2019年05月13日

'Mishaga-ike' pond in the Tateshina highland, Nagana Prefecture, is no more than a small reservoir.

IMG_0435 - コピー.JPG

Mishaga-ike reservoir measures only 100 meters square, and was built in 1933 to supply the warmed water to the nearby field. As this area is about 1200 meters high, the water from the stream was too cold for agriculture. The water should be exposed to sunlight for long time. The water of this pond shows strong acid, so no aquatic life lives here, accordingly the water is very clean. No more than a mere reservoir though, this suddenly became very famous in 1972, because 'Higashiyama Kaii', a great Japanese-style painter , sought subject matter in the scenery of this pond.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

HP-banner


posted by masahisa at 11:18 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年04月21日

'Former Mikasa Hotel' in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture, is on the list of an important cultural asset in Japan as a historical structure.

IMG_2374.JPG

This Western style hotel, designed by a Japanese architect, was originally opened in 1906. After being seriously damaged by a flood in 1910, this hotel restarted by the name of 'Mikasa Hotel' in 1925. Mikasa was named after a hill right in front of this hotel, the shape of which resembles 'Mikasa Hill' in Nara City. Nara was a capital of Japan in the 8th century, and Mikasa Hill was frequently used as a subject matter of old poems in those years. This classic hotel had been like a high-end salon as many celebrities in all fields of activity gathered here, however the hotel business came to an end in 1970. Half of the original building was carefully restored to be opened to the public thereafter.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

HP-banner


posted by masahisa at 08:59 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年11月27日

'Kumoba-ike' in 'Karuizawa' is an artificial pond built early in the 20th century.

kumoba.jpg

IMG_2367.JPG

Japan's leading summer resort Karuizawa had been just for Westerners until the end of the 19th century. Mr. Genjiro Nozawa, a trader in Tokyo, started up a villa development project for Japanese people early in the 20th century. He purchased some seven million square meters of land, and dammed up a stream flowing here to make a pretty pond named Kumoba-ike with an esplanade. He thereafter built a hotel, golf course, market and many streets lined with trees running across this villa ground. This new villa complex highly attracted the prominent men of the time in Japan. It has passed about 100 years since, Kumoba-ike vicinity has been well matured as a high-end villa area in Karuizawa, as well as a popular sightseeing spot mainly for autumn leaves.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

HP-banner

posted by masahisa at 16:37 | Nagoya and the central districts | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする