2019年08月12日

Japan has a large amount of oil stock of about 200 days, 80 billion liters.

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Most countries have an oil stock bracing for an unexpected drop of oil import caused by a conflict or war in oil-producing countries. Japan's oil supply largely depends on the Middle Eastern countries, thus the risk of oil shortage is higher than other developed countries. Japan has a 200-day oil stock, which is relatively larger than others. This stock is run by private sectors and state organizations, the former store extra oil in their private tanks and the latter reserve oil in 12 stockpiling bases, retired tankers and underground bedrocks. The picture shows Shira-shima stockpiling base off the coast of Fukuoka Prefecture, one of the largest stockpiling bases in Japan.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:03 | Et cetera | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年08月06日

'Saruhashi' bridge, spanning the Katsura in Otsuki City, Yamanashi Prefecture, is known as one of the three strangest bridges in Japan.

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This unusual bridge, 31 meters long, 33 meters wide and 31 meters above the surface of the river, has no piers. This bridge spans the very place, where the sheer bluffs of the both sides of the Katsura, running across the Old Koshu Highway, are the highest and narrowest. They built this bridge in the 18th century at the place, where the distance from the surface of the river is the maximum, so that it can survive floods. A suspension bridge is likely spanned at this kind of place though, this unique bridge was built with new construction technologies at that time. Four horizontal pillars each from the holes made on both sides of the bluffs, and the upper pillars are gradually longer than the lower ones. Then the main bridge body, floor and parapet, is constructed on these pillars. All the pillars, which are vital to support the bridge, have to be protected from the rain against decay. Thus the decorative roofs are put on each pillar as shown in the picture, and these pillars with roofs are helpful to draw attention to the difference of this bridge.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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2019年08月01日

'MORI Building Digital ART MUSEUM : teamLab Borderless' in Odaiba, Tokyo, was established under the slogan 'Borderless'.

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Mori Building Co., Ltd. , one of the largest developers in Japan, set up one and only unique museum in cooperation with Epson teamLab Borderless, in Odaiba in 2018. They put about 50 cold light works on display in a huge space of 10,000 square meters, and these works are expressing 5 different worlds. Apart from other museums in the world, all the exhibits here stand without partition walls, and are moving more freely to communicate with each other in harmony. This process is the same as between the viewers and art works. The viewers can create new worlds while they are looking around the museum, communicating with each work of art by their own bodies. This museum is not only for adults but also for families with children, as there are some exhibits focusing on little children.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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