Joya-no-kane is temple bells. Joya means New Year's Eve. Temple bells are struck 108 times in Japan, from midnight on December 31 to the New Year. There are many explanations about the number 108, in Buddhist beliefs, there are 108 worldly desires in humans which mislead our minds, and it's said these desires will be removed when the bell is struck 108 times. The bell is rung 107 times before midnight, and 1 time after the New Year has begun.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Yanaka is a historical part of Tokyo, developed as a temple town in the Edo period. The Yanaka area is adjacent to Ueno Park. (Yanaka means middle of the valley.) This place is situated between two hills, Ueno and Hongo. and also Yanaka is a famous town with a lot of cats living there!!!
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Monday, December 26, 2011
Konbanwa(good evening) from JAPAN!!!!! ^^ It's 8:40pm and 4 degrees here in TOKYO!! About 11,000 homes were destroyed by Great Fire at Nihonbashi, TOKYO, December 26th, 1879, in the 12th Year of the Meiji Period.
Don't forget to put out the fire before Facebooking!!! :D
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Hope you had a Lovely Lovely Christmas! :D On December 25, 1701, Tsunayoshi Tokugawa(the fifth shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty of JAPAN) conferred the "Matsudaira" name on the Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa family and treated them as siblings. Yoshiyasu was the favorite Retainer of Tsunayoshi. "Rikugien Garden" is one of the most known feudal lord garden from the Edo Period, built by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa. Hope you love it!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
This garden is a typical Japanese feudal lord garden in the Edo period (1603-1867), one of Tokyo's most beautiful gardens. It's located alongside Tokyo Bay.
Address: 1-1, Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
7 minutes walk from Shiodome Station, 12 minutes walk from Shinbashi Station.
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