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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2019年02月09日

Japan's meteorological observation is mainly made by AMeDAS running up to 1,300 or so throughout the country.

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The meteorological Agency in Japan issues a weather forecast based on the information from AMeDAS (Automated Meteorological Data Acquisition System), weather radar, radiosondes, weather satellites, etc. As there are many active volcanoes here and there in Japan, the Meteorological Agency is also occupied in watching these dangerous volcanoes and earthquakes. Once an earthquake occurs anywhere in Japan, the epicenter and seismic intensity of important areas near the epicenter are immediately announced on TV and the radio. In addition, the public transportation systems are automatically stopped to avoid serious damage caused by the quake. Thanks to the old weather data of 150 years' duration, overwhelming number of observation points and items, and the world's top class efficient computer, the accuracy of the weather report in Japan is amazing. The picture shows the AMeDAS found in the Kitanomaru Park in Chiyoda-ku Tokyo.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2019年02月03日

" Hocho Gishiki", the formality of cooking knife handling, stems from the Emperor's Family in the 9th century.

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According to an old document, the Emperor Kotoku, whose hobby was cooking, often cut and trimmed a carp on his own initiative for his close friends and relatives. Hocho Gishiki originated from this fact, and gradually spread between the nobility in Kyoto. The aristocrats willingly handled cutting knives in front of the guests, then ordered the house cooks to season the pieces of fish or bird meat and to arrange them on plates.
Thus, this procedure had gradually become the art of socialization. After a long period of time of ups and downs, Tokugawa feudal government employed this formality as a means of socialization to entertain the guests. Since then, in the 17th century, this tradition developed among many feudal lords across the country. The picture shows the performance of Hocho Gishiki of the Shijo School, which faithfully conveys the original style of this time-honored formality.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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