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  Shunpan-ro stands on a high point, commanding “Dan-no-ura” strait, the final naval battle site between the two biggest “samurai” families in the 12th century.   This historic restaurant is the first “fugu ryoutei” blowfish restaurant that was authorized in 1888 thanks to then prime minister “Ito Hirofumi”.  Fugu blowfish dishes had long been prohibited to be served at any restaurant...

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Born of an aristocrat in Spain, Francisco Xavier established the Society of Jesus in Paris in 1534.  The Society of Jesus, which was organized for the propagation of the Christian religion into the world, was engaged in the missionary work particularly in Asian countries, based in Goa, India. Francisco Xavier visited Japan in 1549 and stayed here for two years, since he was very interested in Japanese culture.  He heard about Japan...

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Miyamoto Musashi, the founder of the new school of two-sword fencing, is widely known not only as a master fencer but also as an artist and a writer of Gorin-sho strategy book. It is said that he had fought more than 60 duels with great swordmen across Japan in his youth. On the other hand, Sasaki Kojiro whose background is vague, widely traveled throughout Japan for perfecting his skill in ‘kendo’ Japanese fencing and...

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This limestone cave in Yamaguchi Prefecture had been regarded as the object of worship of rainmaking rite since it was mentioned in a document in the 14th century. After that, since the country entered a modern era in the 20th century, the cave has been developed for sightseers. Various kinds of facilities for tourists, such as illuminators, an elevator and a long footpath, were installed. Inside of it is opened to the public, where...

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The picture above shows an unique landscape of ‘Akiyoshidai’ with uncountable white limestones. Other than these stones on the surface of the hilly land, many sinkholes called doline, whose diameter is ten to twenty meters,are seen everywhere. Generally, there are no brooks in karst topography because rainwater sinks into underground from these hollows forming underground rivers and limestone caves which finally open at...

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‘Chofu’ area which is an old castle town of a branch family of Choshu Mouri clan, who was one of core power of the anti-Shogunate movement in the mid-19th century, is a feast to the eye with ‘Kozanji’ temple, old samurai streets and well maintained townscape. ‘Kozanji’ temple in the picture above dating back to the 14th century was designated as a national treasure and is well known as a place where...

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