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2016.01.30 (sat)

2016 : 150th anniversary of Japan ~ Italy relations

150 years ago, on August 25, 1866, Japan and Italy signed a treaty which initiated diplomatic relations between the two countries. During its long history, there have been exchanges in many fields such as politics, economy and culture, maintaining good relations throughout the years, and enjoying strong ties to this day. During EXPO Milano 2015, the Japan Pavilion was awarded Gold Medal in exhibition design. In October, at the closing of the e [...]

2016.01.28 (thu)

New Year in Japan

New Year in Japan
It is almost the end of the first month of 2016 ….. still in time to post some photos taken in Japan this month. New Year is a time when traditional customs are observed. We get together with family and friends, and enjoy special "osechi-ryori" feasts, which are eaten only during this time of year. Many visit Shinto shrines to pray for good health and fortune. Recently there seems to be a re-birth of interest in the kimono, and I was espe [...]

2016.01.02 (sat)

Holiday season in Milano

Holiday season in Milano
It has been a fairly warm this winter, a wonderful season to walk around the city to enjoy the holiday illuminations. Here are some scenes from Naviglio Grande canal, and the new Darsena area. There is an ice-skate rink this year, and canoe rides with participants dressed up like Santa. And the many restaurants and casual bars that offer "happy hour", some on land and some on the canal, are especially festive this time of year. Corso Como i [...]

2015.12.22 (tue)

Christmas in Milano !

Christmas in Milano !
Kyoko Milano, Dec 21, 2015 via gesu' cartier serapian prada bottega veneta etro prada add cova marchesi gucci valentino fratelli rossetti dolce gabbana dolce gabbana via della spiga via della spiga

2015.12.22 (tue)

Oh bej! Oh bej! and Christmas Festivities in Milano

Oh bej! Oh bej! and Christmas Festivities in Milano
Oh bej! Oh bej! is an outdoor Christmas market that takes place from December 5~8. This market was established in 1510, to celebrate Sant' Ambrogio, the patron saint of Milano. "Oh bej! Oh bej!" means "how nice! how nice!" in Milan dialect, to express the delight of the children upon seeing the sweets and other goods that were sold at this fair. Nowadays, the vendors still sell the same kinds of sweets that were sold in the past. Also at Pi [...]

2015.12.01 (tue)

Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano

Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio is one of several grand homes in Milano that are open for public viewing.  It was constructed between 1932 ~ 1935 by Piero Portaluppi, an eminent Milanese architect.  Villa Necchi belonged to an upper middle class family of the Lombardia region, who were patrons of fine architecture, furnishings and art. The villa is surrounded by a large garden with a pool at the front, and has a small restaurant where one can enjoy a qu [...]
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