2018年12月15日

'Showa-kan' , National Showa Memorial Museum, in Kudan , Chiyosa-ku, Tokyo, is an unique museum focusing on the Japanese people's life before, during and after the Second World War.

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This museum was opened in 1999. Japan adopts Christian era and Japanese era. The latter is based on the specific emperor, so each Japanese era name matches the rein of each emperor. 'Showa' is one of Japanese era names, when the Emperor Showa, Hirohito, was enthroned from 1926 to 1989. Showa was the longest Japanese era with turmoil. The annexation of nearby countries before the war, fierce battle against the US, the declaration of defeat cased by the A-bomb, chaos right after the war, and the miraculous economic growth in the post war. Japan reached World's second largest economy in 1968, thereafter gave that place to China in 2010 though. This museum put the goods, books, films and other items associated with Showa era particularly focusing on the Second World War.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 11:54 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年12月08日

'Jotomyo-dai', which means a tower with continuously burning light on top, is found beside Yasukuni Street in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

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The tower in the picture was originally dedicated to Yasukuni Shinto Shrine as a lantern in 1871. It's unimaginable now though, as the coast of Tokyo Bay was running near this place and no tall buildings were found here at that time, this big lantern was a convenient sign in the night for the fishing boats. Right after the end of the Tokugawa feudal system, when the new government based on the emperor system just began, this tower was regarded as one of new symbols of modernization by then Tokyoite. Japan started to introduce Western civilization in every field, so this tower was designed half Japanese style (lower half part) and half Western style (upper half part), 17 meters high. Because of the nearby road expanding construction, this tower was relocated a little to the present site in 1930.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 11:48 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年11月27日

'Kumoba-ike' in 'Karuizawa' is an artificial pond built early in the 20th century.

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Japan's leading summer resort Karuizawa had been just for Westerners until the end of the 19th century. Mr. Genjiro Nozawa, a trader in Tokyo, started up a villa development project for Japanese people early in the 20th century. He purchased some seven million square meters of land, and dammed up a stream flowing here to make a pretty pond named Kumoba-ike with an esplanade. He thereafter built a hotel, golf course, market and many streets lined with trees running across this villa ground. This new villa complex highly attracted the prominent men of the time in Japan. It has passed about 100 years since, Kumoba-ike vicinity has been well matured as a high-end villa area in Karuizawa, as well as a popular sightseeing spot mainly for autumn leaves.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:37 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする