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Simple question, how do we understand and learn on java culture? The answer: stay at Solo or Jogjakarta.

Solo are the capital city of central java province, heart of javanesse. The Java culture establised since 12th century spread respectively 500 km away from central to east, and some of their archeology artifact still existed until today, and become the java heritage.
Solo has two Raja, rules at two different palace. One of them are Kraton Mangkunegaran (kraton: palace). The Kraton itself are more than a centre of Java of its own culture, but also a symbol of what javanesse believes at their daily life. The Raja Jawa (java king) and the kraton become one and filled the way of life of most java people.

Last week, i visited city of Solo and took many beautifull shot. Some of them are java dance. This one, called Topeng dance (topeng: masked), held at Kraton Mangkunegaran. The topeng dancer has move so fast, show of strenght, and also playing an anger character. Beautifull and frightened indeed.

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