Dutch Astronaut André Kuipers Opens National Museum Week in The Netherlands

 

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Always wondered what the space suit of the Dutch astronaut André Kuipers looked like? There is a massive golden version of it floating around in The Netherlands this week!

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Ο Ολλανδός αστροναύτης Andre Kuipers και ο ηθοποιός Kim-Lian van der Meij αποκαλύπτουν ένα άγαλμα με την στολή του αστροναύτη, στα εγκαίνια της 5ης Εβδομάδας Εθνικών Μουσείων

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From 8 to 14 April 2019, it’s time for the fifth annual National Museum Week in The Netherlands and the week of cultural festivities was opened today by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers. Continue reading

Kanamara Matsuri – Kawasaki, Japan

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The idea of a penis festival may sound ludicrous, but actually, it’s a Shinto religious tradition many Japanese folks take seriously. So there’s a solemn aspect to it, but you can also have fun there! Here’s how to enjoy it.

Where Does The Tradition Come From?

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As is often the case, “matsuri” festivals in Japan are centered around a Shinto shrine. In Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo, there is the Kanayama (金山) shrine which encompasses in its premises the Wakamiya Hachimangu (若宮八幡宮), a kind of secondary inner shrine dedicated to the goddess of creation Izanami, which is one of the most important deities of the Shinto religion.

When she gave birth to her son Kagutsuchi, the god of fire, she burnt her reproductive organs and died. The Wakaiya Hachimangu is a shrine hence that is dedicated to sexual health. From the Edo Era, people prayed at that shrine to recover from STDs which were very prevalent in Japan at the time.

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The Egg Dance

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The Egg dance was one of the earliest Saxon Medieval dances and, like the Carole, was performed during a period of festivity namely the Easter-tide festivities.

The  egg dance was derived from a traditional Easter game, in the egg dance eggs were laid on the ground or floor and the goal was to dance among them damaging as few eggs as possible.

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Ο χορός αυγών ήταν ένας από τους αρχαιότερους σαξονικούς μεσαιωνικούς χορούς, και λάμβανε χώρα κατά τη διάρκεια μιας περιόδου γιορτών του παλατιού. Continue reading

Gerovassiliou Wine Museum

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Parallel to his interest in quality wine making, Vangelis Gerovassiliou’s other aspiration is to enhance the viticultural tradition: in 1976 he started collecting viticulture, winemaking, bottling and cooperage tools from around the world.

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Especially notable is the corkscrew collection, which he started in the 1980s and which now numbers more than 2600 exhibits, making Vangelis Gerovassiliou one of the world’s greatest collectors of corkscrews. The collection includes rare and unique pieces dating back to the 18th century, true symbols of the technological advances, high aesthetics and social structures of the era. Continue reading