2019年06月25日

Kanmon Tunnel for National Route 2 is a double deck road, the lower part of which is just for pedestrians.

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Honshu main island and Kyushu island are connected with each other by three tunnels and a bridge. This National Route Tunnel was opened in 1958 after the railway tunnel completion in 1942. The construction work was started before the Second World War though, the work was suspended during the war. This tunnel was the first undersea tunnel in the world at that time, and the lower part is exclusively for pedestrians. They are allowed to go through with a bicycle or motorcycle unless they ride. The exclusive elevators on both sides of the tunnel, Shimonoseki City side and Kitakyushu City side, can be used for them. The picture shows the tunnel entrance of Kitakyushu City side.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:20 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年06月22日

'Nehanbutsu' or 'Neshaka' expresses a state of sleeping Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, when he was on his death bed.

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A sleeping Buddha basically lies down using his right arm for a pillow, casting his head towards north and turning his face westward. Statues of Buddha are broadly divided into three postures. a standing statue showing a state of ascetic practice, a sitting statue a state of enlightenment, and a sleeping statue a state of almost dying. A strange pattern of soles on the feet of a sleeping Buddha as shown in the second picture signifies the cosmos of Buddhism. Only if you touch a part of this unique pattern, you can be happy. This kind of sleeping Buddha can be found in Thailand and Myanmar though, it is very rare in Japan. The big sleeping Buddha in the first picture is found at Nanzoin Temple in Fukuoka Prefecture, which is the world's largest sleeping Buddha made of bronze with total length of 41 meters.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 11:23 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年06月18日

His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus and Her Majesty the Empress Emerita in Japan, paraded through the heart of Tokyo when they got married in 1959.

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The Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita, who just stepped down in 2019, got married in 1959. After a series of solemn wedding ceremonies in the Imperial Palace, they paraded from the Palace for 9 kilometers to appear in public for the first time. The picture shows the six-horse carriage they went on board. The length of the procession was 140 meters, and some five hundred thirty thousand people saw the parade from the roadside. Japan's rapid economic growth started at that time , so it is said that this parade triggered the drastic diffusion rate hike of black-and-white televisions. The golden round ornament on the side of the carriage in the picture, which is designed with a motif of a chrysanthemum, is the family crest of the Imperial Family.

Licensed tour guide and travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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