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Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum

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(Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum)

On January 17, 1995 at 5:46 am, the city of Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, resulting in the death of more than 5000 people and the destruction of tens of thousands of homes.

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Arima Onsen (Arima Hot Spring)

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Introduce Arima Onsen (有馬温泉).
I'm now living in Kobe around 10 km away from Arima Onsen.
Arima Onsen is a hot spring town, still located within the city limits of Kobe, but on the opposite side of Mount Rokko from the city center. With a history of over one thousand years, it is one of Japan's oldest hot spring resorts.

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1,000-year-old festival opens in Fukushima, defying tragedy

American Airlines to join Delta in cutting flights to Tokyo
Kyodo - Jul 23, 2011

American Airlines Inc. will suspend its non-stop service from New York to Tokyo's Haneda airport in early September because of weak demand, impacted by the March earthquake in Japan, and high fuel costs, following a decision by another major U.S. carrier Delta Airlines Inc. to halt a flight to Haneda, according to company officials. American just reopened the direct service between Haneda and John F. Kennedy Airport on July 3, after suspending it in the wake of the March disaster. American expects to resume the service in mid-2012, the officials said. Delta has decided to suspend its service between its Detroit hub and Haneda from late August through April 2012. (Kyodo)

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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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(Nankinmachi / Kobe Chinatown)

Nankinmachi is a compact chinatown in central Kobe and a center of the Chinese community in the Kansai Region. The area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868. As the chinatown developed, it became known as Nankinmachi after Nanjing, the former Chinese capital.

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Kitano-cho / Kobe

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(Kobe, Kitano^-cho)

Kitano-cho (北野町, Kitanochō) is a city district at the foot of the Rokko mountain range where many foreign merchants and diplomats settled after the Port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade in the second half of the 19th century. More than a dozen of the former mansions, known as Ijinkan, remain in the area and are open to the public as museums.

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Sorakuen Garden

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Sorakuen, Mail Gate)

Sorakuen is a traditional Japanese landscape garden in the center of Kobe. The garden used to be part of the residence of Kodera Kenkichi, a former mayor of Kobe, but was opened to the public in 1941.

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Rakugo storyteller brings laughter to disaster zone

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With scars still raw from the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, now more than ever the people in the hardest-hit parts of the disaster zone need something to smile about.
With that in mind, master rakugo performer Katsura Sanshi has gone on the road to deliver a few traditional laughs in the Tohoku region, still reeling from aftershocks.

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Dōgo Onsen (道後温泉) / Japanese Hot Springs

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(Dōgo Onsen located in the center od Matsuyama City)

Dōgo Onsen (道後温泉) is a hot spring in the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, Japan.
Dōgo Onsen is Japan's possibly oldest and certainly most famous hot spring, located only a few kilometres from the centre of Matsuyama, in the prefecture of Ehime on the western coast of the island of Shikoku.

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Motsuji Temple

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(Motsuji's Pure Land Garden)

Motsuji was once a large and important temple of the Tendai sect, consisting of numerous buildings. As with Chusonji, Motsuji's fortune rose and fell with the fortune of the Fujiwara family. Today, Motsuji is best known for its garden, one of the few remaining pure land gardens in Japan.

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Kobe (神戸)

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(Kobe City View from Seto-Naikai Sea)

My hometown, Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and one of Japan's ten largest cities. Located between the sea and the Rokko mountain range, Kobe is also considered one of Japan's most attractive cities.

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Unique proposal for reconstruction of Ofunato


Mr. Hidito Horiike, an architect and professor from the graduate school of Kumamoto University, and graduate students have produced a scale model of Ofunato bay based on their scheme of city planning for reconstruction. They threw it to the public at the Ofunato city hall on June 7.

A croton in Ofunato city is piled up on the level of 20 meters above the sea and may be useful for building earthquake-resistant town. They also proposed how to reconstruct facility of the port to minimize damages on fishing boats at the tsunami.

