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Satsuma shochu is a by-product of a certain purpose?

A sweet smell that I can’t express well is breathing in the building, and it makes me feel like I am in the air. One of the typical special products of Kagoshima prefecture is Satsuma shochu. *Shochu is a kind of alcohol. Ichikikushikino is one of the best shochu production areas in Kagoshima prefecture. I visited Denbeegura of Hamadasyuzou. *Denbeegura is plant of shochu. *Hamadasyuzou is company name. So, let’s learn for Satsuma shochu with photos of Denbeegura this time! I will explain for shochu simply. Shochu is a kind of spirits, and it is classified to pot distillation and continuous distillation in Liquor Tax Act of Japan. I think … Read More

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What should we use medicinal plants of Mt. Ibuki for?

Mt. Ibuki is beautiful mountain that strides between Shiga prefecture and Gif prefecture, and the elevation is 1,377m. Basho Matsuo who is the most famous poet of the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan composes for Mt. Ibuki as “Mt. Ibuiki is excellent mountain by itself even without support of moon.↑Mt. Ibuki↑Poem monument of Basho on Mt. Ibuki ↑The summit of Mt. Ibuki↑The around of summit of Mt. Ibuki↑The view from summit of Mt. Ibuki Regarding the above poem, I think Basho composed by observing the surface, the plant that is covering the surface is also one of the attraction of Mt. Ibuki. According to the survey results, Mt. Ibuki has … Read More

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Mysterious “Kino Castle” that truth is not elucidated

A mysterious mountain castle that is not written at all in the history book, and the truth is not elucidated yet. The castle name is Kino Castle. The literal meaning is castle of Oni (Oni is demon or ogre).↑Kino Castle There is an old tare called “Momotaro” that every Japanese people know. Momotaro is translated as Peach Boy. It is story that Momotaro who was born from peach gets rid of the Oni who ransacked a village. Kino Castle appears as a castle of Oni in the Momotaro folklore.↑Kino Castle Although the castle is surrounded by mystery, some guesses have been made. Kino Castle is belonging to “Ancient mountain castle” … Read More

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Things that you can see at Daisenryo Tomb

It’s the biggest ancient tomb in Japan! It’s the biggest ancient tomb for the surface area in the world! And then, it’s is one of the world three major tomb along with Pyramid of Khufu and Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. That’s Daisenryo Tomb! It shape is the large keyhole.↑Daisenryo Tomb (Reference: Wikipedia) The concrete dimension is as followings. Length=486m Front Square portion: Width=305m, Height=33m Rear Circle portion: Diameter=245m, Height=35m It is the super huge grave! But, but, but…Unfortunately, when we see the grave nearby, it is just small hill. If nobody tells, we can’t understand what it is.↑Daisenryo Tomb However, there is a hot topic that Daisenryo Tomb … Read More

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The relationship between the clock that has been stored in Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and Ieyasu

Shine and bright colors of gold foil that reflected by sunshine and throw to the eyes will leave as intense memory. Kunozan Toshogu Shrine whose Honden (the literal meaning is ‘main hall’), Ishi-no-ma (the literal meaning is ‘stone room’), and Haiden (the literal meaning is ‘worship hall’) are designated as a national treasure is a place where the deceased person was buried by the testament of Ieyasu Tokugawa.↑Kunozan Toshogu Shrine The shrine decorated luxurious and delicately was constructed in a short period of only one year and seven months from May 1616 to December of the following year by the order of the second Tokugawa Shogunate Shogun Hedetada. It’s amazing … Read More

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A story of a man who was as active as equally 3,000 guns in Nagshino Castle

If you visit Nagashino Castle ruins, you can see the picture that is person who is crucified. What does this picture mean? It can be understood if you read the following. Battle of Nagashino is war it was took between the Allied Forces of Nobunaga Oda and Ieyasu Tokugawa versus forces of Katsuyori Takeda around Nagashino Castle in 1575. ↑Nagashino Castle ruins The feature of this battle is that Nobunaga used a gun in earnest for the first time in Japan. ↑Ruins of Nagashino Castle History Museum↑Ruins of Nagashino Castle History Museum Then, who got the MVP (most valuable player) of Battle of Nagashino? The person is Suneemon Torii! “The … Read More

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Mikimoto Pearl Island is learning space of Cultured Pearls

When crossing a bridge over the deep jade color’s sea, that is a pearl kingdom! It’s Mikimoto Pearl Island.The exhibited many kind of beautiful pearls in the pearl museum. You can also see the demonstration of women peal divers. The name of the shrine enshrined in the island is “Tama-no-miya”. ✳︎Tama is including meaning of pearl.The island is covered with pearls. Formerly, limited wealthy people could only easily obtain natural pearls. It is Japanese cultured pearls that reversed it. In 1893, Mr Kokichi Mikimoto was successful for the aquaculture of pearls under the guidance of Mr Yoshiyoshi Misaki who was a zoologist and a doctor of science.↑The statue of Mr … Read More

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Himeji Castle is protected by invisible power

The white wall that is shining in the sky of commelina communis color will fascinate the visitors.Himeji Castle specified as Japanese national treasure and World Heritage site is on the summit of Japanese castle architectural.Himeji Castle was built by Sadanori Akamatsu firstly in 1346. The base of current castle tower was built in 1581.↑Stone wall around 1581 After that, Terumasa Ikeda who became the lord of castle commenced drastic remodeling in 1601. 9 years after, the Himeji Castle that we can see now was completed.What this beautiful castle keeps original form is nothing other than gratitude. There is a fact that Himeji Castle has escaped the threat of war and … Read More

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Did the demon really exist? What’s the origin of demon of Beppu?

The number of source for natural hot spring is more than 2,300 places! It holds one-tenth in Japan! The yield of hot water is 125,000 kl per one day. This is also Japan’s largest level! And, the scenery where white vapor rises from the streets of the city is impressive! Beppu is a hot spring resort worthy of the name of Hot Spring City both in name and reality.↑Beppu city↑Hot spring for hand in front of Beppu station↑Hot spring facility (Takegawara Onsen) in city center of Beppu Fudoki are ancient reports on provincial culture, geography, and oral tradition presented to the reigning monarchs of Japan, also known as local gazetteers. … Read More

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Who is Japanese famous man who protected beautiful landscape of Kyoushuhou?

Kyoushuhou is a scenic spot where high steep peak of rock and trees on there make beauty scenery with superb contrast.↑Kyoushuhou When I visited there, it was ill-timed rainy day, so my feeling was also threatening to rain. However the faint hazy peaks made mysterious landscape where as if legendary wizard lives, and the landscape swept away my gloomy feeling.↑Kyoushuhou Kyoushuhou means 8 peaks of rock compete to soar. Aonodōmon (meaning “blue tunnel”) that Buddhist priest named Zenkai dug 250 years ago is on the skirts of such a Kyoushuhou.↑Aonodōmon ↑The statue of Zenkai and Kyoshuhou When Zenkai stopped at here during his itinerant, here was dangerous spot that road … Read More

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