2019年11月13日

The Nara Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in Japan which were built before the Second World War, stands at the old site of Daijo-in Temple established in the 11th century.

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Tackling the rapidly increasing number of non-Japanese travelers around the last half of 19th century, Japanese government urged the building of the accommodation facilities for them. In accordance with this situation, the Nara Hotel was erected in Nara City, Japan's first full-fledged capital in the 8th century. The exterior of this building is likened to Byodo-In Temple in nearby Uji City built in the 11th century. The hotel guests were limited to the people of social eminence at first, because this hotel was originally run as a quasi-national guest house. We can find many big names in the old hotel book, such as Albert Einstein, Charles Lindbergh, Pyui (The last emperor of the Qing Dynasty), Jawaharlal Nehru, Audrey Hepburn and so on.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:32 | 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11月09日

'Ohketsu' potholes are found in the upper Shima River running in Nakanojo Town, Gunma Prefecture.

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Ohketsu means a pothole formed by rolling stones driven by whirlpools in the river. Pebbles rolling all the time gradually make a hole in the bedrock of a river taking about ten thousands years. A little downstream from Shima Onsen hot springs, eight ohketsu potholes, large and small, are found on the bed of the Shima River. The picture shows one of the largest ohketsu potholes, two meters in diameter and one meter deep. It is estimated longer than ten thousands years to form this big round hole. It is prohibited now to get into the river water as a dam was built upstream though, the local children used to splash water in the ohketsu potholes long time ago.

Licensed tour guide,travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:43 | Other districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする