Monthly Archives: March 2015

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! The Cherry Blossoms Are Coming!


Spring finally came to Japan after what seemed to be an endless winter.
The temperature has started to warm up, and you no longer have to put on so many layers of clothing just to check your mail.
Of course, the spring season also means hay fever for many, and this causes many people to miss school or work.

The most exciting thing about spring, however, is without question the cherry blossoms, which are due to start blooming any day.
The cherry blossoms attract shutterbugs (or photography enthusiasts) from all over the world who like to document the beautiful but short-lived flowers in all their glory.

And the cherry blossoms are quite glorious, indeed. Just Google the words “cherry blossoms” and look at all the beautiful pictures on display. Traveling to Kyoto with your camera in tow will offer many incredible opportunities for memorable photographs.
Even though Tokyo is a much more modern city, it too provides a lot of chances to take nice photos.

Meguro River near Naka-Meguro Station is just one such example.
Every year it attracts hundreds (perhaps thousands) of onlookers who take carefully-staged photographs or just quick selfies to post on Facebook.
Either way, it’s a popular destination for those who want to experience hanami firsthand.

Spring in Japan means much more than simply getting to leave your coat at home. It’s hard to think of a more anticipated event in Japan that is shared and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of his/her nationality.
Sure, there’s Christmas, and Halloween is starting to play catch-up, but cherry blossom season defies cultural and language boundaries in a way that no Western holiday will ever be able to do.
After all, who doesn’t enjoy beauty?

So, if you’re in Japan, dust off your camera (or smartphone) and start researching a place near you to take some pictures.
If you’re not in Japan, well, get ready for all the pictures coming your way.
There will be a lot of them, and chances are they will almost all be wonderful.
That’s just how cherry blossoms are.


I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 桜の季節がやってきました!



Sakura season is just around the corner!

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I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! オバマ夫人来日中


US First Lady Michelle Obama is on her first visit to Japan. She arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to push U.S. efforts to give more adolescent girls in developing countries access to school and finish their education through an initiative called “Let Girls Learn”. Mrs. Obama is visiting Japan and then Cambodia, which are among Asia’s richest and poorest nations respectively.

In Tokyo, she announced, along with her Japanese counterpart Akie Abe, a partnership supporting girls’ education.  She also had separate meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.


On Friday she is on her way to Kyoto, before traveling to Cambodia.

White House staff said the program also reflects a U.S. commitment to be more involved in the Asia-Pacific region.

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! St.Patrick’s Day Parade 参戦!





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特に、殺陣のパフォーマンスは圧巻で、目を惹かれました。(by 刀屋壱)



海外の人たちと一緒に楽しめる年に一度のパレードです ☆

I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 東日本大震災から4年



Today we are observing the 4th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast on March 11th, 2011.
We should never forget this Disaster!
Meanwhile, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant reported an estimated 750 tons of rainwater with relatively high levels of radioactivity has been leaked.
We still don’t have any idea about where to put nuclear waste.


I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 東京大空襲から70年



On March 10, 2015, Japan marks the 70th anniversary of the 1945 Tokyo Air Raid during World War II, which is believed to have killed about 100,000 people and destroyed 270,000 houses in Tokyo in two and half hours.
We should never go to war.


I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! John Cody CarpenterのCDがビルボードNo.1に!


代官山の英語学校、English Avenue(イングリッシュ・アベニュー)には、
John Cody Carpenter(コーディー)という先生がいるのですが・・・

最近お父様のJon Carpenter氏と一緒にリリースしたCD “Lost Themes”

Cody’s latest work! Enjoy!!