Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Are we descendants of the Jewish people?

I think so. Below are some interesting videos that have been shown on TV.

There is evidence that has indicated that the Japanese do belong to the tribe of Ephraim as proven by a DNA search.

Revelation 7:1~2
"After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the east of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Three biggest Tohoku's festivals

Sendai Tanabata Festival is held in August from the 6th to 8th at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture. Many large and small colourful decorations are displayed throughout the arcade lined streets.

Aomori Nebuta Festival is also held in August from the 2nd to 7th every year at Aomori city in Aomori prefecture.

And Akita Kanto Festival is also held in August from the 3rd to 6th at Akita city in Akita prefecture.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The drum which tells a time and Tatebe Seian

There are two valuable things in Ichinoseki in spite of a small territory.
They are the drum which tells the time, and a person who was called Tatebe Seian.

Tatebe Seian was a doctor of Ichinoseki-han(1712~1782).

The Tatebe family's successors inherited the name of Seian until five generation. It was Seian of the second generation that appears here.

He was not only excellent as a doctor, but wrote the relief book of famine called "Minkan Bikōroku" and "Bikōkusakizu".

Then he saved the people who suffered from the famine.

And as it was in the above mentioned sentence, the drum which was used for the time signal in Ichinoseki was an excellent piece of boast of people of Ichinoseki.

As for the drum, four of them were made from one zelkova tree. Shōun Temple's drum is the third one but it is not famous than the Chōshō Temple's.

The drum at the time of the second generation is exhibited to the Shinkansen Ichinoseki Station concourse.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hina-matsuri at Geibikei

In Japan, we have the Doll Festival which is called Hina-matsuri (Momono Sekku) on March 3. This is also the Girl's Festival which prays for women healthy growth. The origin of the festival is Chinese Shangsi(上巳) Festival. Then, it became the current style at later period in Japan.

And here at Geibikei, we are displaying a tiered-stand-for-dolls decoration until the day.

                                          Handmade Accessories


We are going to treat the visitors to Amazake made from fermented rice on the day of the Girl's Festival this year.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Main Festivals of Iwate on Spring

Hidaka Hibuse Festival (日高火防祭)

The festival of fire prevention prayer which is about 300 yeas of history is held in Ōshū-shi on April 28 and 29 every year.

The musical accompaniment used for a festival has been specified as the Important Intangible Cultural Heritage of Iwate Prefecture as "Musical Accompaniment On The Float(Yatai Bayashi)" of a fire prevention festival.

Fujiwara Festival on Spring (春の藤原まつり)

The festival which is the prayer for the dead of four generation of Fujiwara Clan is held between 1st and 5th of May every year.  

Moreover, announcing "Ennen Dance" of an important intangible cultural heritage, and " The procession of going-down to the east of Minamotono Yoshitsune" and "Benkei's Strong Muscle Man Athletic Meet" are opened.


Chagu-chagu Horse (チャグチャグ馬コ)

This is a traditional event in which about 100 horses which dressed up gorgeous clothes have about 200 years of history which marches with sounds of the bells such as "chagu-chagu" from the Onikoshi Shōzen shrine in Takizawa-mura to Morioka Hachiman shurine.

Moreover, this festival has been chosen as the one of "The 100th of The Scenery of Sound to Leave in Japan" at the Ministry of Environment.