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Sakura Flower Power
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Sakura Flower Power

By Girija Madhavan Cherry blossom, “Sakura”, is the national flower of Japan. In spring, the trees begin to bloom. Japan waits for the pink and white tide, starting in the warm tip of Okinawa, to spread over the country and finally reach the heights of cold Hokkaido. Newspapers print the cherry blossom forecasts of various…

An unique experience in Gifu, Japan: Cormorant Fishing
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An unique experience in Gifu, Japan: Cormorant Fishing

By Girija Madhavan Indian diplomats enjoy a variety of cultural events when posted abroad; musical recitals, dances or ethnic programmes of the countries they are accredited to. In Japan, a different experience was to be  invited to witness an old fishing tradition in Gifu, Cormorant Fishing. My husband, A. Madhavan and I were among a…

A Glimpse of the Geisha World
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A Glimpse of the Geisha World

By Girija Madhavan Images of Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms, bullet trains or electronic devices come to mind when thinking of Japan. Less familiar is another Japanese icon: the Geisha in a kimono, with traditional hairdo, white makeup, scarlet lipstick and an aura of mystery and allure. In Japanese, the word “Gei” stands for art and…

CHANOYU: The Japanese Tea Ceremony
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CHANOYU: The Japanese Tea Ceremony

By Girija Madhavan  Chanoyu,” or “The Way of Tea” is a Japanese tradition of serving tea, a ritual evolved over centuries. It is the ceremonial presentation of “Matcha” or powdered green tea by a Tea Master [man or woman] to a small group of guests, generally in specified tea houses. With Zen Buddhist origins, it…

The Temple of Eternal Peace: The Eihei-ji Monastery, Japan
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The Temple of Eternal Peace: The Eihei-ji Monastery, Japan

By Girija Madhavan High in the mountains above the Sea of Japan [the East Sea], amidst lofty cedars is the “Eihei-ji Monastery” or “Temple of Eternal Peace” in Japanese. It is in Fukui Prefecture. Under curving tiled roofs and in timbered halls, the “Soto” school of Zen Buddhism is practised by the monks who live…

An Emperor says Sayonara
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An Emperor says Sayonara

By Girija Madhavan On June 9, 2017, the Japanese Diet enacted an Abdication Law, called a “Single Use Law,” to enable Emperor Akihito to abdicate for reasons of health and age. The “Chrysanthemum Throne” will then pass on to Crown Prince Naruhito. The dynasty goes back to 1300 years. Legend claims that the rulers are…

MPs visit Japan to interact with policy experts
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MPs visit Japan to interact with policy experts

A team from India-Japan Forum of Parliamentarians is on a visit to Japan. The delegation, comprising Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, MPs Poonam Mahajan, Rabindra Jena, Conrad Sangma and Deepinder Hooda, is led by MP and Chair, India Japan Forum of Parliamentarians, Bhupendra Yadav. The team has several engagements in Japan that are aimed to provide…

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