Monthly Archives: November 2014

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 高倉 健 Ken Takakura

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On November 10, 2014, the great actor Ken Takakura passed away of lymphoma in Tokyo. He was 83.

Takakura began his career at Toei Studios in 1956 and rose to prominence at the studio before the end of the decade.

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In the 1970s, Takakura left Toei and soon found himself as a leading man in many prestige pictures at Toho Studios. One of his most notable roles was in the crime drama Station (1981), which swept the Japan Academy Prize ceremony the year it was released. Station was just one of many collaborations Takakura had with director Yasuo Furuhata, including the award-winning Poppoya (1999) and the film which proved to be Takakura’s swan song, To You (2012).

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Like Toshiro Mifune before him, Takakura found his way into American films over the years. His first foray into American cinema was Sydney Pollack”s The Yakuza (1974), with Robert Mitchum. However, Takakura’s best known film in the U.S. is the 1989 crime thriller Black Rain, directed by Ridley Scott, in which Takakura co-stars with Michael Douglas. (This film should not be confused with Shohei Imamura’s Black Rain, which was also released in 1989.) A few years later, Takakura appeared in the Tom Selleck comedy Mr. Baseball (1992).

 

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News of Takakura’s death resulted in nonstop media coverage in Japan. The actor’s face was splashed across newspapers, magazines, and news programs across the nation. Many fans have mourned his loss on social media. American fans of Japanese films have also paid their respects, citing such films as action flick The Bullet Train (1975) as one of their personal favorites.

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One thing’s for sure: Ken Takakura is one of the most respected actor’s in Japan’s 100-plus-year film history, and one of the few whose passing could make headlines worldwide. Let us all take a moment to celebrate the life and career of Ken Takakura. But we should also make sure his memory will live on in the excellent films he leaves behind.

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I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! ボジョレーヌーボの面白情報!

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~A few interesting facts about Beaujolais Nouveau~
ボジョレーヌーボの面白情報!

Beaujolais Nouveau is a fresh red wine made in the Beaujolais region of France.
ボジョレーヌーボとは、フランスのボジョレー地方の山のふもとで生産されるフレッシュな赤ワインです。

 

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Did you know that Japan is the biggest consumer of this wine in the word?
なんと日本がボジョレーヌーボの消費者世界一なのです!

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Here are some facts for you to get up to speed on the most famous wine in japan:
今、日本で最も注目を浴びるワインの情報を少しお伝えしましょう:

1.Every year, it can only be opened at midnight on the third Thursday of November.

1. 毎年、11月の第3木曜日に解禁されます。

2. In 2012, 603,000 cases , or about 7.23 million bottles were shipped to Japan

2. 2012年には603,000箱、723万本ものボジョレーヌーボが日本に輸入されました。

3. The price range of a single bottle is usually between 2,000 and 2,500 yen.

3. ボジョレーヌーボは一本2000~2500円くらいの価格で販売されています。

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4. Beaujolais Nouveau is best served slightly cold. Unusual for a red wine.

4. ボジョレーヌーボは多くの赤ワインと違い、少し冷やして召し上がるのがオススメされています。

5. When the wine is released and the bottles are opened, parties start all around the world.

5. ワインが解禁されると同時に、世界中で数多くのパーティーが行なわれます。

Sounds interesting! This year, it can be bought and opened on Thursday 20th of November. Over 800,000 bottles have been imported to Japan. So there is plenty of the wine to go around!

興味深いですね! 2014年の解禁日は11月20日(木)です。今年は80万本ほどのボジョレーヌーボがフランスから輸入されたので、たくさんの人に楽しんで頂けますね!

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 健康と食事 Health & Foods

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Japanese cuisine has for a long time, been considered one of the healthiest in the world. Here are some health facts about three foods that we eat in Japan that you may not have known about:

Gobo (Burdock Root)

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Gobo is used in Japan as a vegetable and in China as medicine. This vegetable is a good source of fiber and potassium and is low in sodium and calories. It is good for detoxifying the body and contains lots of antioxidants that help to prevent dangerous illnesses in the body.

 

Konnyaku (Konjac)

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We often eat Konjac in Japanese stews (Niku-jaga, Oden) or less commonly as Sashimi. Konjac has almost no calories but is very high in fiber. This makes it a great diet food like Tofu. In addition to this, it can aid digestion and relieve constipation!

Konjac substances are also used in facial care products, particularly in Korea!

 

Matcha (powdered green tea)

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Some studies show that a substance called Theanine, which can be found in Japanese Green Tea can help to reduce moderate mental stress. Matcha is especially rich in antioxidants because the whole of the tea leaf is used. It is also supposed to keep your appetite stable! Great for those who are dieting!

 

It’s good to know that so many readily available foods are so healthy for us! You don’t have to look far to get Gobo tea, Konnyaku or Matcha!

 

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 世界一のご長寿さん The Oldest Person in the World

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Japan is home to the world’s oldest living person, Misao Okawa. She is from Osaka and is at this time, 116 years and 250 days old. She was born in 1898!Misao-Okawa

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She succeeded the oldest living person in 2013. This person was also Japanese. His name was Jiroemon Kimura.

Misao is what is called a “supercentenarian”. A centenarian is someone who is a hundred years old or over. And a “supercentenarian” is someone who has passed or reached their 110th birthday.

This is an extraordinary achievement! Misao has attributed her health to sushi and sleep.

This shows us that a decent amount of sleep is just as important as eating good food. Let’s hope she continues to stay healthy!