Archive for the ‘ Koji Ikuma ’

  1. Honen-in

    Tranquil Sites in Eastern Kyoto

    Honen-in is said to have originated from a humble thatched hut where Honen practiced nembutsu with his disciples.

  2. A cat in Shibamata

    Shibamata, an Old Town in Tokyo

    With Shibamata Taishakuten Temple in the center, Shibamata has a couple of interesting spots, all of which are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

  3. Walkway along the water in Gujo Hachiman

    Gujo Hachiman, a Beautiful Castle Town in Gifu

    Perhaps to most Japanese, Gujo Hachiman is popular for its traditional dancing. With its history of 400 years, the Gujo Odori Festival is held every summer in the town.

  4. Jomon Period in Japan

    Jomon Period in Japan

    The vegetation in Japan was also beginning to change. Conifer forests, which had occupied most of the land, were, little by little, replaced by deciduous broad-leaf trees.

  5. Naumann's Elephant

    Paleolithic Period in Japan

    Today, people generally believe that first humans arrived and settled on the Japanese archipelago during the period roughly stretching from 38,000 BCE to 33,000 BCE.

  6. soaking in the Japanese sento

    Japanese-style bathhouse near Mount Fuji

    Japanese people love taking a bath, and probably it has something to do with the country’s climate. The summer in Japan is very humid.

  7. tea picking near Shimizu, Japan

    Tea Picking in Shimizu

    This is a very symbolic place where you can appreciate two of Shizuoka Prefecture’s iconic images, Mount Fuji and green tea fields.

  8. Wakutama pond

    Wakutama Pond near Mount Fuji

    The water of this pond is actually spring water from Mount Fuji, which is constantly gushing out from among the rocks at the bottom of the pond.

  9. Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha

    This Shinto shrine is located at the southwestern foot of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. Since long ago, people have revered the shrine as ichinomiya.

  10. Sumpu Castle Ruins

    Ruins of Tokugawa’s Sumpu Castle

    This particular district centered around Sumpu Castle has been the political and administrative center of this region since the 14th century, well over 600 years.

  11. Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka

    This museum was created for the purpose of "conveying to the present and future generations all things related to Mount Fuji."

  12. yokosawairi satoyama conservation zone

    Yokosawairi Zone in Suburban Tokyo

    Satoyama refers to a forest which people utilize for its lumber, mushrooms or wild plants. A 'countryside forest' might be the closest English counterpart.

  13. Tokawa Station along Choshi Dentetsu

    Tokawa, a Small Port Town in Chiba

    If you walk from Tokawa Station to the south, descending a gentle slope, the quiet fishing town of Tokawa is before your eyes.

  14. Jingu Stadium

    Tokyo Big6 Baseball League

    I visited Jingu Stadium in mid-May to see a game between Waseda and Rikkyo in the sixth week of the Tokyo Big6 University Baseball Spring Championship.

  15. Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

    Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

    This Shinto shrine was built to enshrine the soul of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu and to worship him as a deity.

  16. miho-no-matsubara

    Miho no Matsubara with Mount Fuji Views

    This pine grove stretches about 7 km (4.3 miles) along the Miho Peninsula and has over 30,000 pieces of Japanese black pine trees.

  17. old missionary house in Zoshigaya

    Unfamiliar Spots in Zoshigaya, Tokyo

    The "old missionary house" used to be a residence of an American missionary, J. M. McCaleb.

  18. Ota shrine in Kyoto

    Hidden Gems in Kamigamo, Kyoto

    Probably for many people Ota Shrine is recognized as a place where one can see the beautiful water iris flowers which bloom in May.

  19. Chiiwa-kyo mountain gorge

    Chiiwa-kyo Mountain Gorge

    The highlight of Chiiwa-kyo is the 670m. Mt. Chiiwa, which has a lot of caves, large and small . . .

  20. Katsura Ryikyu

    Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto

    Studies suggest that the origin of Katsura Imperial Villa dates back to the early 17th century. It was when Prince Toshihito constructed the original main building.

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