Hotel Ambia Shofukaku

Hamatome Kaigandori, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, 425-0012, Japan
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The Japanese NOD to show

by cheesecake17

attentiveness and agreement, but they do NOT employ a shake of head to signal NO....

Instead, they hold the hand flat in front of their face and wave it back and forth..(pic#1).This gesture can indicate disagreement, denial, lack of understanding...

For us westerners , that gesture will indicate something smell stink....:)))

The gesture that signifies oneself is a forefinger pointed to one's nose..(pic#1)...and not your heart like I am used to.....

Another thing to remember is that the japanese language requires frequent use of rejoinders words or sounds that indicate the listener is following the speaker...

The short words EE, HAI, and SO DESU NE, are inserted in conversation to show attentiveness, if not agreement...

It is a MISTAKE to assume that HAI(usually understood as YES) means agreement....In many contexts all it means in that the listener is paying attention......

In face to face conversation, a nod of the head can communicate the same thing, but on the phone these rejoinder are necesary..

At the reception table

by cheesecake17

When you arrive at the reception, near the entrance to the banquet hall there will be a reception table..

Make sure you are at the WRIGHT table, there may be other couples getting married there too, and many of these tables will be displayed..

Usually they have the name of the bride and groom display some where on the table but if you can not read japanese, just ask ..

The people sitting here are most likely to be young friends of the bride and groom…

Turn the envelope with your money gift so that it faces the reception attendant and place it on the tray provided, sign the guest book and accept the printed program of the reception…

The program will have the seating arrangement showing your name and where you are seated….

Dying tradition

by cheesecake17

many of you may still be thinking that everyone in japan is still wearing one of these..:))

But that is not the case......reason...

Wearing a kimono properly can be troublesome unless one is used to wearing one..There are a few people in the younger generation nowadays who are not able to wear a kimono properly...

They have to depend on their mother or pay 10000 yen to have a beauty shop consultant help them....

The care that must go nto a kimono can be a burden..Those made of synthetic fibers can be dry cleaned, but high quality kimonos must be cleaned by araihari, special process , that is costly....

Using the restrooms is another problem, the kimono comes loose when the skirt of the kimono is pulled up and straightening it out is a big hassle.....

However, they sre still worn today at wedings and on formal occasions

the picture , are 2 old ladies I found on the street....the older generation do wear them....but its a dying tradition as an everyday use.....


by cheesecake17

During YAIZU ARA MATSURI there is a small sumo tournament, not has grand as the real thing but just as fun.


Sumo has been an entertainment in Japan for more than 1,300 years. The first written record of Sumo as historical evidence was found on Nihon Shoki.

On 22 July, 642, Kogyoku Emperor commanded his soldiers to perform Sumo to entertain the guests from Kudara, one of the old countries in present Korea.

There is, however, another written record of Sumo prior to the above.
In 469, Yuryaku Emperor commanded his ladies of the court to strip themselves, put on tohsagi (one kind of fundoshi) and perform Sumo.

This was done to embarrass an expert in carpentry named Inabe-no-mane who had said,"I will not chip the edge of a hatchet even if I use it on a stone." He missed his aim at the sight of female Sumo and was almost killed because of his boast.

Even though this is the first word of Sumo written in the literature, most of the Sumo scholars ignore this as the first written record of Sumo.

In 728, Shomu Emperor issued a draft call for Sumo tournament, and 6 years later, on 7 July, 734, Sumai-no-sechie, the first national Sumo tournament was held.

Since Sumo became an imperial ritual it has been played generally as a festival all over Japan.

but nowadays Sumo is played as a sport.With tournament played in Tokyo and Nagoya


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