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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2010年06月18日

The Hotel New Grand in Yokohama opened in 1927 is a leading hotel with a classical atmosphere in Japan.

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This historic hotel in the picture was constructed only four years after the Great Kanto earthquake destroyed most of the buildings in Tokyo and Yokohama. The promotion of the hotel construction work was carried out under the banner of the quick rebuilding after the quake. Many distinguished people from various fields like Chaplin or Babe Ruth stayed here and General Douglas MacArthur spent his first night at this hotel right after the end of the Second World War. It is said that some of Japan's peculiar western-food-like dishes such as 'Doria', 'spaghetti Napolitana' and 'pudding a la mode' were originated with cooks of the Hotel.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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