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Japanese festivals

Japanese festivals are traditional festive occasions. Some festivals have their roots in Chinese festivals centuries ago, but have undergone great changes as they mixed with local customs; some are so different that they do not remotely resemble the original festival despite sharing the same name and date. There are various local festivals that are unknown outside a given prefecture. Unlike most people in East Asia, Japanese people do not celebrate Lunar New Year. In Yokohama Chinatown, Japan's biggest Chinatown, tourists from all over Japan come to enjoy the festival. Similar for Nagasaki's Lantern Festival, based in Nagasaki Chinatown. For more detailed information on the new year celebrations see Japanese New Year. Festivals are based around one event, with food stalls and carnival games to keep people entertained; some are based around temples or shrines, others hanabi, still others around contests where the participants sport loin cloths. Matsuri is the Japanese word for a holiday. In Japan, festivals are sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular.

There are no specific matsuri days for all of Japan. Every locale has at least one matsuri in late summer/early autumn related to the paddy harvest. Notable matsuri feature processions which may include elaborate floats. Preparation for these processions is organized at the level of neighborhoods, or machi. Prior to these, the local kami may be paraded through the streets. One can always find in the vicinity of a matsuri booths selling souvenirs and food such as takoyaki, games, such as Goldfish scooping. Karaoke contests, sumo matches, other forms of entertainment are organized in conjunction with matsuri. If the festival is next to a lake, renting a boat is an attraction. Favorite elements of the most popular matsuri, such as the Nada no Kenka Matsuri of Himeji or the Neputa Matsuri of Hirosaki, are broadcast on television for the entire nation to enjoy. Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the largest festivals of the year in Sapporo, held in February for one week, it began in 1950. The event is now large and commercialized.

About a dozen large sculptures are built for the festival along with around 100 smaller snow and ice sculptures. Several concerts and other events are held. Lake Shikotsu is the northernmost ice-free lake, 363 meters deep; this festival features a moss-covered cave, which has evergreen draped on the inside and is covered in ice. This festival is held from late January to mid February; this festival features ice sculptures and large. At night the sculptures are illuminated by different colored lights. There is a fireworks show during the festival as well. Admission is free. Amasake is available for purchase to enjoy; this lake festival is held in the beginning of February. Held in the town of Yasumiya, this festival is on the south side of Lake Towada; this festival is open all day, but at 5 pm one can enjoy activities such as going through a snow maze, exploring a Japanese igloo, eat foods from Aomori and Akita prefectures. There is events held on an ice stage; this festival is held annually and features colorful lantern floats called nebuta which are pulled through the streets of Central Aomori.

This festival is held from about August 2–7 every year. This event attracts millions of visitors. During this festival, 20 large nebuta floats are paraded through the streets near Aomori JR rail station; these floats are constructed of wooden bases and metal frames. Japanese papers, called washi, are painted onto the frames; these amazing floats are finished off with the historical figures or kabuki being painted on the paper. These floats can take up to a year to complete. There is a dance portion of this festival. There are haneto dancers and they wear special costumes for this dance. Everyone is welcome to purchase their own haneto costume; this event is held every year. Thousands of artists from all over Tohoku and further regions come to Nango to perform; this is the largest open-air jazz concert held in Tohoku region. This festival began in a small venue indoors. There was such a large response from the fans. One must purchase tickets for this event; this summer jazz festival doesn't cost anything but potential members of the public still need to receive a ticket to enter the event.

Japan celebrates the entire season of the cherry blossoms. There are festivals in nearly every region of Japan, some locations, food is available or a park may be decorated with lanterns; some locations of cherry blossom festivals include: Yaedake Cherry Blossom Festival in Okinawa. This festival takes place from late January – mid February Matsuyama Shiroyama Koen Cherry Blossom Festival in Matsuyama-city, Ehime; this festival takes place early April. Matsue Jozan Koen Festival in Matsue-city, Shimane; this festival has a feature of illuminating the cherry blossom trees at night. This festival takes place late March-early April

Buddy Clark

Buddy Clark was an American popular singer of the 1930s and 1940s. In the late 1940s, after his return from service in World War II, his career blossomed and he became one of the nation's top crooners, he died in a plane crash in 1949. Clark was born to Jewish parents in Dorchester, Tillie, from Romania, Nathan Goldberg, from Russia, he made his Big Band singing debut in 1932 as a tenor, with Gus Arnheim's orchestra, but was not successful. Singing baritone, he gained wider notice in 1934, with Benny Goodman on the Let's Dance radio program. In 1936 he began performing on the show Your Hit Parade, remained until 1938. In the mid-1930s he signed with Vocalion Records, having a top-20 hit with "Spring Is Here", he continued recording, appearing in movies, dubbing other actors' voices until he entered the military, but did not have another hit until the late 1940s. In 1946 he signed with Columbia Records and scored his biggest hit with the song "Linda" recorded in November of that year, but hitting its peak in the following spring.

"Linda" was written for the six-year-old daughter of a show business lawyer named Lee Eastman, whose client, songwriter Jack Lawrence, wrote the song at Lee’s request. Upon reaching adulthood, Linda became famous as a photographer, a musician, a prominent spokeswoman for animal rights.1947 saw hits for Clark with such titles as "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?", which made the Top Ten, "Peg O' My Heart", "An Apple Blossom Wedding", "I'll Dance at Your Wedding". The following year he had another major hit with "Love Somebody" and nine more chart hits, extended his success into 1949 with a number of hits, both solo and duetting with Day and Dinah Shore. A month after his death, his recording of "A Dreamer's Holiday" hit the charts. On Saturday, October 1, 1949, hours after the 37-year-old had completed a Club Fifteen broadcast on CBS Radio with The Andrews Sisters—subbing for ailing host Dick Haymes—Clark joined five friends in renting a small plane to attend a University of Michigan vs. Stanford University college football game in Stanford, California.

On the way back to Los Angeles after the game, the plane ran out of fuel, lost altitude, crashed on Beverly Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Clark didn't survive the crash. Clark's last radio broadcast found him in high spirits, clowning with Maxene, LaVerne, Patty Andrews, he joined them for a comical rendition of "Baby Face," during which Buddy amused the CBS studio audience, as well as the famous swing trio of sisters, with his spot-on Al Jolson impression. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, near his widow and daughter. Clark had been married to Louise Hitz, stepdaughter of famed hotelier Ralph Hitz in 1935, they had two children together before divorcing in 1941. Jerry Vale's first album, was a tribute to Clark. For his contributions to the music industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6800 Hollywood Boulevard. "An Apple Blossom Wedding" "Baby, It's Cold Outside" "Ballerina" "Confess" "Don't You Love Me Anymore" "A Dreamer's Holiday" "Girl Of My Dreams" "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"

"I'll Dance at Your Wedding" "I'll Get By" "I Love You So Much It Hurts" "It's a Big, Wonderful World" "Linda" "Love Somebody" "Matinee" "May I Have the Next Romance?" "My Darling, My Darling" "Now Is the Hour" "Peg O' My Heart" "Powder Your Face with Sunshine" "Rosalie" "The Rhythm of the Rhumba" "Serenade" "She Shall Have Music" "South America, Take It Away!" "Spring Is Here" "Take My Heart" "These Foolish Things" "These Things Money Can't Buy" "The One I Love" "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" "Until Today" "Where the Apple Blossoms Fall" "You Are Never Away" "You're Breaking My Heart" Bloom, Ken. American song; the Complete Musical Theater Companion. 1877–1995’’, Vol. 2, 2nd edition, Schirmer Books, 1996. Clarke, Donald; the Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Viking, 1989. Cuscuna, Michael; the Blue Note Label. A Discography, Greenwood Press, 2001. Larkin, Colin; the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Third edition, Macmillan, 1998. Buddy Clark biography on Yahoo! Site Buddy Clark biography by Frank Dee Buddy Clark biography on the Interlude Era site Buddy Clark at Find a Grave Buddy Clark on IMDb

Cauvery Bridge

Cauvery Bridge is a stone bridge across the Kaveri River in Erode, Tamil Nadu, India. The bridge connects Karungalpalayam in Erode with Pallipalayam in Namakkal district; this two-lane bridge is the primary gateway for the city of Pallipalayam, from the east. Being the major transit artery of Erode, it meets heavy traffic congestion due to increasing vehicular movements in the city. For easing the traffic congestion and a component of infrastructure expansion for Erode, the Government planned to widen this into four-lane by constructing additional bridge; the new bridge is being constructed in parallel to the existing one to convert the traffic in two-way manner. Further to reduce the traffic congestion in this bridge, few more infrastructures has been developed along the Cauvery river to share the traffic flow between Erode City and Namakkal district Bridge is named after a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu selvi J. Jayalalitha as Puratchi thalaivi amma bridge. Two-lane roadway bridge constructed along the Vendipalayam Barrage of Bhavani Kattalai Hydroelectric Project.

