Category Archives: Japanese emperor

Yakushiji temple, a temple with many beautiful Buddhist statues

Yakushi-ji temple, a UNESCO world heritage site is located in Nara prefecture.  This temple was established by Emperor Temmu about 1350 years ago.  Emperor Temmu is one of the most famous powerful emperors whom Japanese always learn in school.  Most emperors have been a boss in name only through … Continue reading

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raccoon dog pottery doll

A raccoon dog pottery doll is often seen in Japan along with beckoning cat dolls.  You could find one or two in a private home’s garden or other places. This doll originates from Shigaraki, a famous pottery town in Shiga prefecture.  It became popular all over … Continue reading

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March 3rd is girl’s day or the doll festival

(from Yahoo image http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/jinya/11-3mori301125.html) March 3rd is girl’s day.  ‘Hina-dolls’ are displayed in girl’s families on this day.  The dolls represent emperor, empress and their court.  People celebrate thier daughter’s healthy growth and hope they will grow to be as gracious as the imperial … Continue reading

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Imperial palace

This is one of the main attractions in the tour of the Imperial palace, Double bridge.  Many tourists always take pictures here.  Why is this called ‘Double bridge’?  Because there is another bridge over there. Across the bridge is the main gate to … Continue reading

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December 1st is the princess Aiko’s birthday and…

(the Crown prince family from google images) December 1 is the birthday of princess Aiko.  Princess Aiko is the only daughter of Japanese Crown Prince.  She becomes 10-years-old today.  Every year her growth and how she is doing is reported on TV news … Continue reading

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