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”White” is keyword for Takamatsu Castle

Takamatsu Castle_Ushitora turret

Takamatsu Castle of Kagawa prefecture that is one of the Japanese three major water castle in parallel with Imabari Castle of Ehime prefecture and Nakatsu Castle of Oita prefecture was built by Chikamasa Ikoma. The current remnant of an old building was repaired by Yorishige Matsudaira who is grandchild of Ieyasu Tokugawa who is the first shogun of Edo regime. Yorishige entered Takamatsu Castle as the lord of Takamatsu-han in 1642. ※The han is the Japanese historical term for the estate of a warrior after the 12th century or of a feudal lord in the Edo period (1603–1868) and early Meiji period (1868–1912). After that, Matsudaira family that was close … Read More

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The roof tiles of Ganko-ji Temple have continued to see the sky of Japan

Ganko-ji Temple

The roof tiles have continued to look up at the sky of Japan even though it is clear day, rainy day, fierce day, and snow day. The roof tiles of Gango-ji Temple in Nara are regarded as the oldest Japanese roof tiles in existence. The origin of Ganko-ji Temple is Hoko-ji Temple in Asuka region that was the first Japanese orthodox temple. Hoko-ji Temple was moved into current place of Nara in 718. A part of the roof tiles of the main hall is regarded that it was carried at that time. Such the valuable Ganko-ji Temple are designated as World Heritage Site, and also main hall and Zen room … Read More

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What is the original form of Ishibutai Tumulus?

Ishibutai Tumulus

Is the form that is piled many big stones trying to blend with the surrounding scenery? Or it would like to parade a dignified appearance? It will show various expressions. Ishibutai Tumulus produces such the atmosphere. The gross weight that makes a stone burial chamber is about 2,300 tons. Even though, only a ceiling stone is 77 tons. It was concluded it was 50 square meters big double-deck square tumulus by the excavation survey in the nineteen-thirties. ↑The first deck of tumulus and moat Sogano no Umako is a man who laid the foundation of Soga family around 500-600. It is a commonly accepted theory Ishibutai Tumulus is for Soga … Read More

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Battle of Itsukushima developed on SATOUMI

Hiroshima Bay

20,000 soldiers versus the 3,500 soldiers. Which is winner for this battle? Hiroshima Bay creates a landscape of scenic beauty with gentle ocean and large and small islands. Miyajima where has Itsukushima Shrine registered as a world heritage site is one of the islands directing the scenery. Nearly 4 million tourists visit and show bustle every year. ↑Miyajima Now, this island is peaceful, but there was battle of Itsukushima that is one of the Japanese major three-surprise attacks around 450 years ago. That’s right. I think you guessed from surprise attack, but 3,500 solders defeated 20,000 solders! What kind of battle was it? Motonari Mouri is one of the famous … Read More

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Who is the designer of maple dumpling?

Red leaves in Miyajima

There is a word “Nihon Sankei” in Japan. Nihon Sankei means the three most scenic spots of Japan. One of them is Miyajima. The formal name is Itsukushima, but it is called generally Miyajima. There is Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima. Miya means shrine. Shima means island. Therefore, Miyajima comes from “Island that has a shrine”. ↑Miyajima There are many beauty spots with a focus on Itsukushima Shrine, but also you can enjoy foods such as yster, conger, Momiji manju and so on. Especially, It is no too much to say that Momiji manju become a synonym for souvenir of Miyajima. Momiji is a kind of maple, and manju is a … Read More

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The castle tower of Imabari Castle had existed or not?

Imabari Castle

The width is 54m! It has the foremost width moat in the Japanese castles. ↑Moat of Imabari Castle The castle encircled by the large moat reminds us of form that looks as if a seabird is going to fly away from the sea. Imabari Castle is a castle built on the seaside and it is one of the three major castles in Japan! I hear that marine fish such as the black porgy inhabit because seawater is leaded into the moat. Who built this castle? It is Takatora Todo who is an accomplished castle builder, and he is one of the originators of castle style of Edo period (1603-1868) in … Read More

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Shibu Onsen is representative of Kakushi-yu

Shibu Onsen

There is a word “Kakushi-yu” in Japan. If I translated literally to English, it will be “Hidden hot springs”. The hidden hot springs indicate hot springs that were used monopoly by the feudal lords in the age of feudalism in Japan. The word comes from “Don’t let others use it”, namely “Hide”. The most famous hidden hot spring is Kakushi-yu of Shingen Takeda. Shingen is one of the famous warlords who was showing off one large power in the warring states period of Japan about 400 years ago. Due to there were lots of hot springs in the domain of Shingen, hot spring was used by soldiers. Shibu Onsen is … Read More

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The whole countries unification was started from Matsudaira-gou and globalization go Toyota Motor Corporation

Matsudaira Tosho-gu

Tokyo is the capital city of Japanese. At one time Tokyo was called Edo. Japan put an end a period to the age of provincial wars about 400 years ago. The man who unified finally countries of rivalry between warlords is Ieyasu Tokugawa. Ieyasu established Tokugawa regime in Edo and built up the strong government structure. After that Edo city have continued growth, and have continued also after the name was changed to Tokyo. And then Tokyo became a leading global city in the world. ↑Edo castle ruins In short, it is no exaggeration to say that Tokyo was built by Ieyasu. By the way, Tokyo became the global city, … Read More

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The fusion of nature and artificial building is an attraction of Engyo-ji temple

Engyo-ji temple

The plain where artificial buildings spread and the mountains covered with lush green natural trees cross and produce a beautiful scenery. This is the view form Mount Shosha where is about 4 minutes by ropeway, elevation 371m. ↑ Ropeway ↑Mount Shosha The Mount Shosha himself also keeps superb balance by artificial buildings and lush green natural trees. Engyo-ji temple is arranged as if the buildings melt into the forest on the Mount Shosha. Never a nail and a spike is used on the pillars that support detachment of Manido that is main building of Engyo-ji temple. ↑Manido Engyo-ji temple was founded by priest Shoku in 966 will make visitor feel fusion of artificial, … Read More

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The puffer fishes invite good luck in Shimonoseki

Karato Market

Puffer fish is a fish with deadly poison. ↑Puffer fish(Download from free photo site) Even though the puffer fish is one of the popular fish as a delicious fish among the Japanese. Shimonoseki is the biggest accumulation area of the puffer fish in Japan. ↑Shimonoseki Shimonoseki is important point where cross East China Sea, Japan Sea and Seto Inland Sea and a good fishing ground. And also, off the coast of Genkai Sea and Western coast of Seto Inland Sea is an egg-laying site of Japanese puffer fish. The connection with puffer fish and Shimonoseki is very old. So the bone of puffer fish was excavated in the kitchen midden … Read More

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