2013年05月16日

'Kawanaka-Fudo' standing close by 'Tennen-ji' Buddhist temple in Bungotakada City, Oita Prefecture, is a 'Fudo' triad Buddhist image.

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'Tennen-ji', one of the most important Buddhist temples in the Kunisaki Peninsula, was built in the 8th century. Being suitable to the vintage temple, the old Buddhist image designated as an important cultural asset is enshrined here. There are many unusually shaped large rocks and cliffs in this vicinity, as known for the scenic beauty.
As shown in the picture, Kawanaka Fudo stands in the water of the Naga-Iwaya River, flowing beside Tennen-ji Temple. Fudo triad consists of Fudo-Myoo in the center with the height of 3.7 meters and a smaller Buddhist image on both sides. This triad is thought to be built in the 16th century, with a prayer that the flooding river may subside. A good view of colorful carp in the clear water offers beautiful scenery all the year.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:01 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2013年05月13日

Well known by the novels such as 'Maihime', 'Sansho the Bailiff' and 'Takase-bune', Mori Ogai, born Mori Rintaro, is one of the greatest intellects in the Meiji period, early in the 20 century.

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Mori Ogai, a distinguished literary man in Japan, was born of a doctor family to a 'daimyo' feudal lord in Tsuwano domain, present Shimane prefecture late in the 19th century. In the wake of the beginning of Japan's modernization, what is called the Meiji Restoration, he moved to Tokyo with his father following their former feudal lord to study medical science.  He became an army doctor and went to Germany to study under Dr.Koch. After returning to Japan, he started to be on course for membership in the elite, and at the same time his activity as a journalist in the field of literature and medical science got into full gear.
For this reason, most probably, he was demoted to Kokura, 1000km west of Tokyo.
The picture shows the house in Kokura, where he lived with his wife for 3 years.
He had accumulated the results as the greatest man of letters as well as the highest-ranking army doctor until he died at the age of 60.
This house aside, the house in Tsuwano, where he was born, is well preserved to be opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:11 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2013年02月07日

The ruins of Yoshinogari in Saga Prefecture are Japan's largest ancient site prospered in the Yayoi period. (300B.C.-300A.D.)

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Japan's rice cultivation took root in the Yayoi period and the people began to settle down in the same place going with rice farming. As wet-rice cultivation was introduced into Japan in 300B.C. and spread across the country within only a few hundred years, many ruins from those days, large and small, can be found everywhere in Japan. Among these ruins, this Yoshinogari is the largest one and is opened to the public as a State-run Yoshinogari Historical Park. This ruins feature the transition of way of life of the ancient village for 600 years. With the population of 6,000 in its golden age, Yoshinogari had double V-shaped moats and several watchtowers, which means this site should be called a fortress.
(As shown in the first picture)
In addition, a big shrine located in the centre of the site signifies that this village was controlled by animists or shamans.
Raised granaries and a number of pit-houses were scattered around the site.
(As shown in the second picture)
Headless remains found in burial jars in two graveyards located north and south of the site is the evidence of a fierce battle against other villagers.
(As shown in the third picture)

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 11:58 | Kyushu | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする