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Japanese Culture: From LA to TA

Japanese culture is alive and well from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles.  One individual who can attest to the Tel Aviv, Israel part is Mozes Victor Konig.  Last week, he had the opportunity to enjoy Japan Day courtesy of the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Eat. 

Hosted by Tel Aviv’s Embassy of Japan, for the last 11 years this event is intended to offer families a taste of Japanese culture within a Japanese-based atmosphere.

“I found it to be a really hands-on experience of Japanese culture,” Mozes Victor Konig, Tel Aviv, Israel based photographer said.  “Getting a taste of the tradition, hearing the language and meeting Japanese people living in Tel Aviv is about as real as it gets,” he said.

“This actually gave me a taste for learning more about Japanese culture.  Next time I’m in Los Angeles – hopefully at Thanksgiving time – I would like to visit the exhibition taking place at Japan House, ‘Bakeru: Transforming Spirits.’ It is very hands-on for kids which is appealing to me as there is an interactive display whereby you put masks on which – with the aid of digital technology – turns them into Japanese folklore figures. Tales include: Shishi Odori (beast dance), Nahamage (deity frightening kids who misbehave) and more.”

Japanese-Israeli relations have been improving in the last five to ten years.  In 2015, the Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, visited Israel; the first time in a decade a Japanese PM had ever made the trip.  The idea behind the trip was to improve relations between the two countries and this has been happening ever since.

From Hollywood to the Holyland: Nighttime Light Show

Photographer Mozes Victor Konig is no stranger to nighttime light shows.  A Tel Aviv, Israeli native, it is perhaps surprising therefore that the only nighttime light show he had  experienced until now was the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle, that lightens up Universal Studios on select nights over the summer.  Statistics show however that it is usually tourists who make the most of local city attractions, rather than the locals themselves.

This year, Konig decided to make the most of summer offerings close to home and took a trip to Jerusalem to enjoy the holy city’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show.  And, as its title suggests, it was – in Konig’s own words, “spectacular.”

“Don’t get me wrong, the Universal Studios’ Hogwarts Castle was really great.  It’s just that for me – being in the capital of our country – seeing what is right at my doorstep seemed somehow that bit more spectacular.  Plus, it offers an incredible history lesson. You get to see the old city walls just light up and get used as a dramatic stage for the beautification of Jerusalem’s 4,000 year old history!  It’s not just a cool, fun gimmick; this is real.  You see archaeological remains, listen to stories of Biblical King David, the Crusaders, Muhammad and more.  As well as being “spectacular” it truly is a lesson in history without sitting at your classroom desk.”

So if you are making your way this summer from Hollywood to the Holyland, make sure you get your tickets for the Night Spectacular.   While really enjoying your evening, you will also return home with knowledge of the history of Jerusalem…without even having realized you were being educated!