2019年09月14日

Half the number of lesser pandas at the zoos of the world are raised in Japan.

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Lesser pandas inhabit mainly in Sichuan Province, China, and some other countries, such as Nepal and Bhutan. These areas are highlands, higher than 1,500 meters above sea level. Their population seems to be dropping recently due to climate change and poaching, thus the Washington Convention regulates the number of catch of this rare animal. This animal was introduced to the whole world by a Westerner under the name of 'Panda' in 1825 though, giant pandas are found in China thereafter. Since then, the name of 'Panda' had generally showed giant pandas instead of lesser pandas. About 250 lesser pandas are kept in the zoos in Japan, and some of them have succeeded in artificial breeding. In this connection, the name of panda derives from 'bamboo-eating animal' in Himalayan language.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2019年08月25日

"Kashima-jingu" Shinto Shrine in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is the head shrine of all "Kashima-jinja" shrines in Japan.

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This magnificent Shinto shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Eastern Japan. Yamato Imperial Court in Nara Prefecture designated this shrine as a guardian deity to suppress the Ainu, native Japanese, living in Eastern Japan in ancient times. When samurai administration came into force in the 12th century, they began to worship this shrine for winning victories in general wars. A long sword of this shrine, as a symbolic weapon, is designated a national treasure. The tower gate in the picture, main building and hall of worshipping found in the precincts are important cultural assets. Many deer in the enclosure of the precincts are also found, as a deer is considered to be a messenger of god. A regular festival is held in September, and an imperial envoy is dispatched every 6 years for this festival. Present torii gateway was rebuilt in 2014, since the original one was collapsed by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2019年08月19日

Japan's first brewery run by domestic capital was born in Kita-Shinchi, Osaka City.

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Beer brewing in Japan was started in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, by non-Japanese , mainly by Americans, in 1869 followed by in 1870 and 1885. On the other hand, the one by a Japanese capitalist was initiated under the technical guidance of an American engineer in Osaka in 1872. This Japanese capitalist was Mr. Shozaburo Shibutani, who was running a wholesale trade of cotton goods and 'sake' brewing company in Osaka. He named this beer 'Shibutani Beer' after his family name and sold to non-Japanese and advanced Japanese there. The picture shows a monument standing at the very place where the first factory stood in the heart of Osaka.

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Masahisa Takaki

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