Wanna be an evangelist of Japanese culture: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

[Japanese anime]Natsume yuujinchou

Do you know "Natsume yuujinchou" which is anime of Japan?
In this anime, various supernatural creatures called "Ayakashi" appear.

"Ayakashi" is also called "Yokai" or "Mononoke" occasionally in Japan.
These words mean ghosts or evil spirits.
They frequently appear in anime and manga of Japan.
For example, "Kekkaishi" and "Bakemonogatari" are one of them.

The story of this anime is that a boy named Takashi Natsume gives back their names to many Ayakashi.
These Ayakashi had once been taken their name by a grandmother of Takashi Natsume.
Their names had been written in "Yuujinchou".
Ayakashi who are written their name in "Yuujinchou" must obey to owner of "Yuujinchou".
Therefore Takashi Natsume is going to give back their names to Ayakashi.
If you would like to see this anime, you may search a word of "Natsume yuujinchou" at video-sharing web site.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Uesugi Kenshin(revised edition)

Uesugi Kenshin is one of the most famous SAMURAI in Japan.
He conquered the land of Echigo(current Niigata Prefecture) in the Sengoku era.

He lived apart from his parents and grew up at a temple, because he was not the eldest son,
(In the Sengoku era, sons of samurai often grew up at a temple except the eldest son.)
However, Kenshin was eventually chosen the successor to his father, because his oldest brother was sickly.

Kenshin was known as one of the strongest daimyou.
He believed himself that he was  the reincarnation of the god of war, and he was called "Echigo no ryuu"(The dragon of Echigo".
Actually, he was very strong in battles.
Particularly, the battle with Takeda Shingen which is called "Kawanakajima no tatakai"(the battle of Kawanakajima) is the most famous.
In his life, he fought against Takeda Shingen many times.

On the other hand, he was known as SAMURAI who valued honor.
He received daimyous of each place expelled by Takeda Shingen.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Today, I want to introduce a kanji to you.

The word is "時".

This word has on-yomi and kun-yomi.
(If you don't know on-yomi and kun-yomi, please read a past entry of this blog!)

on-yomi : 時 / ji : =hour
kun-yomi : 時 / toki : =hour

In Japanese language, time is expressed by adding "時" to a number.
For example, 1:00 is "1時"(ichi-ji), and 2:00 is "2時"(ni-ji).
*If you want to know about this kanji more, please leave comment on this blog!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Today, I want to introduce a kanji to you.

The word is "道".

This word has on-yomi and kun-yomi.
(If you don't know on-yomi and kun-yomi, please read a past entry of this blog!)

on-yomi : 道 / dou : =??
kun-yomi : 道 / michi : =road
This kanji's on-yomi doesn't have a meaning in the simple substance.
However, like "剣道"(kendo) and "柔道"(judo), it comes to have a meaning by combining with other kanjis.
*If you want to know about this kanji more, please leave comment on this blog!

Friday, January 27, 2012


Today, I want to introduce a kanji to you.

The word is "月".

This word has on-yomi and kun-yomi.
(If you don't know on-yomi and kun-yomi, please read a past entry of this blog!)

on-yomi : 月 / gatsu or getsu : =month
kun-yomi : 月 / tsuki : =moon

In Japanese language, 12 months are expressed by adding "月" to a number.
For example, January is "1月"(ichi-gatsu), and Febrary is "2月"(ni-gatsu).

On the other hand, if you want to express about period, for example, like a "one month" or "two months", you could use a word of "1ヶ月"(ikka-getsu) or "2ヶ月"(ni-ka-getsu).

*If you want to know about this kanji more, please leave comment on this blog!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Today, I want to introduce a kanji to you.

The word is "新".

This word has on-yomi and kun-yomi.
(If you don't know on-yomi and kun-yomi, please read a past entry of this blog!)

on-yomi : 新 / shin : =new
kun-yomi : 新しい / atara(shii) : =new

If you find a word of "新製品"(shin-seihin) or "新学期"(shin-gakki), it means "新"(shin=new) + "製品"(seihin=product) or "新"(shin=new) + "学期"(gakki=term).

