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income tax filing and Year-end Tax Adjustment in Japan
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Winning Isn't Everything: Corruption in Sumo Wrestling JREF
Duggan, Mark, and Steven D. Levitt. 2002. "Winning Isn't Everything: Corruption in Sumo Wrestling ."
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Learn Japanese 2023-03-01
An application that allows practicing Japanese conversations with an AI
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Tōkeiji's Business: the Agency of Nuns in the Early Modern Period JREF
Tōkeiji's Business: the Agency of Nuns in the Early Modern Period
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Kanji Breakthrough 2022-03-14
A download of Mary’s “Kanji Breakthrough,” a series of lessons originally published in 2007.
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MEXT Recommendation Form for Colleges
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Xano Mincho U32 JREF
Xano Mincho U32 2021-03-22
Xano Mincho Font (XANO明朝フォント) is a formal-looking mincho font.
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Tetsubin Gothic JREF
Tetsubin Gothic 2021-03-21
Tetsubin Gothic (鉄瓶ゴシック) is a free-to-download gothic font, bolded with rough strokes.
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Kei Font JREF
Kei Font 2021-03-21
Kei Font (けいふぉんと) is a True Type free Display Japanese font
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Uchiyama Castle (内山城 Uchiyama-jō) is located in the mountains east of Saku City, Nagano Prefecture. The castle was most likely constructed in the early 16th century by the local Ōi (大井) clan who ruled the Saku district. When Takeda Shingen (武田信玄, 1521-1573) invaded the Saku district in 1546...
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Biwako Terrace is located in Biwako Valley, a mountain resort in Ōtsu City, Shiga Prefecture. The terrace café lies in the Hira Mountains (比良山地), on Mount Uchimi, at an altitude of 1,103 metres and offers a spectacular view over Lake Biwa. Visitors can access Biwako Valley by taking a...
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Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリ) is located in Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo. Originally conceived as "New Tokyo Tower" (新東京タワ), it is a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower with a maximum height of 634 metres. That height was chosen to reflect the word musashi, the name of the former province of...
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. Kameido Shrine (亀戸天神社 Kameido Tenjinsha) is a Shintō shrine in the Kōtō Ward of Tōkyō. It was founded in 1662 and enshrines the deified spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, the patron of scholars and artists, who is worshipped by students at the time of their entrance exams. Michizane was a...
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Horikoshi Castle (堀越城 Horikoshi-jō) was a flatland castle (平城 hirajiro) located in Horikoshi-chō, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, in the southern part of the Tsugaru Plain. It was designated as a national historic site (史跡) in 1985. Hirosaki City created a municipal historic park on the site of the...
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Iwakura Tomomi (岩倉具視, 1825-1883) was a courtier and statesman who played a vital role in the Meiji Restoration. The only court noble in the early Meiji government, he was described as shrewd and cunning but instrumental in mediating between Satsuma and Chōshū. He had a strong influence on...
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Ukiyo-e (浮世絵, lit. pictures of the floating world) are woodblock prints and paintings of a school of artists that emerged in the early part of the Edo period (1603-1868). With the increasing wealth of the merchants and the urban middle classes, ukiyo-e became tremendously popular. The subject...
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The Ashikaga Shogunate The Muromachi shogunate (1338-1573) was the second of Japan's three military regimes (幕府 bakufu), between the Kamakura shogunate (1192-1333) and the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867). Established by Ashikaga Takauji (足利尊氏, 1305-1358), its name derives from the Muromachi...
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Fujiwara family crestThe Fujiwara family (藤原氏 Fujiwara-shi) was an influential family of Japanese courtiers that exercised significant political power during much of the Heian Period (794-1185). It held a monopoly on the positions of sesshō and kampaku during the regency government in the 10th...
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The former residence of the Nomura family (野村家) is located in Nagamachi, the bukeyashiki or samurai quarter of Kanazawa. This quiet district is characterised by its long, straight mud-daub walls topped with traditional wooden slats called kobaita (小羽 板) and covered with straw mats (こも komo) in...

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I bought this Japanese Censor here in New England and when I researched the silversmith, Paris France, they were in business from 1880's to about the 1900's and then no longer existed. What's interesting about the piece is the color combination and the artwork on the piece. Japanese export...
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I used to have a breadmaker in Japan that I had picked up when someone threw it away. Other than the vent's grill on the top being cracked and missing part of the grill, the breadmaker was perfectly fine. All you had to do was measure out the ingredients, put them in the machine in the proper...
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As you might know, kabukicho can be a little different compared to the rest of Tokyo and most of Japan. In a way, I decided to use that to my advantage and spent quite some time there (not buying any special services there though 🤨). Because of my frequency around the area, I can recall various...
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Once upon a time I was recording some talented folk. Street performers in Nanba, creating an amazing performance. To do this, I always make sure to record audio with my phone, which I put on a surface aimed at the street performers, in this case, on the edge of the bench close to them. The...
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Another mystery item. I got this piece, it's relatively large about 14 inches tall and weighs about 3 kilos. I have been on several discussion groups on porcelains, Chinese and Japanese, and the item seems to be a conundrum. That said the first image is on the base of the piece and the crack is...
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Todd's Farm has celebrated it's 51st year of operations (except during the USA's pandemic when it was shut down). I had always been a buyer. Showing up with a flashlight, a pocket full of cash and an empty SUV (a small one now). I was mostly buying furniture and in New England, the surprises are...
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Normally when I visit Japan, I don't spend much on accommodations, because with my extensive network of friends I'm usually imposing myself on them for a few days at a time (and sometimes longer, as the case may be). This is one of the reasons why I like to say that it's cheaper for me to travel...
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My nostrils awoke first, already walking down to the beach to take in the sea air. I dropped down to the first story to have breakfast and chat with the owners to collect suggestions for the coming day. Had I left a little earlier the day before I could have made it back to Naha on day 5 of my...
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The Written Japanese Script: While there are courses that I can take in learning how to write in Japanese, reading Japanese script on an artwork is somewhat more challenging that simply learning the language. The writer is often using not only their artistic flair in writing the script, but...

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Mutsu Hassen Red Label Tokubetsu Junmai is made of Hanafubuki rice (kōjimai) milled to 55% and Masshigura rice (kakemai) milled to 60%. It is an all-year-round product with a gorgeous fruity aroma and Hassen's characteristic umami flavour.
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Aomori (青森)
Rice type
Hanafubuki (花吹雪)
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55%
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16%
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1.6
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Hachinohe Shuzō
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八戸酒造
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〒031-0812 Aomori, Hachinohe, Minatomachi, Honchō-9
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0178-33-1171
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Mutsu Hassen Junmai Ginjō Black Label is made of Hanafubuki rice milled to 55%. It is the only Junmai Ginjō in Hassen's line-up available all year round. The chic-coloured label reflects a calm atmosphere, designed as a regular evening drink.
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Aomori (青森)
Rice type
Hanafubuki (花吹雪)
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55%
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16%
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1.6
Brewery
Hachinohe Shuzō
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八戸酒造
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〒031-0812 Aomori, Hachinohe, Minatomachi, Honchō-9
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0178-33-1171
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Ise no Shiroki Junmai Kaseishu is a light nigori sake brewed in the traditional way handed down at the Takahashi Brewery for generations.
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Mie (三重)
Rice type
Yumenishiki (夢錦)
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n/a
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Takahashi Shuzō
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タカハシ酒造
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2-15-7 Matsutera, Yokkaichi, Mie 510-8021
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059-365-0205
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Amabuki Junmai Daiginjō Aizan is made of Aizan rice milled to 40%. Aizan is a rice variety grown in Hyōgo Prefecture, inheriting the lineage of Yamadanishiki and Ōmachi.
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Saga (佐賀)
Rice type
Aizan (愛山)
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40%
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16%
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1.7
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Amabuki Shuzō
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天吹酒造
Address
2894 Higashio, Miyaki-chō, Miyaki-gun, Saga Prefecture, 849-0113
Phone
0942-89-2001
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Mutsu Otokoyama Chōkara Junmai is made of Hanafubuki rice (kōjimai) milled to 55%, and Masshigura rice (kakemai) milled to 65%. It has a very spicy and refreshing taste. It can be enjoyed not only as a chilled but also as kanzake.
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Aomori (青森)
Rice type
Hanafubuki (花吹雪)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
16%
SMV
+7.0
Acidity
1.3
Brewery
Hachinohe Shuzō
Name in Japanese
八戸酒造
Address
〒031-0812 Aomori, Hachinohe, Minatomachi, Honchō-9
Phone
0178-33-1171
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Aizuhomare Daiginjō Kiwami Blue Label is made of rice grown in Fukushima, milled to 50%, and Association 1801 yeast. It is a slightly luxurious daily daiginjō at an affordable price released under the brewery's "Kiwami" brand.
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Fukushima (福島)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
50%
Alcohol content
16%
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1.6
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0.9
Brewery
Homare Shuzō
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ほまれ酒造
Address
Tokiwachō-2706 Matsuyamamachi Muramatsu, Kitakata, Fukushima 966-0902
Phone
0241-22-5151
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Haneya Junmai Ginjō Ginpu Namazake is made of Ginpu rice grown in Hokkaido, which tends to produce a full-bodied flavour. This sake is the second in Haneya's "Sake Rice Exploration Series."
Prefecture
Toyama (富山)
Rice type
Ginpu (吟風)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
15%
Brewery
Fumigiku Shuzō (Haneya)
Name in Japanese
富美菊酒造 (羽根屋)
Address
134-3 Hyakuzuka, Toyama, 930-2214
Phone
076-441-9594
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Kurumazaka Yamahai Junmai Daiginjō Namazake is made with Yamadanishiki rice polished to 50%, using the traditional yamahai method.
Prefecture
Wakayama (和歌山)
Rice type
Yamada Nishiki (山田錦)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
50%
Alcohol content
17.4%
Brewery
Yoshimura Hideo Shōten
Name in Japanese
𠮷村秀雄商店
Address
72 Hatage, Iwade City, Wakayama Prefecture, 649-6244
Phone
0736-62-2121
Website
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Kozaemon Okome no Chikara Hidahomare Nama is made of ungraded Hidahomare rice milled to 70%. This posed a high hurdle to the tōji but resulted in a pleasing aroma you wouldn't expect from non-premium rice.
Prefecture
Gifu (岐阜)
Rice type
Hidahomare (ひだほまれ)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
70%
Alcohol content
16.5%
SMV
-5.0
Acidity
4.0
Brewery
Nakajima Shuzō
Name in Japanese
中島醸造
Address
7181-1 Tokicho, Mizunami, Gifu 509-6101
Phone
0572-68-3151
Website
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Suishin Junmai Ginjō Bingakoi Namagenshu is an unpasteurized summer sake bottled individually like wine and aged at low temperature.
Prefecture
Hiroshima (広島)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
60%
Alcohol content
17%
SMV
+2.5
Acidity
1.6
Brewery
Suishin Yamane Honten
Name in Japanese
醉心山根本店
Address
1-5-58 Higashimachi, Mihara, Hiroshima 723-0011
Phone
0848-62-3251
Website
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