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😇👋A MONTH OF NO GODS🧳⛩️
There is a quaint belief that in the 10th month the gods of Japan congregate for a great gathering to discuss matchmaking at Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) in Shimane Prefecture.
Only hard-of-hearing Ebisu & the Sun Goddess miss this annual pilgrimage.
#Japan
In the traditional calendar the 10th month is known as 'Kannazuki' (神無月), which nowadays has come mean 'Month Without Gods'.
Because the gods are said to gather at Izumo-taisha, in Izumo Province the 10th month was called 'Kamiarizuki' (神有月 'Month With Gods').
#folkore
It seems that originally the 10th month was called the 'Month of Gods' across Japan, as the character '無' was used for its sound ('na') rather than its meaning. In fact it's possible that when imported from China, the characters '神無' were only used for their phonetic value.
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"Nixon Drafts Resignation"--New York Daily News today 1974:
"The President Resigns"--CBS tonight 1974:
Nixon about to resign, Oval Office tonight 1974: #NARA
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CCTV's "news heavy" 7 AM news slot has half an hour of reports on pressing international topics such as how US military aid to Ukraine is fueling the flames of the fire, and then at 7:34 there is a three-minute segment on the assassination of Shinzo Abe, his life and death.
CCTV reporter Niu Lu in Nara watches the hearse carrying Abe start its journey to Tokyo
#abe #cctv #nara #tokyo
There is a brief standup in front of Nara police station where a police press conference is taking place
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👣LOTUS LOVE😇
In Kyōto 'kanrensetsu' (観蓮節), 'lotus flower viewing', coincides with the culmination of the Gion Matsuri, when the gods of Yasaka-jinja arrive at their temporary holiday abode in the city.
Temple ponds offer a welcome distraction from the sweltering summer days. ImageImageImageImage
this world
bristles with thorns...
yet there are lotuses
世の中よ針だらけでも蓮の花
-Kobayashi Issa (小林一茶), 1815.

The mesmerizing, ultrahydrophobic surface of lotus leaves😵‍💫👏😊
#Japan #Kyoto #京都 #Yakushiji #薬師寺 #Nara #奈良 #lotus #蓮
Lotus flowers in many ways perfectly compliment spring's cherry blossoms: sakura (桜) have become a symbol of life's impermanence in Japan, whereas the lotus (蓮 'hasu') offers a more hopeful message of enlightenment and rebirth.

#Kyoto #京都 #Japan #lotus #蓮 #ハス #観蓮節 ImageImageImageImage
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Joint Base Andrews (formerly Andrews Air Force Base), photographed a few minutes ago. Anyone want to remind us of some of the history that has been made here?
Eisenhower welcomes Khrushchev for first US visit by a supreme Soviet leader, Andrews Air Force Base, 1959: #Getty
JFK and Jackie walk toward Air Force One, bound for Texas, at Andrews Air Force Base, 1963:
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🌤️🌸SPRING EQUINOX🐣🐇

Happy 'Shunbun-no-hi' (春分の日)🥳🌞

a straight line
all the way to Kyōto...
umbrella-hatted blossom viewers
京迄は一筋道ぞ花見笠
-Issa (小林一茶), 1822.
Transl. David G. Lanoue.

'Vernal Equinox Day' has been a national holiday since 1948.
#Kyoto #Japan
Originally the spring equinox was taken up by a Shintō festival called 'Shunki kōrei-sai' (春季皇霊祭), created in 1878 and centered around imperial ancestor worship. In 1948 this was repackaged as a day for admiring nature and all living things.
#Kyoto #Japan #Nara #sakura #桜
In the past 'Higan-no-Nakaba' (彼岸の半ば 'Middle of the Equinoctial Week') was a time for visiting graves to honour ancestors. It was also a time for spring cleaning and for making important changes (such as beginning a new hobby or finishing an important project).
#Kyoto #Japan
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🚨The exciting part of the year for Japanese politics is rapidly approaching: with the race for the leadership of the LDP upon us, the general election for the Lower House is getting closer and closer.📆

Reports say that it could take place by Mid-October! Thus, this project:➕ Image
I would like to make a rundown on the 289 Single-Member Districts that compose part of the Lower House of the Japanese Diet.

Let's see the conditions of each district, the candidates & how the Japanese media & history see the race. Join me and follow along! In for a long ride🎢
Yes. I'm THAT crazy. LOL

All in with the 289 districts. Let's do it for fun and in order to learn more (myself included) about JP politics.

Please don't hesitate to add info, point out mistakes or anything you want! #JapanPolitics
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(1) The 4th stage of the Program by the Min of #Fisheries to build #ArtificialReefs and #FishSpawning habitats with old busses and concrete structures is been successfully conducted in the seas off the #Jaffna peninsula. Earlier stages were conducted in Trinco, Galle and Matara.
(2) The protest by the #TamilNadu #Fishermen against the program stating it as an irresponsible move has been rejected by the #GOSL and will be continued. Similar programs are conducted globally, it has been recommended by the #MarineResearch Institute in SL, #NARA as well.
(3) While it will boost Fish Spawning, #Marine Habitats and #environment damaged over the years by human factors and #illegal fishing methods such as #BottomLineTrawling, it will also act as an shield against bottom line trawling conducted illegally by the #Indian Fishermen.
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Catholic chaplain worships with American soldiers and sailors destined to fight on D-Day at Omaha Beach, this week 1944: #NARA Image
Knowing how many of them are likely to perish in D-Day invasion of tomorrow 1944, General Eisenhower says goodbye to American paratroopers: Image
At White House, jubilant FDR delivers fireside chat on fall of Rome, tonight 1944, while concealing secret that D-Day invasion of Europe would unfold within hours: Image
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Brave Americans poised to help save the world on D-Day, this week 1944:
Americans about to fight on D-Day, this week 1944. Sgt. Sandy Martin [top left] died on Omaha Beach and is buried there. #NARA
Allies liberate Rome, tomorrow 1944:
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American paratrooper drinks Hitler’s cognac on patio of his Alpine retreat at Berchtesgaden, spring 1945: #NARA
In Leipzig, when American soldiers arrive, high-ranking Nazi general has chosen to depart this life next to his beloved photograph of Hitler, this week 1945:
Photographer Lee Miller poses in Hitler's Munich bathtub as Allies are on verge of Victory in Europe, this month 1945: #Getty
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