Saitama photos – Saitama F http://saitama-f.net/ Wed, 11 May 2022 00:31:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://saitama-f.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-58-150x150.jpg Saitama photos – Saitama F http://saitama-f.net/ 32 32 VIDEO | Virtual Vacation: Northern Saitama, Japan https://saitama-f.net/video-virtual-vacation-northern-saitama-japan/ Fri, 06 May 2022 05:54:50 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/video-virtual-vacation-northern-saitama-japan/ Welcome to the series of virtual vacation videos where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes. Join us for a short virtual trip to northern Saitama in Japan. The advantage of this destination is that it is easily accessible from Tokyo and most military bases in the Kanto Plain within two hours […]]]>

Welcome to the series of virtual vacation videos where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes.

Join us for a short virtual trip to northern Saitama in Japan.

The advantage of this destination is that it is easily accessible from Tokyo and most military bases in the Kanto Plain within two hours by car or train. From Yokota it is only an hour’s drive.

Northern Saitama is home to rich history, natural beauty, unique rice paddy art, and a top-notch distillery, making the area a short and sweet getaway.

Some of the must-see sites in North Saitama include:

• Shodenzan Temple in Kumagaya City – Shodenzan Temple is a majestic temple designated as a national treasure. While the 52-foot-tall temple gate consists of three tall gray roofs and brown gables covered in tiny carvings, the temple’s main hall is covered in breathtakingly colorful carvings and resembles a large box of jewelry.

• Ancient Lotus Park in Gyoda City – Ancient Lotus Park in Gyoda City is home to a plethora of ancient lotus flowers that bloom beautifully in the heat of summer. Head to the 164-foot-tall observation tower to marvel at Guinness World Record-winning rice paddy art. For bonus viewing, mid-July is the best time to go to Gyoda, but footage remains viewable until late October.

• Nagatoro Valley in the Chichibu area – The unique landscape of Nagatoro Valley consists of a snow-fed mountain river flowing through a white rock terrace and reddish stone cliffs. Traditional wooden boats commandeered by boatmen in traditional dress transported us on the crystal clear waters of the river to ancient times or to an ukiyo-e painting. Nearby Chichibu Distillery has been known to produce high quality “Ichiro’s Malt” single malt whiskey since 2008. The fruity, well-balanced flavor of the whiskey comes from Chichibu’s significant temperature changes between summer and winter, locally produced barley and pure, clean mineral water. While you’re there, don’t forget to sample the local fish dishes. Among them, aji furai or fried horse mackerel is a must because it is locally sourced, fresh and tasty.

While you’re there, don’t forget to try tonmiso, a local specialty of Chichibu pork sautéed in miso. The tender dish is tasty and comes with a variety of fresh, local mountain vegetables.

I hope you enjoyed the look at northern Saitama through my travel photos and that it inspired your next trip. Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thank you for watching!

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In Saitama: the floral beauty and funky kimono of Chichibu https://saitama-f.net/in-saitama-the-floral-beauty-and-funky-kimono-of-chichibu/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 17:05:41 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/in-saitama-the-floral-beauty-and-funky-kimono-of-chichibu/ Shibazakura (moss phlox) paints a hill in Hitsujiyama Park east of Chichibu in a notable exhibit that my wife and I took a trip to see on April 28. We also stopped at Chichibu Jinja (shrine), one of a number of notable shrines and temples in the city. On the way from the park to […]]]>

Shibazakura (moss phlox) paints a hill in Hitsujiyama Park east of Chichibu in a notable exhibit that my wife and I took a trip to see on April 28. We also stopped at Chichibu Jinja (shrine), one of a number of notable shrines and temples in the city.

On the way from the park to the shrine, we came across the Chichibu Meiseikan who is dedicated to preserving a local technique of kimono weaving and dyeing that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hitsujiyama Park

It is a municipal park that extends over the hillsides east of Chichibu. It has the facilities expected of Japan’s outlying municipal parks, including tennis courts and children’s playgrounds.

Admission is free year-round ー except when around 400,000 shibazakura bloom on a hill at the south end of the park. Three hundred JPY admission (approximately US$2.30) to this area is charged during the blooming period to cover the provision of additional facilities for visitors and the numerous guides who direct vehicles to parking lots and visitors to the hill.

When we visited, some of the many separate flowerbeds were past their prime, but others were still in full bloom.

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AI-Powered Super Great Robo Goalkeeper Employed at Saitama Sports Center https://saitama-f.net/ai-powered-super-great-robo-goalkeeper-employed-at-saitama-sports-center/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 17:44:26 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/ai-powered-super-great-robo-goalkeeper-employed-at-saitama-sports-center/ I wouldn’t pass Teppeki-kun. For some time now, we’ve had robots capable of displaying lightning-fast reflexes and reacting to movement and images faster than a human eye could perceive. Fortunately, this has so far only had implications for paper, rock, scissors, and most popular sports that have been spared robotic domination. For example, if someone […]]]>

I wouldn’t pass Teppeki-kun.

For some time now, we’ve had robots capable of displaying lightning-fast reflexes and reacting to movement and images faster than a human eye could perceive. Fortunately, this has so far only had implications for paper, rock, scissors, and most popular sports that have been spared robotic domination.

For example, if someone used the same high-speed image processing in the paper, rock, scissors robot and applied it to, say, a soccer goalie, it would be unstoppable. And that’s exactly what sports tech company Air Digital set out to do by creating what they playfully call an “SGRGK” or “Super Great Robo Goalkeeper”, which is a nod to SGGK from Captain Tsubasa.

Captain Tsubasa creator Yoichi Takahashi tried an early version of this robot guardian himself in 2015

After years of development, they are now starting to roll out what they have officially named Guardian Teppeki-kunor “teapekimeans “iron wall” in Japanese. Unlike other robotic goalkeepers, Teppeki-kun uses advancements in AI to boast a compact size and efficient power consumption, allowing it to be easily installed and used in most sites.

It also has a wide range of settings and functions. Difficulty can be adjusted as desired, up to 99% block rate. During this time, the Auto level adjustment mode may determine an appropriate difficulty based on an analysis of the player’s shot. Additionally, there is a Miss Fashionwhich Teppeki-kun will intentionally dive into once or twice, just so you don’t feel too bad.

▼ Teppeki-kun is also immune to dirty looks, grimaces, and even stinky eyes

Teppeki-kun will measure shot speeds and provide video replays if needed. It even comes equipped with a crash prevention protocol that prevents it from colliding with players in a potentially injurious situation.

Its debut is set for the grand opening of Sports 60 & Smart on April 28 at the Ario Washinomiya Mall in Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture. This sports center was developed by Air Digital and offers a range of AI-equipped sports training facilities in a range of sports such as baseball, cycling and archery.

Air Digital also plans to rent the systems to other venues, so be sure to keep an eye out for goalkeeper Tappeki-kun or some of their other gear in the future at a location near you.

Unfortunately, this also means that the days of humans enjoying football are numbered. Once Skynet comes online and strikers around the world get crushed by an army of AI Guardians, our last hope will be to capture a Teppeki-kun unit and send them back in time to find a young Pele. and convert it into an ageless cybernetic scoring machine. .

That, or we could just take our balls and go play somewhere else… But I still vote for an immortal cyber-Pelé.

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One-Punch Man Finally Begins Saitama vs. Garou Fight https://saitama-f.net/one-punch-man-finally-begins-saitama-vs-garou-fight/ Thu, 14 Apr 2022 04:05:00 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/one-punch-man-finally-begins-saitama-vs-garou-fight/ One-Punch Man is finally giving fans the Saitamavs. Garou fight they’ve been waiting for with the new chapter of the series! The Human Monster Saga has reached its climax as although the majority of the Monster Association has been defeated at this point, there remains a major problem as Garou continues to grow stronger in […]]]>

One-Punch Man is finally giving fans the Saitamavs. Garou fight they’ve been waiting for with the new chapter of the series! The Human Monster Saga has reached its climax as although the majority of the Monster Association has been defeated at this point, there remains a major problem as Garou continues to grow stronger in the use of his monster form and abilities. Now that he’s unlocked a new level of power through his toughest monster threat battles yet, Garou has come face-to-face with Saitama for the first time after tons of teasing.

