Tag: Kanagawa

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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