Wednesday, October 10, 2018


By Hesti Setiarini, executive summary by darmansjah

EVERY 3rd of March the Japanese people celebrate Hina Matsuri. This means that the doll festival or often called Festival Girl. This celebration began with a game-princess dolls princess during the Heian (794-1185) called with contempt Asobi (royal princess doll play). The game consists of a complete set of dolls (dolls prince, princess royal, ladies in waiting and court musician). Doll with kimono style Heian period it describes the traditional marriage ceremony. Composed entirely irregular in seven steps according with royal order of status or hierarchy.

Top of the stairs. Two dolls that symbolize the prince (odairi sama) and daughter (ohina sama) is placed on the top.

jinrikisha towing close to-ji temple in the Shingon, not far from kyoto

Second ladder . Tia doll princess palace (san-nin Kanjo) were placed on this ladder. Third princess castle memawa equipment drinking sake (Sakazuki). Two other castle princess doll carrying pots of sake and sake containers. Typically ornate sign of happiness pine leaves, bamboo leaves, and flowers ume.

Third place
. Two puppet minister (Daijin) consisting of ministers right (udaijin) and the minister left (sadaijin) is in third place. Dolls pictured right young minister, while the minister left the doll looks older. From the point of view of an observer, the minister of the right to the left, while the ministers were left to the right.

enjoy Arashiyama bamboo forest by climbing jinrikisha 

Fourth . Five musicians doll man (gonin byashi) is in third. The four musicians each carrying a music instrument, except the singer ykang bring folding fans. Equipment brought music each musician is taiko, okawa, kotsuzumi, and flute.

fifth. In this section he placed three stuffed messenger (Shicho) three each carrying a package containing caps (daigoasa) brought it with a stick, the shoes are placed on a tray, and umbrella length when closed. In another version of the doll, the runner man carrying a bamboo rake and broom.

and seventh. Contains a variety of goods 'delivery' or wedding gifts that are intended for the bride as a dressing table, a wardrobe, a container of delicious meals, up to the sedan or wagon as well as transport cattle

Sunday, September 9, 2018



Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji before mujsim fall. the grandeur and beauty of the landscape building amaze visitors
a row of beautiful temples, different preoccupation residing in Kyoto, by Teguh Wicaksono, executive summary by darmansjah
again on Kyoto. However, this time I do not want to story about the temple. So, is there anything interesting here? I would answer an emphatic yes. Try us once again carefully. Apparently, not only the incandescent beauty shines on historic places. Kyoto pulse is flowing in various exciting activities. You dare to try it?
Torii gate heading Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the memoirs of a geisha movie filming

Different sensations can be harvested from the meal by the river or commonly named Kawayuka. Try to come to the banks of the Kamo and lulled by the cool air that surrounds the area along the river. While enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding mountainous area Kyoya, you can order kyo-ryori (Kyoto classic menu) or other styles of culinary treats.

When tired with formal and rigid atmosphere, browse the culinary euphoria in the Kyoto Nishiki Market. Residents call it "The Kitchen of Kyoto", and it took a short time to prove istialh it. Imagine riuhnya complex food throughout the 390m-from Shijo Street and culminate in Takaruka Street. On the road 5m wide, there are more than 100 food vendors. Colorful Japanese culinary lined up, ranging from small snacks, candy, dry food, snacks, fresh seafood, sushi, and so forth. Almost all foods that are in this market is relatively fresh local production.

Nishiki Market is not a young age that originated from the Edo period in the 16th century. Here, the first fish market there since 1311. Until now, Nishiki Market still get the prestige as the center of Japanese food (did you know? Japan is known as one of the safest country in the world. At no cases of looting) in Kyoto. But if your curiosity continues the process of making delicious menus, do not worry, you can follow Haru Cooking Class-for direct cooking in her kitchen. His house is located not far from the Kamo River. There you can take a selection of cooking classes, as well as share knowledge directly with the participants.

Each class runs for approximately three hours, with a choice of schedules starting eleven, twelve and three o'clock and four o'clock. In short, you are able to react with the ingredients in the kitchen. If you are a vegetarian, do not worry. Haru Cooking Class also offer vegetarian classes.

 two women in full makeup geisha

After chatting with vibrant Japan culinary, it helps you calm down by Kyoto-style meditation called Zazen. This meditation method is one of the best alternative. Focus worldly diversion through appreciation of conscience ala Zazen, is the right choice to fill spare time in the Kyoto area. Meditation restored by the philosophy of Zen Buddhism can be encountered in some temples, like the shrines Taizou-in, Nanzen-in Temple, and Temple Daisen-in.

