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News from Japan - January 24, 2022

The most-watched anime in Japan in 2021

Classement des animés les plus regardés en 2021 au Japon

The ranking of the most watched anime in 2021 in Japan has been revealed:

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen
  3. Tokyo Revengers
  4. The attack of the Titans
  5. Detective Conan
  6. Me, when I reincarnated as Slime
  7. My Hero Academia
  8. Evangelion
  9. One Piece
  10. Kingdom

An anime, or animated (アニメ), may also be known as japanime or japanimation. It designates an animated series or an animated film from Japan. It is also the diminutive of the word animēshon (アニメーション). The most fervent fans are called otaku.

You must certainly know at least one of the anime on this list: Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hunter x Hunter, Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, Olive and Tom, One-Punch Man, Bleach or Pokémon.

The anime developed and became popular from the 1960s, when Osamu Tezuka, undisputed master of manga, wanted to adapt his comics into cartoons, which were broadcast weekly.

The Annual Wakakusa Mountain Fire 

L'incendie annuel de la montagne Wakakusa

Wakakusa Yamayaki (山焼き - "burning mountain") is an annual festival in the city of Nara that attracts around 180,000 spectators (excluding pandemic times). On the fourth Saturday of January, fireworks are fired from Mount Wakakusa, preceding the fire on this same place. Dead Wakakusa grass is burned during this event, spreading over nearly 33 hectares.

The origin of this celebration is uncertain, but several theories exist including:

In 1760, two Buddhist temples Tōdai-ji and Kōfuku-ji claimed Wakakusa Mountain as their property. When the talks failed, even with a mediator (a Shinto shrine, Kasuga Taisha), the mountain was set on fire.

The other theory is that a boar was disturbing the neighborhood. To prevent it from returning, the locals decided to destroy the area and set fire to Mt.

Today, the festival is organized by these two temples, and hundreds of volunteer firefighters are present to prevent any disaster.


A World of Ice: The Ice Cubes of Ashigakubo 

Les glaçons d'Ashigakubo sont un événement annuel de la ville de Chichibu.

Ashigakubo Ice Cubes are an annual event in the city of Chichibu. In Saitama prefecture, many tourists come to discover this region of mountains, forests and lakes. They come to see the flowers in the spring, the fireflies in the summer, the foliage in the fall, and the icicles of Chichibu in the winter.

An annual attraction between January and mid-February, the Ashigakubo Ice Cubes are a man-made work of art, created by pumping water from a stream. Spectators come to observe these ice cubes nearly 30 meters high. They pay 400 yen (€3.11) for admission during the day and 500 yen (€3.89) for the night.

On weekdays, the stalactite area is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On weekends, access is also possible at night, in order to admire the crystalline scintillation of the ice cubes and the lights which are reflected there. The purchase of tickets comes with a cup of local tea or non-alcoholic amazake (fermented rice drink).

This year, the icicle exhibition closes on February 23.

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