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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2015年03月15日

There are many Mt.Fujis in Japan!?

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Mt. Fuji , on the United Nations World Heritage List, is widely known as a symbol of Japan, however there are many small mountains called Fuji in Japan. Most of them are named so because of the conical shape like real Mt. Fuji though, some mountains representing some districts are also called Fuji. These mountains are collectively called ‘Kyodo Fuji’ provincial Mt. Fuji.
Artificial hills in the Kanto Region, in addition, are also called Fuji to be worshipped, since the belief in the spirit of Mt. Fuji is prevailing in this region. These hills are called ‘Fuji-zuka’ .
The first picture shows ‘Sanuki Fuji’ in Kagawa Prefecture, the beautiful conical shape of which resembling Mt. Fuji is impressive. A rocky mound in the second picture is a fuji−zuka standing in the grounds of ‘Teppozu Shrine’ in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, which was built with the lava from real Mt. Fuji.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2015年01月29日

Many shopping arcades(covered shopping street) are found mainly in Osaka and other cities in Western Japan.

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There were a number of shopping arcades in the commercial districts of major cities in Japan, in the Edo period in the 17th-19th century. These arcades were covered with the townhouse's extended eaves only on the street side. In the snowy provinces, similar arcades called 'gangi-zukuri' were used for the local pedestrians in winter with deep snow.
The present shopping arcades with transparent canopies, which are found in the suburbs of Tokyo and mainly in Western Japan, originated from 'Takegawara Shoji Arcade' in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, built in 1921. This arcade is small though, was designated as the Heritage of Industrial Modernization. The picture shows a typical shopping arcade named 'Uomachi Gintengai' in Kokura-kita Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, which is the first fulll-fledged shopping arcade along public roads covered with canopies, built in 1951.
Most shopping arcades have been built since the end of the Second World War, however the number of them are decreasing going with the deterioration and the increasing number of vacant shops.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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