Starting our Spring trip to Okinawa and Kyushu! ANA flight was comfortable, great service and great choices of movies and it’s free! Naha Airport was nicely decorated with orchid flowers, after short ride to our hotel in the city, we all just crushed after long flight from Honolulu. 3/19/2017 Sightseeing start with big “CHURAUMI AQUARIUM”. Also we enjoyed dolphin show although it was very crowded. Lunch was...Read More
“Shunpan-ro” in Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture is Japan’s first authorized “fugu” blowfish restaurant, and is also known as the place where the peace treaty with China after the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-5 was concluded.
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...Read More
Francisco Xavier, a well-known missionary from the Society of Jesus, departed from Goa, India, for Kagoshima, Japan, in 1549.
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...Read More
Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro, well known by all Japanese people as the leading fencers in Japan, fought the historical duel in the 17th century at Funashima also called Ganryujima island on the Kanmon Strait between Honshu and Kyushu.
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...Read More
‘Shuhodo’ also known as ‘Akiyosido’, stretching underground on the westernmost tip of Honshu the main island of Japan, is a representative limestone cave in the country.
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...Read More
Japan’s largest karst topography ‘Akiyoshidai’,lying in Mine City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is dotted around with countless limestone pinnacles called ‘gunyoseki’ literally stones like a flock of sheep.
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...Read More