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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kamikawa Shrine

Kamikawa Shrine

Kamikawa Shrine

Kamikawa Shrine now has been sitting on a hill 

overlooking the city Asahikawa.

Including the shrine "Kaguraoka park " will maintain

the previous figure of the primordial forest settlers area

of  about 44.5ha of forest we have left the city center, 

just as this city is not the same scale as easily.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011



Tengu (天狗 "heavenly dogs") are a class of supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore, art, theater, and literature. They are one of the best known yōkai (monster-spirits) and are sometimes worshipped as Shinto kami (revered spirits or gods). Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. 

They appear in the children's story 'Banner in the sky' when the main character trips over one and falls off the face of the mountain. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but this feature has often been humanized as an unnaturally long nose, which today is practically the tengu's defining characteristic in the popular imagination.

Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice known as Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the distinctive garb of its followers, the yamabushi.

Tengu has a magic touch with their long noses "talisman"and "wish come true, " 

There is a legend that. If you wish also changes the contents of stroke 

Otaru Tebgu yama

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Asahiyama Zoo No

Exhibition attracted the action at the time, access to transportationfor the purpose Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa, having increased the number of visitors,

JR special express train to commemorate the 20th anniversary ofestablishment in Hokkaido " Asahiyama Zoo No" from SapporoStation on April 28, 2007 - began operation between Asahikawa Station.

The Super Kamui (スーパーカムイ) is a limited express train service operated byHokkaidō Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) since 2007 on the Hakodate Main Line, connecting Sapporo and Asahikawa in Hokkaid, Japan.

Asahiyama zoo official page. Some pages in English translation.

Thursday, March 3, 2011



Ramen  is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed (海苔 nori?), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn. Almost every locality in Japan has its own variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyūshū to the miso ramen of Hokkaidō.

Char siu , otherwise known as barbecued meat (usually pork) in China or Chinese-flavored barbecued meat outside China, is a popular way to flavor and prepare pork in Cantonese cuisine.It is classified as a type of siu mei, Cantonese roasted meat.

Nori (海苔?) is the Japanese name for various edible seaweed species of the red alga Porphyra including most notably P. yezoensis and P. tenera, sometimes called laver. Finished products are made by a shredding and rack-drying process that resembles papermaking. Japan, Korea, and China are the current major producers of nori, with total production valued at up to US$2 billion per year.

Around the shrine

Around the shrine

Toyohoro Shrine

Toyohoro Shrine

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shinto shrine

Shinto shrine

The altar for the worship of God at home. The left statue is Kanu.( Guan yu)

Guan Yu (died 220) was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late EasternHan Dynasty era of China. He played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the Han Dynasty and the establishment of Shu Han of the Three Kingdoms, of which Liu Bei was the first emperor.
As one of the best known Chinese historical figures throughout East Asia, Guan's true life stories have largely given way to fictionalized ones, mostly found in the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms or passed down the generations, in which his deeds and moral qualities have been lionized. Guan is respected as an epitome of loyalty and righteousness.
Guan was deified as early as the Sui Dynasty and is still worshipped by many Chinese people today, especially in southern China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong and their descendants overseas. He is a figure in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to Guan are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants.