Suseri Oota is an entertainer born in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Her stage name, also Suseri Oota, is written only in katakana characters, instead of the kanji characters of her real name. The name, Suseri, came from Princess Suseri, a legendary figure who appeared in the book Kojiki (680 A.D.). The Suseri of legend was known to have been driven to pursue whatever she wanted.
Suseri Oota left university before completing her course to become an actor and she began to study acting at Gekidan En Kenkyuujo. After finishing her studies there, she formed a comic duo. When her partner got married and left the duo, she became a solo performer, often accompanying herself on guitar. She loved to perform on stage but she is also highly regarded as a film and TV actor, scenario writer and essayist. Her most successful book is Dekai Onna (Large Woman).
Suseri is 176cm tall and her shoe size is 26cm. This stands out from other Japanese women whose average height is 159cm. Her stature adds uniqueness to her image and it gives her a sharp eye for details in everyday life which many people overlook. She strives to free herself and others from social and aesthetic stereotypes.
Suseri Oota is a performer and an artist who is a person of action and who is not afraid to reveal herself to the public. She is a modern version of the Princess Suseri written about in ancient times. Her uniqueness and courage have set the course for great success in the future.
Japanese cuisine is highly regarded worldwide for its beauty. This is often attributed not only to the food itself but also to the selection of serving dishes. When served on an elegant plate, home cooking looks even more appetizing. Handmade dishes in which each piece is subtly different in color and shape further heighten the dining experience. In an aesthetic unique to Japan people regularly assimilate nature into their everyday lives; the opposite of beauty being neat and orderly. This Wara White Lotus Serving Plate is handmade and each piece has subtle differences of color and shape. The plate with an inscribed lotus leaf pattern is otherwise plain and enhances the presentation of any dish. It is 20.5cm in diameter and perfect for any occasion. Acquiring a unique handmade plate produced by a small studio is reminiscent of an old Japanese saying, “treasure every meeting, for it will never recur”. Embracing beauty like this will further enrich your life.
Katakai Festival serves as the autumn festival of Asahara Shrine in Katakai Town in Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture. It is a historic festival handed down for 400 years. Held for two days from September 9 to 10 every year, the festival is famous for its impressive fireworks, which are considered contributions to the shrine as offerings to the deities.
During the festival, the shrine performs the rituals such as Tama-okuri, at which a firework's explosive device is presented as an offering to the shrine, and Tsutsu-hiki, at which a tube for launching fireworks is offered to pray for the successful shooting of fireworks.
As the town of Katakai is the birthplace of 3-shaku dama (round fireworks with a circumference of about 90 cm), numerous 3-shaku dama fireworks are gorgeously shot up into the sky during the festival. The 4-shaku dama (120 cm in circumference) fireworks, which create an illumination of 800 meters in diameter in the sky, have also been successfully set off and recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest fireworks in the world.
As many as 15,000 fireworks in total number are displayed during the 2-day festival period. The giant fireworks blooming in the night sky above the town symbolize the pride of pyrotechnists in Katakai.
“Gomangoku Fuji (Wisteria)” is the name of the wisteria trees climbing over the trellises with a total area of 1,300 square meters located in the south of Okazaki Park in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture. Constructed in the Okazaki Castle ruins site, the park has a lot of buildings and historic sites pertaining to Tokugawa Ieyasu. The restored donjon stands in the center of the park.
The wisteria flower is the city’s official flower and Gomangoku Wisteria is designated as a city’s cultural property. The trellises were built in 1911. The longest vine extends 11 meters and some vines have pendulous racemes 1 meter long.
From late April through early May, Gomangoku Wisteria Festival is held and the area around the trellises is bustled with visitors. The flowers are illuminated in the evenings during the festival period.
The Oshikawa-Otaki Waterfall, 8 m in height and 3 m in width, is a dynamic waterfall in the Nakura River, one of the tributaries of the Yahagi River, in the eastern end of Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.
From the Takimi-bashi (Waterfall Viewing) Bridge, you can see the whole beautiful flow of the waterfall. The promenades are provided to lead you to the top of the waterfall and the waterfall basin.
Going down to the riverside, you will find a wide and deep basin for a cascade of this size. You will be overwhelmed by its dynamic flow. In hot summer, cool splashes of water will make you refreshed. You can also enjoy camping on the shores of the river or enjoy swimming near the basin.
Mt. Poroshiri (2,052 m) is in Biratori Town in southern Hokkaido. It is a part of Hidaka-Sanmyaku-Erimo Quasi-National Park and is counted as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Mountains. As is named “Poroshiri,” meaning “a huge mountain” in the Ainu language, it is the highest mountain in the Hidaka Mountain Range, which is called “the spine of Hokkaido.” The mountain was formed by the elevation of the seabed about 1,300 years ago and long-period erosion by rain, snow and wind has created its rugged peaks. The top of the mountain commands a panoramic view of Hidaka mountains, which are overlapping with one another and continue far and wide.
The mountain is the treasure trove of flora and fauna including many species of alpine plants that come into bloom and form a field of flowers in July, Japanese pikas and black woodpeckers.
On the side of the mountain are three cirques named Nanatsunuma Cirque, Kita Cirque and Higashi Cirque, which are amphitheatre-like valleys, or valley heads, formed at the head of a glacier by erosion. The largest Nanatsunuma Cirque has seven ponds, which can be seen only in the snow melting season.
Nestled by the Akanko or Lake Akan, the home to marimo algae, stand two mountains side by side as if they are snuggled together.
One mountain has a large relatively uneven top while the other, though it looks as if it is raised leaning towards the other one, has the very opposite looks with a sharp conical top.
The mountain with the conical top looks like Mt. Fuji and is named Akan-fuji. It is referred to as Mt. Fuji in Hokkaido.
It’s height above sea level is 1477m, slightly lower than its neighbor, Meakan-dake Mountain.
Though Akan-fuji is often paired with Meakan-dake, a famous majestic mountain, it differs very much from Meakan-dake. Despite its looks, Akan-fuji is moderately easy to climb and thus attracts many climbers including trekkers through Meakan-dake and hikers from Onnetou, a mysterious lake lying at the foot of the mountain.
As evident in some books which describe Akan-fuji as one of the peaks of Meakan-dake, in some ways, Akan-fuji is seen as an offspring of Meaken-dake.
Under the stern mother who is an active volcano, her son has grown well and big.
Otsu-juku in present Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture was the 53rd of 53 post stations of the Tokaido Road and the 69th of 69 post stations of the Nakasendo Road; that is, the last post station on the long way from Edo to Kyoto. Since the honjin (the lodging for daimyo and the nobility) was built in 1602, it had developed in to a large town with 100 sub-towns and the population of 18,000. It was the largest post station on the roads with 2 honjin, 1 sub-honjin and 71 inns lining along the street. The town was also the important point of traffic, where commodities via Lake Biwa were collected and distributed.
The famous Ukiyoe artist Ando Hiroshige depicted tea houses along the street, where travelers drank tea to relieve their thirst. The place where the tea houses were located was known for the clear spring water called “Hashirii no Shimizu,” which still springs out of the well in the precinct of Gesshinji Temple.
Hashirii-mochi, which was served with Japanese green tea at these tea houses, is a soft rice cake ball with bean jam in it. It is still loved by both local people and tourists. Contrary to the prosperity at the time, Otsu-juku at present is a quiet town, where only the stone monument tells us the thriving atmosphere in the old days.