2011年01月05日

A bamboo, originally comes from China, has been considered as a useful element to lay out a Japanese garden.

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A bamboo in Japan seems to be brought into Japan in the 8th century. At the beginning,it was planted for appreciation between nobility in Kyoto, then gradually spread across the country to form into 'chikurin' bamboo groves. For Japanese people,it has been deeply concerned with a sense for art, such as the subject matter of a painting and a Japanese garden plant. The picture, that was taken in Happo-en garden in Tokyo in the middle of December, shows a beautiful comparison between green bamboo and red leaves of autumn. Apart from these artistic use, a bamboo has been utilized for making furniture, craft products and fishing rods. Lastly, a bamboo fiber of Kyoto was used for the filament of Edison's first incandescent light.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年12月26日

'Daiba' or 'o-daiba' in Minato Ward, Tokyo, is a Western-style offshore battery built by Tokugawa samurai government as a defence facility for Edo, present Tokyo, in the middle of the 19th century.

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The US commodore Perry came to Japan with his four warships to press the closed country for the opening to the West in 1853. Then Japanese feudal government hurried to build the six 'daiba' batteries in order to drive off the second visit of the US navy. Although these man-made islets were completed within 18 months, any cannons on them had never fired at the steamships from the US. There still remain two 'daibas' among six, 'daiba' number 3
in the picture and number 6 next to it. Other four 'daibas' had become the parts of the reclaimed land spreading over in the east of Shinagawa Station.
'Daiba' number 3, where old explosive warehouse and other battery-related facilities survive, can be accessible on foot to all people from 'o-daiba-kaihin-koen' park.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年12月19日

'Happo-en' in Minato Ward, Tokyo, features a moderate Japanese garden, where Japanese-style food can be enjoyed at a 'ryotei' restaurant commanding a central pond.

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'Happo-en' was a garden around a mansion of a well-known high-ranking warrior in the 17th century, followed by private ownership of several bigwigs, later on it was improved by building a Japanese-style restaurant, tea pavilion and other traditional wooden structures when the 20th century opened. Owing to the art of landscaping, the authentic Japanese natural beauty of the season can be appreciated here, cherry blossoms in spring or the coloring of the leaves in autumn. This garden is a good deal different from the well-known daimyo's, feudal lord's, vast garden,so we can ramble through this decent garden in less than 15 minutes, around the central pond in the picture teeming with carp of various colors. In addition this garden offers tea ceremony observation at the tea pavilion and 'bonsais' on display.

Licensed tour guide,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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