Kenzo Takada

Kenzo TakadaKenzo Takada (born 27 February 1939 in Himeji, Japan) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is also the founder of Kenzo, a worldwide brand of perfumes, skincare products and clothes.

Kenzo's love for fashion developed at an early age, particularly through reading his sisters' magazines. He shortly attended the University of Kobe, where he felt bored and eventually withdrew, against the will of his family.
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Issey Miyake

Issey MiyakeIssey Miyake is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances.

Miyake was born 22 April 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan. As a seven year-old, he witnessed and survived the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.He studied graphic design at the Tama Art University in Tokyo, graduating in 1964.

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Yohji Yamamoto

Yohji YamamotoY?ji Yamamoto is an internationally known Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris.

Born in Tokyo on 3rd October 1943 , Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966. His further studies in fashion design at Bunka Fashion College led to a degree in 1969 .
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How Do You Know

How Do You KnowSony Pictures will release on December 17th "How do you Know" , starring Jack Nicholson , Paul Rudd , Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon .

Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with Lisa's current, baseball-playing beau.
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The Tourist

The TouristSony Pictures will release on December 10th The Tourist , starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp .

The film revolves around Frank (Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Jolie) is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path in order to mislead all those following her former lover.

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Sake Beverage

SakeSake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
This beverage is called sake in English, but in Japanese, sake or o-sake refers to alcoholic drinks in general.Japanese term for this specific beverage is Nihonshu , meaning "Japanese sake". Sake is also referred to in English as rice wine. However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer.
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Ikebana Art

Ikebana ArtIkebana (arranged flower) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement , also known as kado ( the way of flowers )
More than simply putting flowers in a container, ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of particolored or multicolored arrangement of blooms, ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant,
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Fujita Memorial Garden

Fujita Memoria GardenThe Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden was built in 1919 in the style of a traditional Japanese landscape garden. The spacious garden is separated into two main parts, an upper section and a lower section. It is named after its first owner, a local business man named Fujita Kenichi.

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Imperial Palace East Gardens

Imperial Palace East GardensThe Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi Gyoen) are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public .

The East Gardens are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru ("main circle") and ninomaru ("secondary circle"). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guardhouses still exist .

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Geisha And Maiko

Geisha Make upTheir face snow white, eyes and eyebrows lined in crimson and black, bee stung lips - painted crimson. This is the face and make-up we have come to associate with maiko and geisha.

Although their make-up is surely one of the most recognizable elements about them, it is interesting to note, that this has not always been the case.
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History Of The Geisha

GeishaWhilst geisha are relatively modern in their emergence, dating back to the early 1700’s, “geisha-type” women have existed since the earliest history of Japan.

Two notable predecessors to geisha were the Saburuko, who came onto the scene at the end of the seventh century, and the Shirabyoshi, who emerged during the late Heian – early Kamakura period (1185-1333AD).
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Samurai Origin

SamuraiThe samurai (or bushi) were the members of the military class, the Japanese warriors. 

Samurai employed a range of weapons such as bows and arrows, spears and guns; but their most famous weapon and their symbol was the sword.

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Gifu Umbrellas

Wagasa Gifu Umbrellas (Wagasa), or Gifu Japanese Umbrellas, are a special product of the city of Gifu in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. They have been labeled as one of Gifu's traditional crafts.

In 1639, the Matsudaira clan became rulers of the Kan? Domain and brought with them umbrella artisans from their former home in the Akashi Domain (modern-day Hy?go Prefecture).

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Shiho Ochi, Aka Superfly

Shiho Ochi, aka SuperflyReleased this week, her 10th single, "Wildflower," comes backed with a 15-track covers CD, compiling her versions of time-honored soul and rock 'n' roll songs that were included as B-sides on previous singles (usually as the third track) or recorded live. Because of the inclusion of this second disc, the single will be counted by Japanese chart compiler Oricon as an album, and is almost guaranteed to follow her self-titled 2008 debut and 2009's "Box Emotions" to the No. 1 spot.
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