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The Games of Summer

Kingyo Sukui

Kingyo Sukui literally means "goldfish scooping" and if you've ever been to Japanese summer matsuri (festival) you will no doubt have seen this game in action. You have a plastic scoop with a thin paper center with which you have to try to catch as many small, live goldfish swimming in a small pool as you can before the paper dissolves in the water. These days it's more likely to be small plastic toys that you try to scoop up, which is more...
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Hanten Jacket STORE: If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there's no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket.

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Sumo SPORT: So how much do you know about Japan's traditional sport of sumo? Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars.Go...

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