D51 is a type of steam locomotive built by the Japanese Government Railways, . The name consists of a "D" for the four sets of driving wheels and the class number 51 for tender locomotives, The nickname of" DEGOICHI 'was famous and also became a pronoun of the steam locomotive in Japan. The number of production of D51 had reached 1,115 in total. The D51 was designed as a freight-purpose engine by Shima Hideo , locomotive designer at the Government ,in 1936. It was said the design of D51 was based on D50 which was launched in 1923.
The Osaka Loop Line is a railway line in Osaka City,Japan operated by West Japan Railway Company . It encircles central Osaka at the distance of 21.7km. Most trains consist of 8 carriages, with orange color. The line has 19 stations. Local trains are operated all day.
The Unume Festival is held annually on the night of the autumn full moon in memory of Lady Unume. The festival is performed on the Sarusawa Pond near by Kofukuji Temple , using the Dragon Boat which carries musicians playing the court music, known as gagaku. The legend says that an umume or a court lady, who used to serve an emperor of Nara committed suicide by throwing herself into the Sarusawa Pond after she lost the emperor's affection. After her death, people built the shrine near by Sarusawa Pond to propitiate and pray the soul of the departed the Court lady. It is a branch shrine of Kasuga Grand Shrine now.
Nijo-jo is a flatland castle located in Sakyo Distrit , Kyoto City, Japan. This castle was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, in 1601. Ieyasu ordered all the Daimyo( feudal lord) in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijo Castle. But he could not see the completion of the castle. It was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty , in 1626.
During World War II, the most part of the temple was destroyed by bombings. It was rebuilt after the War. The main gate to the Senso-ji Temple, Kaminarimon, is an eight-pillared gate, painted vermillion. It was originally erected in 942. The present structure is a reconstruction built in 1960. From the Kaminari-mon, Nakamise-Dori leads straight to Senso-ji. The Nakamise-Dori is to have come about in the early 18th century. During the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake , many of the shops were destroyed. They were rebuilt in 1925 but destroyed again during the bombings of World War II. Lining along the street are approximately 90 shops now.
Yamato Sanzan are the three famous hills of the Manyo Period, Mt. Unebi (199.2m), Mt. Miminashi (139.7m), and Mt. Kaguyama (152.4m). In the center of these three hills, the ruins of Fujiwara Palace exist, the first capital of Japan. The Fujiwara-kyo was founded in 694( the eighth year of Jito ) and lasted for only 16 years between 694 and 710. The Empress Jito, the 41st imperial ruler of Japan, and the Emperor Genmei,the 43rd imperial ruler of Japan, lived in the Fujiwara Palace. Fujiwara-kyo had its streets laid out in a grid pattern on the model of Chinese capital system. The Hyakunin Isshu ,selected by Fujiwara no Teika, includes a poem said to have been composed by Jito. 春過ぎて (Haru sugite) 夏来にけらし (Natsu ki ni kerashi) 白妙の (Shirotae no) 衣ほすてふ (Koromo hosu cho) 天の香具山 (Ama no Kaguyama)
At least 73 miners have been killed in an explosion at a coal mine in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi. More than 400 men were at work at the time of the explosion but most managed to escape. The death toll in north China's coal mine blast rose to 74 as of 6 p.m. Sunday after one more body was retrieved from the shaft.
Hearing of her beauty, many young noblemen visited her house one after another to propose her , almost everyday. But she never showed her interest in them. Especially, Prince Ishizukuri , Prince Kuramochi, Minister of the Right Abe no Miushi, Major Counselor Ootomo no Miyuki and Middle Counselor Isonokami no maro were eager to marry her. Then, Lady Kaguya imposed a difficult problem to these five young noble persons respectively. She told them that the man who brought the imaginary treasure in the world could have the right to marry her.
Joruri-ji is a Buddhism temple of the Shingon-Ritsu sect located in Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture,Japan, in the hills near Nara. It is the only existing Heian-era Amida Hall with nine images of Amida and so is also called Kutai-ji (Temple of the Nine Images). . The way of thinking of installing the nine images of Amida in one hall originates in " Kanmuryoju-kyo", or” the Contemplation Sutra of Amitayus”. The Contemplation Sutra of Amitayus is one of the three major Buddhist sutras. This sutra tells us Shakyamuni Buddha discusses the nine levels into which those born into the Pure Land are categorized. The levels are classified into nine steps from the highest to the lowest. The nine images of Amida represent the nine levels of rebirth into the Pure Land.
