2014年10月28日

'Matsushima' in the suburbs of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, is one of the Three Great Sights of Japan.

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Matsushima is a scenic spot dotted with many small islands, formed by a submerging rias coast. As this sea is made up of encroachment-prone geological features with a depth of less than 10 meters, many small islands show a mushroom-like appearance after longtime encroachment. Matsushima literally means pine islands, since they are topped with pine trees. This area was hit by the 'tsunami' in 2011 though, they are almost recovered from the damage.
In this connection, it's difficult to navigate safely for outsiders because of many sunken rocks. The Date family, a feudal lord of Sendai domain of the days, prepared this bay for a naval port with many military facilities. Even 'Zuiganji' Buddhist temple in the second picture, designated as a national treasure, is said to have been designed to be changed to a military facility in case of emergency.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:12 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年06月30日

'Wakamatsu-jo' castle, also known as 'Tsuruga-jo',standing in the southernmost part of the inner city of 'Aizu-wakamatsu' in Fukushima Prefecture was rebuilt in 1965.

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Although it has a history of seven hundred years, this castle had enjoyed the height of its prosperity warking as a hub of the central government in the Tohoku Region since the 17th century when 'Hoshino Masayuki' became the lord of the castle. 'Hoshino Masayuki' was an illegitimate child of 'Tokugawa Iemitsu' , the third shogun. Thus this castle was fiercely attacked by the revolutionary army against Tokugawa's feudal government during Boshin War in the 19th century. After that, it fell into the new government's hands to be demolished. Present building in the picture was rebuilt following the original faithfully after the Second World War.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:29 | Tohoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2011年06月27日

'Aizu-wakamatsu' in Fukusima Prefecture, having a history of longer than 700 years, is widely known by the name of 'kuranomachi', the town of warehouses.

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'Aizu-wakamatsu' was ruled by a branch family of the Tokugawa shogun after 17th century and the last lord of this castle was charged with maintaining peace and security in Kyoto, emperor's capital, to clamp down on the guerilla army against the central government in Edo, today's Tokyo. Thus, this city was reduced to ashes by the allied revolutionary army in the last days of the Tokugawa government. After that, this city was transferred to the direct control of the new government to suppress the surviving feudal power of Tokugawa side. However, by a stroke of luck it survived the air raid during the Second World War, for that reason it boasts the old warehouses found here and there in the heart of the city like in the picture.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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