2011年03月31日

Even a short waiting time for the connecting flight at Narita Airport can be utilized for visiting 'Naritasan Shinshoji' Buddhist temple, where Japan's traditional townscape is well preserved.

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'Naritasan Shinshoji', also known 'Narita-fudo', which is one of renowned Buddhist temples in Japan, attracts many men and women of all ages who play the safety of their family as well as the traffic safety. It has turned to be a bustling temple since a leading Kabuki actor 'Ichikawa Danjuro' became a believer in this temple and so he was nicknamed 'Narita-ya' in the 17th century.
'Shaka-do' in the picture above and other wooden buildings in the precincts are designated as important cultural assets. This temple can be reached from Narita Airport Station in 30 minutes including pleasant walk along the approach way to the institution of one kilometer long. The old view of the street in the picture below is that approach way with many traditional ryokans, pharmacies for harbal medicine,restaurants for 'unagi' eel dishes, etc.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年04月16日

The Tokyo-daijingu Shrine attracts many young women looking for their ideal marriage partner.

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This small-scale shrine in the picture in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo was built in 1880 as a branch of the Ise-jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture, which is one of the most prestigious shrines in Japan. As the appearance of the shrine is very common, few people know that this is the place shinto style wedding ceremony began modeled after the ritualistic wedding of the Emperor Meiji and his Consort in 1900. Since then, a shinto-style wedding ceremony has gradually become popular among the Japanese that around fifteen percent of new couples hold their wedding in Shinto rites.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Msahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2010年03月07日

A "Maneki-neko", a figure of a beckoning cat, is said to be born at the "Gotoku-ji" temple, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.

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A "Maneki-neko" often sits by the entrance of a retailer or a restaurant in Japan. because this figure is believed to bring friends, money or a good fortune. A cat in Japan was regarded as a beneficial animal in that it preyed upon mice whose favorite was silk cocoons essential for the sericulture in former Japan. Accordingly, this pretty animal has been thought to be a lucky existence since. By the way, the " Gotoku-ji" temple in Setagaya is said to be the birthplace of the "Maneki-neko" figure. Early in the Edo period in the 17th century, a feudal lord who happened to pass by was led into the temple precinct by a beckoning cat which belonged to the chief priest of the temple. Right after he proceeded, the nearby tree where he had stood was struck by lightning. He was greatly pleased with the good fortune then offered a lot of money to the temple. The chief priest made a figure of the beckoning cat after the death of his cat to express his thanks to it. This story shows the origin of today' figure of a beckoning cat and many believers pay a visit to this temple to put the figures on the special shelf shown in the picture with their wishes.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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