Eat! Eat! Eat!!

If you came from the country such as US, you might notice that most of Japanese eat very little than people in your country. On the contrary, you may be grieved that most restaurants serve very little food like for a bird. Is there no restaurant which serves enough food to fill your stomach by amount? Of course, there is. We call it 大盛り飯(large serving food). Today, I would like to introduce you about some famous 大盛りfood restaurants in Tokyo.

  1. “スパゲッティのパンチョ( Supagetti no Pancho)” in Shibuya

This restaurant serves 2.3kg pasta in one plate. The name of 大盛りpasta is ナポリタン星人(Napolitan-Seijin). It looks so heavy

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  1. “もうやんカレー大忍具(Mouyan curry )” in Shinjuku

This curry restaurant serves curry with large amounts of rice like a mountain. This mountain looks difficult to complete to eat.

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  1. “魚がし料理 まぐろ亭(Uogashi-Ryori-MaguroTei)in Kanda

This is unique 大盛りfood, because there are a few 大盛りfood except noodles or curries. In this restaurant fresh seafood is in 大盛りdishes.

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These three restaurants might be able to fill your stomach. Then, you might wonder who can eat such a 大盛りfood in Japan. I would like you to watch this movie; this movie records the most famous Japanese competitive eater Kobayashi.

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Japanese people also can eat a lot of food!

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Seijinshiki —成人式—

Have you heard of “Seijinshiki(成人式)”? This is a coming of age ceremony in Japan. New adults (in Japan, 20-year-olds having coming of age ceremony within that year) celebrate their coming of age with their family, friends, and so on.集合

Ladies usually wear “Furisode(振り袖)”, that is kind of “Kimono(着物)”. Every design of Furisode(振り袖) is totally different (each design of Furisode(振り袖) is having great meaning to celebrate their first step of adult.), but all of them are pretty beautiful.

Let me introduce about some famous design of Furisode(振り袖) and their meanings here.

Frist one is peony(牡丹).

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Peony means wealth or rich because it blooms from little bud into big flower. In old time, wearing the design of peony was only allowed to high society.

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Second one is crane(鶴).

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Crane means longevity because crane is said to live until thousand years. Another meaning is long-lasting harmonious marriage because crane is the only animal getting along with one partner in their life.

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Third one is ume blossom(梅の花).

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Ume blossom means beauty of patience. Because ume blossom blooms beautiful flower after severe cold of winter. Moreover, it means safe childbirth also.

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About Furisode(振り袖), someone borrow, someone buy, or someone receive from their mother and grandmother.

Girls generally start their preparation of Seijinshiki(成人式) from about 1 year ago of the day. They firstly and of course have to decide their own Furisode(振り袖), and then their hair styles. Furthermore, they need to reserve a fitting at salon. Also it is necessary to take a picture with Furisode(振り袖) before the day because most of them likely go for a party with their friends on that night (we often call it “Maedori(前撮り)”). Seijinshiki(成人式) is greatly big event for girls in Japan.

Actually, wearing Furisode(振り袖) is so hard to breath, and difficult to moving smoothly. But all of girls are dreaming to wear their favorite Furisode(振り袖) on the day!

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The Mind of Personification

If you are familiar with Japanese so called Otaku culture, you might know there are some tendency in popular character. It’s “Personification”.

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Personified characters increase during a few years in novels, comics, anime and games. Recently, some games from DMM games become popular and earned many player. Kancolle and Tohkenranbu are the popular online games, and these games include personified character in it. These two game is a Japanese free-to-play web browser game, so there are many player not only in Japan but also other countries. Especially, Kancolle has many player because it passed more than three years from it was launched. The common point of these games are personification. Kancolle personified real-life warship in WWⅡ, on the other hand, Toukenrambu personified animate legenmdary swords. These games became popular and there are many collaboration goods and events in everywhere.

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All things considered, and it’s just my opinion but, Japanese people might have a tendency to see the things like a person. The idea of Tsukumogami have long been known by Japanese people. Tsukumogami is a kind of Gods or specter  in animism,it turned into a ghost for a very long time.The transformed things brings not only good fortune but also misfortune, so sometimes they called as a ghost. There are also a belief that things become violent Tsukumogami or good Tsukumogami by treated without or with respect.

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This idea of Tsukumogami might support today’s popularity of personified character.

Bushido(武士道)and Kishido(騎士道)

Have you ever heard of “Bushido(武士道)” and “Kishido(騎士道)”?

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“Bushido(武士道)” is the famous ideology from Japan, and “Kishido(騎士道)” is also famous ideology from Europe. Surprisingly, they actually have a lot of similarities in their spirit, and they recently are paid greatly attentions in all over the world because of their interesting comparison.

First Question…What’s the similar point of them?

In detail of “Bushido(武士道)”, the spirit was based on several principles;「justice(義)」,「courage(勇気)」,「benevolence(仁)」,「appreciation(礼)」,and「honor(名誉)」.

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On the other hand, taking a look at “Kishido(騎士道)”, 「loyalty(忠節)」, 「bravery(武勇)」, 「generosity(気前の良さ)」, and「politeness(礼節)」are the main and basic concepts.

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Now, you found that both “Bushido(武士道)” and “Kishido(騎士道)” respect their morality and virtue.

So, we are totally understanding the similar points of “Bushido(武士道)” and “Kishido(騎士道)” , then do you know any different points of both?

As you already know and no need to say anymore, but the ideology of “Bushido(武士道) ”was originally born in Japan, on the other hand, that of “Kishido(騎士道)” was born in Europe.

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Nidobeinazou(新渡戸稲造), the pretty famous philosopher in Japan mentioned and analyzed the differences between “Bushido(武士道)” and “Kishido(騎士道)” in his book called ”武士道”.

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According to his written, we can distinguish between them with the strength of their religious connection.

Compared with those in Europe, Japanese people don’t devote theirselves to religion so much. It can be said in both old the time and present time in Japan.

Considering the close relationship between religion and their daily life in Europe, the spirit of the “Kishido(騎士道)” is greatly influenced by the Christian religion.

While, “Bushido(武士道)” was also having connection to the religious one such as “Buddhism(仏教)”, “Confucianism(儒教), “Shintoism(神道)”, however, not so strong connection compared with in Europe.

In other words, “Bushido(武士道)” is rather than regarded and recognized as one of the religions in Japan.

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Thus far, “Bushido(武士道)” and “Kishido(騎士道)” is basically based on the same belief such as loyalty, virtue, courage, and so on.

Otherwise, they are totally different in their attitudes to the religion.