Azuchi Castle – One Of The Most Famous Castles

The castles of Japan are distinguished by their special architecture. In the city of Azuchi, north of Omi Hachiman (Shiga Prefecture), on the shores of Lake Biwa, there is one of the main castles of Oda Nobunaga, a military leader and the most prominent samurai of Japan, who devoted his life to the unification of …

Sansui G-33000 山水電気株式会社

The company was founded in Tokyo in 1947 by Kosaku Kikuchi, who had worked for a radio parts distributor in Tokyo before and during World War II. Due to the poor quality of radio parts Kikuchi had to deal with, he decided to start his private radio part manufacturer facility in December 1944 in Yoyogi, …

Kokedera – The Temple of Moss

The Moss Temple of Kokedera, as it is also called, is the result of an amazing interaction between nature and human creativity, located in the western part of the city of Kyoto – the ancient capital of Japan at the foot of Mount Koinzan. This place is famous for its exceptionally beautiful natural places, tranquility …

Vestax – Mixers and QFO Players

The Vestax Corporation was a Japanese musical instrument, turntable, and audio equipment, founded by Hidezato Shiino in 1977. The company began with the development and production of electronic guitars. In the 1980s, Vestax made multitrack recorders and later moved on to DJ mixers, professional turntables, CD players, and signal processors. Debt problems led to the …

The Oldest Wooden Building in the World – Horyuji Temple

The Horyuji Temple was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku, who is described in the early popularization of Buddhism in Japan. Horyuji is one of the oldest temples in the country and contains the oldest valued wooden structures in the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. Horyuji’s temple areas are simply …

Technics SL-1200GR

Technics 1200GR is a standard model, inheriting the technology of the leading SL-1200G, which was developed as a reference model turntable with direct drive of a new generation.   Merging Technics’ traditional analog technologies with leading digital technologies The SL-1200GR used modified SL-1200G components, such as the iron-core direct drive electric motor, the high-precision electric …

Akai GX-635D

Launched a year before Akai’s last open-reel development (the GX-625, 1979), the GX-635 and GX-635D were the base for the few later high-end open-reel recorders. The GX-636, GX-646 and GX-747 all drew on the same design, the same GX heads, the same SCM-200 and XO-24TD motors and the same features. And all were very successful …

Hase-dera Temple – A Place You Must Visit

Hase-dera temple This ancient temple was founded in 736. It is sometimes referred to as “Hase Kannon Temple” due to the Kannon statue kept here. Flowers such as hydrangeas, cherries, lilies, clovers, plums, daffodils, etc. grow here. Therefore, the temple is also called “flower temple”. The temple is divided into upper and lower zones. In …

Yamadera – The Sky Temple

Lurking on the side of a mountain, the Yamadera temple complex seems to embody the very typical Japan for which tourists travel around it, and which the Japanese themselves value very much. This temple is located near the city of Yamagata. It was founded in the middle of the 9th century by the Tendai sect …

Okunoin Temple – The Cemetery of Thousands

Okunoin is in the eastern part of Koya, surrounded by forest. About a mile and a half long and the site of over 200,000 graves, this is the largest cemetery in Japan. Starting from the Ichi-no-hashi bridge, stone paths lined with trees and lanterns lead through the tombstones leading you to the mausoleum of Kobo …