Hara Setsuko is a Japanese actress born on June 17, 1920 as Aida Masae in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. She was debut as a actress in the 1937 German-Japanese co-production film named “Die Tochter des Samurai”, directed by Arnold Fanck and Itami Mansaku. She used to appear in the films of Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujiro and Naruse Mikio. She is called "the Eternal Virgin" in Japan.
April 29 is Showa Day. It is a national holiday to honor the birthday of the Showa Emperor (Hirohito). Hirohito was reigning from 1926 to 1989. People celebrate this day to recall the 63 years of Hirohito's reign.
The Alishan Forest Railway is a 762 mm narrow-gauge railways in Chiayi County, Taiwan. The main line runs between from Chiayi and Alishan Stations. The railway was originally constructed for logging by the Japanese Colonial Government in 1912.
Seimei-I is located on the Seimei Shrine grounds. This well is famous for Tea master Sen no Rikyu. He had brewed tea with the water from this well. It is decorated with pentagram motif. The pentacle is known as a Seimei-star in Japan.
In April , people joyously celebrate the new season in Hida Takayama of Gifu Prefecture. The largest festival is the Sanno Matsuri. The festival is held on April 14th and15th. It is hosted by the Hie Jinja Shrine which is located on Shiroyama Hill . Marionette performances on Ryujin-tai, Sanba-so, and Shakkyo-tai floats are executed.
Kokura Castle is a Japanese castle located in Kitakyushu, Japan. The castle was built in 1608 by Hosokawa Tadaoki who was the eldest son of Hosokawa Fujitaka. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Hosokawa Tadaoki was rewarded the lands of Buzen and Bungo. He started building Kokura Castle in 1602.
Abeyama Koen Station is a railway station on theJR Kyushu Nippo Main Line located in Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu City , Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on March 7,1987 by Japanese National Railways(JNR). On April 1, 1987, JNR was privatized and the station came under the control of JR Kyushu. There are two side platforms serving two tracks on the ground. The platforms and station building are connected by an overpass. The station is 8.4km the terminus at Kokura Station. It is a kan'i itaku station managed by Kyusyu Kotsu Kikaku. SUGOCA cards can be used at this station. Nearby is Abeyama Koen Prak being famous for its cherry blossoms.
The Kurobe Senyo Railway is a Japanese industrial railway line located in Toyama Prefecture. The line is operated by Kansai Electric Power Company(KEPCO). KEPCO has two lines, namely Jobu Track and Kuronagi Branch Line. These two lines are basically not open to public. The lines are used for hydroelectric power plants of Kurobe River.
Sunpu Castle was a Japanese castle located in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture ,Japan. It was also referred to as Fuchu Castle or Shizuoka Castle. It is not certain exactly when the castle was built. During the Muromachi period, the Imagawa clan ruled Suruga province. Imagawa clan set up a base in Sunpu. for ruling over Suruga.
The Kurobe Gorge Railway ,also known as Kurotetsu for shortly, is a private 762 mm narrow gauge railway company in the Kurobe gorge area of Toyama Prefecture. The company operates the Kurobe Gorge Main Line running along the Kurobe River, The railway was built to serve the construction of the Kurobe dam for the Kansai Electric Power Company in 1963.
The government said, that two of nuclear reactors in Oi power plant have been declared safe . The 2 reactors were safe enough to be restarted and there was a need for their resumption, Industry minister Edano Yukio said. To prevent an estimated power shortage of 18% in the summer of 2012, the two reactors needed to be restarted, KEPCO said.
There is a sakura tree lane in the grounds of the Japan Mint Osaka head office. It is annually opened to the public for a week when the flowers are in full bloom. This event is famous in Osaka as "sakura no torinuke". This year 354 trees and 129 varieties are blooming． "Cherry Blossom Viewing in Osaka" is to be opened from April 17th to 23rd.
The Iga Line is a railway line for approximately 17 kilometers between Iga-Ueno and Iga-Kambe Stations located in Iga City , Mie Prefecture, Japan. The line is operated by Iga Railway Co., Ltd. The city of Iga is known as the home of the ninja. There are a series of rare trains on the Iga Line. The train cars are designed in green, pink and blue, and painted with a ninja design. The trains were designed by Matsumoto Reiji. The faces of the kunoichi are drawn on the front, back and sides of the train cars.
The Oi Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant of the Kansai Electric Power Company(KEPCO) located in the town of Oi, Oi District, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The plant has 4 nuclear power reactors but all of them are currently shut down for regular inspections. Japanese government wants to restart Number 3 and Number 4 reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant.
The Obama Line is a railway line between Tsuruga Station on the Hokuriku Main Line in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture and Higashi-Maizuru Station on the Maizuru Line in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture. It is operated by JR West. The Obama Line is 84.3-kilometre long single track railway. The line was electrified on March 15, 2003. There are 24 stations on this line including both terminals. The 125 series is used on the Obama Line on wanman driver-only operation services.
There is an inari shrine enshrining Kuzunoha Gitsune, Seimei’s mother as a branch shrine in the precincts of the Seimei Shrine Seimei was a leading specialist of onmyodo during the middle of the Heian Period. Seimei worked as onmyoin for emperors. He was believed to be especially skilled in divining the sex of fetuses and finding lost objects.