High-level bridge as a part of Erode Outer Ring Road near Lakkapuram. Railway bridge connecting Erode Junction and Cauvery Railway stations in the city of Erode spans across the Cauvery River. 11°21′38.2″N 77°44′36.1″E

Ugly Miss Young-ae

Ugly Miss Young-ae is a long-running South Korean television series starring Kim Hyun-sook. The series premiered on tvN in South Korea on April 20, 2007, it is now on its 17th season, starting February 8, 2019. A realistic drama about the thrills and sadness of working women in their 30s, centered around a single woman named Lee Young-ae. Kim Hyun-sook as Lee Young-ae - President Go Se-won as Kim Hyuk-kyoo - Employee, Lee Young-chae's husband Jo Duk-jae Lee Seung-joon as Lee Seung-joon, Young-ae husband Ra Mi-ran Yoon Seo-hyun Jung Ji-soon Lee Soo-min Sazal Kim Jo Dong-hyuk Jung Soo-hwan Song Min-hyung as Lee Gwi-hyun, Young-ae,Young-min & Young-chae's father Kim Jung-ha as Kim Jung-ha, Young-ae,Young-min & Young-chae's mother Jung Da-hye as Lee Young-chae, Young-ae's younger sister Park Shin-woo Hyun Jung Oh Seung-yoon as Lee Young-min, Young-ae's younger brother Jun Sung-ae as Jun Sung-ae Lee Woo-joo as Hyun Woo Jung Yoon-gun as Hae Mil Lee Ki-chang Seo Gap-sook Jang Hyuk-jin Tak Jae-hoon Lee Yong-joo Kwon Hyuk-soo Yoo In-na Kim Jun-hyun as Martial arts dojo director Kim Ga-yeon Jang Do-yeon as Miran Red Shoes sales man Kim Hyung-il For series 15 the average audience share was 2.6% or 3.2%.

Official website Rude Miss Young-ae Season 15 at HanCinema

Ancona Cathedral

Ancona Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Ancona, central Italy, dedicated to Saint Cyriacus of Ancona. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Ancona; the building is an example of mixed Romanesque-Byzantine and Gothic elements, stands on the site of the former acropolis of the Greek city, the Guasco hill which overlooks Ancona and its gulf. Excavations carried on in 2016 proved that an Italic temple dedicated to Aphrodite, existed on the site as early as the 3rd century BC. On top of it, in the 6th century CE, a Palaeo-Christian church was built: this had a nave and three aisles with the entrance facing south-east; some remains of it still in existence include perimeter walls. In 995–1015 a new church was built, which kept the original walls. In 1017 the renovated basilica received the relics of Saint Marcellinus of Ancona and Saint Cyriacus. Further enlargement works occurred between the late 12th and the early 13th centuries, with the addition of a transept to obtain a Greek cross plan, an entrance towards the south-west, resulting in the church now facing the port and the new road entering the city.

The transepts were at a higher level than the previous nave, had apses. The church dedicated to Saint Lawrence, was re-dedicated to Saint Cyriacus the Martyr, the patron saint and bishop of Ancona. An initial restoration took place in 1883. During World War I, on 24 May 1915, the basilica was damaged by a bombardment of the Austro-Hungarian fleet; the damage was restored in 1920, but in World War II Anglo-American aerial bombings destroyed the south transept and the Crypt of Tears under it, along with the art objects housed there. Once the transept was rebuilt, the church was reopened in 1951. Further damage was caused by an earthquake in 1972, followed by a new restoration and another official opening in 1977. In 1926 the cathedral was declared a basilica minor; the edifice is built in white stone from Mount Conero, with apses protruding from the transept's ends and an elevated body, with a dome at the crossing, in correspondence to the nave. All the external surfaces feature a decoration of Lombard bands.

