2010年10月11日

There are many class hotels in Tokyo who have a authentic Japanese garden in their compound.

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A typical example of Japanese garden in the picture can be seen in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo. Among many high-class hotels in the capital, several hotels such as the Hotel New Otani, the Four Seasons Hotel, the Sheraton Miyako Hotel,etc. are equipped with a well maintained Japanese garden. Almost every hotel of this kind admit not only hotel guests but also outsiders into the garden even in the night.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年09月12日

'Hibiya-koen', Japan's first Western-style park, was brought to completion in 1903, in which Hibiya Public Hall and 'Matsumoto-ro' restaurant, having something to do with the modern history of the country, are impressively standing.

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'Hibiya-koen' park in the picture above is always alive with business person and family groups. This park was converted from powerful feudal lords' mansions by Tokyo metropolitan government in the Meiji era about 100 years ago.
Among many facilities in the ground, 'Matsumoto-ro' restaurant in the picture below may be significant because Sun Wen, the leader of the old Chinese Nationalist Party, was greatly patronized by then owner-manager of this restaurant when he lived in exile in Japan before the Second World War. There is a piano, a reciprocal gift from the wife of Sun Wen, is in display in the lobby of this building. This piano is one of the oldest existing two pianos manufactured in Japan.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisda Takaki.

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2010年05月24日

The old foundation of the donjon on this side, the park where the inner rooms of Edo castle previously stood and Marunouchi business district on the far side.

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The main keep of Edo castle completed in 1636 was reduced to ashes by the conflagration called 'Meireki-no-taika' in 1657, only 21 years after its completion. Although the rebuilding work was attempted after that, it derailed by lack of fund when the new stone substructure was built. The stone foundation 18 meters tall on this side in the picture is the structure of the day and the yonder park is where part of many wooden edifices of Edo castle stood. There were the 'Hon-maru' that is used for the state affairs by a Shogun and his high-ranking officials, and the 'Oh-oku' where a wife, concubines and children of a Shogun and many maidservants were living. The downtown high-rise area at the back is Japan's largest business district where almost all the head offices of the Mitsubishi conglomerate gather around.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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