2018年11月11日

'Sazare-ishi', which is one word of Japan's national anthem 'Kimiga-yo', means pebble.

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Japan's national anthem 'Kimiga-yo' was composed in the last half of the 19th century, and is said to be one of the shortest anthems in the world. The whole words are literally translated as follows.
"Your reign continues forever, as pebbles grow into lofty locks to be with moss taking an indefinitely long period of time"

The pebbles in these words mean sazare-ishi in Japanese. The original meaning was so though, the present meaning has turned out to be conglomerate made up of many pebbles. These sorts of conglomerates can be found throughout the country, and most of them are worshipped at Shinto shrines as they are regarded to be sacred. The picture shows one example found at Kashima-jingu Shinto shrine in Ibaragi Prefecture near Tokyo.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年11月02日

The public facilities in Japan are mostly equipped with an umbrella stand with locks or the device to semi-automatically cover the umbrella with a vertically long plastic bag.

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The umbrella stand like the one in the first picture is usually found at the entrance of the public facilities in Japan. This kind of umbrella stand with locks may contribute to preventing umbrella theft and mix-up. In the case that there is not enough room to install this big umbrella stand, the unique device as shown in the second picture is found instead. This device is for covering the wet umbrella with a long plastic bag semi-automatically. Because the wet umbrella may wet other people with water in the public facilities. As Japan has relatively much rain and high temperature as well as humidity particularly in summer, a raincoat is uncomfortable. Accordingly these kinds of unique devices may be invented in Japan. These devices can be found recently in other countries in Europe and Asia.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2015年12月13日

Tokyo Stock Exchange merged with Osaka Stock Exchange in 2013 to become Japan Exchange Group, Inc.

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Japan's largest stock exchange, Tokyo Stock Exchange as shown in the first picture, merged with the second largest one, Osaka Stock Exchange in the second picture, in 2013. Accordingly, Osaka Stock Exchange was renamed Osaka Exchange in that it has become to be focused on derivatives trading. Japan Exchange Group is the world's third largest exchange in terms of the total of the merket capitalization of listed companies.
These two largest exchanges in Japan, Tokyo (Kayabacho) and Osaka (Kitahama), are opened to the public without an appointment on weekdays.
After the merger of the two major exchanges, there are only three local stock exchanges, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo, in Japan.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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