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Kunisaki Peninsula, where ‘Fuki-ji’ stands, was flourishing as a place of Buddhist culture, having had something to do with nearby ‘Usa-jingu’ Shinto shrine built in the 8th century. Kunisaki Peninsula, where ‘Fuki-ji’ stands, was flourishing as a place of Buddhist culture, having had something to do with nearby ‘Usa-jingu’ Shinto shrine built in the 8th century.  Trainee monks of...

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Speaking of Japan’s railways, the Shinkansen Bullet Train running all across the country is well known. Nonetheless local commuter trains operated by Japan Railways,private railways, etc. play an important role in the common people’s daily life. The station in the picture is one of the typical country stations in Oita Prefecture,Kyushu, that contributes to the existence of the locals. Unlike the Shinkansen, almost all the...

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There runs east and west an old road franked with many time-honored shops in the heart of Kitsuki City, and old samurai warrior quarters on either side of this road are found over the hills. This district is said to be Japan’s best preserved castle town by many historians. The first picture shows the distant view of the warrior quarter on the northern hill, called ‘kitadai-bukeyashiki-dori’, seen from the southern...

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Among many sources of hot springs called ‘Jigoku’, literally translated into an inferno or a hell, the eight major ‘Jogokus’ in Kannawa and Kamegawa areas are well known. It is said that too many hot fountainheads around here had prevented the people from farming due to the hydrogen sulfide gas. However, these obstacles has been changed to the representative attractions of Beppu by the name of...

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The present ‘Honden’ main building of this prestigious Shinto shrine in the picture below is said to be built early in the 9th century, but the beginning of of it is older than that. This old religious institution supported the election of ‘Todaiji’ Buddhist temple in Nara in the 8th century and so has been the guardian deity of the Imperial Family ever since. The imperial messenger visiting here every ten...

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Beppu that boasts Japan’s largest hot spring town has been developed since the end of the 19th century when a neighboring port was brought into operation. The first ‘Takegawara-onsen’ was created at the same time as the port was opened and was the busiest with the visitors who needed hot spring treatment early in the 20th century. The grand two-storied wooden building in the picture above built in 1938 is the present...

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