While Garou has been unknowingly knocked down by Saitama many times throughout this saga so far, the two have never really connected the proper dots they crossed until the previous chapter of the series when they came face to face. Although Saitama apparently doesn’t want to fight Garou due to the fact that he doesn’t look like a monster at all, the new chapter of the series kicked off their fight in full as Garou refuses to back down and wants to defeat Saitama. as an example of his path to ultimate evil.

Chapter 160 of One-punch man kicks off with all nearby civilians and weaker heroes reacting to sudden surges and shockwaves of power. It is soon revealed that at the center of it all, Garou is launching a full force assault on Saitama. As expected, Saitama is able to easily dodge and counter each of Garou’s attacks. But there are still a few who are successful as Garou has developed his fighting style to such an extent that he is now more monstrous than ever in power. But all the while, Saitama himself wonders why Garou is doing this in the first place.

Saitama takes a few head-on attacks and allows Garou to do “damage” in an attempt to talk him out of his motives. Wondering why Garou is acting like a monster (even going so far as to call his monster form “cosplay”) when he clearly isn’t (and the neighboring Tareo claims the same), Saitama soon realizes that the only way to really get through him is with his fists. This fight between the two of them is far from over, but it is already progressing in unexpected ways.

What do you think? Of course, the fight can only end one way, but how will Garou feel once the fight is over? Can Saitama break through this monstrous exterior? Let us know all your thoughts on this in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things anime and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) used his superior power and skill to take down and ultimately stop WBA champion Ryota Murata (16-3, 13 KOs) by a knockout in the ninth round Saturday night at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Golovkin dropped Murata with a huge right hand to the head in the ninth. Murata’s corner opted to stop the fight rather than let him try to get back up. As badly injured as Murata was, he wasn’t going to be able to keep fighting even if the corner didn’t throw in the towel.

Golovkin, 40, looked his age through the first four rounds, getting tagged multiple times by hard-hitting 2012 Olympic gold medalist Murata. However, in the sixth round, Golovkin injured Murata with a right to the head, and it changed the complexion of the fight.

From then on, Golovkin launched himself at an exhausted and injured Murata. In round eight, Murata was pinned against the ropes taking a beating from Golovkin, but the Japanese star barely made it out of the round.

Undercard results for Golovkin vs. Murata.

  • WBO Flyweight Champion Junto Nakatani (23-0, 18 KOs) had too much firepower for his lightweight opponent Ryota Yamauchi (8-2, 7 KOs) tonight, beating him until referee Katsuhiko Nakamura was forced to call off the contest in the eighth round. Nakatani, 24, knocked out Yamauchi with a right hand in the eighth round. He then poured it over, pinning Yamauchi at will with blows as he tried to cover himself. The time for the stoppage was at 2:20 a.m. of lap eight.
  • In a thrilling slugfest, the #14 WBC Lightweight contender Shuichiro Yoshino (15-0, 11 KOs) defeated Masayuki Itō (27-4-1, 15 KO) by a disappointing technical decision in the 11th round. The two warriors collided with each other, which resulted in an injury to former WBO super featherweight champion Ito which prevented him from continuing. The scores were 106-103, 107-102 and 106-103.

The general consensus is that Golovkin, 40, needs a Murata knockout to excite boxing fans to see him and Canelo fight in September in their trilogy match.

Needless to say, there’s huge pressure on Gennadiy to win tonight so he can get the trilogy match against Canelo, but he almost has to look good.

As Golovkin’s former coach Abel Sanchez said, it would be bad for him if he was punished against Murata and struggled to win.

Sanchez believes the boxing public will lose faith in Golovkin if he can’t stop Murata, as they won’t give him a chance to beat Canelo in September due to his age, poor performance and inactivity.

Golovkin will need to push a fast pace, go on the attack and not let go if he hopes to knock out Murata as the 2012 Olympic gold medalist can fire a shot.

Golovkin probably won’t be able to knock out Murata in one shot like he did with many of his former opponents.

Against the best fighters, Golovkin has always failed to stop them. He couldn’t knock out these fighters: Canelo Alvarez, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Daniel Jacobs.

Murata is at least as good as Derevyanchenko and Jacobs, so it will take a lot of effort from Golovkin if he wants to knock him out tonight.

It’s surprising how many boxing fans think Gennadiy will look exhausted, old and overdone tonight against Murata.

Many people think Golovkin is going to crumble after his 16-month layoff and is slightly rusty in his last fight against Kamil Szeremeta.

In this fight, Gennadiy seemed to take his time, not pushing the issue against his overmatched IBF mandatory.

Watching the fight, it felt like Golovkin was carrying Szeremeta and could have taken him out in the first round if he wanted to.

With Golovkin’s punching power, it’s not going to magically disappear after 16 months of inactivity and turning 40.

Kazakhstan-born Golovkin has only been punished in his fights against Kassim Ouma, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Canelo Alvarez during his career.

IBF middleweight champion Golovkin just turned 40 last Friday and hasn’t fought since December 2020. Although he wants to get back in the ring much sooner, he’s committed to the fight against Murata .

Unfortunately, his talent took much longer than originally planned for the Golovkin-Murata fight to take place. Golovkin probably wouldn’t have taken the fight against Murata if he realized it would take this long to finally get rid of him.

In Murata’s case, his last contest was in December 2019 and has never fought anyone close to GGG’s caliber in his nine-year career.

You have to imagine Murata will be rusty tonight and not look as good as he did in his last title defense against Steven Butler.

Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) and Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) will shake off ring rust tonight when they meet in the headliners in front of a huge crowd at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The battle action will be streamed live on DAZN.

Gennadiy and WBA champion Murata will meet in a unification bout, a contest that was supposed to take place last year. Golovkin needs a win over upset Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) to get a third fight with Canelo Alvarez in September.

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Gennadiy Golovkin stops Ryota Murata at war from Saitama https://saitama-f.net/gennadiy-golovkin-stops-ryota-murata-at-war-from-saitama/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/gennadiy-golovkin-stops-ryota-murata-at-war-from-saitama/ Gennadiy Golovkin, 40, survived an early challenge from Ryota Murata to collapse and stop the young fighter in round 9. The day after his 40th birthday, Gennadiy Golovkin showed his stamina in a brutal war with Ryota Murata at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on April 9. Golovkin (42-1-1, 36 KOs) fought in Murata’s […]]]>

Gennadiy Golovkin, 40, survived an early challenge from Ryota Murata to collapse and stop the young fighter in round 9.

The day after his 40th birthday, Gennadiy Golovkin showed his stamina in a brutal war with Ryota Murata at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on April 9.

Golovkin (42-1-1, 36 KOs) fought in Murata’s backyard and stopped the 36-year-old via TKO in round 9, but it wasn’t easy for Golovkin.

The finish was classic Golovkin. Throughout the fight he wore Murata down and connected with a right hand that wobbled Murata and forced him to take a knee.

Murata’s corner (16-3, 13 KOs) knew his fighter was too damaged to continue and threw in the towel. Golovkin added Murata’s WBA belt to his claim to the middleweight crown, which includes the IBF and IBO belts.

Golovkin finished the show in impressive fashion, but Murata gave Golovkin some trouble early on.

Unlike most of Golovkin’s opponents, Murata went straight for Golovkin in the first round. The 6-foot Murata used its size and 5-inch reach advantage.

Gennadiy Golovkin dropped out and stopped Ryota Murata in round 9 to become a unified middleweight champion

Murata likely won several of the early rounds on the judges’ scorecards, but Round 6 served as a turning point in the battle.

Golovkin hit Murata with a right hand which sent Murata’s mouthpiece flying out of his mouth. The referee immediately stopped the action, but Golovkin continued his assault when the fight resumed.

Murata’s punching power decreased and Golovkin’s energy increased. Golovkin applied relentless pressure and systematically destroyed Murata.

It was a case of turn, don’t break for Golovkin. He took Murata’s best shots early but used his stamina to whittle Murata down.

