Itai-itai disease

Itai-itai disease イタイイタイ病 (itai-itai byō) - A disease which occurred from 1912 in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, caused by the mass cadmium poisoning in mining activities - Etym. In Japanese "it hurts-it hurts disease" - Known as one of the "four big pollution diseases of Japan".

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Idol

Idol アイドル aidoru - A young starlet in Japanese and Korean pop cultures, gen. belonging to a group, conceived for entertaining and offering an escapism from daily life.

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o-miyage

In Japan, small gifts that one must systematically bring back to relatives after a trip in order to express that one has thought of them.


o-miyage

Au Japon, petits cadeaux que l’on doit systématiquement rapporter aux proches à la suite d’un voyage afin d’exprimer qu’on a pensé à eux.

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mizuhiki

mizuhiki

Mizuhiki 水引 - Art japonais utilisant traditionnellement des cordelettes de papier de riz, utilisé pour des événements spéciaux (mariage, naissance, funérailles).

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koan

koan

A Buddhist paradox to meditate, used by Zen (Chan or Son) masters so that their disciples renounce their dependence on logic and can acquire a more intuitive enlightenment.


koan

Dans le Boudhisme, un paradoxe à méditer, utilisé par les maîtres chan (Chine), zen (Japon)... afin que leurs disciples renoncent à leur dépendance à la logique et puissent acquérir une illumination plus intuitiv.

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kanreki

Anniversaire des 60 ans au Japon, fêté avec beaucoup d'éclat car il correspond à la totalité d'un cycle (12 animaux - cinq éléments) qui permet de revenir aux conditions de la naissance.

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kabuki

Kabuki 歌舞伎 - A form of Japanese theatre which was codified in the 18th century.


kabuki

Kabuki 歌舞伎 - Forme de théâtre japonais qui s’est codifiée au 18° siècle.

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go

Jeu de stratégie d’origine chinoise, se pratiquant sur un damier, consistant au moyen de pions de deux couleurs à encercler son adversaire – Requiert patience et réflexion.

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fukubukuro

Sac surprise mis en vente au Japon, contenant un certain nombre d’items, dont l’acheteur ne connaît pas l’intérêt – Peut atteindre une somme plus ou moins importante et faire quelquefois l’objet d’une certaine transparence - Le terme signifie « sac » 袋 du « bonheur » 福 en japonais.

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fugu

fugu

Fugu 河豚 - Le "cochon de rivière" - Un poisson dont la consommation peut être mortellement toxique.

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butō

Style de danse apparu au Japon en 1959 avec Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-1986) – Mettant en scène le corps nu (souvent peint de blanc), visant un art minimal, cet art explore dans la lenteur des gestes et un grotesque grimaçant, les contradictions d’une époque issue de l’ère atomique, dans un monde en lambeaux et en recomposition.

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bonsai

Art of growing dwarfed, ornamentally shaped trees or shrubs in small shallow pots or trays and the product itself, sharing the attention of those who patiently take car of their growth.


bonsaï

Art de faire pousser des arbres ou des arbustes nains de forme ornementale dans de petits pots ou plateaux peu profonds et le produit lui-même, en partageant l'attention de ceux qui prennent patiemment soin de leur croissance.

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bakufu

In Japan, government under the tent - another way to designate the shogunate.


bakufu

Au Japon, gouvernement sous la tente - une autre manière de désigner le shogunat.

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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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Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.

“In 1841 a young Japanese boy of 14 years named Manjiro was the man of his family having lost his father at the age of eight. His only brother was older but quite sickly. He sought to be a fisherman in order to help support his mother (Shiho) and four siblings. From his village of Nakanohama he journeyed to the port of Usa 90 miles to the northeast. Finally he was allowed to join a crew of four others and they sailed on January 5th to search for their catch of bonito. Being the youngest, Manjiro’s duties included cooking (mostly rice) and unloading the nets when pulled onto the boat (…)” (whitfield-manjiro.org)

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