October 16, 2018

Remains of the Odoi Mound

Nishono-kyō Hara-machi, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
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Odoi Mound (御土居) was built in the times of Warload Toyotomi Hideyoshi (徳川秀吉) as a fortification ( around late 16th century ). The form of Odoi mound is encircled by a small river flowing around the mound of ground. It was a part of Toyotomi's restructure of Kyoto during the times of Sengoku War period. This one in Ichigorō Daimyōjin Shrine (市五郎大明神神社) is just one example of many Odoi mounds existing in Kyōto as historical remains. The most of other places are blocked by a fence for the entrance. The most popular Odoi mound is seen inside Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine (北野天満宮) right next to Kamiya-gawa River (紙屋川) flowing in its garden sapce.

October 14, 2018


Hōun-ji Temple, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The orizuru (折鶴 ori- "folded," tsuru "crane"), or paper crane, is a design that is considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. It is a representation of the Japanese red-crowned crane that is referred to as the "Honourable Lord Crane" in Japanese culture. The Japanese culture believed that its wings carried souls up to paradise. It is often used as a ceremonial wrapper or restaurant table decoration. A thousand orizuru strung together is called senbazuru (千羽鶴), meaning "thousand cranes". Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (サダコと千羽鶴) is a classic Japanese work that talks about the significance of a thousand paper cranes. It is said that a thousand cranes need to be made in order for a wish to come true. (Read more...)

October 11, 2018

Kid's Guernica Peace Mural Exhibition

Kyōto Station, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
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A Wonderful Art Project Inspired by Kid's Guernica at Union City High School in New Jersey, United State

A wonderful art project inspired by Kid's Guernica has been continuing at Union City High School in New Jersey, United States. The ELL Educator, Kristine Liguori- Nazzal reported: Since the school year of 2014-15, my students have taken part in researching, reading narrative and informational texts, writing assessments and creating artwork for a mural in progress for a Kid's Guernica. The goal of this learning experience was to tie in with what my students were looking for in themselves and others in the world to make their surroundings a better place. Teaching ESL is such an honor, and each student who has taken part in this learning experience has a profound story of their journey coming here to the United States for a better life. As my students were creating their art pieces, I asked them to portray what they were looking for in the world through a positive aspect. Not only were my students writing, researching and reading about Kid's Guernica, Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and informational and narrative texts based on the themes within Guernica and Kid's Guernica, but they were also able to draw and develop these ideas that had materialized from inspiring resources. Their artwork also reflects the values and morals they have learned from their journey’s, homes and from the dedicated teachers who educate them. Currently, the mural is 140 feet long and reaches to the middle of the high school on the third floor. My wish is to continue the mural so that it reaches to the other side of the high school and influence others to take part in adding their artwork to illustrate what they wish to see in the world and their surroundings.

September 27, 2018

Street Hot Dog Van Truck

Truck Pocher, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
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September 25, 2018

Obijime at the Flea Market

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
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The obijime (帯締め) is a decorative, braided cord, that is tied around the obi (帯). Until the second half of the 19th century, these cords weren’t being used to tie the obi. The obi back then wasn’t as wide as the obis used nowadays and could, therefore, be tied without any further accessories. It wasn’t until the end of the Edo-period (江戸時代), beginning of the Meiji-era (明治時代) that these cords were in common use, as the obis became wider and needed additional fastening methods.