The Historic Village of Shirakawa-go is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in Shirakawa-mura, Oono-gun, Gifu-ken, northern Japan. This village is well known for its houses constructed in architectural style known as gassho-zukuri. The Gassho-zukuri is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof. The name comes from its roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. This design is useful to make heavy snow slide down from the roof in winter. The houses are large, with three to four stories. The upper stories of the houses were usually set aside for sericulture.
Awaji Island is an island, extending to about 40km from north to south, and about 20km from east to west, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. It is located in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea,between the islands of Honshū and Shikoku.. The island is separated from Honshu by the Akashi Strait and from Shikoku by the Naruto Strait. However, it is connected to Honshu by the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge since April 5, 1998 and is connected to Shikoku by the Onaruto Bridge. The Naruto whirlpool forms in the Naruto Strait. The creation myth tells us Awaji was the first of Oyashima islands born from Izanagi and Izanami. The Oyashima is 8 major islands to which the Kami Izanagi and Izanami gave first birth, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Awaji, Oki, Tsushima, Iki and Sado. Today the island consists of three municipalities, Awaji, Sumoto and Minamiawaji.
Senjojiki is the picturesque scenery seashore in Shirahama-cho, Nishi-Muro-gun, Wakayama-ken. It is the slope-like base rock stretching out into the Pacific Ocean which consists of the sandstone of the Neogene Period. Because sandstone is very soft, it receives the corrosion of the wave coming in and forms complicated geographical feature. For the width, it is about 4ha. The name originated from its width that can cover with 1000 tatamimats.
Gyuba Doji is an adorable stone image of a boy on the backs of a cow and a horse in the garb of a priest. Gyuba Doji is said to depict Ex-Emperor Kazan on a pilgrimage to Kumano. It is known as a symbol of the Kumano Kodo. Emperor Kazan was the 65th emperor of Japan. He ruled from 984 to 986. For over 1000 years, the Japanese people have been making the pilgrimage to the Kumano Shrines. The routes that they used are called the Kumano Kodo,Pilgrim's road to Kumano Shrine.
Yushimatenjin is a Shinto shrine located in Bunkyo District , Tokyo, Japan. The shrine is officially called Yushima Tenmangu. It was originally established in 458. Oota Dokan, a war lord in Kanto region, made the shrine building anew in 1478. The Enshrined Kami are Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto ,Kami of Strength and Sports and Sugawara Michizane ,Kami of Learning and Education. Many young students visit this shrine to pray for the success of passing examinations in the season of school entrance examinations, presenting Ema. This shrine is also famous for beautiful blossoms of Ume in the shrine precinct. There are 20 kinds 300 hundreds Ume bloom.
At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured when the Coramandal Superfast Express from Howrah to Chennai derailed on Friday night in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. The cause of the accident is unclear, but reports say the train was travelling at a very high speed.
The Onaruto Bridge is a suspension bridge on the route connecting Kobe City with Naruto City , Tokushima Prefecture, called Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway (National Route 28),Japan. This route was completed in 1998. Crossing over Akashi Strait, this connection links Hyogo Prefecture on Honshu with Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, using Awaji Island for most of its length The Onaruto Bridge was completed in 1985. It has a main span of 876 metres, crossing over the Naruto Strait. The bridge includes four lanes for driving. The lower part of a bridge will be a railroad in the future. It is famous a tidal whirlpool,the Naruto whirlpool ,in the Naruto strait, a channel between Naruto in Tokushima and Awaji Island.
February 14 is internationally known as Valentine's Day, named after Saint Valentinus of Italy. On this day, the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. In Japan, a woman gives chocolate to her loved one.
Continental Flight 3407 crashes into a house in suburban Buffalo, New York, late Thursday with 48 people aboard, according to authorities. The plane crashed about 10:20 p.m., hitting a home and bursting into a fireball. The plane was flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo. Twelve houses near the crash site were evacuated, because of concerns about the fuel left on the crashed plane.
Engetsuto Island is a small island located in the sea off the coast of Shirahama Town ,Nishi-Muro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. It gets its name from the circular hole, looks like the shape of the round moon,at its center. The island is officially called Takashima. It is known as the symbol of Nanki-Shirahama and is also known as a famous place of the beautiful sunset. Glass-bottom boats cruise around the island. The passengers can see a woman diver diving through the grass bottom of a boat.
