Tanna Tunnel is a railroad tunnel located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. The tunnel is operated by JR Central’s Tokaido Main Line. The 7.8 km long tunnel was opened to rail traffic on March 10, 1934, shortening the trunk route between Tokyo and Kobe by omitting a detour round the mountains between Atami and Numazu. The omitting portion is the present –day Gotemba Line.
The government plans to create category for microcompact cars which are single or twin seater cars, aiming to promote vehicles' use among elderly. They are smaller than light vehicles and easier to handle than ordinary cars.
China successfully sent a telecommunication satellite into orbit on Saturday evening. A Long March-3B carrier rocket blasted off at 11:56 p.m. Beijing time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. This launch marked the 163th mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.
Yamakita Station is a railway station on the Gotemba Line of JR Central located in Yamakita Town, Ashigarakami District, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The station was opened on February 1, 1889 by the Japan National Railways. The present day Gotemba Line was built as part of the original route of the Tokaido Main Line connecting Tokyo with Osaka. With the completion of the Tanna Tunnel in 1934, the route of the Tokaido Main Line was changed to the route via Atami Station, leaving the section between Kozu Station and Numazu Station as the Gotemba Line. as a spur line renamed as the Gotemba Line.
Due to heavy rainstorm flooding in July 2004, five railway bridges were washed away on the Etsumi-Hoku Line ,the whole line has been suspended. The station was forced its operation. Services were restored between Echizen-Hanando and Ichijodani, and between Miyama and Echizen-Ono on July 20, 2004 ,allowing the station to resume.
Tsutenkaku is a tower ,owned by Tsutenkaku Kanko Co., Ltd., located in Naniwa Ward, Osaka City. It is said to be a well-known landmark of Osaka. Its total height is 103 m. The present tower was rebuilt after World War II. The original Tsutenkaku was built in 1912 with a height of 64 meters.
Kuzuryuko Station is a JR West railway station on the Etsumi-Hoku Line located in the city of Ono, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. This is the terminal station of the Etsumi-Hoku Line. The station was opened byJapanese National Railways (JNR) on December 15, 1972. It was transferred to the JR West with the breakup and privatization of JNR on April 1 ,1987.
After the Battle of Odawara in which Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Hojo clan , Ieyasu was forced to change his domains in the Tokai region with the provinces of the Kanto region. After the defeat of the Toyotomi at the Battle of Sekigahara, Ieyasu recovered Sumpu Castle. Tokugawa Ieyasu retired as shogun,and lived at this castle. He also died there at age 72 in 1616. On the day of his death, his body was taken to Mt. Kunozan for burial.
In Japan "eclipse tours" were held on pleasure boats and private airplanes. The eclipse passed almost directly over Tokyo. Light rain fell on Tokyo as the eclipse began. However, the clouds thinned as it reached its peak. TV in Tokyo broadcast the event live.
A Japanese H-2A rocket blasted off early Friday morning (local time) from Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture. The rocket lifted off with the Shizuku research satellite and a South Korean spacecraft. Liftoff occurred Thursday at 1639 GMT and the mission's two primary passengers were deployed in orbit.
Now Kansai is facing 20% power shortage. Japanese government asked consumers and businesses served by Kansai Electric power company to reduce consumption by 20% compared to 2010 levels. The summer shortages are linked to the shutdowns of nuclear reactors, especially the Oi No.3 and No. 4 nuclear reactors.
Curry rice is a national dish in Japan. For the vegetable, onions, carrots, and potatoes are basicaly used to make Japanese curry. For the meat, beef, pork, and chicken are the most popular in Japan. Curry rice is usually served with fukujinzuke or rakkyo on the side.
Curry rice is the most popular dish in Japan. It is commonly referred to simply as 'curry'. Curry rice was introduced to Japan via English cuisine. The Imperial Japanese Navy adopted curry from the Royal Navy. This tradition has been passed to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force today. The MSDF 's Friday menu is curry rice.
