2016年01月29日

'Nirayama reverberating furnace' in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is the one and only full-scale reverberating furnace existing in Japan.

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It was great shock for the feudal Japan, when it took a seclusion policy, to know that the Ching Dynasty, a big power of Asia, gave way to the U.K. in the Opium War started in 1840. Since then, Japan had hastened the strengthening of maritime defense against the overwhelming military power of the Western countries. Reverberating furnace was the only equipment to make a large amount of molten iron for cannon manufacturing. The construction work of this furnace was originally started in Shimoda, on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula, however the building site was changed to the present location because Commodore Perry's sailors intruded into the original site in 1853. The furnace in the picture was completed in Nirayama in 1857, and more than 10 modern cannons seem to be manufactured here from 1857 to 1864. This is on the United Nations World Heritage List.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 17:44 | 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

2016年01月21日

'Koyasan' Buddhist Temple, located on the flat area of the mountainous region of Wakayama Prefecture, is a general name of the religious city made up of massive number of buildings.

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'Koyasan Kongobuji', founded by the highest-ranking priest 'Kukai' also known as 'Kobodaishi' in the 9th century, is the largest sacred ground of Buddhism in Japan. Starting from 'Danjo Garan' area as well as 'Okunoin' area, this temple is made up of 6 areas in the huge grounds measuring 160,000 square meters, and is designated as a World Heritage. This sanctuary is dotted with some 117 branch temples, about half of which are running 'shukubo' lodging for the pilgrims and sightseers.
The first picture shows 'kondo' in the left and 'konpondaito' in the center. They are standing in danjo garan area where corresponds to the main area of common Buddhist temple. Second picture shows the graveyard of Kukai in Okunoin area. More than 200,000 tombstones of the Imperial families, nobilities and feudal lords are found on both sides of the approach way running longer than 2 kilometers.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.
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2016年01月16日

'Shukubo' is an affiliated lodging facility to nearby Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines.

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Shukubo originally was a lodging facility for priests, however it had gradually taken on common people in accordance with the nationwide popularization of the visit to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the 10-12th century. When Japan was stabilized in the 17th century, this visit to temples and shrines became tourism and many shukubos were built by 'oshi' travel agents near major religious institutions such as Ise Shrine and Zenkoji Temple to accommodate increasing visitors. These old shukubos are still found in many places in Japan, most of which offer 'shojin ryori' vegetarian food with reasonable room charge and occasionally offer 'Zen' meditation experience.
The picture shows one of the shukubos of Koyasan Buddhist temple in Wakayama Prefecture. There are 52 shukubos, which are run by the branch temples of Koyasan, in the vicinity of this great temple.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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