wabi sabi

wabi sabi

Wabi-sabi侘寂 – A Japanese concept who calls for the acceptance of impermanence and imperfection – Many aspects are connected to this idea, including simplicity, economy, modesty, asymmetry and others…


wabi sabi

Wabi-sabi 侘寂 – Un concept japonais qui appelle à l'acceptation de l'impermanence et de l'imperfection - De nombreux aspects sont liés à cette idée, comme la simplicité, l'économie, la modestie, l'asymétrie et d'autres…

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Ukai

Ukai

Ukai 鵜飼
The good days are coming
The alliance of men
And cormorants
For 1,300 years
Scares the trout

Among diverse places in Japan
Cormorant fishing on the Nagara River 長良川
Also called 小瀬鵜飼 (Oze Ukai)
Imperial Fishermen of the Royal Household Agency

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torii

torii

Torii 鳥居 "bird abode"
A traditional Japanese gate
At the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine
Transition from the mundane to the sacred

Kumano Hongū Taisha 熊野本宮大社 in Tanabe
Marked by the largest Torii shrine gate in the world

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takkyubin

takkyubin

Takkyubin 宅急便 - A national delivery service company based in Japan, sending the parcel door to door usually next day - launched by Yamato Transport Co., LTD.


takkyubin

Takkyubin 宅急便 - Une société de services de livraison nationale basée au Japon, expédiant les bagages et autres affaires porte à porte habituellement le lendemain - Lancée par Yamato Transport Co., LTD.

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sushi

sushi

Sushi 寿司 – A Japanese dish of prepared vinegared rice, accompanied by seafood, vegetables…


sushi

Sushi 寿司 – Un plat traditionnel japonais compose de riz vinaigré, accompagné de fruits de mer, de legumes, etc.

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Yotaka festival

Yotaka festival

Tonami Yotaka Matsuri 砺波夜高祭り or Yotaka festival – An event held in June in Toyama Prefecture, Japan - Said to have started in the Taisho Period, asking for a bountiful harvest - At night, lamps using paper shades are lit.


Tonami Yotaka Matsuri 砺波夜高祭り ou festival Yotaka - Un événement organisé en juin dans la préfecture de Toyama au Japon - Il aurait commencé à l'époque de Taisho, en demande d’une abondante récolte - La nuit, des lampes en papier sont allumées.

Yoshinogari

Yoshinogari

Yoshinogari 吉野ヶ里 遺跡 - A large and complex site from Yayoi period, in Saga Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan – Exceptional by its massive size and the artifacts found there : bronze mirrors and daggers, coins, halberds, iron and wooden tools, bells, etc. It is composed of a settlement, a cemetery, and multiple ditch-and-palisade enclosed precincts.


Yoshinogari 吉野ヶ里 遺跡 - Un site vaste et complexe de la période Yayoi, dans la préfecture de Saga, Kyūshū, Japon - Exceptionnel par sa taille et les objets qu’on y a trouvé s: miroirs et dagues en bronze, monnaies, hallebardes, outils en fer et en bois, cloches, etc. Il est composé d'un établissement, d'un cimetière et de plusieurs enceintes fermées avec fossés et palissades.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生
Born on 22 March 1929 in Matsumoto
An art-world phenomenon
And the most diversified artist
Tackling sculpture and painting
Film and fashion
Poetry and installation

When she was a little girl
She had the hallucination of a field of flowers
Which started talking to her
Their heads were like dots going on as far as she could see
While she was disappearing into the field…
Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生
'The princess of polka dots'

Ukiyo-e Museum

Ukiyo-e Museum

In Matsumoto 松本 are still living
The “picture[s] of the floating world”
Housed in the Ukiyo-e Museum日本浮世絵博物館
Witnesses of ordinary, banal, mundane
Or extraordinary life from Edo era 江戸時代
Fauna, flora, samurais and sumos
Courtesans, landscapes or cities
Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎, Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重, among others
Masters of the art

Tsukuba Science City

Tsukuba Science City

Tsukuba Science City 筑波研究学園都市 - A planned science park, pionneer as a center for research and education, developed in the 1960s in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.


Cité des Sciences de Tsukuba筑波研究学園都市- Un parc scientifique exceptionnel, pionnier en tant que centre de recherche et d’éducation, créé dans les années 1960 dans la préfecture d’Ibaraki, au Japon.

