2015年12月20日

Catholic Tsukiji Church and Kanda Church are the oldest church in Tokyo.

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Japan's feudal government issued orders forbidding missionary work of Christianity in 1612. The intention for these orders were to protect Japan against the invasive policy of Western countries under the banner of Christianization. Right after the end of the feudal age, Japan's modernization started in 1867, and the lifting of the ban on Christianity was carried out parallel with other measures for modernization.
The first church in Tokyo was built in 'Tsukiji Teppozu', present Akashi-cho in Chuo-ku, by a French missionary in 1869. Tsukiji Teppozu was opened to Western residents as their settlement two years before this church's completion. The first picture shows the present building rebuilt in 1927.
The second picture shows Kanda Church, rebuilt in 1928, near Suido-bashi Station. This church was originally built by a French priest in 1874, the same year as Tsukiji Church. Kanda Church was also used as a cathedral in Tokyo for 10 years right after the Second World War.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:55 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年12月13日

Tokyo Stock Exchange merged with Osaka Stock Exchange in 2013 to become Japan Exchange Group, Inc.

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Japan's largest stock exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange as shown in the first picture, merged with the second largest one, Osaka Stock Exchange in the second picture, in 2013. Accordingly, Osaka Stock Exchange was renamed Osaka Exchange in that it has become to be focused on derivatives trading. Japan Exchange Group is the world's third largest exchange in terms of the total of the merket capitalization of listed companies.
These two largest exchanges in Japan, Tokyo (Kayabacho) and Osaka (Kitahama), are opened to the public without an appointment on weekdays.
After the merger of the two major exchanges, there are only three local stock exchanges, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo, in Japan.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:45 | Et cetera | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年12月11日

"Arashiyama" in the west of the heart of Kyoto, featuring "Togetsukyo" bridge, has long been a leading sightseeing spot in Kyoto since in the Heian Period, 9th-12th century.

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Arashiyama originated from the area of the holiday homes of the aristocrats in Kyoto in the 9th-12th century. This place attracts many sightseers all the year regardless of the nationality, particularly in spring for cherry blossoms and autumn for colored leaves. Togetsukyo bridge in the picture, which is the major symbol of Arashiyama, is said to be first built in the 9th century. Present bridge was rebuilt in 1934.
The well-known tourist spot "Sagano" lies north of this bridge, in the right side of this picture, where Kyoto's leading "zen" temple "Tenryuji" featuring nice gardens, "trolley train" and "chikurin" bamboo path are found being closely located to each other. On the other hand, "Jojakkoji" temple built at the very site where famous poet "Fujiwara-no-Teika's" mountain villa stood in the 13th century, as well as "Gioji" convent shouldn't be missed.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:05 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする