My Japan living, stories and experiences


January 5th, 2016|

I joined Douoshi ( 胴押し) of this year. Douoshi is a tradition of purification which has been practicing in Tsukihuse of Sado since 1700. In the night of 3th January, each year local people gathered in the shrine. Generally the

Ryutaro san, a young farmer and photographer.

November 9th, 2015|

Ryutaro san, a young farmer, and photographer. He born in main city but now lives in nature-town Hamochi. Academically he is an environmental scientist, however he became farmer and photographer. Whereas the young migrates to city and embracing punk culture

Tokuwa Matsuri

September 15th, 2015|

As like as other JapaneseTokuwa Matsuri (festival) has also spiritual and social aspects liked with Okura Jinja, Tokuwa, Sado. As the common practices of Japanese festival, in Kopuwa Matsuri also ‘Mikoshi’ ( Portable Shrine) has been used. ‘Oni Daiko’ ( demon

Eyes of Takashi Amano

September 14th, 2015|

Takashi Amano (天野尚 1954-1915) is one of my favorite Japanese photographers. I was impressed to read his great book ‘Sado – To Pristine Forest from Bottom of Sea’ and ‘Beautiful Niigata’. His great photography has inspired me to be a


July 7th, 2015|

Tanabata (七夕) is a Japanese star festival. It is known as a Japanese valentine day as well. The festival generally has been celebrated in the 07 July of every year. It is a popular culture and widely celebrated in the


June 28th, 2015|

Tsuburosashi ( つぶろさし ) is an unique dance with beat of Zenidaiko ( 銭太鼓 , Money Tambour/ Zeni Coins), the ancient instrument. it is a popular culture and performing art in Sado since 16th century, particularly in Hamochi (佐渡島, 日本,

Rabbits of Choukokuji Temple

June 2nd, 2015|

I went to visit historical ‘Choukokuji Buddhist Temple’ with tourist group to learn the cultural history of Sado, and to collect footage for making web documentary! I am surprised to see the pray-places for major religions’ believers including Islam inside