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Japan Diaries: My First Baseball Game

My previous knowledge of baseball had mainly come from one of my favourite books, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I’d highly recommend a read EVEN if you don’t particularly like baseball, because it’s about so much more than that! Couple the book with the fact that Mr Cheerful and friends had told me about their experience last year, meant I had quiet high expectations of my first game. Who did we see? The Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ),  they are a professional baseball team in Japan’s Pacific League based in Chiba City, and are owned by the Lotte corporation. Fun Fact: In 2010, the Marines clinched third place on the last day of the season to earn a berth into the Climax Series. They went on to become the first third place team to ever win the Climax Series, and faced off with the Chunichi Dragons in the 2010 Japan Series. The Marines defeated the Dragons in seven games, composed of four wins, two losses, and one tie, winning their second Japan Series in under ten …

Japan Diaries: Children’s Day (Golden Week)

Today we celebrate and honour the birth of children. And the last official day of Golden Week. Fun Facts: Kodomo no hi, or “Children’s Day,” is celebrated every year on May 5. On this national holiday, children are respected and honoured for their individual strengths and happiness is wished upon them. Children’s Day was originally known as Tango no Sekku  (literally nearing the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac, but usually translated as Boys Day)and was a celebration for boys. The holiday was officially changed to celebrate the health and growth of both girls and boys in 1948.  Kodomo no hi is particularly well known for the unique traditions and decorations that are associated with the celebration of the holiday. Source, Japan Society Things to do: Fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp, families usually do this for each of their children. Eat lots of desserts such as Mochi wrapped in oak leaves Spend the day making things, some fun craft ideas, here. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigour, overcoming all obstacles to …

Japan Diaries: Greenery Day (Golden Week)

Happy Greenery Day! Also known as Midori No Hi. Today is centred on nature and showing appreciation for its blessings, but also has a pretty cool history behind it, Originally this day was celebrated on April 29th, the birthday of Emperor Hirohito (or Emperor Showa) who died in 1989. After his death, the holiday was transformed into a more national celebration of nature and in 2007 was given its current date of May 4. Greenery Day was established to honour the Emperor’s love for nature, and Japanese people take this day very seriously. Hirohito was a vastly popular leader and was also the author of approximately 14 books on biology. He was the first “human” emperor of Japan, ending the belief that emperors were divine beings. Source, Planet Tokyo Things to do: Visit a tea room and sample some of the BEST green tea in celebration of all things green. Tokyo tower is one of the most popular places to visit. The tower is lit up with bright colours to represent flows and natural beauty associated …

Japan Diaries: Constitution Day (Golden Week)

Constitution day (also known as Kenpo Kinenbi) is a celebration of the end of war in Japan. Held every year on the 3rd May to commemorate the promulgation in 1947 of Japan’s constitution. It was first celebrated in 1948 to reflect upon democracy and the role of the government. Source, Gaijinpot The  new postwar constitution included: Human rights for everyone / End of War / No Japanese Army. Unlike the Meiji Constitution that it replaced, the present Constitution declares that sovereignty lies with the people; the Emperor is “the symbol of the state and the unity of the people” who has no “powers related to government.” It asserts that people have fundamental human rights and renounces war. It is a very democratic document modelled on the American and British constitutions. Web Japan For more on the history of this day, here. Things to do: Visit The National Diet Building Attend public lectures. Fly colourful streamers, in the shape of a fish which are called Koinobori. Which is also done during Showa and Children’s day. Most people …

Japan Diaries: Showa Day (Golden Week)

Golden Week is a national Japanese holiday which starts today! What is it? A collection of four (days) within a week. Instead of just giving people those four holidays off, many offices end up closing for about 7-10 days, giving their employees a full week of freedom. Even if they’re not given the whole week, many employees will just take time off anyway. The holiday week starts on April 29th and goes through May 5th. Source, Tofugu Dates: April 29th, Showa Day / May 3rd, Constitution Day / May 4th,  Greenery Day / May 5th,  Children’s Day Today marks the celebration of late Emperor Hirohito, the Shōwa Emperor who sat the Chrysanthemum throne from 1926 until 1989. It is intended to be a time to reflect upon the events of Emperor Hirohito’s 63 year rule, the most significant of which are the putting down of the Taisho Democracy, two military coups d’états, World War II, the post-War occupation and dismantling of Imperial rule, and Japan’s rise to economic power. Source, Gaijinpot Things to do: Many …

Japan Diaries: Tokyo Skytree

Hey there! Today I wanted to share a few photos from our trip to Tokyo Skytree, before that Fun Facts: The height of the TOKYO SKYTREE was originally specified at approximately 610m in the original project. However, it was planned from the beginning to be the world’s tallest free-standing broadcasting tower. After careful discussion and research on high-rise buildings that are being built around the world, it was finally decided on 634m, to become the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world. Skytree Website TOKYO SKYTREE was recognized by the Guinness World Records Company on November 17, 2011 as the tallest tower in the world. What it’s like inside?  TEMBO DECK (350 m)” is covered in huge 5 meter-high glass for a 360-degree all-round view, allowing visitors to see from the foot of the SKYTREE up to 70 kilometres away in the distance. The “TOKYO SKYTREE TEMBO GALLERIA (450 m)” will take you from the “floor 445” to SKYTREE’s highest “floor 450” via a glass tube. Skytree Website Overall experience, if you’re going there at …