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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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The fundamental idea of iPhone were transmitted from Eihei-ji Temple?

He is one of the founder of Apple, and also develper of iPhone. Do you know who it is? That’s right! He is Steve Jobs. There is an anecdote as following for Jobs. He came into contact with Zen in his adolescence. He met buddhist priest of Sotoshu sect, and studied. The basis of the teachings of Sotoshu sect is inside of Zen meditation. Jobs was fascinated strongly by Zen, so he tried to enter into priesthood at Eihe-ji Temple which is the head temple of Sotoshu sect, but he was dissuaded. Priest Dogen founded Eihei-ji Temple in 1224. Dogen wrote a famous thought book “Shobogenzo”. And also, there is … Read More

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Why Kintai Bridge became so an unique appearance?

It’s like woodwork! We might be able to say Kintai Bridge is the huge work of art in the shape of bridge!   The unique structure is genuine woody arch bridge from the view point of dynamics, and also it is unparalleled only one bridge in the world which is called “Kintai style arch bridge”. Results of the investigation, it is too high-level bridge technically which is said “The method is consistent with the rules of modern mechanics and it is not room for any improvement”. In fact, the geometric wood combination looked up from under the bridge makes us feel the height art of building. Why the great bridge … Read More

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The History which is graved on the floor of the Tokyo Station and Shinkansen as the Japanese pride

The skyscrapers form the modern townscape. The building has nostalgic appearance as if it resisted to the skyscrapers. Therefore the unobtrusive presence normally from speaking at the height of the building is the most conspicuous presence around. The elegant building made of red bricks which started operation in 1914 with name of the Tokyo Station has greeted 100th anniversary in 2014. By the way, if you would like to take a photo of the Tokyo Station, I recommend to go to the terrace of 6th floor of KITTE where is the front of south entrance of Marunouchi. ↑KITTE ↑The Tokyo Station from KITTE The large numbers of people have departed … Read More

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Kokura Castle faced the biggest crisis on the wold history!

Kokura town of Kitakyushu city is the gateway of Kyushu. Tadaoki Hosokawa who achieved good results in Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 obtained territory of Kokura as reward. The town has developed greatly after that. ↑Current Kokura town of Kitakyushu city. Kokura Castle stand in the city centre was built by Tadaoki with 7years from 1602. Currently, inside of the castle is exhibition room which is introducing the history of Kokura Castle. There are Kokura Castle Garden and Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum around the castle which delights the eye of visitors. Kokura Castle Garden is area which is restored mansion of Ogasawara family who was the lord of Kokura Castle … Read More

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It is not conspicuous by behind the image of an atomic bomb, but “Shukkei-en” has fully loaded with many good points

An atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Accordingly, Hiroshima is famous for Hiroshima Peace Memorial. However there is an unknown beautiful Japanese garden close to Hiroshima station where is gateway of Hiroshima. How about visiting here at firtst when you arrive at Hiroshima station? It is Shukkei-en! Shukkei-en was built in 1620 by instruction of Asano Nagaakira who is feudal lord of Hiroshima domain. It became the current scale by large renovation of 1781-1788. It was a catastrophic state by the atomic bomb in 1945, but it has reached the current by the maintenance of reconstruction. The name of Sukkei is including meaning of “Shrink Scenery”. Due to … Read More

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Tomioka Silk Mill has expanded relationship between human and silkworm

The silk which has soft feel and peculiar luster has fascinated people. The origin of production for silk is very old, and it is said to have started in China in 3000 BC. According to one theory it is also said 6000 BC. The discovery of things is often born by chance. It seems that the silk is also one of them. The legend remains in China that ancient empress Lei Zu who is wife of the Yellow Emperor found that the silk is wound around the chopsticks when she tried to pick up a cocoon which was dropped into the hot water. As you know, the raw silk that … Read More

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Murakami citizens value the fish ”IYOBOYA”

 The salmon is normally called “Sake or Shake” in Japanese, but Murakami citizens call “Iyoboya”. Iyoboya imply “Except salmon is not fish. Salmon is only fish.” Murakami citizens love salmon as gift from heaven. Why do they value salmon so much? Mr Buheiji Aoto(A.D.1713~1788)  is man who deepen the relation between Murakami citizens and salmon. What did he do? Miomote River which runs through Murakami area has known as river of salmon and the processed foods of salmon was already paid to the capital as tax in Heian era (A.D.794~1185). However the salmon which was important resource as supporting administration resulted poor catch by excessive fishing in Edo era(A.D.1603~1865), it … Read More

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Japan’s high technology which support the Heijo Palace from beneath

There is a ruins of Heijo Palace in Nara where was the former capital city in Japan about 1300 years ago. It was the big palace which length was 1.3km for east and west, 1.0km for north and south, and the area was 120 hectare. One of the etymology of Nara comes from “It was made by leveling the ground”. When translate “level the ground” in Japanese, it is “Nara-su”. The ruin of Heijo Palace is one of the representative historic site which suit closely the etymology of Nara. Nara is said that the east end of the Silk Road. Due to that, many people who came from China, Korea … Read More

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