Namba Parks is a huge shopping center located in Namba-naka Nichome, Naniwa-ku, Osaka- Shi, Japan. It situates just the south of Namba Station on Nankai Railway. Namba Parks is an office and shopping complex with rooftop garden and the sloping park connects to the street.
The E5 series is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train type on the Tohoku Shinkansen ,operated by JR East. Maximum speed of the train will be 320 km/h It will service from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori commencing in 2011.
The Osaka City Central Public Hall is a Neo-Renaissance building made of red brick on Naka-no-shima Island of Osaka. It is built between 1916 and 1918 with funds donated by the famous stockbroker in Osaka Iwamoto Einosuke. The building features two concert halls and a restaurant. It is one of the symbols of Osaka as culture of history.
Itatehyozu- jinja is a Shinto shrine in Himeji City , Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is also known Sosya –san. Sosya(or Sozya) is a ｓｐｅｃｉａｌ shrine which gathered the enshrined deities of the Shinto shrine in the particular area and enshrined together . Itatehyozu- jinja is located in the ground of Himeji Castle. The date of the origin of this shrine is unknown. However , according to Harima –hudoki, it was established before the eighth century. Yebisu Matsuri is held from January 14 to the 16th in Itatehyozu- jinja.
A bronze statue of an Akita dog named Hachi – ko is in front of JR Shibuya Station. It was erected in 1934. Hachi – ko used to walk with his master, Ueno Eizaburo, a professor at the Imperial University of Tokyo between his home and Shibuya Station everyday. Even after Mr. Ueno died in 1925, and never returned to the train station where Hachi-Ko was waiting, the dog continued walking to the station for ten years because he believed his master would some day return. In praise of Hachi-Ko's loyalty to his master, the bronze statue was erected in 1934. Hachi-ko died on March 8, 1935. The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II. The new statue was erected in August 1948.
The Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery is located in Naka ward, Yokohama City. About 4500 people from about 40 different countries are buried here. The grave of Charles Lennox Richardson, murdered in the Namamugi Incident, is also here among many others. The cemetery is private, except for every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April to October. It is opened up to the public for a small donation to help with the upkeep of the premises.
The 10-meter tall statue in the Main Hall, the Eleven-faced Kan’non (Important Cultural Property) , is the largest wooden sculpture in Japan. Standing on a stone, the Kan'non holds a lotus flower vase in its right hand and a monk's stick in its left hand. In the spring, the peonies are in full bloom all the way to the Main Hall This is why the temple is called the Temple of Flowers.
The Labor Thanksgiving Day which takes place annually on November 23 is a national holiday in Japan. According to the law, the holiday aims an occasion for commemorating labor and production and giving one another thanks. Labor Thanksgiving Day was an ancient rice harvest festival known as Niiname-sai before World War II. The modern holiday was established in 1948.
Autumn Festival will be held on November 22nd (Sun) and 23rd (Mon) at Toyokawa Inari. This festival is a thanksgiving festival for the year of good harvest. During the festival there is a parade of big floats and dressed-up children led by a man led by a man wearing a mask of white fox. A pair of large lanterns each of which is 10 meters high and 5 meters in diameter is hung in the precincts, so the festival is called Dai-chochin matsuri(a festival with large lanterns). At dusk lanterns are lit and fascinate visitors at night.
Okinotorishima is the southernmost islands of Japan, 1740 km south of Tokyo. The area has three tiny individual islets. They are Higashikojima, Kitakojima and Minamikojima. It is located on the Palau-Kyushu Ridge in the Philippine Sea. In 1922 and 1925, the Japanese navy ship Manshu investigated the area. In 1931,Japan declared it Japanese territory , placing it under the jurisdiction of the Tokyo Prefecture,and named it Okinotorishima.
The Kaminarimon is the front gate of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa,Taito-Ku, Tokyo. The gate has been destroyed by fire many times . The present gate was rebuilt in 1960. On the front of the gate, the statues of the Fujin and Raijin are displayed. Fujin, the god of wind, is located on the east side of the gate, while Raijin, the god of thunder and lightning, is located on the west side. Under the gate, a giant red chochin is hanged. The front of this symbolic lantern displays the gate's name, Kaminarimon in a big kanji.
Hase-dera is the main temple of the Buzan sect of Shingon Buddhism. It is located in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The temple was first built in 686 in order to dedicate to Emperor Temmu, who was suffering from a disease. The temple burnt down as many as ten times. The current Main Hall was rebuilt in 1650 by donation of Tokugawa Iemitsu. The wooden staircase (noboriro) with 399 stone steps leads to the entrance of Main Hall from the Nio gate(Niomon).
Toyokawa Inari is a Buddhist temple of the Soto sect . It is located in Toyokawa-cho, Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It was constructed in 1441 by Tokai Gieki. Along the path to the temple are as many as a thousand flags(Senbon-nobori), each a token of a visitor's prayers. More than 1,000 stone statues of fox stand in the precincts of the temple.
Yushima Seido, located in the Yushima ,Bunkyo -Ku,Tokyo,was constructed as a private Confucian temple in the end of the 17th century. It was originally established in 1630 by the Confucian scholar Hayashi Razan in his grounds at Shinobi-ga-oka. Later,the fifth Tokugawa shogun, Tsunayoshi, moved the building to its present site in 1690. It was transformed into a state-run school under the control of the shogunate in 1797. The school was popularly known as the Shohei-zaka Gakumonsho.
Jishu Jinja is a Shinto shrine located inKiyomizu ,Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto, just north of the Main Hall of Kiyomizu Temple. Jishu Jinja enshrines a love matching and marriage deity, so many young people come there to pray for a successful marriage or in order to find a good life partner. Even the students on school excursions come to pray for good luck in love. In front of the shrine are the two rocks, called 'Love Fortune-telling Rock' , placed approximately 10 meters apart from each other. If you successfully walked from one to the other rock with your eyes closed, it is said to bring luck in your love live.
Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of Japan held in November 15 annually. It's the day for the girls at the age of 3 and 7 and the boys at the age of 5 to celebrate their healthy growth. The children usually wear traditional clothes when visiting a shrine or temple with their families to pray for health and happiness.
Asuka-dera is a Buddhist temple located in Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture. The temple is generally regarded as one of the Japan's oldest temple. Asuka-dera houses what is claimed to be the oldest Daibutsu statue in Japan. The statue is said to be made by Kuratsukuri -no -Tori who was a noted sculptor in early 7th century. The Asuka Daibutsu is 275.2 cm in height, and is designated as an important cultural property.
Ohya Information Center is a museum introducing the history of mining Ohya Stone in Utsunomiya City,Tochigi Prefecture. Ohya stone can be gathered only at Ohya district of Utsunomiya city in the world, Ohya stone was used for the wall of the warehouse and the wall around the house. The old mining site of Ohya stone underground is approximately 20,000 sq m in area and 60 m at the deepest point. The temperature there is constant at 13°C throughout the year. The site can be used as event meeting places such as a concert or the fashion show.
The Imperial Theater ,located in Marunouchi of Tokyo, was opened in 1911 as the first Western style theater in Japan. It was rebuilt on September 29,1966 ,designed by Taniguchi Yoshiro. The theater has staged a varied program of musicals and operas as a leader in the performing arts of the nation .
Kongo-ji is a Buddhism temple of the Shingon sect. It is located in Gojo City, Nara Prefecture. The temple is said to have been built by the monk Gyoki during the Nara Period. It was reconstructed by Saint Akan at the end of the Heian Period. The chrysanthemum festival is held in fall. A karesansui garden of this temple is decorated with the colorful flowers.
Ishikiri Tsurugiya-jinja Shrine,also known as Ishikiri-san, is a Shinto shrine located in Higashi-Ishikiri-cho,Higashi-Osaka City,Osaka. The shrine is situated at the foot of Mt. Ikoma. Mt.Ikoma is a mountain on the border between Nara and Osaka prefectures. The shrine enshrines Umashimade-no-Mikoto. According to a record of the shrine, it was founded in the 2nd year of the Jinmu(659 BC). Many people are coming there to worship. They believe that if they walk around the temple grounds a hundred times while making sure to touch two special stones(O-hyakudo-ishi) each time, a wish will come true. Shikai Annon Kigan Hoyo is held on April 16 every year. In this annual festival a rite related to the name of this shrine is performed. The name(Tsurugiya) means a sword and an arrow in Japanese, and so a demonstration of Japanese-style archery takes place.
Kuroshima is an island in Taketomi Town, Okinawa Prefecture. Because the island has the approximate shape of a heart symbol when viewed from the air, it is recently marketed as "Heart Island"by the islanders . The island has a population of 224 as of 2009. Cattle raising is a major economic activity of this ialand and so the number of cows in this island exceeds 10 times of the population of the island. "Kuroshima cow Festival" is held every year in the end of February. A white lighthouse stands at the southern tip.
The original building, located in Marunouchi,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo, was opened in 1923 and featured shopping areas on the first floor. The building was reconstructed in 2002 with 37 floors,179.2m in height. The new building is called Shin-Maru-Biru which is full of restaurants, and clothing stores as well as interior design stores.
Oya-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. According to a legend, the temple was established by Kukai,the founder of Shingon sect, in 810. Its principal image Ohya Kannon is a 4-meter high Senju Kannon that is carved into a rock. This is Japan's oldest image of Buddha carved into a rock face(Magaibutsu).
The Railway Museum is a railway museum in Onari ,Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. It opened on 14 October 2007 as the centerpiece of the JR East 20th Anniversary Memorial Project. The museum features about 30 railway cars including Locomotive No. 1 that served between Shimbashi and Yokohama from the start of railways in Japan.
Matsugamine Church is a Catholic church in Matsugamine ,Utsunomiya-shi ,Tochigi-ken. The outside and inside walls of this Romanesque architecture, designed by Swiss architect Max Hinder in 1932, are mostly made of Oya stone with pale color. Its twin towers on the front side have the solemn atmosphere. Matsugamine Church is registered national cultural property.
Togyoan is a Buddhist temple of Soto sect located in Yoshida on the outskirts of Shimonoseki City,Yamaguchi Prefecture The grave of Takasugi Shinsaku can be seen there. Takasugi formed the ‘Kiheitai’ that was a volunteer militia including farmers, merchants, samurai and others, during the Bakumatsu period of Japan. He died of tuberculosis on 17 May 1867, at only 28 years of age. Takasugi’s corpse was buried on this ground which was near to the base of the Kiheitai by his will. Togyoan is famous for plum blossoms and cherry blossoms in early spring.
Karatsu Kunchi is an ａｕｔｕｍｎ festival that takes place annually in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture of Kushu. The festival begins on the evening of November 2nd and concludes on the 4th. The highlight of the festival is a parade of fourteen hikiyama in the form of samurai helmets, sea bream, dragons, and other fantastical creatures.
Culture Day is a national holiday held annually on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour. November 3 was originally celebrated as Emperor Meiji 's birthday. Culture Day was first held in 1948. It was held to commemorate the announcement of the post-war new Japanese constitution on November 3, 1946. Every year on this day, the Japanese government gives out Bunka Kunsho to distinguished artists and scholars.
The Ohara Matsuri ,Kagoshima's biggest festival, will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of November every year. The Ohara Matsuri began as a festival to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Kagoshima City in 1949. The 2-day festival will be arranged around traditional dances performed by thousands of citizens and guests ,drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators into the city.