*If you want to know about this kanji more, please leave comment on this blog!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

on-yomi, kun-yomi(Kanji)

Kanji usually has two readings of. It's on-yomi and kun-yomi.

On-yomi is a reading of Kanji based on pronunciation of Chinese.
In the case of the combinatorial words of some kanjis, it is often read by on-yomi.

Kun-yomi is a reading of Kanji peculiar to Japan.
Therefore kun-yomi may be read with a hiragana letter.
These hiragana are called "okuri-gana".

For example, in the case of "美", it is as follows.

on-yomi : 美 / bi : =beauty
kun-yomi : 美しい / utsuku(shii) : =beautiful

In this case, "しい" is "okuri-gana" and it is necessary for the composition of the word.
In the case of on-yomi, "美" is often used in combination with other kanjis, like "美女 / beautiful woman" and "美観 / beautiful sight".

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Toyotomi Hideyoshi(reveised edition)

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a subordinate of Oda Nobunaga.
He was a so-called upstart, he became a daimyou from a farmer.

He successfully brought about the unification of Japan in the Sengoku era.
He forbade other daimyou to have battles.(Sou-buji-rei).
Moreover, he confiscated the weapons such as swords from all farmers.(katana-gari)
In this way he became the actual Japanese king.

However, he was not able to fulfill his dream that his son would take over his position.
After Hideyoshi's death, Tokugawa Ieyasu attacked Toyotomi clan and took the rulership of Japan from them.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oda Nobunaga (revised edition)

Oda Nobunaga was a SAMURAI who lived in the Sengoku era.
He is one of the most famous person in all SAMURAI.

He adopted the innovative method of politics and military affairs, and ruled a great deal of the land of Japan.
He was originally a daimyou of Owari(current Aichi prefecture), but he expanded his territory one after another.

Nobunaga is also known by "Okehazama no tatakai"(The  battle of Okehazama).
In this battle, he defeated armies of Imagawa Yoshimoto who was great daimyou.
It's said that Nobunaga's army was a one-tenth numbers of the army of Yoshimoto then.

He had many other great legends, but he was short-tempered by nature, and despised his subordinates.
For that reason, he was killed at age of 49 by Akechi Mitsuhide who was his subordinate.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Houjou Ujiyasu

Houjou Ujiyasu was a famous SAMURAI in the Sengoku era.
He was a daimyou who ruled the land of Sagami(current Kanagawa prefecture).

He is known as a master of strategy.
He won many battles with his neighborhood daimyous, and was feared.
The "Kawagoe Yasen"(The night battle of Kawagoe)  is the most famous in those episodes.
He defeated 80,000 enemies with only 10,000 soldiers in this battle.

He entered into an alliance with Takeda Shingen, and expanded his territory at Kantou region.
On the other hand, Uesugi Kenshin protected daimyous of Kanto region, so they opposed intensely.
However, Ujiyasu entered into an alliance with Kenshin in conflict with Shingen afterwards.
Ujiyasu dedicated his life to rule the Kanto region, but it didn't come true.

Ujiyasu had a talent of the domestic administration, he governed well his territory.
When he died, it's said that citizens of his territory sobbed and grieved.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Satake Yoshishige

Satake Yoshishige was a SAMURAI and he isn't so famous.
He became a daimyou by succeeding Satake Yoshiaki who was Yoshishige's father.

Yoshishige entered into an alliance with Uesugi Kenshin, and expanded his territory.
However, on the other hand, daimyous of his neighborhood were on their guard against Yoshishige.
Particularly, the opposition with Houjou clan and Date Masamune were very intense.
Yoshishige defended his territory from attacks of other daimyou by his diplomatic skill.

He was known as a brave and clever SAMURAI.
He had a legend that he was involved in politics at only 10 years old and he killed 7 enemies with a sword in an instant in a battle.
With his intrepid spirit, he was called "Oni Yoshishige"(ogre Yoshishige).

Yoshishige appointed his son Yoshinobu for a successor, and then Yoshishige retired.
However Yoshinobu showed stupid behavior that he took both sides of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Ishida Mitsunari in the battle of Sekigahara.(It was the battle to be determined the Japan's ruler.)

As a result, he had to move to the land of Dewa(current Akita prefecture).
His Descendant is involved in politics of Akita as a governor even now(As of January 2012).

