2019年08月12日

Japan has a large amount of oil stock of about 200 days, 80 billion liters.

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Most countries have an oil stock bracing for an unexpected drop of oil import caused by a conflict or war in oil-producing countries. Japan's oil supply largely depends on the Middle Eastern countries, thus the risk of oil shortage is higher than other developed countries. Japan has a 200-day oil stock, which is relatively larger than others. This stock is run by private sectors and state organizations, the former store extra oil in their private tanks and the latter reserve oil in 12 stockpiling bases, retired tankers and underground bedrocks. The picture shows Shira-shima stockpiling base off the coast of Fukuoka Prefecture, one of the largest stockpiling bases in Japan.

Licensed tour guide, travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2019年06月18日

His Majesty the Emperor Emeritus and Her Majesty the Empress Emerita in Japan, paraded through the heart of Tokyo when they got married in 1959.

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The Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita, who just stepped down in 2019, got married in 1959. After a series of solemn wedding ceremonies in the Imperial Palace, they paraded from the Palace for 9 kilometers to appear in public for the first time. The picture shows the six-horse carriage they went on board. The length of the procession was 140 meters, and some five hundred thirty thousand people saw the parade from the roadside. Japan's rapid economic growth started at that time , so it is said that this parade triggered the drastic diffusion rate hike of black-and-white televisions. The golden round ornament on the side of the carriage in the picture, which is designed with a motif of a chrysanthemum, is the family crest of the Imperial Family.

Licensed tour guide and travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2019年02月18日

Guidance, warning tile blocks for the visually impaired are found on the walkways, platforms and such other places in Japan.

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Most non-Japanese firstcomers to Japan notice that yellow tile blocks of 30 cm-square are paved on the public places like walkways and platforms. These blocks, which are to safely lead the visually impaired to their destinations, were invented in 1965 and started to be installed in 1967. Also for a weak-sighted person, these blocks are yellow in most cases. There are two types of blocks. The ones with parallel lines are for showing the direction, and the other ones with many dots are to draw attention. A totally blind person can get necessary information by the change of sound from walking stick as well as by the feel of soles on these blocks.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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