Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Sea of Japan

The Sea of Japan is a marginal see of the western Pacific Ocean, bordered by Japan, South Korea, North Korea and Russia. It is referred to in North Korea as the Korea East Sea and in South Korea as the East Sea. Like the Mediterranean Sea, it has almost no tides due to its nearly complete enclosure.

The areas in the north and the southeast are rich fishing ground and sea has three major basins. The Yamato Basin in the southeast, the Japan Basin in the north and the Tsushima Basin (Ulleung Basin) in the southwest. The Japan Basin has the deepest areas of the, while the Tsushima Basin has the shallowest.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Light of the Waste.

Japanese people mark Eco- candle festival and light over 25,000 candles at Ikeda city in Fukui about 320 kilometres from Tokyo, September 26, 2009.

Eco-candle festival started four years ago to show their environmental friendly lifestyle and take attraction for Ikeda city. They are collecting used cooking oil and some other wasting item during the previous year to make candles. All of people collecting their uded cooking oil and make candles. About 3,000 people live in Ikeda and most of are farmers. Ikeda city is one of the aged society in Japan; nearly half of population is over 65 years old. However, those people using ecological method for agriculture. More and more people, these days, are interested in ecology life style and start so many ecological activities. Ikeda city is one of a leading city of ecological and natural way.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fukui’s Soil and Water

Fukui prefecture is located near the Japan Sea, about 200km north from Osaka. Most of the land is covered by green paddy fields and mountains, and you can enjoy pure Japanese nature, unpolluted as it stood centuries back.

September is the harvest period of the year. Mostly Japanese paddy cultivators are using the modern agriculture technology for harvest. Paddy farmers no longer have to follow the traditional method for harvest in Japan but some time they mark the beginning of the harvest with traditions dating back generations.

“I love soil and water” said Teraguchi Shiko, 24 year old sport trainer. He was taking part in the traditional harvesting in Ikeda city which is the largest paddy cultivating area in Fukui prefecture. “Here the paddy farmers are mostly over 65 years old people, younger Japanese are not interested in cultivation but I want to be one. I will change my sport trainer job and start rice field. That is the reason I am here today to learn how to use traditional methods” said Shiko.

The sound of the Blessed

Friday, September 4, 2009

Indra Jatra

Indra Jatra. This festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists with great enthusiasm. It is also believed that Indra Jatra is a festival of classical dances. It is on this very day when one is able to observe numerous varieties of traditional dances. The festival is named after Lord Indra who is known as the god of rain and also as the king of heaven.
The festival of Indra Jatra continues for eight days with much rejoicing, singing, dancing and feasting. People from all over Nepal, mostly those who live within the Kathmandu Valley, gather at the Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu. The first day of the festival is viewed by a large number of people. On that day, a long wooden pole is erected in front of the ancient Royal Palace at Hanuman Dhoka, in order to propitiate Lord Indra, the"god of rain". Classical dancers also assemble at the spot, wearing different kinds of traditional masks and costumes and dancing around the courtyard of Hanuman Dhoka to celebrate Indra's visit.
On the third day of the festival of Indra Jatra, the living goddess Kumari is taken out in a procession in a chariot. "Kumari", the "living goddess", is considered to be an incarnation of the goddess "Taleju". Chariots of Kumari, Ganesha and Bhairav are taken around the city for three days. According to Hindu beliefs Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati who has a head of an elephant and Bhairav is another form of Lord Shiva
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Swet Bharab

The Nepalese worship statue of Swet Bharab which is uncovered only during the Indra Jatra festival on September in Hanuman-dhoka Square in Kathmandu.

Royal Kumari of Kathmandu

The Nepali Hindus and Buddhists worship statues, images, paintings and symbols as living goddess. Around the Katmandu have been three living goddesses but Kumari Devi is a more glorious real living goddess.

Kumari Devi or Royal Kumari of Kathmandu is a young girl who lives in the building of Kumari Ghar in Katmandu’s Durbar Square a place in the center of the city. The current Royal Kumari, Matina Shakya, aged four, was installed in October 2008 by the Maoist government that replaced the monarchy.

On the third day of the festival of Indra Jatra, the living goddess Kumari is taken out in a procession in a chariot around the Durbar Square.