Monthly Archives: March 2015

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

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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.

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

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先週の目黒川のは堅いつぼみ(写真右)をつけていましたが、
今朝はほんのりと桜色にいろづいていました(写真左)。
はもうそこまで来ているのですね!
は〜るよコイ!は〜やくコイ!!

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

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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.

アメリカのオバマ大統領夫人、ミシェルさんが初来日中です。18日に東京に到着し、途上国の女子教育を支援していく構想「少女たちに教育を!」をアピールしました。オバマ夫人はアジアで最も豊かな国である日本、それから最も貧しい国の1つであるカンボジアを訪問する予定になっています。
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.

東京ではオバマ大統領夫人は安部昭恵夫人と共に、女子教育について日本との協力強化を宣言しました。また、天皇皇后両陛下や安部首相とも面会しました。

On Friday she is on her way to Kyoto, before traveling to Cambodia.
ミッシェルさんは、20日には京都を訪れ、その後カンボジアに向かいます。

White House staff said the program also reflects a U.S. commitment to be more involved in the Asia-Pacific region.
ホワイトハウスによると、今回の訪問はアメリカのアジア太平洋地域へのコミットメントを更に強化するものだとしています。

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

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第23回セント・パトリックス・デイ・パレード東京に参戦してきました!

このパレードはアイルランドの国民的祝日セント・パトリックス・デイを祝うアイルランドのお祭りが元になっており、日本人に「アイルランドをもっと知ってもらおう!」と開催されているイベントです。

みんなが(犬たちも!)グリーンのものを身につけていて、様々なパフォーマンスがあり、とても楽しく、素晴らしかったです!

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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)

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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

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3月11日は東日本大震災と原発事故発生から4年です。
震災や原発事故への関心を風化させてはなりません。

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.

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I LOVE JAPAN ❤ 日本の今を伝えたい! 東京大空襲から70年

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3月10日は東京大空襲から70年です。
戦争は二度としてはなりません。

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.

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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!

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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”
ビルボード・ダンス電子音楽部門で第1位に輝きました!
本当にすごいです!

Cody’s latest work! Enjoy!!