Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Salsa Dancer, Kaku/Salsa Lab Part-5 -Dancing salsa is good for mental health?!-

Dancing salsa increases one's happiness and it is definitely beneficial for health as well.

From my own experience, dancing salsa helped to cure my cold in one day.


It has been proven scientifically that music helps ones’ mind.

Salsa music is from South America where there is sunshine,

beautiful nature and most of the residents are happy.

Salsa music can lift up peoples’ moods and make them happier

and more optimistic as well.


In many South American households, when people gather around, they dance salsa.


In conclusion, dancing salsa is simply enjoyable,

easy to start even if you've never danced before

and beneficial for both physical and mental health.


Without comparing, no matter how you move, just enjoy every moment

because everyone’s style of dancing is correct.

There is no such thing as a wrong salsa dance.

Play with the rhythm and express yourself.


This is salsa dance.


Here's our video of Shine (Salsa solo dance) by a Japanese salsa dancer, "Kaku" at "Salsa Lab"

Last Update: 3/23/2016


Here’s our previous blog “Japanese Salsa Dancer / Kaku / At Salsa Lab”

Posted: 2/3/2016


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World Heriage Site in Japan / Koyasan Part-7


Charms of Japan

It was a very simple thought and/or idea

that Kobo Daishi discovered Koyasan and he wanted to use it for Buddhist training.

Most of us may think so but we would say that it is impossible for anyone to do.

He actually did it.

Because of his many incredible achievements, people still worship him.


To follow his example, if we have something which we want to achieve or do,

why don't we just make action?



Fukui Commercial High School JETS at “NDA 2016 National Championship” / 4th Consecutive NDA Victory


JETS and Grace JETS


Fukui commercial High School JETS, the cheerleader club, a regular participant at “NDA National Championship” which was held from Feb.25th to 27th, 2016, won the first prize for the fourth consecutive year in international team performance category!


I borrowed the video of “NDA National Championship 2016” from the coach of the cheerleader club, Ms. Igarashi.


After their performance, because of relieving from the pressure and/or feeling grateful of their own performance, they look very happy and excited.


They now might be working on the basics every day with freshmen who just joined from this year. I remember their practice scene which I saw last year at the high school.



World Heritage Site in Japan / Koyasan Part-6 / When did Kobo Daishi (Kukai) (774-835) build the temple?


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When did Kobo Daishi (Kukai) (774-835) build the temple in Koyasan?


In 807, Heizei Emperor gave Kobo Daishi (Kukai)

the permission to start a religion, Shingon Buhhidism.


Kobo Daishi (Kukai), as a founder of Shingon Buddhism,

in simple ways with easier words,

he taught Japanese people what he learned during studying abroad in China.


As I mentioned in our previous blog (Koyasan part 2) that

after returning from studying abroad in China,

young Kobo Daishi (Kukai) discovered the site on Koyasan (Mount Koya)

and wanted to use it as a training ground for esoteric Buddhism.


June 19th, 816, he requested the Koyasan to be granted as a place for Zen training,

and on July 8th, 816, he gained the imperial sanction

that the mountain should be granted to him.

In 817, he sent his disciplines to Koyasan to start developing

and founding a base for his religion.


In November, 818, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) went up to Koyasan and stayed until the next year.


There were no roads, stairs or anything

but he cut through mountains to build temples on such a high mountains.

He probably wanted to teach us not only Bhuddism, I think he wanted teach us that

there's nothing we cannot do.




Note on the production of “Going out wearing kimono”


Production notes

The video “Going out wearing kimono” which we released lately was our original plan.
As a matter of fact, I had reserved this plan for over half a year.
Because kimono is essential in introducing Japanese culture.
In the meanwhile I heard that a friend of mine was learning seriously kimono dressing.
And then the plan had become more likely.
Moreover, other friends also volunteered to attend the filming so I arranged the date first
and did check together small articles for kimono such as some cords and belts,
otherwise kimono dressing would not be completed.


Finally, on the day of filming, a friend went to a beauty salon to set hair,
a friend bought a new zori(sandals for kimono) and another friend even brought
her kimono dressing teacher to help us!
And after all, my kimono, which I had put away in the drawer for a long time,
was able to see the light in ages.
I was afraid that it was going to rain but not, and we finished the filming on schedule.


Thank you all for joining us!


The left yellow kimono is her mother’s.
The right black flowered kimono is mine.


This pink kimono and obi(sash) are also mine. They are over 30 years old.


Kimono’s back style is also beautiful and eye-pleasing.