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Japan has unique parts of architectures. One of them is Shoji. Below is quated from wikipedia.

In traditional Japanese architecture, a shōji (障子?) is a door, window or room divider consisting of translucent paper over a frame of wood which holds together a lattice of wood or bamboo. While washi is the traditional paper, shōji may be made of paper made by modern manufacturing processes; plastic is also in use.

You may think “Paper can't shut out the sounds and the air!” We don't mind those. The only ploblem is that shoji gets torn EASILY. If cats being in a Japanese traditional house, you can imagine what they will do. One of the thing we have to do in the end of the year is reparing shoji.

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Now, we eat ramen all over the world. Cup Noodle is sold in over80 countries. Then, what is ramen in Japan? Why are Japanese ramen shops special? This time, I'll tell you three points; the history, the position of food-service industory, the basic types of ramen.


 There are many opinions about an original ramen. I'll pick up the one. In early 20th, Chinese “la-mian(one of the Chinese noodle)” was introduced in a Chinese restaurant in Japan, and it have been changed by Japanese. In China, la-mian's noodle was made by hands, but 20th, Meiji periode in Japan, noodle-making machine still exsisted. So, Japanese ramen is far different from original one. 
basic knowledge of ramen 1

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 Japanese and Chinese, and peoples using kanji feel paticular kanjis cool. Then, why are the kanjis cool? I find out the reason that it is cool or not. Now I picked up several reasons(The decision is in the basis of personal preference). Several examples are below.

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 During sightseeing in Japan and on TV program about Japanese histrory, many famous shrines and tenples grub attention. They have, ofcourse, historical value, cultual importance, fabulous form, but what is the mean of the name? Now, I tried to translate 5 cool name of shrines into English.

1.Nine-Head Dragon shrine (kuzuryu-zinja)

Location: Nagano pref, Kanagawa pref and etc...

Shinto's god(Kami, spirit): Nine Head Dragon

Since A.D.480~

Tips: Some legends are there. One is that an evil nine-head deamon having dragon tail turned into good spirit. The other is that a nine head dragon apeard before a black dragon(having good spirit). Each shrine has different story. 

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