With his win, Golovkin is in prime position for a trilogy fight with undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez has a two-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing that starts against Dmitry Bivol May 7.

Golovkin fought Alvarez to a draw in 2017 and lost the 2018 rematch by majority decision. Both contests were close, but a trilogy match would be one of boxing’s greatest fights.

Golovkin did his part. Now it’s Alvarez’s turn to follow suit.

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Jaja Santiago is V.League’s top blocker as Saitama ends season https://saitama-f.net/jaja-santiago-is-v-leagues-top-blocker-as-saitama-ends-season/ Sun, 03 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/jaja-santiago-is-v-leagues-top-blocker-as-saitama-ends-season/ Jaja Santiago of Saitama in the Japan V.League. AGEO MEDICS PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — Jaja Santiago completed his fourth Japan V.League season as the league’s top blocker after leading Saitama to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-12 win over Himeji on Sunday at Wink Gymnasium. . Santiago delivered 12 points on 10 kills, a block and an […]]]>

Jaja Santiago of Saitama in the Japan V.League. AGEO MEDICS PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Jaja Santiago completed his fourth Japan V.League season as the league’s top blocker after leading Saitama to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-12 win over Himeji on Sunday at Wink Gymnasium. .

Santiago delivered 12 points on 10 kills, a block and an ace to finish the Ageo Medics season on a high, placing fifth with a 20-13 card.

The 6-foot-5 middle tackle finished the season with the most blocks at 103, averaging 0.81 per set.

Brazilian importer Lorenne Teixeira led Saitama’s final win of the season with 17 points built on 15 kills and two blocks.

Yuka Sato netted 13 points, while Mami Uchiseto added 12 to end their 2021-22 stint.

Himeji ranked 11th out of 12 teams with an 8-25 record. Celeste Plak led the team with 13 points, while Chihiro Sasaki had 10.

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Golovkin takes on Murata on Saturday in a 160-pound unification bout in Saitama, Japan https://saitama-f.net/golovkin-takes-on-murata-on-saturday-in-a-160-pound-unification-bout-in-saitama-japan/ Sun, 03 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/golovkin-takes-on-murata-on-saturday-in-a-160-pound-unification-bout-in-saitama-japan/ Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata will meet this Saturday night, April 9, for their two-belt middleweight unification bout at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan. Watch GGG vs Murata LIVE on DAZN (click here) This is the fight that will set Golovkin up for a mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez, who he still feels like he’s beaten twice. […]]]>

Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata will meet this Saturday night, April 9, for their two-belt middleweight unification bout at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.

Watch GGG vs Murata LIVE on DAZN (click here)

This is the fight that will set Golovkin up for a mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez, who he still feels like he’s beaten twice.

“I indeed won both fights”, Golovkin told the Teddy Atlas podcast as he reminded viewers he should have gotten the win in his two fights against Canelo.

Golovkin predicts his fight with Murata will be one of the most interesting of the year, and he might be right.

Golovkin-Murata airs on DAZN this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET. Both of these fighters can strike with tremendous power, and it should be a real war while it lasts.

IBF middleweight champion Golovkin needs a win to put him in the slot to fight Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 17, and you can bet he’s going to be feeling a lot of pressure on Saturday night.

WBA champion Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) has a lot less to lose than Golovkin, but obviously he wants to win and continue to be a big star in Japan. Murata hasn’t fought in the past 2 1/2 years, and he’s likely to show signs of ring rust with the long layoff.

In Murata’s case, he was always a power puncher who never showed any speed. He won his fights by mastering his mostly obscure opposition in Japan.

When Murata strengthened against Hassan N’Dam and Rob Brant, he was beaten. He avenged the losses, but that doesn’t mean much.

Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) has spent the last year trying to make the fight against Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), and it finally takes place a year and a half later. Hopefully, for Golovkin’s sake, it was worth the wait.

“We have two interesting styles to show, so it’s going to be hard to predict what’s going to happen there, and I think it’s going to be an amazing fight for the fans,” Gennadiy Golovkin told THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas about his fight against Ryota Murata this Saturday.

