7/26/07 01:55 pm - mylastmemory
7/26/07 01:55 pm - mylastmemory
5/2/06 11:40 am - koibito_moon - Momotaro - Peach Boy
Taken from wikipedia
"Momotarō (桃太郎) is a hero from Japanese folklore. His tale is extremely well-known in Japan and East Asia. Literally meaning Peach Tarō, as Tarō is a common Japanese boy's name, it is often translated as Peach Boy.
According to the present form of the tale (dating to the Edo Period), Momotarō came to earth inside a giant peach, which was found floating down a river by an old, childless woman who was washing clothes there. The woman and her husband discovered the child when they tried to open the peach to eat it. The child explained that he had been sent by Heaven to be their son. The couple named him Momotarō, from momo (peach) and tarō (eldest son in the family).
Years later, Momotarō left his parents for an island called Onigashima to destroy the marauding oni (demons or ogres) that had taken up residence there. En route, Momotaro met and befriended a talking dog, monkey, and pheasant, who agreed to help him in his quest. At the island, Momotarō and his animal friends penetrated the demons' fort and beat the demons into surrendering. Momotarō returned home with his new friends, and his family lived comfortably from then on.
Momotarō is strongly associated with Okayama, and his tale may have its origins there. The demon island of the story is sometimes associated with Mega-jima Island due to the vast manmade caverns found on that island."
4/14/06 03:40 pm - akiko_san
Hello, I am Akiko from the geishafantasy RPG community. I'm not sure if promoting communities is allowed here, but if it is not, feel free to delete this entry. I created an RPG for Geisha or Geiko since I could not find one on here. This roleplaying game is related to Memoirs of a Geisha, although we do not have any one playing the characters from the book now, feel free to. Many of us have chosen to create our own destinies with our own characters. Such as me. If you're interested in the RPG, please join this community. Boys are welcome! After all, how would a Hanamachi survive without their clients?
A roleplaying community.
There are many paths to choose from. Which one you travel upon is up to you to decide. If you fancy being a chambermaid who dreams to one day become one of the many Geiko surrounding her, then so be it. If you love to indulge in the art of beauty, then visit the Hanamachi as a client.
4/5/06 07:07 pm - akiko_san
3/15/06 03:22 pm - koibito_moon - White Day
White Day is a festival that was created by a concentrated marketing effort in Japan. White Day is celebrated in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, women give gifts to men; on White Day, men who received chocolate on Valentine's Day return the favor and give gifts to women. This holiday is also beginning to catch on in America(disputed — see talk page).
There are many theories about the origins of White Day, but according to one, the holiday began in 1965, when a marshmallow maker started marketing to men that they should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts with marshmallows. Originally it was called Marshmallow Day, and later it was changed to White Day.
Soon, the chocolate companies started realizing that they could capitalize as well on this day, and began marketing white chocolate. Now, Japanese men give both white and non-white chocolate, as well as other edible and non-edible gifts, such as jewelry or objects of sentimental value, to the women who were kind enough to think of them and give them chocolate on Valentine's Day a month prior.
In South Korea, candies are the usual present.
Originally, the custom was that a man would give a white ribbon to the woman the had feelings for, and if a woman was given a ribbon by a man she had feelings for, and he tied it on for her, their love would last forever.
However, the giving of a ribbon can sometimes be a sign of friendship, and does not always signify love.