2010年03月19日

Japan's ceramic wares are roughly characterized by earthenwares like "Raku-yaki" and "Oribe-yaki", and porcelains such as "Arita-yaki" and Imari-yaki".

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The history of Japan's distinctive ceramic wares dates back to the glazed earthenwares for the tea ceremony which was widely favored regardless of social standings in the last part of the 16th century and the glazed porcelain originated mainly in Kyushu by the naturalized Korean potters in the same period.
The former ceramics in the picture above were produced in Kyoto and Nagoya, while the latter one in the picture below were made in the northern part of Kyushu. In the Edo period, the 17th to the 19th century, Japan made a boast of the large number of the kilns exceeding two thousands throughout the country thanks to the promotion of the industry by the local government called "Han", feudal domains. Among these products, the glazed earthenwares with earthy colors and natural lookings which were highly valued as utensils for a tea ceremony have evolved uniquely in Japan to reach great treasures.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年03月06日

A "Kago" palanquin was a kind of vehicle widely used in olden Japan regardless of social class.

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A "Kago" is roughly divided into two categories. One is a simple and crude palanquin used by common people, like a today's taxicab, the other is a decorative type used by person of high standing such as a "Daimyo" feudal lord or the nobility, corresponding with today's chauffeur-driven car. The "Kago" in the picture put on display at the "Edo Tokyo Museum" in Ryogoku is exclusively for the younger sister of the princess "Kazu-no-miya" who was forced to marry "Tokugawa Iemochi" the 14th Shogun for the political reasons because she was a daughter of then Emperor in Kyoto. This elaborate vehicle is equipped with an elegant sliding door not to expose the passenger to the public. An upper-class man and woman have their own "Kago", accordingly they never go out of doors on foot or on horseback.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年01月07日

“Myo-o” is a very strict teacher of Buddhist training.

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In a hierarchy of Buddhist statues, “Myo-o” ranks next to “Nyorai” and “Bosatu”, and above “Tenbu”, those are, a enlightened deity, a deity in the search for truth and a security guard respectively. Because people who are in the Buddhist training tend to skip a hard discipline , “Myo-o” , strict teacher, always oversee the trainees with a frightening face occasionally against the background of roaring flames.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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