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Week 12- Tori no Ichi Festival

Tori no Ichi is a famous outdoor market held on the Chinese day of the Rooster (Tori), where people buy decorated rakes to wish for happiness and good business in the upcoming year.

Some of the many rakes sold at the festival- Each year, one is supposed to return their previous rake and purchase a new, larger rake for the next year.

The rakes are very detailed and elaborate!

One of the many busy rows of rake vendors.

Morgan at the Rake Festival!

Some street food- a type of Chinese pancake that is stuffed with a gyoza-type filling.

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China’s new military leaders

Author: James Char, RSIS

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 19th Congress all but confirmed Xi Jinping’s status as China’s first paramount leader since Deng Xiaoping. The incorporation of Xi’s governance philosophy ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era’ into the Party constitution was interpreted by China watchers as conclusive evidence of his unassailable position in the CCP hierarchy.

Alongside the promotion of Xi’s key aides — Li Zhanshu and Zhao Leji — to the CCP Politburo Standing Committee, a cohort of new civilian leaders associated with Xi also gained membership to the Politburo.

Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) take part in a military parade to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the army at the Zhurihe military training base in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, 30 July 2017 (Photo: Reuters/Stringer).

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Xi’s pre-eminent status in Chinese politics is not confined to the structures of government. By reducing the number of uniformed members in the Central Military Commission (CMC) — the body responsible for running the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) — from 10 to six, Xi has further boosted his politico-military clout.

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A List of a Few Places to Visit in the Tokyo Area

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All the Places to Explore Will Make Saying Goodbye so Hard

Before leaving for Japan, I had so many people ask me what countries were I going to visit while studying abroad. I told them that I’d be too busy exploring Japan to be leaving it. The truth though was less glamorous. I did not have enough money to be going to a foreign country every weekend. Besides, I may be in Japan but I was still here as a student. Meaning, I still had schoolwork to be doing. In the end, I did not end up leaving the Tokyo area (except for one trip I’m currently planning and will do in two weeks). Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that. The Tokyo area has so much to offer, that I feel like I need another two months to visit every part of it. Probably a whole year. What I have seen so far has been gorgeous and exiting.

Asakusa

Asakusa is where I went for my first solo trip in Japan. I had originally gone to see the Sensō-ji temple. The temple was a bit of a let-down. It was such a tourist attraction, with way too many people crowded in to enjoy the experience of being at a temple. The streets of shops, on the other hand, were great to wander through. They sold a great variety of souvenirs and Japanese sweets (wagashi). It’s also really hard to get lost because apparently every one of those shopping streets somehow lead you back to the Sensō-ji temple. Either that, or my sense of direction is just that bad.

Shinjuku

I’m not much of a night life person, so if that’s what you want to know about, sorry, can’t help you. I did go out to Shinjuku at night once. While our planned activities turned out …continue reading

    

Whisky Lovers Nagoya

Recently, whisky is much more popular here in Japan than it was a decade ago. The TV drama “Massan” (story of Nikka whisky) is perhaps the key to this whisky boom, and the reason why there are now so many whisky events in Japan… but not Nagoya. (Mostly Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe) This event is the only whisky event in Nagoya, so whisky lovers in Nagoya can’t miss it!

100 booths (last year 60 booths!) offer you a taste of many kinds of whiskys from all over the world. Some rare whisky or expensive whisky will cost between 100 JPY and 1000 JPY, and offer some some foods too.

Whisky Lovers Nagoya 2018

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