However, since it’s sold as a display, it’s harvested before it’s ripe, so it’s not meant for eating.

27.Automatic taxi doors

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Something that surprises everyone who comes to Japan for the first time is the automatic taxi doors. Originally, large taxi companies introduced them for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics before spreading throughout the country. It’s a hospitable function that was created so the customer can have a pleasant ride.

28. Department store elevator attendants

In some Japanese department stores, there are elevator attendants who operate the elevators and also give information about the building. The customers in the elevator give the attendant the information of where they want to go, such as the floor number or specific store, and the attendant will press the button. They characteristically speak in a high, easy-to-understand tone so that people can easily understand them.

29.Children going to and from school alone

In the West, as much as possible parents bring their children to school, but in Japan, most kids go on their own. There are also children as young as six who use public transportation, such as subways and buses, to get to school alone.

30. Shinkansen with footbaths

The sightseeing car of the Yamagata shinkansen that runs between Fukushima and Shinjo has footbaths installed so that as you soak your feet, you can watch the scenery pass by. This train is also outfitted with cars furnished with tatami flooring so foreign tourists can enjoy every bit of it.

Author user-avatar Tsunagu     

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IT’S MAY, HAPPY NEW MONTH

NEW MONTH, NEW STEP FORWARD, NEW HOPE

 

AS THE SUN SHINES
AND IT IS VISIBLE FOR ALL TO SEE
SO SHALL THE GLORY OF GOD
BE IN YOUR LIFE ALWAYS
“HAPPY NEW MONTH”

TERKENANG JEPANG, INFO APRIL 2018

TERKENANG JEPANG // JAPAN ON MY MIND
[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]
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APRIL 2018 EVENTS

April 2018 Events
A selection of events in and around Nagoya
in April and beyond.

Photo courtesy of Inuyama City Tourism Association
Photo courtesy of Inuyama City Tourism Association

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APRIL 2018 EXHIBITIONS

April 2018 Exhibitions
A selection of current and upcoming exhibitions at galleries
and other venues in and around Nagoya.
Image courtesy of Nagoya University Museum
Image courtesy of Nagoya University Museum

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HARI LIBUR UMUM BULAN APRIL 2018

HARI LIBUR UMUM / KOKUMIN-NO-SHUKUJITSU
[ PUBLIC HOLIDAYS ]
DI INDONESIA & JEPANG (JAPAN)
BULAN
APRIL / SHIGATSU (APRIL) 2018

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INDONESIA

1 April
( Minggu / Nichiyoobi / Sunday )
Hari Raya Kebangkitan Yesus Kristus
[ Easter Sunday ]

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14 April
( Sabtu / Doyoobi / Saturday )
Hari Isra Mi’raj Nabi Muhammad
[ Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad ]

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JEPANG / JAPAN

30 April
Getsuyoobi / Senin / Monday )
Showa no Hi
[ Hari Peringatan Showa / Showa Day  ]

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SELAMAT PESTA PASKAH – HAPPY EASTER

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Dalam suasana penuh berkat pada
Hari Raya Peringatan Kebangkitan Kristus, 
dengan rasa bahagia
saya mengucapkan:

SELAMAT PESTA PASKAH 2018
PROSPERA PASCHA SIT
BUONA PASQUA
HAPPY EASTER
FUKKATSUSAI OMEDETOO
FÙHUÓJIÉ KUÀILÈ
HAENGPOGHAN PUHWARCHEORI TOESIKIR
JOYEUSES PÂQUES
FROHE OSTERN
SCHÖNI OSCHTERE
iFELICES PASCUAS!
VROLIJK PASEN
FELIZ PÁSCOA
MALIGAYANG PASKO NG PAGKABUHAY
CHÚC MÙNG PHUC SINH

Buat Para Sahabat dan Kerabat
Sesama Warga Kristiani
di mana saja berada.