Accompanied by soothing silence, you are required to sit cross-legged. You will be asked to draw a breath hara (center of gravity) with eyes slowly closed. This activity is one of the knights samurai craze.

You are interested in looking like a mighty samurai? Visit Shu Katsuyama, located near the Higashiyama Station. This store is also located not far from the Gion area. Only costs 12,000 yen, you'll look like a samurai. Not only that, you also can be a beautiful geisha.

One place to put ema (prayer inscribed wood) at the Temple Shimogamo

Another option, Kyoto Studio Park. Here are the locations for the shooting samurai-themed films, such as Yoshihara (the old town), the residence of Zenigata Heiji and other fun locations that exist in the Edo era. While dressed as a samurai, in this park you can also learn the history of Japanese cinema After that, you try to drop by The Cotume Museum, where you can meet with dolls dressed in various costumes exciting. For the people of Japan (did you know? Color white and silver was the favorite color of the vehicle in Japan. Different colors that dominate on the highway), the clothes have an important role in the movement of civilization. By visiting this place, you will understand how important costumes for the Japanese civilization. 

When bored with location-that's all, flown Kyoto International Manga Museum. Manga is the term used to refer to Japanese comics. You definitely know doraemon legendary figure, who once ruled the tv screen era of the 90s. Contained in the museum collection is not playing full. Even to this collection are not released in the market. Until the year 2011, there were 300,000 pieces manga collection that originated from the Meiji era, 1868-1912. Explore the stories presented in the manga is also a good time to attempt a step further to interpret Japanese culture.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame in TOP SIX

Executive summary by darmansjah

KNOW NO TIME erupted, we stood inside the volcano. Giant boulder as high as nearly 40 m, hexagon-shaped, tiggi soared into the sky above us.

This is the "Echo Cliffs," said Einarsson Hjorleifur, that vatnajokul manage national parks, the northeast side of Krafla. "We are looking basalt pillars of every shape and size available." He explained that about 8,000 or 9,000 years ago a large crack around our bubbling lava flows along the 8 km, the valley fills up to a point just above our heads. Then, turning the flood surge. "So now you see what the inside of the center of the volcano."

This valley is a wonder of the world
camouflaged by syllable. Glad I could tell my friends in the U.S.: "Look Jokulsargljufur in Vatnajokulsthjodgardur! (Which means "Look at River Cliff Glacier National Park Water-Glecier.")

Jokulsargljufur is the Louvre Museum lava, basal pillar awesome. Under the waterfall, there is a pillar with a diagonal position, lateral, transverse, swerve, and towering above as we.

has a new visitor center, built in 2007, on top of a giant horseshoe-shaped cliff nicknamed Asbyrgi. Space resembles a giant frozen waterfall. Originally formed by glacier floods last year 3000-11000.

All the way back to Husavik, we stopped at a Gated where there are ancient stone cracks extending to the south, some of the houses built on it without hesitation. It is far from a closed area Gjatykki. On the north side of the existing highway-alias Skalftavatn earthquake-formed lake by earthquakes that occur repeatedly. Not far from there, the zone of brittle cracks under the Arctic Ocean.

The next day Arni and Inga took us past the point F35 in the highlands of the west side. It passes through fissures where magma geothermal energy to work the land. After we shared a farewell Reykjavik city childhood Inga, Hafnrfjordur, called "Cities in Lava." Stunning, brightly painted houses contrasts with the surrounding black, barren lava flows due to thousands of years old.

We headed to Keflavik international airport in the Mid-Atlantic mountain peaks. This is the first landscape seen by the tourists. We need not have worried, they came to Iceland not to see the volcano. They fear if at any time Katla erupted. Be volcanic sites in Iceland we can freely enjoy themselves.

Iceland is a place, as it is said Omar, where you can see the earth in a state not known, concern, unforgettable panorama. Eruption is dangerous and should be aware of, but also the legitimate enjoyment.

Our friends Icelandic origin, both old and new, have demonstrated how she cried coexist with lava. As we flew back to North America, I realized that never saw the eruption. So maybe I will stay in the pack and
traveled volcano.

Behind us, a volcano looked fast asleep, but her stomach was ready to explode