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Matsushima

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(Senganjima: Masamune Date's favorite island)

Matsushima (松島) is a group of islands in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. There are some 260 tiny islands (shima) covered in pines (matsu) – hence the name – and is ranked as one of the Three Views of Japan.

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Hakone Hot Springs / Hot Springs in Japan

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Mt. Fuji with Snow can be seen as background

Hakone is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, less than 100 kilometers from Tokyo.
Famous for hot springs, outdoor activities, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo.

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Kusatsu Onsen / Hot Springs in Japan

Kusatsu Onsen is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts, blessed with large volumes of high quality hot spring water, said to cure every illness but lovesickness.
Well known as a hot spring resort for many centuries, Kusatsu's fame was further boasted by German doctor Erwin von Baelz, who served at the imperial court in the late 1800s and recommended Kusatsu for its water's health benefits.

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Onsen (Hot Springs) located in Central Japan

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(Gero Onsen / Gero City, Gifu Prefecture)

Introduce Onsen (Hot Springs) which are located in Central and Western Japan.
You are expected to enjoy Hot Springs in Japan if you have a chance to visit Japan.
That is to say, Hot Springs located in Gifu Prefect., Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu Area.

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Sanriku-riasushiki-kaigan (三陸リアス式海岸/Saw-tooth Sanriku Coastline)

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The Riasu (or Saw-tooth) Sanriku Coastline is a raised coastline of 600km in total that spreads out from southeast of the Aomori Prefecture through the coast of the Iwate Prefecture to Ojika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture.

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Sanriku Oyster reconstruction project

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(Please visit: http://sanriku-oysters.com/en/index.html)

Despite the proximity of Matsushima to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the town was protected from the extreme tsunami by the islands in the Bay. However, many of the buildings sustained structural damage after the earthquake, including the Zuigan-ji Zen Buddhist Temple. In addition, due to it's proximity on the water many homes and business were severely damaged or destroyed by the 3 meter tsunami. Six (6) persons were also confirmed killed.


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100 Famous Japanese Mountains located in Kanto Area (3)

Mount Tanigawa (谷川岳)
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Again I will introduce 100 famous mountains located in Kanto District, Japan.
Mount Tanigawa (谷川岳, Tanigawa-dake) is a mountain on the border of Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture in Japan.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 22

Nison-in temple
(Hondo)

Introduce "The Niso-in Temple".
The temple is located in Saga, western Kyoto, Nison-in is famous for its twin images of Shaka and Amida.
The temple belongs to the Tendai sect and was founded in the early half of the 9th century.
The name of the temple is derived from the two idols that are housed here.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 21

Seiryo-ji temple
(Courtyard and Shakado of Seiryoji Temple)

Introduce Seiryo-ji Temple (Shaka-do).
The story of this temple is that a priest named Chonen swore that he would found a temple to promote Buddhism.
This he accomplished in 986 following a stay in China--having returned to Japan with a precious Buddha shaka in tow.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 20


(Entrance)

This time introduce Hokyo-in Temple.
An independent temple of the Rinzai sect founded in the latter half of the 11th century, Hokyo-in contains the graves of military foes Ashikaga Yoshiakira (1330-1367 - 2nd shogun of the Muromachi period) and Kusunoki Masatsura (1326-1348).

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 19


(Pond and hondo)

This time, will Introduce Tenryu-ji Temple and Oi River.
As you might know, Tenryu-ji (天龍寺)—more formally known as Tenryu Shiseizen-ji (天龍資聖禅寺) - is the head temple of the Tenryū sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, located in Susukinobaba-chō, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan.
The temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, primarily to venerate Gautama Buddha, and its first chief priest was Musō Soseki.
Construction was completed in 1345.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 18


(Ninnaji Temple festival.)

This time inteoduce Ninna-ji Temple.
Ninna-ji was founded in the early Heian period. In 886,
Emperor Kōkō ordered the construction of the Nishiyama Goganji Temple to bless the nation and propagate Buddhist teachings, but he did not live to see its completion.
Emperor Uda saw the construction to its completion in 888 and named it "Ninna" after the regnal year of the late Emperor Kōkō's reign. From 888 to 1869 it was traditional for reigning Emperors to send a son to the temple to take over as head priest when a vacancy arose.

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 18

This time introduce "Gio-ji" and "Daikaku-ji Temple".
Have been living in Kyoto arounf 1970, I have visited Daigaku-ji Temple so many times.

Gio-ji

Gio-ji is the retreat originally used by two discarded concubines of Taira Kiyomori in the late Heian period.

(Moss garden in front of Gio-ji.)

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The Native Place Tour of The Tale of Genji / Vol. 17

This time introduce "Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple" and "Otagi Nembutsu-ji Temple".
Also Sightseeing Spots when we visit Arashiyama or Sagano.

Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple

Adashino is mentioned in a poem towards the end of The Tale of Genji.

(Gravestones facing a statue of Amida at Adashino Nembutsuji Temple.)

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Fukushima plant was scary 32 years ago, says manga author

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(Shigeru Mizuki)

Shigeru Mizuki, a manga author known for works featuring "yokai" ghouls and hobgoblins, seems to have had a premonition about the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as far back as 1979.
His striking illustrations of life inside the facility, where workers are struggling to contain leakage of radioactive material caused by meltdowns following the March 11 earthquake, first appeared 32 years ago in Asahi Graph, a pictorial magazine which has since been discontinued. The illustrations vividly depicted severe working conditions faced by front-line plant workers as well as shoddy rules on safety management.

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The Recovery from "Tohoku Earthquake"

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(Left: Mar, 2011 / Right: Jun, 2011)

Here is the reality and recovery of Tohoku, three months after. I think the pictures are quite remarkable, despite still being far away from a full recovery. I'm so proud to live in Japan after seeing how everything was handled with such dignity and strength.

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Disaster recovery still elusive

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Sunday marks half a year since the major earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan. The path to recovery still seems far away as many disaster survivors continue to struggle in rebuilding their lives.

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Rural Japan says thank you for 'hanryu'

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It wasn't so long ago that Japanese were flocking to South Korea to experience the magic of "hanryu" movies and TV dramas being shot on location.
Now two rural prefecture in Japan, Akita and Tottori, are cashing in on the craze for Korean romance dramas on their own turf.
Since the Korean TV drama series "Iris" became a domestic hit in 2009, relatively obscure tourist spots across Akita Prefecture have attracted Koreans following in the footsteps of hanryu heartthrob Lee Byung-hun.

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Onsen (Hot Springs) located in Northern Japan

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(Kamuiwakka Falls)

Introduce Onsen (Hot Springs) which are located in Northern Japan.
You are expected to enjoy Hot Springs in Japan if you have a chance to visit Japan.
That is to say, Hot Springs in Hokkaido, Iwate and Akita.

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List of hot springs

Introduce Hot Spring Spot in Japan.
Taking up herewith "The List of Popular Hot Springs" in Japan.
At first, listed up Hot Springs lacated near Tokyo.

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