2013年05月30日

The sailing ship 'Nippon Maru', which was a training ship built in 1930, is preserved in a dock next to Yokohama Port Museum in 'Minato Mirai 21'.

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The sailing ship 'Nippon Maru' was built in Kobe in 1930, for the purpose of training young promising crews. It had sailed across the oceans for 1.83 million km to bring up 11,500 sailors until its retirement in 1984. However it was dismantled of its beautiful sails and the whole body was repainted gray to be used for a transport ship during the second World War. Many ships were sunk by the US navy during the War, but this fortunate ship survived that difficulty together with the sister ship 'Kaio Maru'. For a while after the War, it was used as a repatriation ship from Asian countries and Micronesian islands.
Meeting the request of many people of the day, this ship was equipped again with the elegant white sales in 1952, and the original role was resumed. It retired from the services after handing over to 'Nippon Maru the Second' in 1984, and now is opened to the public in Yokohama.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2012年12月11日

"Erin-ji" Buddhist temple in Koshu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, was founded by Muso Soseki, a venerable Zen priest in the 14th century.

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This old temple can be reached from Shinjuku, Tokyo, by an express train in 90 minutes. After walking down a long approach to the temple, San-mon gateway is coming into your sight as shown in the first picture.
As this temple was built by the well known Zen priest Muso Soseki, also known as a leading landscape designer of the day, the garden as shown in the second picture creates a traditional beauty of Japanese landscape garden attributed to the great master. It's worth visiting only to see this garden.
In addition, this temple is the family temple of Takeda Shingen, renowned as a ruler of this district, so that Takeda Fudoson Buddhist statue can be found in this temple's grounds.
Lastly, Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, a high-ranking samurai warrior who made Rikugi-en garden in Tokyo, is resting in the grave here.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年06月27日

'Yamashita-koen' in the heart of of Yokohama is the first western style seaside park in Japan, which was laid out by being reclaimed from the sea with the debris right after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

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Yokohama is one of the trade ports when Japan opened its door to the West late in the 19th century. The amount of export centered on raw silk was overwhelming several other sites like Kobe in those days. In 1923, Yokohama seriously suffered the Great Kanto Earthquake, however she immediately started to carry out the park construction plan to rebuild the warfs, hoping the quick recovery from the damage. The rectangular park with a length of one kilometers and a width of one hundred meters is beautifully covered with lawn, where many foreigners strolling around may be seen in weekend. The Hikawa-maru in the picture below, one of the representative passenger liners operated between 1930 and 1960 is permanently moored to be opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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