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From Japan; I will give Christmas songs to Tomodachi in the world! !

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

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Lyrics:

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you, yeah.

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
And I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

I don’t need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won’t make me happy
With a toy on Christmas Day

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
You, baby

Oh, I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I won’t even wish for snow
And I’m just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe

(12/14)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Oysters – Winter Treats

Oysters harvested in Okayama do not shrivel when cooked, and the fine texture is very tasty.

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 Accessible via public transportation
Okayama boasts Japan’s third largest oyster harvest. Bizen City’s Hinase and Asakuchi City’s Yorishima are famous for their oysters. Fried oysters and the local specialty kakioko are popular local favorites.

For inquiries: Bizen City Tourism Division
Telephone: 0869-64-1832

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(12/08)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Ombara Kogen Hyomon Matsuri (Festival) [Kagamino Town]

The Ombara Kogen Hyomon Matsuri (Festival) is one of the many famous winter events in Okayama. On Saturday, February 3, 2018, a wonderful display of snow statues takes place at the Ombara Kogen Ski Site along with various other events such as sledding and bingo competitions that can be enjoyed by the whole family. In the evening, the snow statues are beautifully lighted and visitors are treated to a magnificent laser show accompanied by approximately 5,000 fireworks!

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Contact address; Okayama Tourism Federation
Telephone; 086-233-1802

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NISHIGAWA ILLUMI 2017 [Okayama City]

Located only five minutes from JR Okayama Station Nishigawa Green Park (550m) is beautifully illuminated with colorful LED lights.
This illumination can be seen between 5:00 and 11:00pm every night until Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Illuminated area (from Momotaro Odori street to Akura Dori street), Google Maps
https://goo.gl/maps/MWHz6QcAsDG2

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Contact address; Okayama Tourism Federation
Telephone; 086-233-1802

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(11/26)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Saidai-ji Temple Eyo [Okayama City]

Saidai-ji Temple Eyo’s history stretches back some 500 years to make it one of the three oddest festivals in Japan. It is also known as the “Naked Man Festival.” Once a year, about 10,000 men wearing traditional Japanese sumo-style loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a sacred stick (shingi) thrown into the melee. The winner is said to be blessed with a happy year. In 2018, it will be held on Saturday, February 17.

 

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A mysterious and exciting night festival.
Almost fully-naked men compete for good luck charms.

One of the three most eccentric festivals of Japan. Nine thousand men wearing only loincloths struggle fiercely with one another over a pair of lucky sacred sticks measuring 4 cm in diameter and 20 cm in length, thrown into the crowd by the priest from a window 4 m up. Anyone who luckily gets hold of the shingi and thrusts them upright in a wooden measuring box known as a masu which is heaped with rice is called the lucky man, and is blessed with a year of happiness. The other lucky items are bundles of willow strips, and although 100 of these are thrown into the crowd, it is not an easy task to catch them.

The origins of this festival date back 500 years when worshippers competed to receive paper talismans called Go-o thrown by the priest. These paper talismans were tokens of the completion of New Year ascetic training by the priests. As those people receiving these paper talismans had good things happen to them, the number of people requesting them increased year by year. However, as paper was easily torn, the talismans were changed to the wooden ofuda that we know today.

Shouting out ‘Wasshoi! Wasshoi!’ the almost fully naked men approach the precincts. Although this festival takes place in the cold season, the fervor of the men waiting impatiently is so strong that they seem to have difficulty breathing, which is why water is splashed over them. Precisely at midnight, the lights are turned off all at once, the sacred sticks are thrown into the crowd, and the vehement rush to grab the sticks starts. Even if someone is lucky enough to get hold of the sacred sticks, they are quickly snatched away by others, almost like a rugby game. Spectators usually crowd around the participants within the precincts of the shrine to experience all the thrills and excitement of the action. But if you wish to look on safely, there are seats available, though you have topay for them.

On the day of the festival, prior to the main event, there is a Hadaka Matsuri from 18:00 when primary school boys compete for rice cakes and cylindrical treasures.

Information

Address
Okayama
Notes
[Walk]10 minutes’ walk from Saidaiji Station.Saidaiji Station is on the JR Ako Line from Okayama Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen.
Location
Saidai-ji Temple,
Dates
Third Saturday of February
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
City
Saidaiji-naka, Okayama Prefecture

Contact address: Saidaiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Telephone; 086-942-0101 or Okayama Tourism Federation 086-233-1802

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(11/20)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Fantastic Autumn Garden/U-jo (Crow Castle) Togenkyo [Okayama City]

Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle are open at night during the autumn foliage season. Visitors are treated to a beautiful sight as illumination lights up the castle and garden.
[Dates] Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 26
[Hours] 5:00pm – 8:30pm (last admission 8:00pm)

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Address; Okayama-shi
Telephone; 086-272-1148

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Exploration trip of Bizen pottery

Address; Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture
Contact address: Bizen City Tourism Division
Tele: 0869-64-1832
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Before I come to Okayama, I am utterly ignorant about Bizen Pottery. After exploration trip about it, my friends and I are surprised about it beauty and elegant shape. Here I would Iike to share u about the voyage of discovery.
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The handmade pottery studio locates in outskirts of Okayama, It is characterized by not glazing, by fire and by skill to make ceramics, and each piece is different. The art work has been handed down from generation to generation. It has been burned for over a thousand years and is the oldest of the six ancient kiln.
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The clay used in Bizen pottery is taken from the soil in the rice field, which contains a high amount of iron. Therefore, pottery can be burned for several days at a temperature of 1200 degrees centigrade, and it will appear different colors. In addition, the master uses the local maximum of red pine wood as raw material, the red pine wood dust and grease natural card on the pottery and the red pine ashes are glued to the pottery, which will form a special pattern.
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The Bizen pottery uses special kiln like climbing up the mountain, which the kiln is slowly built up from low to high, so that the temperature can be concentrated and not wasted.
The real products with the modeling of primitive simplicity, thus it presents a kind of elegant of primitive simplicity and flavor.

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Red pine is rich in iron. Before burning, it is first dried out turning into a yellow and red color. To prepare the temperature for the kiln it can take up to 3 days. Once prepared the ceramics are placed and around 10 metric tons of red pine are used to keep the kiln heated at a temperature of 1200 degrees celsius. The ceramics are left inside between 10 to 14 days.
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With the guide of potter, we made our pieces of pottery after wedging and forming its shape, although they are not professional in shape, but all of us had great fun.
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Bizen pottery sudio is a place welcoming you. You may enjoy coffee and snacks with Bizen pottery cups and plates as well as the peace in countryside.
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