Movies on Japan III
The following are short MPEG movies of various aspects of life in and connected with Japan.
Tanuki are omnivorous, usually nocturnal creatures that root out bugs or worms. They are quite gentle animals, rarely aggressive to humans.
Tanuki are often wrongly referred to as badgers or raccoons, but they are not related to either of those species, being a member of the canid family, so, closely related to dogs and foxes. They are the only member of the canid family to hibernate during the coldest part of winter.
Mochi (rice cakes) are associated with the New Year in Japan but are in fact eaten throughout the year. Cooked glutinous rice is traditionally softened into a paste using a mallet (kine) and mortar (usu).
This is team work with one person turning the rice and wetting it and another person pounding it with the mallet. This video is shot in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture and the team is making yomogi mochi (mugwort rice cakes), which have a green color.
Meitetsu Railways are a large private, suburban rail company in central Honshu. Operating out of Nagoya Station, Meitetsu has trains to Kanayama, Chubu International Airport, Inuyama, Gifu, Toyohashi, Arimatsu, Chiryu, Okazaki, Hekinan, Handa and the Chita Peninsula.
Meitetsu operates a number of express services including the Panorama Super and the more modern Centrair Express.
Meitetsu Railways run throught central Honshu, connecting Nagoya Station with Kanayama, Gifu, Toyohashi, Chubu International Airport, Inuyama, Arimatsu, Chiryu, Okazaki, Hekinan and the Chita Peninsula.
Sako Station just one stop north of Nagoya Station is a great place for trainspotters.
Kintetsu Railways are an extensive private railway with express and local services running between Nagoya Station and Nanba Station in downtown Osaka. The largest of the private railways in Japan, Kinki Nippon Railway Co, also connects Kyoto, Nara, Ise, Tsu and Toba in Mie Prefecture.
Kintetsu is a large Japanese conglomerate with its headquarters in Osaka.
Kendo, meaning "Way of the Sword" is a traditional Japanese martial art derived from samurai weapons training of the 18th century. Over 4 million people practice kendo in Japan and the sport has a huge following overseas.
Kendo involves the combatants wearing special body armor and the use of a bamboo sword.
Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market) in downtown Tokyo dates from the 1920s and is the largest fish market in the world.
The Tsukiji Fish Market has developed into one of the capital's major tourist attractions for foreign visitors and is a great place to try a sushi breakfast in one of the nearby restaurants.
Mount Gozaisho in Mie Prefecture, not far from Nagoya and Yokkaichi is over 1200 meters high. The mountain is known for its natural beauty, wild flowers, monkeys and the hot springs of Yunoyama at its base.
The Gozaisho mountain is a strenuous hike or you can ride up in comfort on Asia's longest cable car.