2015年01月12日

The largest mosque and the oldest mosque in Japan.

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There about 80 mosques, large and small, throughout Japan. Tokyo Camii in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo as shown in the first picture is the largest one, which provides 1,200 believers with a magnificent place of Islamic worship. Concrete and steel aside, the construction materials and furniture were brought all the way from Turkey. More than a hundred Turkish carpenters as well as craftsmen engaged in this constructionn work for a year. This mosque is said to have similar exterior to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
On the other hand, the second picture shows the oldest mosque in Japan, which stands in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. This was built in 1935, by the Turks, Tatars and Indian traders in Kobe.
Both mosques are opened to the public regardless of their faith.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2014年12月09日

An open-air bath, ping-pong table and massage chair are the three status symbols at a traditional hot-spring inn in Japan.

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There are some 3,000 hot spring resorts in Japan, which accounts for 10 percent of volcanoes in the world. From big resorts with many hotels and inns, such as Atami and Beppu, to secluded small ones, Japan is dotted with a variety of hot-spring resorts. Going with Japan's Westernization, western-style accommodations furnished with beds have gradually increased though, Japanese style inns still remain. Japan's traditional hot-spring inn, needless to say, is necessarily equipped with 'futon' on 'tatami-mats' floor in each room. And in most cases, many of these inns have an open-air hot-spring bath as shown in the first picture. Ping-pong and electric-powered massage chair, behind the ping-pong table, in common space in the second picture are usually offered for free.

Lisenced tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2014年06月12日

Goldfish is thought to date back to a red crucian, which underwent mutation, appeared in China in the 4th century.

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Goldfish which originated in the lower reaches of the Yangtze in China had long been improved in breed to be the pet for upper class. It was introduced into Japan at the beginning of the 16th century to get additional improvement, thereafter became to be mass-produced to spread into among the common people in Japan.
Present goldfish is widely known over the world though, the first one in Europe was from China in the 18th century, and in the US from Japan in the 19th century. The goldfish in China was entirely terminated in the field of the production, distribution and keeping on the days of the Great Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1967. However, thanks to Japan's help of breeding skill, it was revived to become the famous pet fish in China.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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