2018年02月16日

'Kagetsu', a Japanese-style luxury restaurant, in 'Maruyama' Neighborhood in Nagasaki City, was the important venue for the strategy meeting to overthrow the old regime of Japan.

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Nagasaki City in Kyushu was the only one door for the foreign trade during the Edo Period in the 17th-19th century. The huge profit from international trade was accumulated here, so one of the busiest red-light districts was built in Maruyama, downtown Nagasaki. Kagetsu restaurant in the picture was founded around 1818 and is the only one original building in Maruyama neighborhood. This originates from the small restaurant built in the Japanese garden of 'Hikita-ya' brothel built in 1642. During the transition period toward Japan's modernization, many noted royal supporters gathered here to exchange the information about the revolutionary movement as well as fund-raising. The interior decoration features the compromise between Japanese, the Western and Chinese style. People enjoy 'Sippoku' cuisine, which is a local special dish of half-Japanese and half-Chinese cuisine, with the original Japanese garden view built at the end of the 17th century.

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Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 09:07 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年02月11日

'Munakata-taisha' in Fukuoka Prefecture is one of the most prestigious Shinto shrines in Japan.

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Munakata-taisha consists of three shrines, 'Okitsu-miya' in 'Oki-no-shima' island, 'Nakatsu-miya' in 'Chikuzen-oshima' island and 'Hetsu-gu' main shrine in Kyushu. As these three shrines are lined up in a straight line toward Pusan, Korea, they are thought to have had been the transfer points for the sea route between Japan and Korea since ancient times. So, Munakata-taisha is believed to be the guardian spirit for traffic safety. In many cases, a good luck charm for traffic safety is found in a motor vehicle in Japan. This tradition originated from this shrine. Oki-no-shima island four kilometers in circumference, 60 kilometers off the coast, has long been strictly prohibited to enter, so massive precious metals were found by the excavation after the Second World War. They are supposed to have had been used for religious service in the 4th-10th century. More than 10,000 items are on the list of national treasures, some of them were from China, Korea and Persia, and are on display in the museum of Hetsu-gu main shrine. Munakata-taisha also is a World Heritage site. The picture shows 'Takamiya-saijo', the place where the spirit of Heavens descends. This is an ancient site for a religious service, which hands down the original form of Shinto prayer.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:30 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年02月03日

'Jo-an' tea house, found in the northern end of Aichi Prefecture, is one of the three most noted tea houses in Japan.

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Old tea house Joan, gracefully standing in 'Urakuen' Japanese garden near Nagoya City, was originally built in Kyoto at the beginning of the 17th century. This tea house was initially for the treat of 'Oda Urakusai', who was one of the greatest masters of tea ceremony, and was used for his private purposes. However it was relocated here in Urakuen garden in 1972. This Japanese garden, which is opened to the public, is very well maintained to realize perfect surroundings harmonized with this precious tea house.
It's essential to offer an extraordinary experience to tea ceremony attendees. There are three great tea houses designated as a national treasure in Japan. This Jo-an aside, 'Tai-an' and 'Mitsu-an-seki' in Kyoto. The former was designed by 'Sen-no-Rikyu' and the latter was by 'Kobori Enshu', both of them are tea ceremony giants. The two pictureS show the exterior as well as interior of this prestigious tea house.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:40 | Tea ceremony | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする