2016年07月08日

'Miyajidake' Shinto Shrine in Fukutsu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, the head shrine of many miyajidake shrines all over Japan, is known as a god granting business prosperity.

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Japanese people have custom to pay the first visit of the year to their nearby shrine on Jan.1st, 2nd and 3rd. As this shrine is believed to grant the prayer of business prosperity, many merchants as well as businessmen visit here every new year. The number of them is counted more than a million, the largest number in Kyushu. The straw rope, put under the eaves of the main building in the first picture, is said to be the largest one in Japan, suggesting the high standing of this shrine. This main building stands halfway up a hill, where the prayer for victory by the Imperial navy was done when they started on the voyage to Korea about 1,600 year ago. The second picture shows the approach way from the sea to the main building, which is called 'Hikari-no-Michi' the path of light. The sun sets into the end of this path meeting the sea only two times a year.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 10:19 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年11月26日

'Mt. Kaimon-dake', which rises on the southern tip of the 'Satsuma' Peninsula, is an active volcano, 924 meters high.

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There are 110 active volcanoes in the volcanic country Japan, 17 of them are in Kyushu. Talking of the volcanoes in Kyushu, the world's largest class volcano 'Mt. Aso' is well known though, this small Mt. Kaimon-dake should be noted. As the shape is conical, this independent peak is also called 'Satsuma Fuji'. ('Mt. Fuji' in Satsuma, present Kagoshima)
From a park at the foot of it, a spiral path up the mountain is in good condition, so people can enjoy 3 hour mountaineering. The picture shows the distant view of Mt.Kaimon-dake across Lake Ikeda, a caldera lake formed by the collapse of another volcano. This lake is the largest lake in Kyushu, the bottom of which an underwater volcano 150 meters high stands.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:58 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年11月18日

"Suizenji-Jojuen", commonly known as "Suizenji Japanese Gardens", in Kumamoto City originated from a small tea house built by "Hosokawa Tadatoshi", the first feudal lord of the Kumamoto domain, in 1636.

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Suizenji Japanese Gardens in the residential area near the heart of Kumamoto City is a "daimyo garden" which was designed centering around a pond filled with the welling up water from Mt. Aso volcano. This garden is also designed following the scenic spots of the "Fifty-Three Stations of Tokaido Highway". The mound in the center of the first picture is likened to Mt.Fuji. The third feudal lord "Hosokawa Tsunatoshi" completed this landscaping work around 1700, however the original symbol of this garden, "Suigetsutei" tea house, was reduced to ashes due to a civil war in 1877. At the site of this tea house, "Kokondenju-no-ma" was relocated from Kyoto in 1912, as shown in the second picture.
*Kokondenju-no-ma is a historical house, where "Hosokawa Yusai" the father of the Hosokawa clan, who was a wellknown poet, taught the essence of how to compose poems to the royal family in Kyoto.
This garden is designed to be enhanced by it surroundings, such as the distant view of Mt. Aso, but many high-rise buildings are disturbing that benefit now.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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