Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FROM HIROSHIMA for World Peace

FROM HIROSHIMA for World Peace
By Rendy S. Surya, executive summary by darmansjah

Hiroshima is one of the city proper to 'mirror' the meanings of the values ​​of universal peace. That was my impression when stamped step Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome) in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park complex. Rubble exhibit Prefektual Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall roofed ellipse is at ground zero, the location of the fall of the atomic bombs that forced Japan's surrender in World War II.

For me, one of the most thrilling monument in the complex is a Children's Peace Monument
A nine meter high building culminates girls were lifting the statue-shaped origami paper birds. This is the personification of Sadako Sasaki who suffer from leukemia due to exposure to atomic bomb radiation when she was two years old.

When visiting this place, I was offered a piece of paper to make origami and placed near the monument. Once, a friend of Sadako who visit during hospitalization encourage him: he who makes a thousand paper birds then the petition will be granted the gods. He also survive to the age of 12 years and eagerly continue folding origami paper until his last days arrive.

I also took time to stop by the island of Miyajima. Unesco world heritage status has pinned against this place with Genbaku Dome, Itsukushima Shinto Shrine worship. If you want to place, I suggest coming in the fall, because the maple trees turn colors featuring charming.

Saturday, November 11, 2017



Contemporary fashion style of Sakura, by Junior Respati; executive summary by darmansjah

Speaking of Harajuku, which would immediately think of is Takeshita Street. The road is located directly opposite Harajuku Station is widely recognized as the Harajuku area.

Naturally, every weekend, there are many young Japanese are showcased along the path sets that contain a variety of boutique fashion products. They dressed up, complete with fabulous accessories that make me dumbfounded.

However, my goal to Harajuku is not  enjoy Takeshita  Dori. I chose to come to the region Jingumae Bape Store.

Finding this store is not difficult. It's right behind Jingumae Primary School. Right around the corner.

This is not the first store Bathing Ape. But at the Bape Store Harajuku, which opened in 1999, we can get the latest collection of Bathing Ape, clothing line built by Nigo, a Japanese hip-hop frontman who is also a member of Teriyaki Boyz.

Consisting of three floors, Bathing Ape Harajuku Store now come up with the concept of Space Rock n Roll Harajuku. The appearance from the outside is sensational with the dominant color of metal. At night, when the lights are mounted blue florescence to decorate store is brightly lit, the spacey feel much more pronounced.

Once inside the store, we will immediately aware that the Bape Store is not like other boutiques. Product display area is not dominated the room. Lots of empty space that allows us to enjoy the ambience space designed to support product nuance its hip-hop fashion.

 Collection available at Bape Store Harajuku including complete. There are three areas that are intended for men's colletion, woment's collection, and kids. They feature the latest collection of designer bands are also often used by famous rapper Pharell Williams classmates and colleagues at NERD.

For the collection of modes available, simply variety. Ranging from t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, until the latest collection Bapestar, Nigo made shoe line with Nike Force basic model available complete: men and women.
I think the choice is rather limited collection of clothing for children. However, if you still insist want to find products Bathing Ape Kids, you can ask the salesperson. Because, not far from the Bape Store Harajuku - Just is about a block away, we can find a store Bape Kids. Interested?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Entertainment a "Oiran"

Original Text by Hesti Setiarini, executive summary by darmansjah

DO NOT misinterpretation of the Oiran. The mention of the profession for a woman who is not entertaining certain circles in the context sexsual. I want to describe, this profession is far from anything like that. Because to be a Oiran, a woman must be capable of doing Chado (tea ceremony), ikebana (the art of flower arranging), and calligraphy.

In order to compensate for communication, one must have the intellectual Oiran above average. He must be able to speak Japanese high-only used for noble. Of course, physical beauty is primary.
In Japan, not just anyone who can use the services Oiran. Only the state officials and the rich and the formal invitation which recipient can enjoy their services. Oiran presence on the road is very easy to know. It uses complex and fancy patterned kimono and wearing more than eight barrette comb the hair in a bun, dang eta (sandals) as high as 15 centimeters. Group Oiran always accompanied by a convoy of aides and bodyguards.

Oiran own name appears in the Edo period (1600-1868). That is upscale comfort women. They only exist in some major cities, such as Kyoto, shinmachidi in Osaka, and Edo (Tokyo). In 1761, the golden age of Oiran ends. In place of publication of the geisha, entertainers equivalent Oiran and maintenance services can be enjoyed by all walks of life. Film production west, one of which, carrying a negative effect on the profession Oiran and geisha-branding as a female "entertainers". And it's wrong!.

Oiran were courtesans in Japan. The Oiran were considered a type of yūjo "woman of pleasure" or prostitute. However, they are distinguished from the yūjo in that they were entertainers, and many became celebrities of their times outside the pleasure districts. Their art and fashions often set trends among the wealthy and, because of this, cultural aspects of Oiran traditions continue to be preserved to this day.

In his time, the samurai lady called onna-bugeisha, generally work for the upper class society.


Pleasure-style music lovers, by Junior Respati, executive summary by Darmansjah

Among local young people, Shimokitazawa is no longer a stranger. Includes Setagaya area located in the eastern part of Tokyo, this city is known as a fairly active music scene. I am who happened to be in Tokyo soon set foot there. What's more, I want to add a collection of compact disc music in the house.

Akihabara is so popular as a region that offer anime, manga, and videogame. one building Sega Gigo

Once arrived at the scene, I immediately entered the music-shops scattered throughout the region. A wide selection of collections presented on the shelves publisher stores of various sizes-small, medium and large.

I traveled up from the land of the per capita income is much lower because obviously chose this plae price reasons. The music store manager here offer a more friendly than large class music store Tower Records. Although differing only tens or dozens of yen, but for me this is a more economical option.

jinrikisha operated retractable manner generally only found in tourist spots

Another plus, this is what I like and enjoy, there is a special display products of new bands. In this area, a new band recorded a demo CD to install the player and ask visitors to listen to his work. Alternatively, there are more extreme. New bands are actually displaying dozens of demo CDs that can be taken home for free. Hopefully, they can get feedback after people listening via electronic mail. I give advice on a music store should we go: Warszawa Records Building located Nozaki. This store has a very complete record collection. Many people say this store is the best underground music stores across Tokyo.

For collectors vinyl!, You can stop by to Yellow Pop. This store has a tempting collection for music lovers of punk, reggae, electronic, and hip-hop. Of course, the type of music it is rather hard to find Vinly her. Unlike the music-pop music are easily available throughout Tokyo.

although mass transportation in Japan is very advanced, cycling lifestyle has never left

Sumo and baseball being the most popular sport in the traditional and modern Japan.
In addition to CD and vinyl shop, in Shimokitazawa we can also get a collection of fashion with minimal price. Although not new, fashion collections are sold in some shops in fashion there is often a game. The reason, a vintage yet very natural.