2019年10月26日

About 1,200 wild deer inhabit all over Nara Park, including the precincts of Kasuga Shrine, Todai-ji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple.

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The wild deer in Nara Park have long been warmly protected, as they are regarded as divine messengers of Kasuga Shrine. Killing a deer necessarily resulted in a severe penalty, and it is said that the some offenders were actually sentenced capital punishment. These deer once were threatened with extinction during and right after the second World War when the locals were suffering from a food shortage. However the number of the deer has been kept around 1,200 after that thanks to the protection activities. Deer originally are very much timid animal though, the deer here are well tamed as they have long been fed by the locals. But they become short-tempered in the rut, so the locals periodically dehorn the bucks. From this point, they are not wild deer but belong to Kasuga Shrine to be more precise. It is under the consideration recently to cut back the number of the deer, because the damage to the plants and crops caused by these deer.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:12 | Nara | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年10月19日

'Hitachi Seaside Park' in Ibaragi Prefecture was opened in 1991 and is still under expansion work.

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This extensive park, the total area of 350 hectare, is the former site of a training airfield of the Imperial Japanese Army before the second World War.
After the war, this was took over by the US Forces to be used as a firing and bombing training field. Thereafter, this was returned to Japan to be used as a huge public park run by the national government. This site once was a candidate of Tokyo Disneyland despite being far out of Tokyo, because of having a large enough area for the world wide them park. Known as a place for beautiful flowers throughout the year, such as a tulip in April, nemophila in May and Kochia in October. The picture shows the autumn leaves of a kochia and cosmoses in full bloom.
A kochia is called a broom plant in Japan as it was used to make a broom, and the tiny fruits of it is named 'Tonburi' for a special food in Akita Prefecture.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:11 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年10月09日

'Lake Suwa', found in central Nagano Prefecture, is known as 'Omiwatari' Shinto ritual performed in severe winter.

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Lake Suwa, the perimeter of 17 kilometers, height above sea level of 760 meters and average depth of 4.7 meters, lies in Suwa Basin in Nagano Prefecture. It used to thickly freeze over the entire surface every winter, so that a military drill such as tank driving training and fighter taking off and landing training were carried out making the most of the thick ice. Repeated freezing over suddenly causes pressure ridges on the surface of the thick ice with a loud noise, which is called Omiwatari in this neighborhood. The locals thought these ice ridges must be the traces of a god and goddess of the shrine both sides of the lake. Two gods met each other in the middle of the lake on foot. This Omiwatari ritual dates back to the 12th century according to the old documents. However, the chance of their dating is dropping recently due to global warming.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:22 | 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