2011年06月06日

'Goshiki-numa',literally translated into five-color swamps, in 'Bandai-Asahi' national park was formed by the eruption of 'Bandai-san' volcano in 1885.

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The latest huge eruption cased the great collapse of the north side of 'Bandai-san' volcano, which dammed up a nearby river to form hundreds of inland waters. Tens of smaller swamps among them are called 'Goshiki-numa' that are filled with various hues,green,red or blue, because of the difference of minerals and water plants in each water. The beautiful swamp in the picture is 'Bishamon-numa',the largest one of them,from which a pleasant stroll can be enjoyed looking around the eight swamps in one hour. Stunning natural beauty especially in the season of fresh green foliage or autumnal leaves will come into your sight on the boardwalk.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2011年05月23日

'Sazae-do',a general term for turbo-shaped shrines, were built all over Eastern Japan late in the Edo period.

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'Sazae-do' in the picture, whose formal name is 'Entsu-sanso-do', can be seen halfway up 'Iimori-yama' Hill in Aizu-wakamatsu,Fukusima Prefecture. This eccentric wooden building built late in the 18th century is placed on the list of important cultural assets. The inside of the hexagonal building, a clockwise rising ramp runs from the entrance to the top then it becomes a descending spiral ramp from the top to the exit. You can go up and down without meeting other visitors because this building has a double spiral ramps. Divine favor can be received through praying three Buddhist images placed in the building, instead of making a hard and long pilgrimage.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2011年05月20日

'Ouchi-juku'in Fukushima Prefecture, an old post town on 'Aizu-nishi-kaido' highway also known as 'Shimotuke-kaido' that runs between'Aizu-wakamatsu' and 'Nikko', flourished in Edo Period toward the end of the 19th century.

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As a secluded stage in a mountainous region or a distribution center for rice, this town thrived in former times, however it had faded in a gradual manner since the Meiji Restration, Japan's modernization times, because of its location far away from a new main highway of this region. In order to maintain the thatched old houses, 'Ouchi-juku' was designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings following 'Tsumago-juku' in Gifu Prefecture and 'Narai-juku' in Nagano Prefecture. The numerous traditional thatched buildings in the picture delude visitors into thinking that they are standing in the old days from the 17th to the 19th century.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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