Traditional regions of Japan

The traditional regions of Japan are:
• Hokkaidō (largest city: Sapporo)
• Tōhoku region (northern Honshū, largest city: Sendai)
• Kantō region (eastern Honshū, largest city: Tokyo)
• Nanpō Islands: part of Tokyo Metropolis (largest town: Ōshima)
• Chūbu region (central Honshū, largest city: Nagoya / including Hokuriku region, largest city: Kanazawa, Kōshin'etsu region, largest city: Niigata and Tōkai region, largest city: Nagoya)
• Kansai (or Kinki) region (west-central Honshū, largest city: Osaka)
• Chūgoku region (western Honshū, largest city: Hiroshima)
• Shikoku (largest city: Matsuyama)
• Kyūshū (largest city: Fukuoka / including Northern Kyūshū, largest city: Fukuoka, Southern Kyūshū: largest city: Kagoshima and Okinawa, largest city: Naha)

Tomioka Silk Mill

Tomioka Silk Mill

Such a challenge after the Meiji Restoration
How to establish a model filature facility
With the most sophisticated machinery
To improve the quality of raw silk

With 150 silk reeling machines
400 female workers
Under the management of the French Paul Brunat
Tomioka Silk Mill 富岡製糸場, Tomioka Seishijō
Established in 1872
Japan's oldest modern silk reeling factory
Located in Gunma Prefecture

UNESCO World Heritage Site 2014

Tokyo Wan Kannon

Tokyo Wan Kannon

Tokyo Wan Kannon 東京湾観音 - A Kannon Statue located in Chiba - 56m high, it was built in 1961 for the world peace by Masae Usami. The statue face the entrance of Tokyo Bay that you can see at the observation stand.


Tokyo Wan Kannon 音 観 音 - Une statue de Kannon située à Chiba - Haute de 56 m, elle a été construite en 1961 pour la paix mondiale par Masae Usami. La statue fait face à l'entrée de la baie de Tokyo que l’on peut voir à partir du poste d'observation.

The three wise monkeys

The three wise monkeys

"See no evil,
Hear no evil,
Speak no evil"

At the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō日光東照宮
From the 17th century
Stand the three monkeys 三猿

Mizaru 見ざる, covering his eyes, seing no evil
Kikazaru聞かざる, covering his ears, hearing no evil
Iwazaru言わざる, covering his mouth, speaking no evil

The Thirteen Buddhas of Chichibu

The Thirteen Buddhas of Chichibu

The Thirteen Buddhas of Chichibu 秩父十三仏霊場 - A group of 13 Buddhist sacred sites in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.


Les treize bouddhas de Chichibu 秩父十三仏霊場 - Un groupe de 13 sites sacrés bouddhistes dans la préfecture de Saitama, au Japon.

Tengu

Tengu

A Japanese legendary creature
Taking their name from a dog-like Chinese demon
And their form from birds of prey
Humanized with an unnaturally long nose

On the top of Ontakesan御嶽山
A Tengu’s statue of 12m
Said to be the greatest Tengu in Japan

Teru teru bôzu

Teru teru bôzu

Teru teru bôzu てるてる坊主
"Shine shine monk"
A small traditional handmade doll
For bringing good weather or stopping the rain

There is a warabe uta 童歌 (1921)
A traditional Japanese song
Written by Kyoson Asahara
And composed by Shinpei Nakayama中山 晋平 (1887 – 1952)
Born in Nagano 中野市

てるてるぼうず、てるぼうず(Teru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu)
明日天気にしておくれ (Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure)
いつかの夢の空のように(tsuka no yume no sora no yō ni)
晴れたら金の鈴あげよ (Haretara kin no suzu ageyo)

Teru teru bozu, teru bozu
Tomorrow, make a sunny day
Like the sky in a dream sometime
If it’s sunny I’ll give you a golden bell

Takarazuka Revue

Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団, Takarazuka Kagekidan) - A Japanese musical theatre troupe founded in 1913 by Ichizō Kobayashi, president of Hankyu Railways, and located in Takarazuka, Hyōgo Prefecture in Japan. All members of the troupe are female.

Tale of the Heike

Tale of the Heike

Heike Monogatari 平家物語
An epic about the struggle between the Taira clan
And Minamoto clan
For control of Japan
In the Genpei War (1180–1185)

The sound of the Gion Shōja bells
Echoes the impermanence of all things

祇園精舎の鐘の聲、
諸行無常の響き有り。

Susanoo

Susanoo

According to Kojiki
Susanoo スサノオ
Defeated Yamata no Orochi 八岐大蛇
A legendary eight-headed and eight-tailed serpent
And found a great sword in the fourth tail

Initially ‘Heavenly Sword of Gathering Clouds’
Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi 天叢雲剣
Now ‘Grass-Cutting Sword’
Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi 草薙の剣
One of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan三種の神器
With the mirror and the jewel
Representing the virtue of valor

In Atsuta Shrine 熱田神宮 Atsuta-jingū in Nagoya

Tabei Junko

Tabei Junko

Born in Miharu三春町, Fukushima
Junko Tabei 田部井 淳子 (1939 –2016)
First woman to match Norgay and Hillary climbing the Everest
First woman to complete the Seven Summits
the highest mountains of each of the seven continents

In 1975, wind, snow
And avalanche
Did not stop her
On Mount Everest

"Do not give up. Keep on your quest."

Shô Tai

Shô Tai

Shô Tai 尚泰 (1843 –1901) - The last king of the Ryukyu Kingdom before its annexation by Japan as Ryukyu Domain (later Okinawa Prefecture).


Shô Tai 尚泰 (1843 –1901) - Le dernier souverain du royaume de Ryukyu avant son annexion par le Japon (plus tard préfecture d'Okinawa).

Shujo Onie Matsuri

Shujo Onie Matsuri

A devil dressed in black,
A second Oni in red
Dancing escorted by acolytes
Amid flaming torches

Here is Shujo Onie Matsuri 修正鬼会
In Tenen-ji temple 天念寺, Kunisaki Peninsula 国東半島
Warding off illnesses and promoting good health

Shiraito Falls

Shiraito Falls

Shiraito Falls 白糸の滝 – A waterfall in Shizuoka Prefecture, near Mount Fuji, Japan - Added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site – 2013.


Chutes de Shiraito白糸の滝 - Dans la préfecture de Shizuoka, près du mont Fuji, au Japon - Ajouté à la Liste du patrimoine mondial comme partie du site culturel du Fujisan - 2013.

Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe 安倍 晋三 (1954-) – A Japanese politician known as a conservative, member of Nippon Kaigi, who was Prime Minister of Japan four terms and President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) - The longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history. He resigned as Prime Minister twice due to ulcerative colitis, the last time in 2020. His economic policies were nicknamed Abenomics. He is the son of Shintaro Abe 安倍 晋太郎, (1924 – 1991) Japanese foreign minister, and grandson of Nobusuke Kishi 岸 信介 (1896 – 1987) known as the "Devil of Shōwa" who, after imprisonment, also became Prime Minister of Japan.

Shichi-go-san

Shichi-go-san

Shichi-go-san 七五三 "Seven-Five-Three" - Rite of passage in Shinto.


Shichi-go-san 七五三 "sept-cinq-trois" - Un rite de passage pour petits garçons et petites filles dans le Shintoïsme.

Seven Lucky Gods

Seven Lucky Gods

Seven Lucky Gods or Seven Gods of Fortune 七福神 - Believed to grant good luck in Japanese mythology. Comprising: Ebisu 恵比寿, Daikokuten 大黒天, Bishamonten 毘沙門天, Benzaiten 弁才天, Juroujin寿老人, Hotei布袋 and Fukurokuju 福禄寿.


Sept dieux de la Fortune ou de la Chance 七福神 – Sont réputés apporter la chance dans la mythologie japonaise. Comprennnent : Ebisu 恵比寿, Daikokuten 大黒天, Bishamonten 毘沙門天, Benzaiten 弁才天, Juroujin寿老人, Hotei布袋 et Fukurokuju 福禄寿.

Sanbutsu-ji

Sanbutsu-ji

Sanbutsu-ji 三仏寺 - A Buddhist temple in Tottori Prefecture, Japan - Founded by En no Gyōja (ca. 634–701) considered the founder of Shugendō.


Sanbutsu-ji 三 仏 寺 - Un temple bouddhiste dans la préfecture de Tottori au Japon - Fondé par En no Gyōja (environ 634–701), considéré comme le fondateur du Shugendô.

Sakamoto Ryōma

Sakamoto Ryōma

Sakamoto Ryōma 坂本龍馬 (1836 –1867)
Alias Saitani Umetarō 才谷梅太郎
First low-ranking samurai from Tosa Domain 土佐藩
He opposed the Tokugawa Shogunate 徳川幕府
After the end of sakoku 鎖国

Uniting forces against the Bakufu.
Assassinated in 1867 with Nakaoka Shintarō 中岡 慎太郎
Just before the Boshin War 戊辰戦争 and the Meiji Restoration

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