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Things that exist, and the things did not exist in Mt Kanpū

The wind swims freely without any obstruction. Altitude 355m. Mt Kanpū located at the base of the Oga Peninsula has no tall trees or big rocks and the whole surface is covered with turf. ↑Mt Kanpū When I visited Mt Kanpū, it was hard to walk because it was quite a strong wind. For the wind, it seems like foreign body has entered. Geographer Shigahisa Shiga(1863~1927) says that Mt Kanpū is one of the world’s three scenic areas alongside the Grand Canyon of USA and the fjords of Norway. I think that it is a slightly exaggerated expression, but it is certainly a rare landscape and the bird’s-eye view there … Read More

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Unexpected story for the sacred place “Kōyasan” of Shingon Buddhism

By the way, the unexpected story arouses interest. The spread ground is appeared suddenly on mountain of height above 900m. It is Buddhist city in the sky “Koyasan” ! ↑Temple town of Koyasan ↑Koyasan_Danjo-Garan An unexpected story get mixed also in here. The basin where 6 km east-west and north-south about 3 km is surrounded by peaks of 8 leaves. The 8 leaves symbolize petals of lotus flower, so the terrain is expressed “As lotus flower opens”. It became 1200th in 2015 since Kobo-Daish Kukai opened an exercise hall of Shingon Buddhism in this place. Indeed it is the sacred place of Shingon Buddhism, so there are a lot of … Read More

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Will you go through Arai barrier station or make a detour?

We can come and go in all parts of contemporary peaceful Japan. However many barrier stations had existed until 150 years ago, so it was not so easy to move. There are barrier stations even now, but it is historic spot or it is object that was restored to its original state as purpose of tourism and learning institution. Among that barrier stations, Arai barrier station is only existing barrier station in Japan! If Hakone barrier station that is especially famous in Japan is important barrier station for mountain, we can say Arai barrier station that is placed in lake inlet of Lake Hamana connected to the sea is important … Read More

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The settlement of Gokayama gassho-zukuri in unexpectedness

The directly opposite landscape of city is expanding in there. The harmonized landscape where is with artificial building and nature. The settlement where have unique shape houses. Gokayama is settlement of gassho-zukuri. Gassho-zukuri is one of the styles of building. The special feature is steep straw-thatched roof. I think everybody who visit here will be fascinated by this landscape. It is not so old that green of the paddy field was added to the settlement of gassho-zukuri. The starting of rice farming is 1888 in settlement “Ainokura” that is one of the 2 major gassho-zukuri settlements in Gokayama. The starting of rice farming for another settlement “Suganuma” is 1945, it … Read More

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It is clean Lake Shikotsu surrounded by a virgin forest

It’s a depression made by volcanic activity. The one that rainwater accumulated there and became a lake is called a crater lake. Lake Shikotsu is one of the crater lakes representing Hokkaido. ↑Lake Shikotsu The biggest lake in Japan is Lake Biwa, but though the area of Lake Shikotsu is 1/9 of Lake Biwa, the volume of water kept in store is the second next to Lake Biwa in Japan. That is obvious, because the depth of the water is also the second in Japan (the maximum depth is 360m). ↑Lake Shikotsu Furthermore, it is fulfilled by high transparency water. The most transparent lake in the world is Lake Baikal … Read More

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Past and present of Hakone barrier station

About 150 years ago, Japan was a country where something like a small country called “Han” gathered. Bakufu means system of government of a feudal military dictatorship. Bakufu is translated as Shogunate in Englsih. Edo Shogunate was opened by Ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603. By the way, Edo is the old name of Tokyo. Han was under the rule of Edo Shogunate opened by Ieyasu Tokugawa. Due to that, the wives of feudal lord of Han lived as hostage in Edo. There is a phrase “Iri-deppou, de-onna”. If I translate it literally, it will be “Gun comes into. Woman goes out”. This means policy of Edo Shogunate that is “To prevent … Read More

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Hybrid Island “Enoshima”

20 years have past since Toyota released hybrid vehicle on Dec-1997 for the first time in the world. There are 2 meanings in “hybrid”. 1.An animal or plant that has parents of different SPECIES or varieties. 2.Something that is the product of mixing two or more different things. When Japanese use the word “hybrid”, meaning of no.2 uses it. It is Japanese strong point, for example digital camera, brush pen, cup noodles e.t.c. However Japanese have hybridized not only article but also place. It is a popular sightseeing spot “Enoshima”. Enoshima is a small island 6 km around, but many elements are compacted. ↑Enoshima Why is it hybrid? Let me … Read More

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Akita Beauty who live in castle town of Kubota Castle

Akita is a prefecture located in the Tohoku region of Japan. The first imagined word might be “Akita Beauty” when Japanese men listen to Akita(^^; ↑Publicity poster Beauty of Akita It is said that there are many beautiful women in Akita. Why? There are many kinds of theories as followings. ◆The hours of sunlight of Akita prefecture is the shortest in Japan. Therefore it is few that ultraviolet rays affect people, so there are many people whose skins are white. ◆Formerly, the route existed that connected with the coast of the Sea of Japan, the coast of the Siberia and the Korean Peninsula, so the people who came from Russia … Read More

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Let’s go to Innoshima Navy Castle and eat the special product of Innoshima!

The condition that is studded with Islands of varying size on the cobalt blue sea make us feels we peek into a jewel box. It’s Geiyo Islands. ↑Geiyo Islands Shimanami Kaido Expressway that has a total length of 60km highway between Honshu and Shikoku sew up islands. ↑Shimanami Kaido Expressway I recalled what somebody expressed “ I thought it is an island, but it was a cape. I thought it is a cape, but it was an island” You can imagine there are lots of islands in this area. Murakami Navy is one of the things that were produced by such special terrain. Murakami Navy was the navy that allied … Read More

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The troops of Sanada family who won overwhelming at Ueda Castle

Here is the question. ①1,200 × 7,000 ②3,500 × 38,000 Do you understand these figures? These figures are number of soldiers for 2 battles between Sanada family and Tokugawa family. The small number is for Sanada family, and big number is for Tokugawa family. These 2 battles were staged in 1585 and 1600 at Ueda Castle of Sanada family. ↑Ueda Castle Sanada family won the overwhelming by the battle in the besieged castle, and that in small number. It’s terribly strong! These 2 battles are called “Siege of Ueda”. I think everybody take it for granted that Ueda Castle is the big castle. However, I was surprised when I visited! … Read More

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