SAIKAI NATIONAL PARK _ 0596

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Saikai National Park  is a marine national park located in Nagasaki prefecture of northwest Kyūshū, Japan. It consists of the coastal regions of Matsuura Peninsula, extending northward from the port city of Sasebo and encompasses the Kujūku Islands, with over 200 islands to the west, Hirado Peninsula further west, and the coastlines of the Gotō Islands to the far west.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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NIGHT VIEW OF TOKYO TOWER _ 0579

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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KAMUIWAKKA WATERFALL, SHIRETOKO PENINSULA _ 0578

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The Kamuiwakka Waterfall was a pretty well-known rotemburo (hot springs waterfall) deep in the wild Shiretoko National Park. The fact that it was a thermal springs-fed waterfall made it stand out from the rest of the waterfalls we had seen in Japan so far. Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t experience the onsen aspect of this rotemburo as the only way we were able to experience this waterfall was by boat. Had we been able to do this waterfall both ways, we would’ve bumped up the rating score of this waterfall for sure.
http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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FLAG OF JAPAN (INCLUDE MAP) _ 0577

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The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a large red disc (representing the sun) in the center. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗?, “sun-mark flag”) in Japanese, but is more commonly known as Hinomaru (日の丸?, “circle of the sun”).
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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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MIYAKO ODORI, GION KYOTO _ 0576

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Each spring the geisha community of Gion in Kyoto puts on a spectacular dance known as the Miyako Odori. Shows are held several times a day throughout April at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo. Timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, the ceremony is an absolute must see!
Senior geishas play their shamisen at the side stages and young geishas act the play of the year. There are eight scenes and two to five geishas act in a scene. In the final scene, all geishas, twenty or more, dance on the stage. It’s amazing.
http://www.visitkansai.com/

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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CLIFF OF SHIRETOKO PEN AND SEA GULLS _ 0575

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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FORTY-SEVEN RONIN _ 0573

IMG_4622 The revenge of the forty-seven Ronin took place in Japan at the start of the 18th century. One noted Japanese scholar described the tale, the best known example of the samurai code of honor, bushidō, as the country’s “national legend.” The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) Asano Naganori was compelled to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ronin avenged their master’s honor by killing Kira, after waiting and planning for a year. In turn, the ronin were themselves obliged to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder. This true story was popularized in Japanese culture as emblematic of the loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor that people should preserve in their daily lives. The popularity of the tale grew during the Meiji era of Japanese history, in which Japan underwent rapid modernization, and the legend became entrenched within discourses of national heritage and identity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   IMG_4623

From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
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MT.FUJI, SHIZUOKA _ 0572

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Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Fuji is the third largest city in terms of population in Shizuoka Prefecture, trailing Hamamatsu and Shizuoka.
Located on the banks of the Fuji River, most of the city of Fuji enjoys good views of Mount Fuji, part of whose summit is within the city borders. The city is bordered to the south by Suruga Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The area enjoys a warm maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.
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From Nara, Japan
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TODAIJI TEMPLE _ 0484

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Tōdai-ji is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall, houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu. The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.

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The beginning of building a temple where the Tōdai-ji complex sits today can be dated to 728, when Emperor Shōmu established Kinshōsen-ji as an appeasement for Prince Motoi, his first son with his Fujiwara clanconsort Kōmyōshi. Prince Motoi died a year after his birth. 

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It prospered as a place much like a school where Buddhist teachings were conveyed extensively and monks were educated.
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From Nara, Japan
Travel from April 30 to May 7

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No.51 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

 

ITSUKUSHIMA SHINTO SHRINE _ 0481

IMG_4000 The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings reveal great artistic and technical skill. The shrine plays on the contrasts in colour and form between mountains and sea and illustrates the Japanese concept of scenic beauty, which combines nature and human creativity. http://whc.unesco.org/ IMG_4001

From Nara, Japan
Travel from April 30 to May 7

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No.50 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

TANZAN SHRINE IN SPRING _ 0476

Tanzan Shrine  also known as the Danzan Shrine, the Tōnomine Shrine and the Tōnomine Temple, is a Shinto shrine in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

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The shrine traces its origin to a Tendai temple built in the Asuka period (538 – 710) called Tōnomine-ji, built by the monk Jo’e (643 – 666). Jo’e was the oldest son of Fujiwara no Kamatari (614 – 669), founder of the Fujiwara clan. Jo’e located the temple on Tōnomine, a peak of on the southern side of Mount Goharetsu (619 metres (2,031 ft)). Jo’e moved the remains of Kamatari to a 13-story pagoda on the site. The emperors Daigo (884 – 930) and Go-Hanazono (1419 – 1471) attached special reverence to the temple, and bestowed it with various honorifics.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from April 30 to May 7

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MOUNT FUJI _ 0347

Mount Fuji  is with 3776 meters Japan’s highest mountain. It is not surprising that the nearly perfectly shaped volcano has been worshiped as a sacred mountain and experienced big popularity among artists and common people throughout the centuries.
Mount Fuji is an active volcano, which most recently erupted in 1708. It stands on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures and can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama on clear days.

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From Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Travel from Mar 9 to Mar 15
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