Heavy metal: love of craft runs deep

Jan 7, 2017

Heavy metal: love of craft runs deep

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Although 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, fire is not the only element destined to influence the next 12 months. Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac years is governed by one of five elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal, resulting in ...

First sunrise of the year brings luck

Dec 29, 2016

First sunrise of the year brings luck

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The sight of a sunrise is familiar to early risers. On New Year’s Day the experience takes on a more special meaning — legend has it the sun goddess Amaterasu created this country after all. So Jan. 1 is the one day that people ...

Japan's first Christmas

Dec 24, 2016

Japan's first Christmas

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In a letter home to Portuguese brethren, Jesuit missionary Pedro de Alcacova writes of singing a Mass to Japanese believers in 1552: “Our voices weren’t good,” he recalls, “still the Christian believers rejoiced.” It was Christmas Eve in Yamaguchi, and the patience, if not ...