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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2013年08月30日

As Japanese monkeys, which can exist no further north than Japan, live even in a snowy area, they are also known as snow monkeys.

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Wild monkeys, in general, lie in the tropical zones, but Japan, situated in the temperate zones, is also inhabited by wild monkeys. Hokkaido aside, in most parts of Japan including small islands, wild monkeys can be found everywhere. Koujima in Miyazaki, Takasakiyama in Oita and Minosan in Osaka are very well known as natural habitats of them, however they can be easily found in the mountainous regions throughout the country. As a special example, the wild monkeys in jigokudani in Nagano, enjoying hot spring bath, attract many sightseers from around the world. The Japanese monkeys in the picture were taken at Takaosan in Tokyo.
Since the Japanese live in harmony with wil monkeys, Japanese culture has a deep connection with them. Monkeys play an important role in many folk stories, such as 'momotaro' and 'sarukanigassen'. Public entertainment 'sarumawashi' was also born from the belief that monkeys have the mysterious power to cure horse disease.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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