2017年10月28日

'Tokugawa-en' in the heart of Nagoya City, which includes 'Tokugawa Art Museum' and 'Hosa Library', is an authentic Japanese garden.

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Tokugawa-en originally was a garden annexed to the retreat of Tokugawa Mitsutomo, who was the second feudal lord of Owari Tokugawa Family ruled present Nagoya area. This garden, built at the end of the 17th century, is a typical 'Daimyo garden' which liken the nearby mountains, rivers, sea and plane to the mounds, ponds and other elements of the garden. This garden was completely destroyed during the Second World War though, it was restored to be opened to the public in 2005. The second picture shows 'Kuromon' Black Gate standing as the main entrance of this garden. This old gate was built at the end of the 19th century and survived the Second World War. The front view of Tokugawa Art Museum and Hosa Library can be seen through this gate. The former houses many treasures from the mementoes of the first Tokugawa Shogun down to the ones that used to belong to Owari Tokugawa Family. The exhibits include 9 national treasures and 59 important cultural assets. In the latter, the old important documents of Owari Tokugawa Family amounting to 110,000, 7 of which being important cultural assets, are on display.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:22 | 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

2017年10月23日

'Atsuta Jingu' Shinto shrine in Nagoya City, worshipping 'Amaterasu Omikami' the Creator of the Imperial Family, is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.

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This Shinto shrine is believed to enshrine 'Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi' sword, which is one of the *Three Sacred Treasures of the Imperial Family.
*Two other Sacred Treasures are 'Yata-no-Kagami' mirror enshrined in Ise Jingu Shinto shrine and 'Yasakani-no-Magatama' comma-shaped bead in the Imperial Palace.
Being built in 113, this authoritative shrine just below Ise Jingu Shinto shrine has long been respected. This originally stood on the point sticking out into Ise Bay though, now is 4 kilometers away from the coastline, since the whole area around this shrine had been reclaimed. In a thick growth of big camphor trees of older than 1,000 years, the 'Honden' main shrine in the first picture is found. In addition, 44 other subordinate shrine buildings also stand there. The second picture shows 'Nobunaga-bey' wall built in the 16th century. 'Oda Nobunaga' who was one of the greatest feudal lords dedicated this wall to this shrine as a token of his gratitude for the victory of a vital battle.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 09:17 | 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

2017年09月09日

The donjon of Inuyama Castle in Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, is one of the 12 original castle towers in Japan.

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Inuyama Castle stands on the hilltop commanding the Kiso, the largest river flowing across the Nobi plane which embraces Nagoya City, the third largest urban area of Japan. Inuyama area on the boundary between Aichi Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture had been a battlefield where many powerful feudal lords had fought against each other for more territory since the 15th century. Inuyama Castle was built in 1537 as a strong fortress. In this area of rival warlords, this castle had been owned by many different warlords one after another. However since the possession of the Naruse clan, the chief retainer of the Owari Tokugawa House, in 1617, this had been continuingly owned by the same family till 2004. Japan's castles are state-owned in general after the Meiji Restoration in 1889 though, this castle was the one and only private property in modern times. Inuyama Castle is designated as a national treasure together with Matsumoto Castle, Hikone Castle, Himeji Castle and Matsue Castle.

License tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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