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Washi was registered as Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO

On November 27th, Washi (Japanese paper) was registered as Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. “Washoku” (Japanese Cuisine) was registered as it last year. So, Intangible cultural heritages of Japan have been registered for the second consecutive year. Washi is the paper which is made in Japan by a traditional method. “Wa” means Japan, and “shi” means paper. There are various types of Washi in Japan, and this registered target is the paper made from Kouzo tree. Kouzo is a low tree distributed in Japan, Korea and China and has been used as main material for paper in these areas since ancient times. In addition to Kouzo, the trees such as […]

Shinkansen turned a half of century

Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train) was the 50th anniversary on October 1, 2014. According to news reports, the total running distance of all Shinkansen trains for 50 years is equal to 13.3 times the distance between the earth and the sun. And they carried 5.6 billion passengers. But, the one thing that’s more important than anything else is no accident death for 50 years. Shinkansen is very safe. In addition, though about 120,000 trains are operated for one year, the average delay time is only 36 seconds. The punctuality of Shinkansen is the number one in the world. Shinkansen is earthquake-proof Japan is one of the earthquake countries. But Shinkansen is […]

The climbing season of Mt.Fuji finished.

Now is in the middle of September. The climbing season of Mt.Fuji in 2014 finished, and four routes of the climb were closed. Mt.Fuji is a mountain that the world takes as the symbol of Japan. It is 3,776 meters in height and is the highest mountain in Japan. It is located at about 120 km southwest of Tokyo, and we can view it from Tokyo in a fine day. The near-complete conical shape is beautiful. And because there is no mountain around Mt.Fuji, we can view it from every direction. Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan and it originated out of a feeling of awe for natural objects. […]

Popular sightseeing spot top 30 in Japan among foreign travelers in 2014

The ranking by word of mouth on the website of TripAdvisor was published. (The total from April in 2013 to March in 2014) 1. Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine (Kyoto city) 2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima city) 3. Itsukushima Shrine (near Hiroshima city) 4. Kinkakuji temple (Kyoto city) 5. Todaiji temple (Nara city) 6. Okunoin mausoleum in Koyasan, the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism 7. Kiyomizudera temple (Kyoto city) 8. Shinjuku Gyoen garden (Tokyo) 9. Hakone Open-Air Museum 10. Narita-san Shinshoji temple (near Narita Airport) 11. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium 12. Matsumoto castle (Matsumoto city) 13. Sanjusangen-do temple (Kyoto city) 14. Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama (Kyoto city) 15. Kenrokuen garden (Kanazawa city) 16. […]

Himeji Castle has turned white

Himeji Castle is in Himeji city located about 90km west of Osaka. It is a national treasure, and was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1993. The castle was originally built as a fort in 1346, and the current castle was completed in 1609 after the establishment of Edo Shogunate (the feudal government with its capital in Tokyo). After that, the castle has undergone extensive repairs about once a century. Just now, it is under repair since 2009. In 2011, the main castle tower was covered with a temporary building for repairs. We haven’t seen the castle tower since then, but the temporary building was removed in June of 2014. […]