Friday, January 20, 2012

Azai Nagamasa

Azai Nagamasa was the lord of North Oumi(current Shiga prefecture) in the Sengoku era.
Azai Hisamasa who was Nagamasa's father obeyed Rokkaku clan who was the lord of South Oumi.
However the vassals of Azai clan disliked this obedience, they made Hisamasa retire, and then Nagamasa became Hisamasa's successor.
Nagamasa broke with Rokkaku clan, and entered into an alliance with Oda Nobunaga by marrying Oichi who was Nobunaga's younger sister.
(Oichi married Shibata Katsuie who was the chief vassal of Nobunaga after the perish of Azai clan.)

Nagamasa is known as a strong SAMURAI.
He led the military at only 15 years old and He showed a great talent of battles.

When Nagamasa was allied with Nobunaga, Nobunaga promised that he would inform Azai clan in advance when Nobunaga attacked Asakura.
(Azai clan had been allied with Asakura clan before that.)
However Nobunaga broke the promise, he attacked Asakura clan.
For that reason, Nagamasa betrayed Nobunaga, and attacked him with Asakura clan.

As a result, Azai and Asakura clan were defeated.
There is a legend that Nobunaga led his subordinates to make cups using Nagamasa's skull, and drank sake at that time.
However some people say that the legend was a fiction.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shibata Katsuie

Shibata Katsuie was a chief retainer of Oda Nobunaga.
Katsuie originally served Nobuhide who was the father of Nobunaga, and after the death of Nobuhide, he served Nobuyuki who was the younger brother of Nobunaga.
After that, Nobuyuki revolted against Nobunaga and he was killed by Nobunaga, and Katsuie served Nobunaga.

Katsuie is known as a strong general.
He performed great deeds in many battles.
For that reason he took the position of the chief retainer.
He was known as a valiant military commander, in addition, he had a talent of domestic administration, so he governed his feudal estate well.

After death of Nobunaga, he was reversed the position by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
He opposed Hideyoshi, then it developed into battle, and Katsuie defeated.
At that time, he killed himself with his wife named Oichi who was the younger sister of Nobunaga.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Takenaka Hanbee

Takenaka Hanbee was one of the most famous strategist in the Sengoku era.
He was sickly and slender, and the record that he looked like a woman was left.

He served Saitou Yoshitatsu, and prevented attacks of Nobunaga well.
After Yoshitatsu death, he served Saitou Tatsuoki who was the son of Yoshitatsu.
However Tatsuoki was the foolish lord, he spent his life chasing women and drinking.
Therefore Hanbee occupied the castle with only 16 soldiers where Tatsuoki lived , and he remonstrated with Tatsuoki about his foolish behavior.

After Yoshitatsu was defeated by Nobunaga, Hanbee served Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
He showed the abilities continually and played an active part in many battles as an excellent schemer.

It's said that Hanbee gave Hideyoshi the strategy of "the bloodless surrender of the Castle".
The strategy was cutting off the food supply for the castle by surrounding it with soldiers.
Hideyoshi was good at the strategy for many years.

Hanbee died in 36 years old.
Sickly Hanbee chose death in battle rather than death from an illness, so he participated in war though he suffered from a disease.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Akechi Mitsuhide

Akechi Mitsuhide was a SAMURAI who is famous by having rebellion against Oda Nobunaga at Honnouji.
He was given an important post when he started to serve Nobunaga because he was a very intelligent SAMURAI.
However, it's said that the difference in their way of thinking lead to a worse relationship.

He has long been considered that he was betrayer, since he murdered Nobunaga.
However, he was really talented in both the domestic administration and military affairs and seemed to be respected as the Lord.

No one knows the real reason why he murdered Nobunaga.
There is a theory that he hated Nobunaga, on the other hand, another theory is that there was a wirepuller other than him.
However, many Japanese dramas and novels adopt the opinion that he disliked Nobunaga.

By the way, there is an interesting story concerning him.
It's known that after Mitsuhide murdered Nobunaga, he was murdered by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu conquered Japan after death of the Hideyoshi.
However, some people believe that in fact, Mitsuhide was not murdered, and he became a Buddhist priest named Tenkai and served Ieyasu.
There are many mysteries in history, but this is one of the most interesting thing in those.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ishida Mitsunari

Ishida Mitsunari is famous as a faithful retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
He was a very smart SAMURAI, and contributed to Toyotomi administration very much.

