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Kagoshima

                                                    Born to a humble samurai of the Satsuma domain, present Kagoshima Prefecture, Saigo Takamori was picked out by then feudal lord Shimazu Nariakira, and worked hard as his right-hand man in Kyoto and Edo, present Tokyo.   He became famous as his negotiation...

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“Kagoshima” City became a birthplace of the modernization of Japan, when it was governed by Shimazu feudal lords in the 19th century.  This city largely contributed to the Meiji Restoration by producing many excellent people in various areas. The first picture shows a distant view of the city commanded from the top of “Shiroyama” hill, where the castle of Shimazu clan once stood.  “Sakurajima” an...

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A pair of blue glass cups in the picture above is ‘Satsuma-kiriko’, that was put in production under the orders of ‘Shimazu’ clan who was one of the powerful feudal lords in southern Kyushu late in the Edo period. ‘Satsuma-kiriko’ features a thick layer of color glass over a transparent body, on which a brilliant facet is engraved. On the other hand, ‘Edo-kiriko’ in the picture above...

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Japanese tea leaves, arriving at sumptuous villa type resort called “Tenku-no-Mori”, which means “Forests in the sky”. There are only 5 villas in this property, each villa has own bed room, living room designed and built by local carpenter, and own hot spring with very wide duckboards where you can relax yourself in deck chair at all times, again taking hot springs….., spa treatment in real natural environments. Always you can see 360...

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Situated in the most southern part of Kyushu, Ibusuki Hakusuikan offers traditional elegance in perfect moment. A sea-view opens before rooms, and guests can feel cool breeze through a garden of pines. Dinner menus are selection of either finest Japanese Cuisine or Tokyo’s highly distinguished “Aqua Pazza” Italian restaurants delight.                   There are various spa types ie; Ukiyo...

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