“For those who watch the fight or come to the stadium, it will be a boxing gift,” Golovkin said. “I think it would probably be to be the most interesting fight of the year.

“I have to adapt to the weather there [in Japan]and we are still figuring it out.

“I would like to point out that I actually won both fights.I believe it,” Golovkin said of his two fights with Canelo Alvarez in 2017 and 2018. “At the same time, I understand that hypocrisy prevails from time to time.

“Unfortunately, there are people who would choose the hypocritical route, and we also have to admit that there are certain trading rules.

“There should be reasons for these things to happen the way they did and maybe accept that it’s just one of the rules of the trade,” Golovkin said as he gave a cryptic response about his two fights against Canelo.

“I’ve felt in the past that I wasn’t able to express certain nuances in my responses and some of my responses might have been considered awkward or downright funny.

“I believe in being able to express myself in a deeper way to talk about various details to make myself understood.

“Abel Sanchez and Johnathon Banks, they are very different coaches with different visions and different approaches,” Golovkin said. “I can only say good words about both.

“I am extremely grateful for what Abel has given me. I appreciate all of Abel’s contributions over my career. I now work with Johnathon Banks and am extremely grateful to him as well.

“I appreciate him as a coach and you shouldn’t think I’ve given up all the knowledge and all the techniques I’ve learned in the past, no. Johnathon Banks gives me something to build on what I have already.

“It’s just the extra skills and the extra approaches that take various situations from a different angle, and it all adds up. I’m very happy with the team I have at the moment.

“I learn a lot, I earn a lot, and you have to choose what’s most important to you, valuable to you, and allows you to be better. That’s the approach I take now,” said Golovkin.

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Saitama Gallery features traditional crafts, friendly community https://saitama-f.net/saitama-gallery-features-traditional-crafts-friendly-community/ Fri, 01 Apr 2022 02:13:51 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/saitama-gallery-features-traditional-crafts-friendly-community/ Nestled in the mountains near scenic Nagatoro, a nearly two-century-old, traditional-style Japanese house is home to artists, artisans, and an incredibly kind woman with a penchant for helping lost gaijin. This is Chikuzen, a newly opened art gallery and cafe in Misato, Saitama, owned and operated by Yukiko Adachi. Driven out of his aunt’s 177-year-old […]]]>

Nestled in the mountains near scenic Nagatoro, a nearly two-century-old, traditional-style Japanese house is home to artists, artisans, and an incredibly kind woman with a penchant for helping lost gaijin.

This is Chikuzen, a newly opened art gallery and cafe in Misato, Saitama, owned and operated by Yukiko Adachi. Driven out of his aunt’s 177-year-old home, Chikuzen, also known as Zen, keeps ancient Japanese crafts and folk art alive and relevant to the community and its overseas visitors.

The gallery opened on March 12 and offers a rotating selection of works by guest artists and workshops for budding creators with a strong emphasis on the use of ancient techniques. Most of the artwork is woodcarving, a traditional form that Adachi says he doesn’t want to see lost in the age of modern paintings, NFTs and digital art.

“I have a desire to preserve old Japanese things,” Adachi, 35, who works weekdays as a home help for the elderly, told me when her gallery opened. “It is a strong desire to reminisce and remember traditional crafts and culture.”

In a twist between the modern and the traditional, it was social media that inspired Adachi. She first conceived her idea of ​​opening an art gallery six years ago when she connected with other artisans on Instagram. She has spent the last three years renovating the house, making sure to preserve its traditional integrity with the help of a few carpenters who also feature in her gallery.

Zen is an apt name for the place, as its rich wood and stone interior is inviting, soothing, and otherworldly. The gallery is earthy and intimate, and one of the artists even let me grab a chisel and try my hand at woodcarving (I had fun, but I don’t have the knack).

Ido Ferber, a ceramic artist and guest at the Tokyo gallery, said the intimate Zen vibe appealed to him and his wife. Originally from Israel, Ferber said he was drawn to events centered around cultural preservation.

“There is an opportunity here to center art around history and bring back to life something that could potentially be lost,” he said.

