2014年05月30日

'Shokasonjuku' in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is widely known in Japan, where 'Yoshida Shoin' educated promising youths who contributed their efforts to the modernization of Japan.

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Shokasonjuku as shown in the picture is a modest wooden house which comprises two small rooms. Yoshida Shoin inherited this private school, established by his uncle, in 1857 to educate many young people mostly from Mori domain, present Yamaguchi Prefecture, regardless of social standing. His educational policy was that 'A man should learn from others, but never be a scholar. It's most important to turn knowledge to practical use.'
Based on this teaching, many of his disciples contributed their knowledge to the great change of Japan in the 19th century. 'Kusaka Genzui', 'Takasugi Shinsaku', 'Ito Hirofumi' and 'Yamagata Aritomo' are typical of them.
Japan's modernization what is called 'Meiji-ishin' was triggered by this private school.

Licensed tour guide/travel asssistant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2014年05月18日

A virgin grove of camellia, growing at the foot of Kasayama in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, creates a distinctive scenery.

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The country name of Japan may remind you of cherry blossoms though, it also deserves to be called the country of camellia. Together with Oshima Island in Izu and Goto Islands in Nagasaki, Kasayama in Hagi City is known as a place where a camellia grows gregariously. The foot of Kasayama, a tiny volcano with a height of 110 meters, is thickly covered with twenty-five thousand camellias.
As shown in the first picture, nature trails are running around the grove and the camellia blossoms are brightly in full bloom from February to March, when the camellia festival is annually opened.
The ground is covered with countless fallen blossoms, particularly after a windy day.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2014年03月16日

'Okayama Korakuen', built in the Edo Period, is a typical 'daimyo' garden, and is known as one of the three most noted Japanese gardens with 'Mito Kairakuen' and 'Kanazawa Kenrokuen'.

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'Okayama Korakuen' is found in the central part of Okayama City, which was built by a feudal lord 'Ikeda Tsunamasa' for his private garden about 300 hundred years ago. It had incorporated a number of improvements by his direct descendants in accordance with their tastes. This garden is a representative garden built by a feudal lord, and preserves the trace of the former landscape. Many of the feudal lords from the Ikeda family treated their important guests here, on the other hand they opened up this garden to the commoners in the domain when they were absent. This garden was transferred from the Ikeda Family to Okayama Prefecture late in the 19th century when Japan's modernization started, to be completely opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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