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DESCRIPTIONTrip to Japan, visiting the cities of Tokyo, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto
日本の経験 The Japan Experience
Japan is a country of contrasts:Modern technology yet ancient
traditions, Millions of people yet very little violence, Extremely clean
cities yet no trash cans...
Presented by Kimiko KanoApril 29, 2010
Flight Path to Japan (with an unexpected delay…)
20 hours later… We’re finally there! Some First Impressions:
Unique vending machines
Where we went: 2 weeks, 4 cities
Honshu, Japan’s largest island
Distance from Tokyo to Hiroshima: ~ 420 milesJapan has 6,852 islands, 426 are inhabitedThe area of Japan is ~144,000 sq mi, slightly smaller than CaliforniaHowever, California’s population is ~37 mil, Japan’s is ~128 mil
Shinkansen trains run at speeds up to 160 mph
First stop, Tokyo “Eastern Capital”Population: over 12 million people
Tokyo Imperial PalaceHome of the Emperor of Japan
Japan’s Main Religions: Shinto and Buddhism
Shinto: Worship of ancestors and natureBuddhism: Spiritual solace and daily guidanceMost Japanese will have a Shinto Wedding and a Buddhist Funeral
Tokyo Shrines and Temples
Sumiyoshi Shrine on Tsukuda-jima Island
Zojoji Temple, Hanamatsuri festival
Atago Shrine, Steps of Success
Tsukiji Fish Market The largest fish and seafood market in the world
The auction price world record was a fish that sold for 2 million yen (~$174,000 ). It was a Bluefin tuna weighing 445 lb. The fish shown here is only 1/10th that size.
Fuji TV Headquarters
Tokyo Big Sight
Odaiba: An artificial island with futuristic architecture
Tokyo Big SightTokyo Big Sight
Fuji TV HeadquartersStatue of Liberty
Tokyo Big Sight
377 ft Ferris wheel
Takayama – Denver’s sister city
Takayama Jinya Edo Government Building
Takayama Festival:One of the best festivals in Japan
There is both a spring and fall festival and each has a different set of floats. This festival triples the population of Takayama, normally around 95,000.
Hida Folk Village
Gassho-zukuri:Hands held in prayer
This village of traditional thatched houses demonstrates the lifestyle of rural people in medieval Japan
Sitting room turns into bedroom
Onsen – hot bath
Drinking tea in my yukata
Takayama RyokanA traditional Japanese inn featuring tatami floors, sliding paper doors, and sleeping on a futon
Remove your shoes at the door
Delicious kaiseki mealsMeals consisting of many small dishes and featuring seasonal and regional specialties
Hiroshima: City of Peace
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park
Cenotaph – contains all victims’ names
A-bomb dome (Gembaku Domu)
Children’s Peace Monument
“Floating torii gate” – at low tide
Family GravesiteBrad and me with my cousin, also named Kimiko
Kyoto – “Capital City”The Capital of Japan from 794-1868
This is was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto. Their gardens are famous for their display of sakura (cherry blossoms).
SanjusangendoThe Temple of 1001 statues of the 1000 armed KannonAlso houses the statues of 28 guardians of Buddhism
Drinking these waters gives you health, wealth, or wisdom
This temple is known for the amazing views from its veranda that juts out from the hillside
Nijo Castle:Featuring art from the Kano School of Art… relatives perhaps?
Built in 1603 as the official residence of first Tokugawa shogun. Has nightingale floors and hidden chambers for bodyguards.
Kinkakuji - The Golden PavilionAn illustration of the harmony between Heaven
Nishi HonganjiThe main temple of Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism
Nara: The first permanent capital of Japan from 710 - 785
Like Miyajima, Nara also is the home of many deer, but they are a little more aggressive.
Todaiji Temple:The largest wooden building in the world
Pindola Bharadvaja, Buddhist disciple, master of occult powers
This Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is the largest bronze Buddha ever cast at 16 m high
Kasuga Taisha:Shrine of 3000 Lanterns
Japanese Food:Both healthy and delicious
Figuring out what to order…It was confusing at times, but we managed
It helped when there were pictures!
Conveyor belt sushi
We ate a lot of raw fish on this trip
Entertainment: Pachinko, Karaoke, Purikura
Conclusion:Japan is awesome and I can’t wait to go back! But first I need to learn to speak Japanese…Questions or Comments?