2016年06月13日

'Zenkoji' Buddhist Temple in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, doesn't stand for any sect, where hidden Buddhist images are worshipped.

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Zenkoji, made up of 2 main temples and 39 affiliated temples, is a huge Buddhist temple. This temple features being totally independent of any sect and having accepted female worshippers since its establishment. The main Buddhist images are thought to be hidden, as they can't be seen even by the head priest, however some of them are opened to the public every 6 years. The picture shows 'Hondo' main building, designated as a national treasure, which was rebuilt in 1707. This stately building is Japan's third largest wooden structure among many old wooden buildings of national treasures. The dimensions are 29 meters high, 24 meters wide and 53 meters deep. 'Kaidan Meguri', meaning to walk through in the pitch-dark tunnel running right under the seats of main images, is worth being experienced. 'Sanmon' main gate, designated as an important cultural asset, can be entered for a small fee, and many scribblings dating back to the 18th century are found inside.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 09:43 | 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