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Let’s join in the lakeside district boat tour and observe the reed in Ohmihachiman!

View from houseboat floating leisurely on the water. It’s . . . . . Lush vegetation is growing on the both sides of waterway. Waterfowl appear occasionally. Tortoise is basking in the sun. Unusual and comfortable space where surrounded calm landscape . . . . . . It is a privilege given to the people who experience the lakeside district boat tour of Ohmihachiman. The lakeside district of Ohmihachiman expands around “Nishino Lake” where is the biggest lake as inside lake of Biwa Lake. This lakeside district was selected as first Cultural Landscape of Japan in Jan-2006, and also it was registered as Ramsar Convention in Oct-2008. It means Japanese … Read More

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The evolved Konpeito is produced in “Ryokujuan-Shimizu” in Kyoto

Green, White, Pink. The colors have not only tongue but also eyes enjoy combination with unique shape. The candy is mysterious shape. It is Konpeito! Konpeito is in Japan from long ago. It is also found on the literature issued in 1688 that mention a tradesman became a millionaire by the success of Konpeito production. In reality, Konpeito came from Portugal and spread in Japan. It was Confeito that was presented when Portuguese missionary Luis Frois had an audience with Nobunaga Oda who is supreme ruler of the day in 1569. “Konpeito” was a corrupted from of “Confeito”. By the way, “Konpei” is including meaning of strong and robust. Konpeito came all the way form … Read More

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Iwakuni Castle has jumped on the bandwagon

Iwakuni Castle was built by command of Hiroie Kikkawa who was the lord for domain of Iwakuni. In 1603, the construction of Iwakuni Castle was started. After 5 years, it was completed. However, the castle was deserted by command of Tokugawa regime in 1615. The life was only 7 years. Iwakuni Castle is on the top of mountain with altitude 300m, but we can go there by a ropeway. ↑View from ropeway So, it is easy today to go to the castle, but we can suppose it was hard in those days that haven’t the ropeway. It is said that the persons concerned of castle took Iwakuni-sushi when they go … Read More

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Tamatsukuri Onsen was producing center of OOPARTS

It exists. Accordingly, we need to overthrow the commonly accepted theory. So, it is excluded from subject of investigation and research, and it can’t stand on the front stage. It’s OOPARTS! OOPARTS is the coinage comes from out-of-place artifacts. It refers to the archaeological artifact that it has been produced in processing technology that does not meet the level of the era and culture and civilization that produced. What things are there concretely? The examples are as followings. ■The stone coffin of Palenque. The picture like an astronaut rides on a rocket is carved on the stone coffin, the length 3m, width 2.1m, height 1.1m, was hollowed from a piece … Read More

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Meiji Shrine is oasis of megacity Tokyo

Tokyo of Japanese capital city was called Edo formerly. The Tokugawa regime that was established by Ieyasu Tokugawa was located in Edo for 250 years from 1603 to 1868. It seems that population of Edo was more than 1 million in the beginning of 18 century. The representative city of Europe in the beginning of 19 century were London 860 thousand and Paris 540 thousand, so it is presumed that the population of Edo in the beginning of 18 century was the greatest in the world. After changing name from Edo to Tokyo, the city has grown, and now it was metamorphosed into the biggest megacity in the world. The … Read More

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Is there Kobori Enshu CODE in the garden of Konchi-in Temple?

Leonardo da Vinci He is called Universal Man, and left many achievement for picture, engraving, architecture, music, science, mathematics, engineering, invention, anatomy, earth science, topography, botany and so on. Kobori Enshu was the 2nd lord for the domain of Bichu Matsuyama,the after that, he became the 1st lord for the domain of Omi Komuro, but he also took an active part in the tea ceremony, the art of flower arrangement, architecture, garden designer, ceramic art, invention, calligraphy, poem and so on. Consequently, he is called Leonard da Vinci of Japan. It is enviable he has versatile ability! This is off the topic,but there is a Konchi-in Temple that is sub-temple … Read More

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Usuki Stone Buddhas is mysterious place where likely to become Gulliver’s travel destination

A ship was washed ashore in Usuki of Japan in 1600. The name of ship was Liefde that was the Dutch ship. The chief navigator was English person William Adams. Adams was given Japanese name “Miura Anjin”. He was active as negotiator and interpreter with foreign missions under Ieyasu Tokugawa who was first Shogun of Tokugawa regime. He also educated geometry, mathematics, navigation and so on to the executives of Ieyasu. His name appears on history textbooks in Japan, so he is famous among the Japanese. By the way, there is a theory William Adams became model of novel “Gulliver’s Travels”. Japan is the only existent country among the fictional … Read More

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Japanese version of Pompeii! “Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins”

Pompeii of classical Roman city in Italy its population was estimated 10,000 or 20,000 people was buried under the volcanic ash and stone by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The excavation of this ancient city has been started in the middle of 18 century, and then it was awakened from sleeping of 1700 years. Approximately 2.5 mil tourists visit this world-famous ruins every year. It says the Japanese version of Pompeii is Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins! About 450 years ago, Japan was in the midst of the Age of Civil Wars period. Asakura family was a powerful family who was at the height of their prosperity … Read More

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Mishima Taisha Shrine had issued calendar formerly

Let’s first start with history of calendar in Japan. It was in 604 the calendar was started to use in Japan. In Japan, at that time, lune-solar calendar was used, and the calendar had been used until beginning of Edo era (Edo is from 1603 to 1868). Japan dispatched the mission to China, and got the calendar. However the error of 2 years occurred, because the information of revision had stopped for more than 800 years since the mission to China was abolished in 894. Edo shogunate (regime) commanded to correct that, and it was completed in 1685. The calendar was named Joukyou-calendar. The revision after an interval of 800 … Read More

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Itsukushima Shrine that is gathering lucky number!

Itsukushima Shrine becomes a maritime shrine at high tide. This beautiful shrine is situated top class in every respect of Japan as followings. ●Miyajima is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan together with Matsushima and Amanohashidate. (*Itukushima Shrine is on the Miyajima-island)  ↑Miyajima ●There is a stage in front of Itsukushima Shrine. The stage is one of the three major stages in Japan together with Shitenno-ji Temple and Sumiyoshi Shrine.  ↑Stage of Itsukushima Shrine ●The big torii of 16m high on the sea is one of the three big torii together with Kasuga-taisha Shrine and Kehi Shrine. (*Torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at … Read More

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