Sanjo Ohashi is a bridge in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It spans the Kamo River as part of Sanjo-dori. Sanjo Ohashi served as the ending location for both the Nakasendo and the Tokaido. The Nakasendo was a route of the Edo period, that connected Edo (present Tokyo) to Kyoto in Japan. The Tokaido was the most important route of the Edo period, connecting Edo to Kyoto in Japan. Unlike the inland and less heavily travelled Nakasendo, the Tokaido travelled along the sea coast of eastern Honshu. It is unclear when this bridge was first built, but there are records of Toyotomi Hideyoshi orders for it to be repaired in 1590. The current bridge, which includes two lanes for driving and a walking path on either side, was built out of concrete in 1950.
kenkoku kinen-no-hi or National Foundation Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on February 11. On this day, Japanese celebrate the founding of the nation. According to the Nihonshoki, the first emperor, Jimmu established his capital in Yamato on February 11, 660 BC. Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded to the throne at his palace Kashihara-gu. Kashihara Shrine was built in 1889 at the site of the Kashihara-gu.
A hotel near the new China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters in Beijing caught fire Monday night. Seven people injured in the fire were rushed to the Beijing Chaoyang Hospital. The cause of the fire at the unoccupied 40-story Mandarin Oriental is not known. Firefighters found remnants of firecrackers on the southern roof of the burning building. Monday is China's traditional Lantern Festival
The three-legged bird is a creature found in various mythologies of Asia , North Africa and Greece. In Japanese mythology, the creature is a raven called Yatagarasu, which is the bird of the sun goddess Amaterasu . The Yatagarasu appears in the Kojiki and Nihonshoki, the Japanese ancient ｄｏｃｕｍｅｎｔｓ,as the protector to Emperor Jimmu when he was invading the Yamato region., Emperor Jimmu arrived in Uda of Yamato from Kumano in guidance of Yatagarasu. The three-legged version of the Yatagarasu is used as the emblem of the Japan Football Association.
The death toll from fires in southern Australia has reached at least 108, the worst in the country's history. As of Sunday night, at least 750 homes had been destroyed in the bushfire ravaged state of Victoria and more than 330,000 hectares burned out.
Bushfires death toll rises The number of people confirmed killed in Australian bushfires has risen to 170.
Wakayama-jo is a Japanese hilltop castle lacated in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, It sits on the top of the Torafusu-Yama Hill. The castle was originally built by the Saiga Ikki, The Saiga Ikki were one of many Ikko-ikki (Buddhist fanatic warriors) groups in feudal Japan. They based in Ota in Kii Province, The castle, named Ota castle, was captured by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1585, during the Siege of Negoro-ji. The Siege of Negoro-ji against the Negoro-gumi, the warrior monks of Negoro-ji, was commanded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, The Negoro-ji is the head temple of the Shingi- Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism located in Kii Province(present Iwade City, Wakayama Prefecture).
Ryujin Onsen is located in Ryujin, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefeccture, Japan, at the entrance of the Ryujin-Koya Skyline Highway. The highway is a mountains road of 42.7km which connects Ryujim to Koyasan-cho,Ito-gun, Wakayama Prefecture. It is said this hot spring was discovered by Ennogyoja, the founder of Shugendo. In later years, it was opened by Kukai, the great Buddhism priest, after he had received a divine message from Nada-ryu-o, a god of pray for rain, in his dream. In the Edo era, it was used as a resort area for the Kishu -Tokugawa family, the heads of the Wakayama Domain. Ryujin Onsen is a sodium hydrogen carbonate hot spring and one of Japan's three famous Bijin-no-yu or Beautifying Hot Springs, including Kawanaka Onsen in Gunmma Prefecture and Yunokawa Onsen in Shimane Prefecture.
Takakura –ji is a temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, located in Minami-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture ,Japan. It was built by Gyoki in 705 under the order of Emperor Monmu. The buildings were lost by fire during the Onin War. The temple was rebuilt by Koide Mitsumasa at the late Keicho era.
The Koyasan Cable is a funicular line in Koya Town, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan,operated by Nankai Electric Railway. The line opened in 1930 as a route to Mount Koya. It runs 0.8 km and has two stations. They are Koyasan Station and Gokurakubashi Station, connecting to the Koya Line. Gokurakubashi Station is a train station in Koya-town, Wakayama Prefecture.