2015年01月06日

Many old Western-style houses, built between late in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, stand in the vicinity of Kitano-cho and Yamamoto-dori, Kobe City.

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Thirty-four old houses in Western-style and seven in Japanese-style are well preserved in this area, which is designated as Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government.
Japan, which opened five ports including Kobe to start the trade with Western countries at the inception of modernization in the middle of the 19th century.
In concert with this, many Western business men were settled in Kobe, particularly in the vicinity of Kitano-cho and Yamamoto-dori, commanding beautiful Kobe Port. This area was one of the busiest residential areas in Japan for non-Japanese people. As these old houses fortunately survived the second World War, the Western-style townscape at the foot of Mt.Rokko creates an elegant atmosphere of former Kobe.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2014年12月17日

'Tezuka Osamu', a very well-known cartoonist for his works such as 'Astro Boy', 'Jungle Emperor' and 'Princess Knight', established a foundation for a feature-length cartoon.

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'Tezuka Osamu' was a cartoonist with a medical license. He stood out in the field of a comic strip in a paper soon after the second World War, and issued 'New Treasure Island' that was highly evaluated as Japan's first feature-length cartoon.
He moved to Tokyo from Osaka, his home town, while making many SF feature-length cartoons. He lived in 'Tokiwa-so' two story wooden apartment in Toshima-ku, Tokyo, which was a legendary mecca for cartoonists. 'Terada Hiroo', 'Fujiko Fujio', 'Ishinomori Shotaro' and 'Akatsuka Fujio', these big names lived in the same apartment at the same time. 'Astro Boy' and 'Jungle Emperor' were loved all over the world and he is also known as the father of animation in Japan. The pictures show 'Tezuka Osamu Museum' in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture, where he lived for a long time when he was young.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2013年11月15日

'Arima onsen' in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, is Japan's oldest hot spring resort as it was depicted in 'Nihon Shoki', the second oldest book of classical Japanese history from the 8th century.

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Since it is located near Kyoto and Nara, former capitals of Japan before Tokyo, Arima onsen had long been loved by the Imperial family, nobility and cultured people. From the description in the 8th century, down to the reference in the 'Pillow Book' written by 'Sei Shonagon' in the 11th century, then 'Toyotomi Hideyoshi', the de facto ruler of the day, frequented here in the 16th century to develop this place as a good hot spring resort.
Arima onsen, even though there are many onsens in Japan, features reddish brown thermal spring water called 'kinsen' as shown in the first picture. This unusual water is said to be good for muscular pain and skin disease.
Traditional streets run in the heart of this resort as shown in the second picture.
It is highly recommended to drop by here when you visit Kyoto or Nara to enjoy the traditional onsen.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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