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April 11, 2017    born April 10, 1794     
Matthew C. Perry
Matthew C. Perry - Diplomat, Military Leader - Biography.com
Matthew C. Perry - Wikipedia  April 10, 1794 – March 4, 1858, a Commodore of the United States Navy and commanded a number of ships. He served in several wars, most notably in the Mexican–American War and the War of 1812. He played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854.
Commodore Matthew C. Perry - The Man Who Unlocked Japan - YouTube
Rhode Island  |  Black Ships 
Presidents    Millard Fillmore        #13    
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April 11, 2017    born c. 563 BCE/480 BCE    Buddha
Buddhists celebrate birth of Gautama Buddha - Apr 08, 563 - HISTORY.com
Buddha - Religious Figure - Biography.com  born in Nepal
The Life Of The Buddha Full BBC Documentary - YouTube  born in Nepal
The Top 5 Buddhist Teachings That Will Change Your Life - YouTube
Gautama Buddha - Wikipedia 
c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic (śramaṇa) and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. 
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April
8, 2017  Hana matsuri (Flower Festival)
Buddha's Birthday - Wikipedia  2.1.5  Japan

April
8, 2017     born April 1, 1920    Toshiro Mifune
Toshirô Mifune - IMDb
Toshiro Mifune - Wikipedia 
April 1, 1920 – December 24, 1997, a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration (1948–65) with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in such works as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo.

March 23, 2017     born March 23, 1910    Akira Kurosawa
Top 10 Akira Kurosawa Films - YouTube
Akira Kurosawa's great advice to aspiring filmmakers - YouTube
Kurosawa Akira | Biography & Films | Britannica.com
Akira Kurosawa - IMDb
Akira Kurosawa - Wikipedia  March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, ...


March 8, 2017  The 25 best countries in the world - AOL News  U.S. News  03/07/2017

March 6, 2017
Ambassador Kennedy Farewell Message - ケネディ大使から日本の皆さんへ御礼のメッセージ - YouTube
As Kennedy steps down from ambassador post, observers see a mixed legacy | The Japan Times  01/17/2017
Caroline Kennedy, an Ambassador Whose Role Transcended the Embassy - The New York Times  01/11/2017
ケネディ駐日米国大使から日本の皆さんへ - YouTube  Nov. 12, 2013,  A Message to the People of Japan from Ambassador Kennedy, New York
Caroline Kennedy on TODAY show: Donald Trump's 'America first' approach is 'alarming' - TODAY.com  02/03/2017

March 3 - 4, 2017
March 3rd  Hina Matsuri Girls’ Day Japan Japanese Doll Festival March 3rd Hinamatsuri Song 三月三日ひな祭り雛人形英語 - YouTube
ケネディ家のひな人形 - Hina Dolls Return to Japan - YouTube - In 1962, former President John F. Kennedy received a gift of Japanese “Hina” dolls from Ms. Tsuyako Matsumoto of Kitami, Hokkaido. Even though the Kennedy family did not know Ms. Matsumoto personally, the dolls left a strong impression on Ambassador Caroline Kennedy as a young girl. ...
"Hinamatsuri" Japanese culture and traditions for children - YouTube
Hinamatsuri - Wikipedia  also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day

Feb. 14, 2017  Toyota patriarch born - Feb 14, 1867 - HISTORY.com
Winter in Mt. Yotei, Niseko - Wild Hokkaido! - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English  02/11/2017

December 5, 2016 
Preserving a Natural Gem - News - NHK WORLD - English  Japan
December 4, 2016  Making Hospitals More Hospitable - News - NHK WORLD - English

April 16, 2016
32 new fatalities as more quakes hit Kyushu; 900 or so injured:The Asahi Shimbun
Large road bridge collapses as new quake hits Kumamoto:The Asahi Shimbun
Kumamoto earthquakes continue Japan - NHK WORLD English - YouTube
Quake halts train services, cuts power in Kumamoto:The Asahi Shimbun  -
A Shinkansen bullet train carrying no passengers derailed about 1.3 kilometers south of JR Kumamoto Station following the powerful earthquake...
2016 Kumamoto earthquakes - Wikipedia
Why Do So Many Earthquakes Strike Japan? - Yahoo
Earthquakes in Japan - Wikipedia
List of earthquakes in Japan - Wikipedia
* 9097 150426   Nepal Earthquake: Everest Survivor Describes 'Clinging to a Tree' During Violent Shaking - ABC News  04/26/2015
NZ Get Thru - What To Do In An Earthquake - YouTube
What to do during an Earthquake FINAL - YouTube
Earthquakes 101 - YouTube
How Earthquakes Work - YouTube

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April 12, 2016 
Fastest Train in the World 581km-h. Japan JR-Maglev - YouTube
Riding the Superconducting Maglev Train - Linear Motor Car - YouTube
Chūō Shinkansen - Wikipedia - ... The line is expected to connect Tokyo and Nagoya in 40 minutes, and eventually Tokyo and Osaka in 67 minutes, running at a maximum speed of 505 km/h (314 mph). About 90% of the 286-kilometre (178 mi) line to Nagoya will be built underground or through tunnels.
... JR Central* aims to begin commercial service between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027, with the Nagoya-Osaka section to be completed by 2045...
* Central Japan Railway Company - Wikipedia
Maglev - Wikipedia

