Hara Model Railway Museum

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Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama is a railway museum that opened in 2012. It is said to be one the largest collection of model trains and collectibles in the world. Nobutaro Hara, the founder of the museum, studied at Tokyo Institute of Technology to study railway technology. At the museum you can observe trains from Japan, United States, and Europe. The museum seeks to recreate real trains by utilizing the same railway technologies.

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Himeji Castle

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Himeji Castle is a World Cultural Heritage Site and National Treasure. It is also called the “White Heron Castle” due to it’s white covered walls. The modern form of the castle was constructed in 1609 and has been immaculately maintained for over 400 years. There was recent restoration when the castle was closed from 2009 to 2015. Himeji Castle in located in Himeji City in Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.

http://www.city.himeji.lg.jp/guide/castle/

San Jose Obon Festival 2018

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Mother (Virgina Lin) & son (Daniel Shan) from the San Jose Zebra Basketball team skewering beef teriyaki for the San Jose Obon Festival on July 14-15, 2018. The Obon Festival is called Kangi-e, the gathering of joy and it commemorates the dead.

Mexican Soccer Fans Celebrate Win

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Over 3,000 voracious mostly Mexican fans from the San Jose area cheered mightily when Mexico beat Germany 1-0 on Sunday June 17, 2018 during the 2018 World Cup watch party at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. There were 2 big screens courtesy of Avaya Stadium and San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. In addition a full bar, refreshments, and food were available. For the children there was soccer video game playing and face painting of World Cup team flags. Mexican soccer fans celebrated for the entire day.

San Jose Japantown Immersive May 12, 2018

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Swing dancers at the Swingposium

The San Jose Japantown Immersive was a inspiring and entertaining community cultural celebration of the local performing artists, artisans, and businesses who live or work in Japan-town held on May 12, 2018. It was also the 45 year anniversary of internationally known San Jose Taiko. The event was also a way for the public to understand the history and culture of Japan-town and it’s people. The highlight of the event was the breathtaking Swingposium with Wesley Jazz Ensemble, Epic Immersive, and San Jose Taiko and the Finale with The Get Down Dance Studio, DJ Cutso, and San Jose Taiko. There were also a public art piece with art studio Arsenal, swing dance lessons, Nichi Bei Busan kimono photo booth, old black and white samurai movies, and LED uchiwa fan making.

http://www.taiko.org/japantownimmersive

Sports Day

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Sports Day in Akashi City Japan on October 9th 2017

Sports Day 体育の日 is a national holiday in October for school children in Japan. The day gives students a chance to learn skills and compete against each other. It is a nice family activity where the entire family can have fun together. There are usually running races, tug-of-war, and ball tossing games involved.

Nostalgia

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Super heroes and monsters playing a video game is the concept of a new mural in San Jose Japan-town. It was created and painted by Francisco Ramirez a local artist from Local Color in downtown San Jose. Included in the mural are characters such as Godzilla, Voltron, Ultraman, King Kong, He-man, and Lion-o (Thundercats) which Francisco grew up with. The mural was painted on the side of Zonkey a toy store located on 161 Jackson Street in San Jose.

Okonomiyaki

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Hiroshima born Shunichi Matsumura is a 26 year owner of Okunomi House, a Hiroshima style teppan-yaki okonomiyaki restuarant in Yokohama. Okonomiyaki is a favorite of mine and the ingredients of okonomiyaki often include: okonomiyaki flour, eggs, cabbage, pork (bacon), shrimp or other seafood, and topped with a variety of condiments like sweet sauce (Okonomi Sauce), mayonnaise, dried seaweed and dried fish flakes.

Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village)

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Shirakawa-go (Shirakawa Village) is a World Cultural Heritage site since 1995 in the North-western part of Gifu Prefecture in Japan. Is is also located in the historical region known as “Hida” and it is also known as “Hida Shirakawa.” At the village there are 114 thatched roofs structures as well as a rice field and a river running through the town.