The festival has been called Aoi festival because the hollyhock leaves(Aoi) are used as decoration throughout the celebration. For long time, these leaves have been believed to protect against natural disasters. The parade leaves the Kyoto Imperial Palace at 10:30. The 700-meter-long parade arrives at Shimogamo Shrine at 11:15. The head of the parade arrives at Kamigamo Shrine around 15:30.
The Aoi Matsuri began in the 6th century. According to the Nihon Shoki, the festival originated during the reign of Emperor Kinmei. The epidemics had spread through the country and there were natural disasters occurring that were believed to be caused by the deities of the Kamo Shrines. The Emperor made offerings to the gods, and the disasters subsided. That is the origin of this festival. The festival has been postponed to tomorrow because of the bad weather.
The Aoi Matsuri is said to be one of Kyoto's three most famous festivals along with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri. It takes place every May 15. It is a festival of the Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine.
Mooka Light Railway was opened between Shimodate and Mooka Stations on April 1, 1912. On December 15,1920, entire line was opened when the line was extended to Motegi Station. On September 2, 1922,the line was renamed to Mooka Line. Freight services were discontinued on November 1 ,1982.
The Saio-Dai goes through several ceremonies of purification before the procession of the Aoi Festival. On April 19, the 57th Saio-dai conducted the first religious rite. First, she visited both Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine and prepared herself for serving as "Saio-dai" through instruction by Shinto priests.
The Mooka Line is a Japanese railway line running for 41.9 km between Shimodate in Chikusei, Ibaraki and Motegi Stations in Motegi, Tochigi. It is operated by the Mooka Railway, the third sector company. This company took over the former JR East line in 1988. The line operates the SL Mooka steam locomotive service for tourists.
The Saio was an unmarried female who is chosen from the sisters and daughters of the emperor to dedicate herself to the Shimogamo shrine during the Heian period. Now ,the Saio-Dai plays the role to take the place of the Saio. The role of the Saio-Dai is played by an unmarried woman of Kyoto.>
The Kotohira Line is a Japanese railway line located in Kagawa Prefecture. It is operated and owned by the Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad(Kotoden). The line is the longest of the three lines which are operated by Kotoden. The Kotohira Line runs for 32.9 km between Takamatsu-Chikko Station in Takamatsu and Kotoden-Kotohira Station in Kotohira. The line was opened on December 21, 1926 between Ritsurin-Koen and Takinomiya. There are 21 stations including both terminals. The line color is yellow. It has a gauge of 1435 mm and operates at 1500 VDC.
The No. 3 reactor at the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido prefecture was gone off line for routine maintenance late on May 5. Japan switched off its last working nuclear reactor. The Tomari shutdown leaves Japan without nuclear power for the first time for more than 40 years.
The Alishan Forest Railway consists of three lines, Main Line(Alishan Line), Zhushan Line and Mianyue Line. It is an 86 km network. The main line runs from the city of Chiayi to the final station of Alishan. The Zhushan Line runs from Alishan to Zhushan. The Mianyue Line runs between Alishan and the Stone Monkey.
Kakunodate is famous for its cherry blossom. It is said that Kakunodate is one of the Tohoku region's most famous cherry blossom spots. Kakunodate's sakura matsuri is held in late April and early May. Several weeping cherry trees were imported from Kyoto during the Edo Period. These trees are the origins of Kakunodate's beautiful cherry trees.
Children's Day is a Japanese national holiday. It takes place annually on May 5. Its aims are to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. May 5 is also known as Tango no Sekku, the Boys’ Festival. It was originally for boys but has been changed to include both boys and girls.
Constitution Memorial Day is a Japanese national holiday. The current Japanese constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947. People celebrate the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan on this day.
Kamogawa Odori or Kamo River Dance is performed by the maiko and geiko of Pontocho Hanamachi at the Pontocho Kaburenjo Theatre in Kyoto. It started in 1872 as part of the Kyoto Exposition. It was subsequently established as an annual event in Kyoto.