2011年04月23日

A five-storied pagoda in the grounds of 'Tosho-gu' shrine in Nikko was dedicated by a daimyo, feudal lord, in present Fukui Prefecture in the 17th century.

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This pagoda in the picture is one and only structure presented by a daimyo, feudal lord, among many wooden buildings in the precincts of Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko. The original pagoda built in the 17th century was burnt down early in the 19th century and was rebuilt three years after the fire. This tower has unique framework with a long and heavy wooden pillar being hung down by chain all the way from the top to the floor level. This pillar works as a pendulum to keep balancing to prevent the pagoda from collapsing in case of a typhoon or earthquake. It is intentionally designed to be imbalanced with a different shape of the roof of the 5th floor , though it may be hard to discern it from the picture. This intention is supposed that an architect of the day wanted to avoid an evil by keeping away from a perfect design.

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2010年10月02日

This revolving lantern that stands beside Yomei-mon gate in Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko was presented by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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In the precincts of Tosho-gu in Nikko which is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu who is the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate samurai government, there are standing many gifts presented to the Tokugawa family not only from the domestic feudal lords but also the foreign countries. The brazen lantern in the picture is a gift from the King of Holland in the 17th century. This was manufactured in Amsterdam then was carried all the way, by way of Nagasaki, to here. This lantern indicates that the Netherlands in those days wanted to expand its trading power to Japan by exploiting the good relationship with the de facto ruler of the day. In addition, somehow the lantern is fixed upside-down, which can be learned from the fact the family crests of the Tokugawas on it are inverted.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年09月16日

Lake Chuzenji was formed by natural damming of a river,caused by the eruption of 'Nantai-zan' volcano, around twenty thousands years ago.

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Lake Chuzenji in the picture above can be reached by car from 'Tosho-gu' in Nikko, the world Heritage. This lakeshore has been developed as a international resort town dotted with many summer villas of European Embassy in Tokyo since late in the 19th century. The 'Kegon Falls' in the picture below with a drop of 90 meters is well known as one of the three great waterfalls in the country. In the Nikko national park, reachable in two hours by train from Tokyo, a variety of turist destinations ranging from these natural beauties and 'onsen' hot springs to historical buildings will necessarily attract many tourists.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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