The 12 Heavenly Generals are Hindu Yasha, and were later incorporated into Buddhism. They became protective warriors for the Yakushi Nyora . In Japanese sculpture, they are almost gathering around the Yakushi Nyorai. From ABC
At the first weekend in April , "Byakko Matsuri" (White Fox Festival) was held in Yuda Onsen Hot Spring of Yamaguchi Prefecture, At festival, the sacred fox torch parade of children was taken place. Yudaonsen was said to hsve been discovered about 800 years ago when a white fox was seen bathing its wounds in the waters of the hot spring.
Abe no Seimei is a descendent of Abe no omi. Seimai was born in 921 and died at the age of 85 in 1005. He learned the arts of astronomy and onmyodo. Abe no Seimei is a legendary figure in Japanese folklore. According to legend, his mother was a kitsune(a fox).
Seimei Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Kyoto City, Japan. It is dedicated to Abe no Seimei who was an onmyoji during the middle of the Heian Period. Onmyoji were the civil servants belonging to the Bureau of Onmyoin. They were professional practitioners of onmyodo. The shrine was founded in 1007 by Emperor Ichijo. It was constructed on the site of Abe no Seimei's house.
The branch Kitano line of the Keifuku Dentetsu has a beautiful cherry blossoms tunnel. Along its track between Narutaki and Utano Stations is a stretch of cherry blossoms. This 200 meter-long “tunnel” is made up of 70 cherry trees. The cherry tunnel is illuminated for a week. The train called “Yozakura Densha” slows down and passes through the tunnel of blossoms.
Shin-Tamana Station is a railway station on the JR Kyushu’s Kyushu Shinkansen located in Tamana City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on March 12, 2011. The station has two side platforms serving two tracks elevated. There is no passing loop and so platform barriers are provided for safety. Shin-Tamana Station is 90.4 km from the terminus of Kyushu Shinkansen at Hakata and 712.7km from Shin-Osaka Stations . The station is operated by the JR Kyushu and has the Midori-no-madoguchi(Reservation Ticket Office). In front of the station, there is a bus terminal of the Kyushu Sanko Bus.
Buddha's Birthday is celebrated on April 8 in Japan. Au Japon, l'anniversaire de Bouddha est célébré le 8 avril. In Japan, Buddha's birthday is called Hanamatsuri. Visitors pour ama-cha on small Buddha statues decorated with flowers in many temples.
The Line was originally established by the Japanese National Railways(JNR) on November 1, 1927. On April 1, 1987, the line was transferred to JR East upon privatization of JNR. On July 16, 1987, it was transferred to Aizu Railway established by local governments. On October 12, 1990, Aizu-Ozeguchi section was electrified.
The Aizu Railway Aizu Line is a railway line between Nishi-Wakamatsu Station in Aizuwakamatsu City and Aizukogen-Ozeguchi Station in Minamiaizu City, all within Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The line is owned and operated by Aizu Railway. It runs for 57.4 km.
Narushima Station is a railway station on the JR East Yonesaka Line located in Narushima ,Yonezawa City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.. The station was opened on July 7 ,1961 by the Japanese National Railways. It was privatized and started operation as a station of the JR West on April 1, 1987. The station has a side platform with one track for bidirectional traffic on the ground. It is 9.6km from the terminus at Yonezawa Station. It is a unmanned station managed by Yonezawa Station.
Komanaki Station is a railway station on the JR Kyushu Chikuhi Line located in Imari City, Saga Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on March 1 ,1935 by Northern Kyushu Railway as Komanaki Stop. On October 1, 1937, it was promoted to the station when the Northern Kyushu Railway was nationalized by Japanese Government Railways(JGR).
On April 1, 1987 , the station is inherited by JR Kyushu. The station has an island platform with one track for bidirectional traffic on the ground. It is unattended.
Part of "Take the A Train",(2011 Japanese film) was filmed at this station.
Ozawanai Station is a railway station on the Tsugaru Railway Company Tsugaru Railway Line located in Ozawanai,NakadomariTown, Kitatsugaru District ,Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on October 4, 1930. Its station building was rebuilt in 1967. It is 17.7 kilometers from the terminus at Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station. Ozawanai Station has a single side platform serving one track for bidirectional traffic on the ground. The station is unattended.
The Towada Kanko Electric Railway Line is a railway route operated by Towada Kanko Electric Railway. It ran for 14.7 km between Misawa and Towadashi Stations in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The company decided to abolish its rail line and ended its 89-year history on April 1 ,2012. The decrease of passengers has forced the company to have difficulty in maintaining the rail line.
Shigarakigushi Station is on the Shigaraki Line of the Shigaraki Kougen Railway located in Shigaraki-cho,Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on July 13 ,1987. It has a single side platform serving one track for bidirectional on the ground. The station is 9.6km from the terminus of the line at Kibukawa Station. This station is unattended. As the station name suggests ,this station is where visitors get off to see the Shigaraki-no-miya Palace Ruins or the train accident memorial.