May 24, 2015  Working to death in Japan: health warning over 'no overtime' law  MSN, AFP, 05/24/2015
Karōshi - Wikipedia

May 14, 2015  Japan launches 'cool biz' campaign as mercury climbs | Daily Mail Online  05/01/2015
Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan | Japan Today  05/01/2015
Cool Biz campaign - Wikipedia

May 14, 2015  New Light on Rice - Tech Trends - NHK WORLD  05/12/2015

April 6, 2015 
The Bloom of Cherry Blossoms 2015  Japan
Amazing experience. Best cherry blossoms in Osaka castle park & Osaka Mint Bureau - YouTube
Moments in Kyoto - Sakura Real Beauty Cherry Blossoms Kyoto Japan 京都の桜 着物美人と夜桜 - YouTube
 
April 6, 2015  World's 2 top must-see castles agree to cooperate in tourism promotion - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun  03/24/2015    Japan
Himeji Castle in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture & Neuschwanstein Castle in the southern German state of Bavaria

August 28, 2014  Harajuku Fashion, Harajuku, Tokyo
Harajuku Fashion - Bing Images 
Harajuku Fashion Walk #17 - Kawaii & Colorful Tokyo Street Style Event - YouTube
Harajuku Fashion Takeshita Street Adventure ★ WAO! 流〈RYU〉ONLY in JAPAN #12 - YouTube
Harajuku Fashion Walk on Vimeo
Tokyo Travel: Harajuku
Harajuku - Wikipedia
Takeshita Street - Wikipedia
Japanese street fashion - Wikipedia
Harajuku Street Performance - YouTube


August 27, 2014 
Bon Festival - Wikipedia
Obon in Japan  -  ... In most regions, Obon is celebrated around August 15, and it typically begins 13th and ends 16th of August. ... 
-  About.com, Japan Travel, Shizuko Mishima
Obon  Japan-guide.com
Obon Lantern Festival - YouTube
Obon: Japanese Festival of the Dead お盆 - YouTube
お盆 (Obon) - Bing Images
Bon Festival - Bing Images

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From Explore America American: Photo of the Week or Day 7001-7050
7035 140827 
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Minnesota, Aug. 17, 2014
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival | Como Park photos
Glimpses in Life Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival - YouTube
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park - YouTube


March 8, 2014  Birds of Japan - photos  Explore America Info
Birds 1 | Tancho Zuru (Japanese Crane or Red-crowned Crane)
Kushiro & Akanko, Hokkaido

December 9, 2012 Inuyama Castle, Inuyama, Aichi (Fall foliage and Cherry blossoms)

May 31, 2012  Fukushima Update
January 20, 2012 Black-backed Wagtail (Bird) Photo 0003 We've learned that this bird is commonly seen in Japan while it can only be seen in Alaska in the U.S.

Info on The Triple Disaster in Japan:
Asahi News |
Daily Yomiuri | Mainichi Daily News
110314 "Nuclear Emergency Situation" declared in Japan. Last Friday, Tsunami damaged nuclear plants.
110311 Major Tsunami hits Japan after the massive 8.9-magnitude quake. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.   CNN | USA Today
Disaster in Japan   "Help Japan" : UNICEF USA | American Red Cross | Japanese Red Cross Society

110303 News: The 2011 March Grand Sumo Tournament has been cancelled amid match-fixing scandal‎ in Japan. For more info, click  1 2

110207 Added Wisteria "Fuji" info to "About Japan" Pages

100220 Red Sea Bream (Tai) Photo 0002  "Mede-Tai" in Japanese means "congratulatory."  鯛
"About Japan" Pages": Imperial Household Agency, Nikko, Sapporo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki

091013 Idiom: "Pulling One's Leg"  USA vs. Japan
"あいつは、俺の足を引っ張った。"
"About Japan" Pages": Bullet Train, Judo, Kodokan, Kendo, Kabuki, Geisha, Maiko-san, Map of Japan+

090707 What is the difference between 'Hares' and 'Rabbits'?   USA vs. Japan
"About Japan" Pages": Sports   Work in Progress"

090427 Pussy Willow - USA & Neko (ネコ: Cat) Yanagi (ヤナギ: Willow) - Japan  "Pussy Willow" and "Neko Yanagi" have different sounds, but an (almost) identical meaning.
Famous Gardens: Top 3 Japanese Gardens & Other Famous Gardens
"About Japan" Pages"

090108 F
ruitcake tastes like Yokan (羊羹) - Traditional Japanese sweat bean paste jelly cookie cakes.  Fore more stories, check here
090108 "About Japan" Pages" Work in Progress"

080925 Added "About Japan" Pages
080924 We're in the process of improving our web site, Explore Japan Info.

080619 Note from Explore America Info: "We're in the process of improving our web site, Explore America Info <
www.exploreamerica.info > Check updates at Explore US Info < www.exploreus.info >"

080530
May Sweeps vs. December Sweeps   USA vs. Japan 

080313 A Sport & Sports: USA vs. Japan  

1207 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  ---  Explore America Info
Letter  101, 177

071108
 Letter 001 Sake & Beer  (Japan vs. USA)   酒とビール

070925  Shrines: USA vs. Japan

070712 "We're back!  We really apologize for the fact that we've been slacking off updating our web pages for the past several years. In fact, we've been busy helping an information web site,
Explore America Info.  You might be interested in some letter articles describing differences between American and Japanese stuff at the web site. Here is a list of the letter articles."

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