2016年06月07日

'Kaichi Gakko' in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, is an elementary school built in the latter half of the 19th century, which is one of the oldest existing Western style school buildings.

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Kaichi Gakko, originally built as the first elementary school in Nagano Prefecture in 1873, was rebuilt into the present building in 1876. Most of the construction costs of this school building were covered with the donation from the locals, and more than 20,000 people were said to attend the opening ceremony. Nagano is known as an education-conscious prefecture in Japan, which seems to be proved from this matter of fact in those days. This old school building, designated as an important cultural asset, was converted into an education museum to be opened to the public.
The local master carpenter 'Tateishi Kiyoshige' visited Tokyo two times to study many modern buildings before shaping his specific idea. The picture shows its graceful exterior though, the interior is also elaborately finished with beautiful colored glass. Some other school buildings in this vicinity were designed and built by a master carpenter 'Sasaki Kiju', who had long worked under Tateishi Kiyoshige. These school buildings are reflecting the design of this school building.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 16:24 | 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

2016年02月29日

'Ise Shima' district in the south of Mie Prefecture corresponds to 'Ise Jingu' and the 'Shima Peninsula', they are Japan's well-known sightseeing spots, and their vicinities.

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The same as adjacent Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture is not on the route of Shinkansen super express train. Thus Ise-Shima district can't be said to be a conveniently situated place from Tokyo and Osaka. As Ise Jingu, where the ancestor of the Imperial family worshipped as a deity is enshrined, stands here, Ise district is always busy with many visitors. This tradition dates back to the 17th century, when a great number of the common people paid a visit here, partly for pleasure. It took some 15 days all the way from Edo(Tokyo) or 5 days from Osaka. The first picture shows a long-established confectionary store on 'Oharaimachi' temple town leading to Ise Jingu. As shown in the second picture, the Shima Peninsula located in the south of Ise district is dotted with small islands, capes and inlets, which forms a typical rias coast. This geographical feature bring a benefit from cultivated laver, oyster and pearls. The well-known 'Mikimoto Perl' was born here.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:19 | 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

2016年01月29日

'Nirayama reverberating furnace' in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture, is the one and only full-scale reverberating furnace existing in Japan.

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It was great shock for the feudal Japan, when it took a seclusion policy, to know that the Ching Dynasty, a big power of Asia, gave way to the U.K. in the Opium War started in 1840. Since then, Japan had hastened the strengthening of maritime defense against the overwhelming military power of the Western countries. Reverberating furnace was the only equipment to make a large amount of molten iron for cannon manufacturing. The construction work of this furnace was originally started in Shimoda, on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula, however the building site was changed to the present location because Commodore Perry's sailors intruded into the original site in 1853. The furnace in the picture was completed in Nirayama in 1857, and more than 10 modern cannons seem to be manufactured here from 1857 to 1864. This is on the United Nations World Heritage List.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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