2015年06月29日

'Oura Tenshudo' in Nagasaki City is Japan's oldest existing church.

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This church was built by a French priest in 1865, for the sake of the French in Nagasaki district. The official name of it is 'The church of the 26 Japanese Martyrs', having to do with the fact that the 26 Japanese Christians martyred in Nagasaki in 1597 were canonized by then pope, Pius the Ninth, in 1862. This year of 1862 was soon after the end of the Seclusion Policy of Japan.
It is widely known that about a dozen hidden Christians in Japan appeared to tell the priest of this church they had long believed in Christianity for some 300 years.
After being renovated from the original wooden building to a bric one in 1879, this church suffered in the A-bomb. However, as the ground zero was a little far from here, the damage was considerably slight and was designated as a national treasure.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2015年06月05日

A group of 'bukeyashiki' samurai houses in 'Chiran', Kagoshima Prefecture, features exquisite combination of stone fences and hedges.

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The feudal lord of Satsuma domain, present Kagoshima Prefecture, the main driving force of Japan’s modernization in the 19th century, didn’t station his samurai warriors in Kagoshima City, but in the many districts of the domain. Each of the samurais lived in their own settlement to rule the assigned district. ‘Chiran’ was one of them, and the old townscape dating back to the 18th century is very well preserved as shown in the first picture. A curved and winding central road with branch roads are flanked with many samurai houses, among of which the leading seven private gardens, as shown in the second picture, are opened to the public. This beautiful townscape together with seven gardens were designated as ‘Group of Traditional Buildings’ in 1981. The streets are always maintained and cleaned without compensation by the locals.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2013年07月28日

'Meganebashi' in Nagasaki City, designated as an important cultural asset, is Japan's oldest arch-shaped stone bridge.

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Throughout the Edo period (17th-19th century), when the Tokugawa feudal government carried out a national isolation policy, Nagasaki was the one and only window for foreign trade with the Netherlands and China. As a part of the construction work to develop the city in the middle of the 17th century, the embankment work of the Nakajima River, running across the heart of the city, was carried out and 15 stone bridges were built over this river. Among them, Meganebashi in the picture is the most beautiful well preserved one today. Although difficult to know from this picture, a pair of arches and their reflection on the water form a glasses-like picture, so this bridge is called Megane-bashi. Because, megane means glasses and bashi means bridge.
Originally being built by a Chinese Buddhist monk of nearby 'Kofukuji' temple in 1634, it was often partly damaged by floods and was repaired each time.
This bridge is designated as an important cultural asset, and is lit up and shining in the night.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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