After the death of Hideyoshi, he was opposed to Tokugawa Ieyasu who had aimed to rule over Japan.
Although, once they were reconciled, they had originally disliked each other, so their opposition eventually developed into big battle.
It's the famous battle called "Sekigahara no tatakai"(The battle of Sekigahara).

Though he won in number of soldiers in this battle, but he was betrayed by his mates and was defeated.
The cause for defeat was that he was disliked by many daimyou,  because he was arrogant to have lots of power in Toyotomi administration.

He is known as a clever SAMURAI, but on the other hand, he is believed that he was weak in a battle.
However, it was only a story people made later days, and some people believe he was a great strategist.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Matsunaga Hisahide

Matsunaga Hisahide is famous as a dirty SAMURAI who served Miyoshi Nagayoshi in the Sengoku era.

He was a very excellent SAMURAI, but after Nagayoshi died, he and his Nagayoshi's sons assassinated Ashikaga Yoshiteru, the shougun of the Muromachi shogunate.
(In those days, it was very unusual for Shougun to be murdered.)

He became the subordinate of Oda Nobunaga as soon as Nobunaga extended his influence on the neighborhood's daimyou.
He was treated as an excellent SAMURAI by Nobunaga, but he revolted against Nobunaga and lost.
Although Nobunaga offered that he would not kill Hisahide, if Hisahide gave Nobunaga Hisahide's tea-set, Hisahide committed suicide by bombing that tea-set.
(for samurai, the tea set was one of the best treasures, and Nobunaga wanted to get Hisahide's tea set passionately.)
This is said to be the initial suicide by bombing in Japanese historical documents.
He is famous as a dirty SAMURAI, but is also known as the benevolent lord who established a good local government for the citizen.
Nobody knows which personality was really his own.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saitou Dousan

Saitou Dousan was a SAMURAI and the father-in-law of Oda Nobunaga.
He originally was a priest, and then he worked as oil man.
Next he became a samurai and he finally took a position of the daimyou of the land of Mino (Current Gifu Prefecture).
It was rare case that a commoner was promoted to a daimyou, because Japanese people in those days regarded family's social standing is the most important thing,
People who made a great achievement as he did were only Houjou Souun and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
He made his daughter marry Nobunaga for a political reason.
It's said that he said that "My sons will be subordinates of him sometime." when he saw Nobunaga first.
This episode means that at early stage, Dousan already spotted out Nobunaga's competence.

After he retired, he appointed his son Yoshitatsu as a successor.
However they came to dislike each other intensely, finally he was killed by Yoshitasu.
At that time, he left a will that he would leave the land of Mino to Nobunaga.
For that reason, Nobunaga attacked Mino many times, he conquered Mino at last.

It seems obvious that he was a great samurai even though he was assassinated by his son.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Maeda Toshiie

Maeda Toshiie was a SAMURAI who lived in the Sengoku era.
He was the subordinate of Oda Nobunaga.

He was known as a master of the spear, so that he performed very well in many battles.
Therefore he was given the land of Noto(current Ishikawa Prefecture) from Nobunaga later.

After death of Nobunaga, he served Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Later, Toyotomi Hideyoshi conquered whole of Japan, and Toshiie held one of the position of the five chief ministers called "Go-tairou"(Council of Five Elders).

Toshiie passed away a while after Nobunaga's death.
However, his clan became subordinate of Tokugawa Ieyasu and was given the land of Kaga(current Ishikawa Prefecture).
The territory was very huge compared with other daimyou, and Maeda clan was known as a great daimyou.

Minamoto no Yoritomo

Minamoto no Yoritomo was a SAMURAI who lived in the Heian era.
He is the first samurai who established the shogunate which is the government of samurais apart from the Imperial Court.
The shogunate was located at Kamakura in Japan, so it was called "Kamakura Bakuhu".
It was 1192.(According to another view, it's said in 1185)

He was defeated by Taira no Kiyomori at the battle in his boyhood, and then he was exiled to the land of Izu.
However he made a comeback, and waged battle against the Taira clan, and won in the end.

