2013年12月09日

Mt.Fuji widely known as a symbol of Japan has long been the subject matter of artworks or the object of worship.

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Mt.Fuji independently rises to 3,776 meters high, being located about 100km to the west of Tokyo, and is Japan's highest peak. The entire view with snowcap of the typical conical volcano is very well known throughout the world.
On the other hand, contrary to the beauty, the fact of the frequent eruption involving serious damage is not known so widely.
This mountain has long been the subject matter of the large variety of arts, such as 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints and 'tanka' Japanese poems, thanks to the location between Kyoto and Tokyo where many people came and went. In addition, Mt.Fuji is regarded as a sacred mountain, on the top of which the Holy Spirit dwells.
Backed by these cultural values, Mt.Fuji is on the list of World Heritage by UNESCO.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久

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posted by masahisa at 16:58 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年06月14日

The Hakone-no-seki, the barrier station in Hakone, was established by the Tokugawa government to clamp down upon suspicious travelers in the early 17th century.

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The Tokugawa government established fifty-three barrier stations along main routes led to Edo from Kyoto for the purpose of protecting the Shogun's capital from covertly opposing powerful Daimyo feudal lords. Government officials stationed themself here and checked every traveler if he or she brought weapons into Edo or carried vital information away from the virtual capital. The barrier station in the picture, well known as the Hakone-no-seki, was the largest one of this kind, which was faithfully rebuilt in recent years. Travellers who sidestepped this station was to be executed without exception.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 06:42 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年06月13日

The Hakone Suginamiki, the road lined with cedar trees, which extends on the part of the old Tokaido Highway called Hakone-hachiri was developed early in the 17th century,at the beginning of the Edo period.

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The old Tokaido Highway connecting Edo to Kyoto, the Shogun's capital and the Emperor's seat respectively, was the most important road among the main five highways in Japan developed by the Tokugawa Shogun's government about 400 years ago. Hakone-hachiri, the specific name of the steepest part of the whole distance of the Highway between Odawara and Mishima, imposed difficulty in walking, accordingly the government of the day planted the cedar trees to provide the pleasant shade for the travelers in addition they paved the road with even stones. THe number of these cedar trees still remain today is estimated about four hundreds.

Licensed tour gude/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 07:06 | Hakone | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする