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What kind of country is Japan? This site aims to become a guide to Japan and Japanese culture by introducing various information about Japan, from basic information such as its location, climate, transportation, food, language and manners, to whats and whys about the local traditions and customs.

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The Reason is Clear

(MON) February 17th, 2020

3:24 p.m. It wasn't just me. Yutaka must also have been disppointed with My Rhapsody losing in 4th place in Kyodo Tsushin-hai.

Well, the reason is clear, at least to me. My Rhapsody was simply way too behind in a slow pace race to win. Perhaps Yutaka thought that the horse had outstanding instantaneous speed from the performance of his previous race, but Heart's Cry descendants generally perform well in races run in a tight lap, when it's a stamina-consuming situation. Therefore, Heart's Cry descendants do better when the last 3 furlongs take around 35 seconds. The soft track yesterday must have advantaged the horse in the sense stamina was necessary otherwise, he could have lost bigger.

In a slow-paced race, it would become a huge disadvantage if you take the position in the back, as the horse needs to bring out more than the best of its speed in order to take over the others. Remember Seiun Sky and Special Week. Seiun Sky took the lead in Kikka-sho to wrap up the last 3 furlongs in 35.1 seconds, while Special Week ran the last 3 furlongs 1 second faster in 34.1 and not only wasn't he able to take over Seiun Sky, but finished more than 3 lengths behind. The race was run in average pace not slow, but I thought it was a good example.

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Food Catalog

Cream Anmitsu
Cream Anmitsu

Fed up with the heat? Here's a nice cold Japanse-style sweets to cheer you up! Cream Anmitsu is a delux version of Anmitsu, Kanten(Japanese gelatine) jelly and fruits with ice cream topping and Kuromitsu caramel sauce poured over it. And what's great, it's low calorie!


Holidays of February

  • February 11th (TUE)
  • National Foundation Day
  • February 24rd (MON)
  • Makeup Holiday for Emperor's Birthday


Watch out for "SAMURAI" Tamesue!

'People' would like to cheer and support someone who is working hard to achieve his or her goal. This time 'People' would focus on Japanese "Samurai" hurdler Dai Tamesue who recently went into a full-fledged training for the Peking Olympics.


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Manned flight by oxyride dry-cell batteries project

The Tokyo Institute of Technology in cooperation with Panasonic, has led the project 'Manned Flight by Oxyride Dry-cell Battery' into the world's first success. On July 16th this year (2006), they made success in a trial of manned flight using commercially available oxyride batteries, in a project that they had been bringing forward together.