He is known by establishing the shogunate, on the other hand he is also known as a cruel SAMURAI, because he even killed his brother Yoshitsune to protect his position.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Taira no Kiyomori

Taira no Kiyomori was a SAMURAI who lived in the Heian era.
He was a lower class samurai in his youth.
However, he made his daughters marry Tennou(The emperor of Japan) or nobles, so that he rose rapidly in the world.
At last, he was promoted to the government's chief minister.
He appointed the members of his clan to the important posts of the Imperial Court one after another.

As they got higher position, they became more arrogant.
For this reason, they were ruined by Minamoto no Yoritomo after Kiyomori died.
He is known as not only a samurai but also a businessman who succeeded the international trade.
He performed large-scale trade with China and built the wealth, and it became the base of economic power of his clan.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Why did I begin this blog?

I have never been abroad, but was interested in an international exchange for some time.
My English is too poor, and it will be hard to be understood by a partner.
However, I thought that I could write a message which I want to tell in a short sentence if it was blog.
I knew that many foreigners were interested in SAMURAI, anime, and Kanji by Japanese media.
I like SAMURAI, anime, and Kanji, too.
So, I came to want to provide some information to those who like these things.
If there is even one person who want to read this blog, I would like to update this blog as frequently as possible.

So, if you have friends who like SAMURAI, anime, and Japanese culture, please tell this blog to them.
In this blog, I'm going to write about many SAMURAIs for a while.
Then I plan to change the theme to Kanji so that I will introduce to you the reading and meaning of some Kanjis.
Please visit my blog from now on if interested in these themes.

If you run a blog or a homepage, please tell me your URL.
I want to know your hobby and way of thinking, etc.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Date Masamune

Date Masamune is one of the famous SAMURAI in the Sengoku era.
He lost the right eye by illness in his childhood.
For that reason, he is called "Dokuganryuu"(one-eyed dragon).

He is known because he was very brave.
As soon as he became daimyou of the land of Dewa(current Yamagata prefecture), he defeated enemies of the neighborhood one after another.

However, by the time he started showing his excellence, Toyotomi Hideyoshi had almost conquered Japan.
Although he yielded to Toyotomi Hideyoshi at last, if he had been born a few years earlier, he could have changed the history of Japan.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sanada Yukimura

Sanada Yukimura is known as one of the most resourceful general in the Sengoku era.
He is generally known for the name of "Sanada Yukimura", but his real name was "Sanada Nobushige".

His clan originally served the Takeda clan.
After the extinction of the Takeda clan, the Sanada clan became a daimyou after many complications.

Sanada Yukimura and his father, Sanada Masayuki, are known as old enemies of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
They defeated the army of Tokugawa clan in a few armies.
Therefore it is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu was so afraid of the Sanada clan.

In addition, the army of Sanada clan was well known for its all red armors.
It's called "Sanada no akazonae"(red arms).

He was defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu at last.
However, the excellence of his ingenuity is famous even now.

*The anime which he comes out started recently in Japan.
 It's "BRAVE 10".
 If you are interested in Sanada Yukimura, you should check it out this anime.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Uesugi Kenshin

Uesugi Kenshin is one of the most famous SAMURAI in Japan.
He conquered the land of Echigo(current Niigata Prefecture) in Sengoku era.

He was left in a temple, because he was not the eldest son.
But because his oldest brother was sickly,  Kenshin had been  a successor to his father finally.

Kenshin was known as one of the strongest Daimyo.
He believed himself that he was  the reincarnation of the god of war, and he was called "Echigo no ryuu"(The dragon of Echigo" by other people.
Actually, he was very strong in the battle.
Particularly, the battle with Takeda Shingen which is called "Kawanakajima no tatakai"(the battle of Kawanakajima) is the most famous.
While he lived, he fought against Takeda Shingen many times.

On the other hand, he was known as SAMURAI who valued honor.
He received daimyos of each place expelled by Takeda Shingen.
In addition, he was known to have sent salt to Takeda Shingen himself who was rival of him because Takeda Shingen was in trouble with lack of salt.


