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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Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto MusashiThe famed swordsman Miyamoto Musashi was born Shinmen Takezo in Harima province and may have fought at Sekigahara under the Ukita as a common soldier.

He makes no mention of this (perhaps unsurprisingly) in the brief biography in his book, rather confining himself to his achievements in single combat.
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Japanese Wedding

Traditional Japanese WeddingTraditional Japanese weddings involve many ceremonies and traditions. Although in modern Japan many of these are now disappearing, they still exist and can be seen around Japan.

Spring and autumn are the favourite seasons for Japanese weddings. On certain days, which are considered auspicious in the Japanese almanac, there may be as many as forty couples united in Japanese weddings at a Shinto shrine .

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Wedding Reception

Traditional Japanese wedding receptionThe usual procedures in traditional Japanese wedding receptions have a go-between introduce the bridegroom, bride and their family backgrounds. A Japanese wedding reception is a colorful affair, particularly with young friends of the bride attending in beautiful "Kimono".

Here the married sister of the bride is wearing a tomesode kimono.
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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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Lumine To Arrive In Ginza Seibu

Lumine At NightShopping mall operator Lumine Co. is negotiating to move into the retail space to be freed up in central Tokyo when the Seibu department store in Yurakucho vacates its site later this year, The Nikkei learned Tuesday.
The East Japan Railway Co.affiliate aims to establish a foothold in Yurakucho, a prime spot for retail.
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Tokyo Girls 2010

Tokyo Girls Collection 2010On Saturday, September 4th, the 11th Tokyo Girls Collection swept into the Saitama Super Arena.
Tokyo Girls Collection is a fashion event held semi-annually in the Tokyo area. Many of the hottest Japanese brands (along with a few international brands) show their collections alongside musical performances, charity auctions, and other fashion-related fun.

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Cute Peasant Blouse

Cute Japanese girlThis cute Japanese girl with layered auburn hair loves to shop at the resale stores.

She has created a look based on the U.S. Southwest that includes an embroidered white peasant blouse and long denim skirt embellished with bright ribbon and fabric.

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Swimmer Sailor Tops

Swimmer Sailor TopsThese two students have created cute looks with black sailor-style outfits from Swimmer.
The girl on the left is Tamoe. Her accessories (some from 6 DokiDoki) include a variety of small pins and a pocket watch on a leather thong. She bought her black backpack at a Takeshita Dori shop.

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Fukatsu Best Actress

Fukatsu in AkuninEri Fukatsu has won the best actress award at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival in Canada for her performance in "Akunin" ("Villain"), directed by Lee Sang Il, according to distributor Toho Co.
At the award ceremony Monday on the closing day of the 34th edition of the festival, Fukatsu expressed her thanks in French and said, "I think this is an award given to the (film's) entire staff. I am very happy," Toho said.
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Roberts Makes It To Japan

Julia Roberts in JapanDoes Julia Roberts hate Japan? The local media were obsessed with this question prior to the Hollywood star's first-ever trip here last month to promote her new film, "Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir about her journeys to Italy, India and Indonesia.

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Resident Evil Afterlife

Resident Evil AfterlifeSony Pictures released their brand new movie Resident Evil: Afterlife .
In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety.
Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend.
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Ken Watanabe

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

In 1978, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his career as an actor. He drew attention of the critics when Yukio Ninagawa, a famous Japanese director, chose him for the lead role in one of his plays even though he was still an acting student.

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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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