Zen’s environment is radically different from snobby, elitist modern art galleries, where everything seems ultra-sanitized and like you can’t touch anything. Adachi and his artisan friends make everyone feel able to connect with art, even if they are not themselves creators. He felt special not for his exclusivity, but because of his inclusiveness and warmth.

In fact, Adachi’s incredible friendliness is how I found out about the place. Last month, I got lost on the way to a friend’s birthday party at a strawberry farm in Urawa. I had taken the wrong bus. It was raining, my phone was dead, and I had poor command of Japanese, so it was an academic disaster for me. I stopped at a museum hoping to get directions when I met Adachi, who gave me a phone charger and a ride.

I don’t usually advocate riding in cars with strangers, and maybe I went against my best judgment to do what my friends now jokingly call hitchhiking in the Japanese countryside. . But, there was something so authentically pure about Adachi, and I’m so grateful that she went out of her way to help me and that I discovered her gallery. This first meeting with her talks about the nature and the atmosphere that customers can discover at Le Zen.

Adachi opens a cafe inside Zen in April with ingredients sourced from local farms, including a small plot of farmland on his aunt’s property. The region is known for its blueberries, so she plans to incorporate them into her dishes when in season. A multi-talented woman, Adachi will be the chef of the café and will serve recipes such as the galette.

While in the area, I suggest trying local cuisine like nabeyaki udon or nabeyaki soba, an egg noodle soup. The ones I had on my two visits to the Nagatoro area tasted tangy lemony. The region is also known for potato miso, a simple yet satisfying appetizer or savory and sweet side dish.

If you’re visiting Zen, it’s worth taking a day trip exploring downtown Nagatoro and Hodosan Shrine, a mountaintop shrine with a cable car to the top for views that will be soon sprinkled with Sakura.

Zen is only open on Saturday and Sunday. The easiest way to get there is by car, as it is quite isolated.

“I want you to be healed in a space surrounded by natural materials such as bamboo, wood, and earth,” Adachi said.

Chikuzen Art Gallery and Cafe
Address: 807 Amagasu, Misato, Kodama District, Saitama 367-0113, Japan
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Nearby attractions: Hodosan Temple and downtown Nagatoro, about 30 minutes by car

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Naoya Inoue-Nonito Donaire 2 scheduled for June 7 in Saitama, Japan https://saitama-f.net/naoya-inoue-nonito-donaire-2-scheduled-for-june-7-in-saitama-japan/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://saitama-f.net/naoya-inoue-nonito-donaire-2-scheduled-for-june-7-in-saitama-japan/ It has been announced that Ring, IBF and WBA bantamweight title holder Naoya Inoue will face fellow WBC counterpart Nonito Donaire in a rematch on June 7. The unification match will take place at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, the site of their epic first meeting, which was named 2019 Fight of the Year. […]]]>

It has been announced that Ring, IBF and WBA bantamweight title holder Naoya Inoue will face fellow WBC counterpart Nonito Donaire in a rematch on June 7.

The unification match will take place at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, the site of their epic first meeting, which was named 2019 Fight of the Year.

Inoue prevailed in the first bout, although he had to battle a fractured orbital bone. The pound-for-pound Japanese star won a tremendous encounter by 12-round unanimous decision to win the World Boxing Super Series tournament.

Since then, Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) has stalled with routine victories over Jason Moloney (TKO 7), Michael Dasmarinas (KO 3) and Aran Dipaen (TKO 8).

The 28-year-old powerhouse puncher had been lined up to face 118-pound WBO titlist John Riel Casimero, but plans were scrapped due to the pandemic.

Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs) did not fight for 18 months following the loss to Inoue. However, when “The Filipino Flash” returned, he won the WBC 118-pound title from the then undefeated Nordine Oubaali (KO 4).

Donaire, 39, a four-weight world champion, successfully knocked back Reymart Gaballo (KO 4) in his first title defense in December.

Inoue-Donaire will stream on Amazon Prime Video in Japan. Details on how to watch in America and the UK are not known at this time.

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you can follow him on Twitter @AnsonWainwright

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