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It takes long, hard slog, but 'Genji' reveals a hidden story

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"The Tale of Genji", written in the early 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu, is a beloved classic of Japanese literature and often called the world's first novel.
Yet, no matter which translation of the book, which in its original form is the equivalent of 2,300 pages of 400-character manuscript paper, one tries to read, it appears few managed to finish.
The tale follows the life of Hikaru Genji, a Heien Period (794-1185) prince with a romantic tendency to fall in love with just about every woman he meets, including Lady Fujitsubo, Utsusemi, Yugao, Murasaki and Oborozukiyo.

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Give power for earlier recovery from the disaster


(‘Hotate-ema’ at the lovely railway station ‘Koishihama’)

‘Hotate-ema’ or small shells of scallop on which worshippers write their prayers or wishes for earlier recovery from the disaster, has been increasing in number at Koishihama Station on the Minami-rias Line of Sanriku Railway. The station has changed its name from ‘小石浜 or pebbly beach’ to ‘恋し浜 or lovely beach’ after top-brand scallops in Yoshihama town in 2009.

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Shogun enjoyed Onsen in Edo Castle???

According to the historical document, a shogun customarily took bath in the evening in the Edo Castle after finishing his duty as an administrator of the state. "Kosho" pages or high ranked maids were always accompanied and cared him while taking bath.
As he liked to take bath in “Nakaoku” or the administrative office and living quarter, pages were in charge however, high ranked maids took care of the shogun in “Ohoku” or the ladies’ chambers in the castle. Because, no male except the shogun was allowed to step into the chambers.

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Chusonji Temple / Hiraizumi

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(The hall that houses Konjikido Hall)

Hiraizumi's most famous attraction, Chusonji was established in 850 as a temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism. The temple came to prominence when the northern branch of the Fujiwara clan moved their base to Hiraizumi. At its peak, the temple consisted of a large network of dozens of buildings.

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Hiraizumi (平泉)

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(Bishamon-do)

Hiraizumi (平泉町 Hiraizumi-cho) is a town located in Nishiiwai District, Iwate, Japan. It was the home of the Hiraizumi Fujiwaras for about 100 years in the late Heian era and most of the following Kamakura period. At the same time it served as the de facto capital of Oshu, an area containing nearly a third of the Japanese land area. At its height the population of Hiraizumi reached 50,000 or more than 100,000, rivaling Kyoto in size and splendor.

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How to get to Chichijima, Ogasawara Islands

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(Ogasawara Maru)

The only way to access the Ogasawara Islands is by the Ogasawara-maru Ferry from Tokyo in a 25.5 hour journey. The ferry departs Tokyo once every six days except during Golden Week and the first three weeks of August when departures are increased to once every three days. Also, the ferry does not operate for two weeks in mid January due to an annual inspection. Ferry departures can be delayed by a day or more when the sea is very rough, for example, due to a typhoon.

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Ogasawara Islands

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(Kopepe Beach on Chichijima Island)

The Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島, Ogasawara Shoto), also known in English as the Bonin Islands, are a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 1000 kilometers south and administratively part of Tokyo. The sole way to reach the islands is by a weekly 25.5 hour ferry ride from Tokyo. Only the two largest islands, Chichijima (Father Island) and Hahajima (Mother Island) are inhabited.

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Traditional blinds help fill Japan's energy gap

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The site is far from the sci-fi atmosphere at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. But Tokyo Electric Power Co. is suggesting that one solution to the energy gap facing Japan in the wake of the disaster can be found down a backstreet leading to Tokyo's Hie shrine.
The alley is filled with the sound of wooden weaving machines from a workshop run by Morio Suzuki, 64, and his younger brother, Yuji Suzuki, 58. They make a type of traditional reed blind called "Edo sudare" that TEPCO says could cool houses and prevent households resorting to energy-guzzling air conditioning.

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Sake brewers from Tohoku vow to rise again from the ashes

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What did the principal tell you about bringing booze to school? In the case of sake from Japan's northern Tohoku region, however, there's room for leeway.
The sake, brought from 30 breweries in Aomori, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures -- which together make up the devastated Tohoku region -- drew crowds to 3331 Arts Chiyoda, a former elementary school in Tokyo's Akihabara area turned into art studios and design offices.

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