The bell tower is in an isolated position. It was built above a pre-existing late 13th-century tower; the façade, divided into three section, is preceded by a wide staircase. The anterior ones stand on lions in Veronese red marble, while the rear ones, added by Luigi Vanvitelli, are on a simple pedestal. Under the arches are four reliefs depicting the symbols of the Evangelists; the portal is attributed to Giorgio da Como, is in Romanesque-Gothic style, built in Conero white stone from Mount Conero and Veronese red marble. It is decorated by a series of columns holding ogival arches with reliefs of saints' busts, animal figures and vegetable motifs. Above the portal is a large oculus with a Romanesque frame between two single mullioned windows; the dome is one of the most ancient in Italy. It has an ogival shape with a dodecagonal drum, standing on a square base with small decorative arches, it was built over the crossing in the 13th century, is attributed to Margaritone d'Arezzo. Together with the church of Sant'Antonio at Padua and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, it was one of the few contemporary examples of domes built in churches, instead than in separate baptisteries.

The copper cover was added in the 16th century. The interior is on the Greek cross plan. All the arms are divided into a nave and two aisles, with re-used antique Roman columns with Byzantine capitals. At the crossing is the internal part of the dome, which has pendentives with Byzantine-style figures of praying angels; the dome is supported by cruciform cluster piers. The side arms of the transept end in elevated apses, while the central arm of the presbytery lost the original apse during the enlargement works of the 18th century. All the naves have painted wooden vaults dating from the 15th century. At the beginning of the northern nave is the monument to a Fermo warrior from 1530; the south transept is home to the Chapel of the Crucifix. Its screens are formed by tiles with sgraffito decoration from a balustrade of 1189, they depict, on the left and Habakkuk. In the Crypt of Tears below, rebuilt after the devastation of World War II, are remains of ancient structures; the presbytery's arms house, in the northern aisles, the sepulchre of Blessed Girolamo Ginelli, made in 1509 by Giovanni Dalmata.

The northern transept houses the Madonna Chapel, with a lavishly decorated niche designed by Luigi Vanvitelli in 1739, the site of a venerated 17th century image of the Madonna. Under the chapel is a crypt with the remains of Saint Cyriacus of Ancona, Saints Liberius and Marcellinus and the ashes of Saint Palatia; the urns with bronze festoons were designed and executed between 1757 and 1760 by Gioacchino Varlè. Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo Polichetti, M. Luisa. San Ciriaco. La Cattedrale di Ancona. Genesi e sviluppo. Federico Motta. ISBN 88-7179-353-6. Page at art website

Public housing estates in Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Wai

The following is an overview of public housing estates in Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Wai, of Kowloon City District, Hong Kong, including Home Ownership Scheme, Private Sector Participation Scheme, Tenant Purchase Scheme estates. Hung Hom Estate is built on a hill along Dyer Avenue and next to Whampoa Garden, it now consists of five residential buildings completed in two stages in 2011 respectively. The estate, informally called Tai Wan Shan Resettlement Estate or Tai Wan Shan Estate, was a resettlement estate built in Tai Wan Shan, a hill in Hung Hom area, it had four 7-storey blocks completed in 1956. All four blocks were demolished for redevelopment in 1996 and 2000. Completed 1999, redevelopment phase 1 project consists of two residential buildings built in the former site of Block 3 and 4. Redevelopment phase 2, finished 2011, consists of three more 40-storey buildings on the former site of Block 1 and Block 3. Ma Tau Wai Estate is the oldest existing public housing estate in Kowloon City District.

It consists of 5 residential blocks completed in 1962 and 1965. Although it was developed by Hong Kong Housing Authority, it is managed by Hong Kong Housing Society. In 2007, the Housing Authority found. Thus, structural repair and improvement works will be carried out to sustain the buildings for the next 15 years. Chun Seen Mei Chuen has three residential blocks built in 1965, providing a total of 1027 units. Ka Wai Chuen is a mixed public and a Flat-for-Sale Scheme estate developed by Hong Kong Housing Society in the vicinity of Fat Kwong Street, Ma Tau Wai Road and Station Lane, it has 9 residential blocks completed in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. Five of the blocks are for rental. Ka Wai Chuen was built on the former site of the old Hung Hom Estate and consisted of nine 6-storey blocks built between 1955 and 1958; the estate was redeveloped into 4 phases, nine buildings were constructed in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1993. In 1990, the estate was renamed to the current Ka Wai Chuen, named from the pen name of Mr. Andrew Cheung Yau Kuen, one of the founders of Hong Kong Housing Society.

Lok Man Sun Chuen is located in Kau Pui Lung Road, To Kwa Wan, developed by Hong Kong Housing Society. It has nine residential blocks completed in 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974 providing a total of 3676 units. Public housing in Hong Kong List of public housing estates in Hong Kong