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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Takeda Shingen

Takeda Shingen is one of the most famous SAMURAI in the Sengoku era.
His father was conqueror of the land of Kai(current Yamanashi prefecture), and Shingen was his the oldest son.

His father gave more affection to his youngest son than Shingen.
The father intended to appoint a younger brother of Shingen as his successor.
Therefore Shingen expelled his father, and he himself became the conqueror of Kai.

After that, he became a famous daimyou in high political ability and strategic skill.
Particularly, cavalry of Takeda's army was famous, and they were considered the strongest army in Sengoku era.
Shingen was called "Kai no tora"(The tiger of Kai) and was feared by other people.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Winter in Japan, people create "Kamakura" with snow.
It's the snow dome which hardened and made snow.

Japanese eat something in there or make an altar.
It's not only a sacred rite, but also means of child's play.
You could see this "KAMAKURA" in the land which snow often.

If you are interested in "KAMAKURA", you could see that in this site.
Although the text of this homepage is written in Japanese, you could see some photographs of "KAMAKURA".

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Edo-Tokyo museum

If you are interested in SAMURAI, you would go to the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, Tokyo.
In there, you could see the diorama which is reproduced past Japan.

The museum is divided into two area.
That is, it is Edo area and the Tokyo area.
In Edo area, you could see the piece of life of SUMURAI.
And in Tokyo area, you could see the Japanese people's life which is after the SAMURAIs disappeared.
Thus, Edo-Tokyo Museum is very important institution to know the life of Japanese people.

Moreover, you could meet sumo wrestlers in Ryogoku.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mouri Motonari

Mouri Motonari was a SAMURAI in the Sengoku era.
He was one of the most resourceful daimyou in the Chuugoku region.
He was originally a powerless daimyou(feudal lord), but he attacked neighboring enemies with his matchless ingenuity.
Then, he became a conquerer of Chuugoku region at last.

There is Motonari's famous lesson to his three sons.
He advised them to work together for the prosperity of the Mouri clan in this lesson.

One day, he summoned them, and handed one arrow for each.
He said, "Break the arrow.".
They broke the arrow easily.
Then, he handed three arrows for each, and he said, "Break the arrows.".
However they couldn't break the arrows this time.
Motonari said, "You can break one arrow  easily, but can't break three arrows. You must help each other like these arrows.".
Since then, three sons helped each other until they died.
This episode is very famous even now and called "Mouri no sanbon no ya(Three arrows of Mouri)".

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kanji of the year

In Japan, at the end of each year, "Kanji of the year" is decided. It chooses the Kanji which is reflecting the social trend most in the year.

In 2011, it was decided in "Kizuna(絆)".
"Kizuna" means "bond" in Japan.

The year of 2011 is a year which many disasters occured and Japanese people had recognized again of the importance of bonds with surrounding people such as the family, the sweetheart, and the friend.
For that reason, the Kanji would have been chosen probably.

I hope that "Kanji of the year" in 2012 will be more cheerful and happy character than ever before.

Monday, January 2, 2012

When Chonmage was disappeared?

"Chonmage" is the hairstyle of Japanese SAMURAI.
Many SAMURAIs tied topknot in Sengoku and Edo era.
And It was called "Chonmage" in Japan.
"Chonmage" disappeared with SAMURAI in Meiji era.(It's probably 1860~70s.)

You can see no "Chonmage" in Japan now except for dramas or anime.
But you can see the hairstyle similar to "Chonmage" even now.
It's the hairstyle of Sumo wrestlers.
That isn't strictly same hairstyle, but it closely resembles at some points.

If you want to meet sumo wrestlers, you should go to Ryogoku in Tokyo.
There is the Ryogoku Kokugikan which is their holy place in there.
I have previously worked there, I have seen them several times.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Akita prefecture

Akita prefecture is my hometown.
It's located in the Tohoku district in Japan.

It's not as popular the city as a Tokyo or Osaka.
But There are beautiful landscape and good old customs in Akita.
That's neighborly relations which were forgotten in the big city.

If you visit Japan, I want you to consider going to Akita.
Winter of Akita is much cold with deep snow, but Summer is cool climate.

Moreover, although there is a legend of "namahage" in Akita, I'll introduce it with another entry.