2018年11月02日

The public facilities in Japan are mostly equipped with an umbrella stand with locks or the device to semi-automatically cover the umbrella with a vertically long plastic bag.

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The umbrella stand like the one in the first picture is usually found at the entrance of the public facilities in Japan. This kind of umbrella stand with locks may contribute to preventing umbrella theft and mix-up. In the case that there is not enough room to install this big umbrella stand, the unique device as shown in the second picture is found instead. This device is for covering the wet umbrella with a long plastic bag semi-automatically. Because the wet umbrella may wet other people with water in the public facilities. As Japan has relatively much rain and high temperature as well as humidity particularly in summer, a raincoat is uncomfortable. Accordingly these kinds of unique devices may be invented in Japan. These devices can be found recently in other countries in Europe and Asia.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 15:38 | Et cetera | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年10月26日

There is a traditional event in Japan, which is held in mid-September to view the beautiful full moon.

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The annual event to view the full moon is called 'Tsukimi' or 'Kangetsu' in Japanese. This traditional event originated in China during the Tang period in the 7th-8th century, and came to Japan in the 9th century. The culture developed by the court nobles in Kyoto were reaching a peak at that time, accordingly this new event rapidly spread into the society of the aristocrats. It was a simple event with music and alcohol under the moonlight at the beginning though, this event had gradually changed adding other elements with the times. It had mostly reached to the present form with the offerings mainly for the harvest thanksgiving in the Edo period in the 17th-19th century. The picture shows one of the typical offering settings, Japanese plume grass on the left which is likened to the ripe ears of rice plant and the sweet potatoes on the right. They are the tokens of harvest. The white dumplings on a white wood stand named 'Sanpo' relating to 'Shinto' are likened to the full moon.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 09:02 | Japanese festivals | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年10月19日

Common name "Sanya", located in the north of Taito-ku, is Tokyo's largest flophouse district.

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The neighborhood of "Senju", the first post town of Nikko-gaido highway which was one of the five major highways in the Edo period (The 17th-19th century), was lived by poor people and physical laborers before the second World War. Right after the war, Tokyo metropolitan government built a camp for the people who lost their houses by bombing. Being in a state of chaos and confusion, these tents had been gradually changed to the cheap lodging houses for poor people. In accordance with the rapid economic growth of Japan from 1960s, Sanya attracted many laborers mainly in the field of construction work. Sanya and Kamagasaki in Osaka became leading districts which supplied cheap and plentiful laborers. About 15,000 casual laborers lived here in the peak period in 1963 though, now it has decreased to 4,200. Instead of decreasing number of the casual laborers, many backpackers are coming here. Sanya is a popular non-Japanese backpacker's hangout.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:14 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする