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Sho-chiku-bai : 松竹梅(しょうちくばい)

  松竹梅しょうちくばいとは、松まつ、竹たけ、梅うめの3種類しゅるいの木きの名前なまえをまとめた呼よび方かたで、めでたいものの象徴しょうちょうとして使つかわれます。 Sho-chiku-bai is a combined word for the three trees of pine, bamboo and Japanese plum that are used on celebratory occasions as their celebration symbols.  正月しょうがつの門松かどまつ、お祝いわいのお金かねを包つつむ「熨斗袋のしぶくろ」の図柄ずがらなどにも使つかわれます。 It is used on kadomatsu, a gate with pine branches, on New

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いね Ine : rice plant

稲いね  稲いねの実みを脱穀だっこくして精米せいまいしたものが日本人にほんじんの主食しゅしょくである米こめで、小麦こむぎ、トウモロコシと並ならぶ世界せかい三大さんだい穀物こくもつのひとつです。稲いねの栽培さいばいには高温こうおん多湿たしつの気候きこうが適てきしており、多おおくの水みずを必要ひつようとする熱帯ねったい原産げんさんの稲いねが日本にほんに伝つたわり、定着ていちゃくしました。その後ご、さまざまな改良かいりょうが加くわえられ高たかい生産性せいさんせいを獲得かくとくするようになりました。水田すいでんは日本人にほんじんの原風景げんふうけいのひとつです。   Ine : rice plant Rice is the principal food for Japanese people and is prepared by threshing ine, the rice plant, and by milling its seeds. It is one of the three major cereals in the world

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Mount Fuji)

  Mt. Fuji is 3,776 meters high and is the highest mountain in Japan, situated at the border of two prefectures, Shizuoka and Yamanashi. Perpetually covered by snow, its beautiful form has captivated people since ancient times and is revered

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Ueno Park, Tokyo)

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Ueno Park Ueno Park is home to most of the attractions in the Ueno District, including the Ueno Zoo and many museums including Tokyo National Museum, National Museum

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Tokyo Station Area)

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.    Tokyo Station Tokyo Station is a railway station in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district.

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Minyo izakaya, Okinawa)

  In Okinawa, there are also “minyo izakaya,” which feature stage performances such as “eisa” and “shishi-mai (lion) dances as well as traditional “shimauta” (island songs). Some of these establishments are old Okinawan homes that have been renovated and the

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Kouri Island, Okinawa)

   Kouri Island is located in the ocean north of Motobu Peninsula and is connected by Kouri Bridge.   The Okinawan legend of Adam and Eve remains on this island dotted with many beautiful beaches,which is also known as “Love

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Naha, Okinawa)

Naha is the political, economic and education center of Okinawa Prefecture.    In the medieval and early modern periods,  it was the commercial center of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Okinawa City Monorail Kokusai Dori (International Street) This shopping street which stretches

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Iejima, Okinawa)

   30 minute ferry ride from Motobu, you’ll be in a flower paradise, Ie Island Ie Island is an island located 9km northwest of Motobu, which is in the north part of Okinawa and home to the famous Churaumi Aquarium.

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Scenery of Inuyama Aichi

  Inuyama lies along the edge of Aichi Prefecture, separated from neighboring Gifu Prefecture by the Kiso River.     Like our National Treasure INUYAMA castle, teahouse JOAN (如庵) and cormorant fishing at on the KISO river, there are many

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