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  • Tuesday, 1st December 2015
    In Japan Entertainment News,

    Japan?s annual buzzwords announced

    Language evolves in all cultures and the new additions to the dictionary each year tell an interesting story about everyday life.

    With this in mind, it is interesting to see which words have been popular in 2015 in Japan, as the annual list is released.

    At the very top are bakugai and toripuru suri, which jointly claimed the number one space for this year, reports the Japan Times.

    Bakugai is defined as an explosive shopping spree and is often used in referring to Chinese tourists, who have come in record levels to Japan for a spot of retail therapy.

    Toripuru suri is a little more niche, as it refers to a baseball player who has done well in three categories, literally translating at triple three.

    To achieve this title, the player must get a .300 or better batting average, at least 30 home runs, and 30 or more stolen bases.

    Only Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks’ Yuki Yanagita have managed this in Japan this year.

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  • Monday, 30th November 2015
    In Japan Entertainment News, Japan Entertainment News,

    Statue of Japanese rugby star created just for Christmas

    A lifesize bronze statue of the Japanese international rugby player Ayumu Goromaru has been unveiled in Tokyo.

    The golden-coloured sculpture, depicting the World Cup hero in his signature kicking stance, will be part of the Christmas illuminations in Tokyo.

    Goromaru unveiled the statue himself today (Monday), standing next to the crouched sculpture with its fingers held against each other.

    He said: "They've reproduced my fingers in real detail. When I first heard about the statue I kind of wished they had statues of the whole Japan team."

    Rugby has really taken off in Japan, since the national team caused an upset in the World Cup, beating two-time champions South Africa 34-32.

    This was partly down to Goromaru’s kicking, which includes a trademark stance inspired by Jonny Wilkinson.

    Fans have been visiting a temple in central Japan in their thousands to see a Buddhist statue that has its fingers pressed together in a similar way to the full-back’s signature move.

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  • Friday, 27th November 2015
    In Japan Entertainment News, Japan Entertainment News, General Japan News,

    Miyakejima markets itself as top rock climbing destination

    Miyakejima Island is trying to rebuild its tourism industry after the huge eruption of Mount Oyama in 2000, which saw the entire population evacuated.

    The island, which is part of the Izu group and can be found to the southeast of Honshu, is using its world-class rock climbing to lure tourists back.

    Prior to the eruption, some 79,000 people visited Miyakejima Island in 1999, but by 2014 the figure stood at just 34,000.

    The island’s population of 3,800 was evacuated as the volcano looked likely to blow and was not allowed to return until 2005, with just 2,700 people deciding to set up home in the shadow of Mount Oyama once more.

    Attracting tourists back is now a priority and a feature in a rock climbing magazine describing Miyakejima Island as “a location with undiscovered rocky stretches” gave locals an idea.

    They decided to market their island as the next big rock climbing destination and have built an indoor climbing wall to reinforce this message.

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  • Thursday, 26th November 2015
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    Japanese fans visit Buddhist shrine resembling rugby star

    Fans of Japanese rugby have been flocking to the Seki Zenkoji Temple in Nagano in Gifu Prefecture to see a Buddhist statue they believe resembles one of the national team’s players.

    Ayumu Goromaru was among the sportsmen who helped Japan beat South Africa 34-32 in the biggest upset of this year’s Rugby World Cup.

    He says his now famous kicking style was inspired by Jonny Wilkinson, as he attended a coaching session run by the former England international more than ten years ago.

    Fans in Japan believe its origins are much closer to home, however, as a statue in a temple appears to be displaying the same trigger pose.

    Since the World Cup, there has been an upsurge in visitors to the temple in central Japan, with many being young rugby fans.

    Shunkai Sato, the chief priest, told Agence France-Press: “At weekends, more than 1,000 people pay homage a day.”

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