Semoga dengan semangat baru
dan kasih yang kembali bernyala,
hidup kita semakin berkenan kepada Tuhan,
dan semakin bermakna serta bermanfaat pula
bagi sesama dan bagi lingkungan hidup kita.
DOA DAN SALAMKU

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Ende, Flores, Indonesia
Hari Raya Paskah
Minggu, 1 April 2018

Henri Daros

 

 

JAPAN, 2011 QUAKE & TSUNAMI, 7 YEARS AFTER

SEVEN YEARS AFTER:
Over 70,000 still living elsewhere
from 2011 quake and tsunami

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
March 11, 2018 at 13:20 JST

Photo/Illutration
A woman from Saitama lays a bouquet of lilies and chrysanthemums
on the beach in Sendai’s Arahama district on March 10, a day before
the seventh anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
(Noboru Tomura)
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Some 73,000 people remain displaced on March 11 on the seventh anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck the nation’s northeastern region, according to the Reconstruction Agency.

Although roads, railways and homes have been rebuilt in the stricken Tohoku region, the outflow of population continues from devastated areas, particularly from coastal communities.

Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures–the three hardest-hit prefectures–saw a combined decline in population of 250,000, compared with pre-disaster levels.

The prefectures are also suffering from a drop in overnight tourist numbers, which have not returned to pre-disaster levels.

 


A woman from Akita offers prayers to people who died 
in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami as the sun rises  on March 11, 
the seventh anniversary of the disaster, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. 
She joined recovery efforts in the city after the disaster. 
(Ryo Ikeda)
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In Fukushima Prefecture, the evacuation order for four municipalities that were exposed to high levels of radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident was lifted about a year ago.

But not many residents are returning to live in their hometowns.

Agricultural production also has not rebounded to levels prior to the nuclear disaster.

Compensation paid by Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima plant, to evacuees for their mental distress will end in March. TEPCO cited as the reason the lifting of the evacuation order for the municipalities.

On March 11, 2011, the magnitude-9.0 quake and towering tsunami left more than 22,000 people dead or missing, according to Reconstruction Agency and National Police Agency data.

The figure includes people who later died while evacuating.

 

The preserved “miracle pine tree” is seen standing near a huge sea wall 
rebuilt in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, on March 11. It is the only pine tree 
that remained after 70,000 others in a coastal forest were wiped out 
by the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake seven years ago. 
(Kotaro Ebara)
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THE ASAHI SHIMBUN 
March 11, 2018 at 13:20 JST

 

TERKENANG JEPANG, INFO MARET 2018

TERKENANG JEPANG // JAPAN ON MY MIND
[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]
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MARCH 2018 EVENTS

March 2018 Events
A selection of events in and around Nagoya
in March and beyond.

Kawazu-zakura. Photo courtesy of Todagawa Green Management Center

Kawazu-zakura.
Photo courtesy of Todagawa Green Management Center

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MARCH 2018 EXHIBITIONS

March 2018 Exhibitions
A selection of current and upcoming exhibitions at galleries
and other venues in and around Nagoya.
Hina dolls belonging to Teitokuin Kane-hime (Wife of the 14th Lord of the Owari Tokugawa clan, Yoshikatsu)
Hina dolls belonging to Teitokuin Kane-hime
(Wife of the 14th Lord of the Owari Tokugawa clan, Yoshikatsu)

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HARI LIBUR UMUM BULAN MARET 2018

HARI LIBUR UMUM / KOKUMIN-NO-SHUKUJITSU / PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
INDONESIA & JEPANG (JAPAN)
MARET ( SANGATSU / MARCH ) 2018

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INDONESIA

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17 Maret
Sabtu / Doyoobi / Saturday )
Hari Raya ‘Nyepi’, Tahun Baru Saka 1940
The Day of Absolute Silence and Hindu New Year ]

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30 Maret
( Jumat / Kinyoobi / Friday )
Hari Wafat Yesus Kristus
[ The Death of Jesus Christ ]

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JEPANG / JAPAN

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Enjoying the cherry blossoms – while they last

21 Maret
Suiyoobi / Rabu / Wednesday )
‘Shunbun no Hi’
[ Hari Awal Musim Semi / Spring / Vernal Equinox ]

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HELLO, MARCH …

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[ MARCH: IT’S TIME FOR A FRESH START … ]

“March on. Do not tarry.
To go forward is to move toward perfection.
March on, and fear not the thorns,
or the sharp stones on life’s path.”

-Khalil Gibran

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