2015年02月06日

Open-air antique fairs are regularly held on weekends in some shrines and vacant lots in the central part of Tokyo.

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A variety of open-air antique fairs are found in Tokyo, such as in the vacant lot in front of the United Nations University in Aoyama, Minato-ku, on Saturdays, as well as in 'Yasukuni Shrine' in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku, 'Hanazono Shrine' in Shinjuku-ku and 'Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine' in Koto-ku, on Sundays.
The pictures show one instance in Yasukuni Shrine from many, where about 60-100 street stalls from all over the country trade in antiques, old books, old folk utensils and other things. Unless it rains, these fairs are opened. There is a slight difference in a scale and the goods sold there from place to place. It is interesting only to take a short look at one of them.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:35 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年02月05日

The headquarters of the Imperial Guard Division in bygone days, standing in 'Kitanomaru Park' in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, is used now as The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

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The old headquarters building built in 1910 is one of the representative Western-style buildings of the day. Japan's Imperial Guard Division, which formally started in 1891, had a role in protecting the Emperor and the Imperial Palace grounds in peace time, and occasioanlly it went to the front as the strongest army division in wartime.
The Crown Prince had to join this division,as he was the future Emperor, the commander-in-chief in those days. The Emperor Taisho and Showa, the grandfather and father of the present Emperor respectively, were the members of this division when they were the Crown Princes.
The soldiers of the Imperial Guard Division were carefully selected from the applicants throughout the country, and the special uniforms were supplied in that they could stand out as an elite group.
This division was broken up toghther with other military divisions right after the Second World War. Present Emperor and Imperial Palace are guarded by the Imperial Palace Guards, one of the police departments.
This old building in the picture, designated as an important cultural assset, is opened to the public as a National Museum.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2015年01月05日

Holy Resurrection Cathedral, commonly known by the name of 'Nicholai-do' in Chiyodaku, Tokyo, is the cathedral of Orthodox Church in Japan.

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Nicholai-do, one of the largest Christian churches in Japan, was named after St. Nicholai, a Russian archbishop who introduced the teaching of Orthodox Church into Japan. This cathedral features a big green dome as shown in the picture, and is the first as well as the largest Christian church in Byzantine style.
Originally being built in 1891, it was largely repaired after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
Believers in Orthodox Church in Tokyo, who hold Divine Liturgies, wedding ceremonies and funeral services, are usually found in this church.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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