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Nagoya City Hall & Aichi Prefectural Government Office Building

Nagoya City Hall was completed in 1933 and amazingly survived the city’s bombing during WWII, whereas adjacent Nagoya Castle was demolished. The structure is a blend of Japanese and Western forms, with the imperial emblem above the roof. The tower (seen below) has a total of 12 stories. Many of Nagoya’s administrative offices, including the …

Genbe River In Mishima City, Japan

With Mount Fuji to the north and Mount Hakone to the east, as well as rivers running with fresh spring water, Mishima is a naturalist’s dream. Take a walk along the city’s historic rivers if you prefer calm treks. There are beautiful running tracks for all levels of jogging. At the end of town, you …

Toson Memorial Museum In Nakatsugawa, Japan

Toson Memorial Museum is a museum dedicated to Shimazaki Tson’s life and works in Magome-juku, Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The author was born in 1872 in the former Honjin, but his birthplace and boyhood home were largely destroyed in the 1895 inferno. The museum was rebuilt in 1947 following plans by Taniguchi Yoshir and opened …

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, Japan

In the isolated highlands that stretch from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures, the Shirakawa-go and nearby Gokayama areas line the Shogawa River Valley. They were designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995 and are known for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which date back over 250 years. The steep thatched roofs of the …

The Former Kaichi School In Matsumoto, Japan

The former Kaichi School was built in 1876 and is a lovely school. Despite the fact that kids no longer attend the Former Kaichi School, the current Kaichi School is directly across the street. Kaichi School was the region’s first community school. Kaichi’s kanji literally means “opening people’s intelligence.” Prior to the establishment of this …

Mikuni Jetty Port in Sakai, Japan

Sakai, according to Hepburn’s English method. Sakai-shi,  Sakai  is situated to the north of Fukui. It was formed on March 20, 2006, when the previous Sakai district’s cities of Harue-cho, Maruoka-cho, Mikuni-cho, and Sakai-cho merged. After the descent, the area is no longer visible. The city has a population of 95,331 people and a density …

Samurai Sword making / technology

Materials and preparation:   The first step is to choose high quality materials from which the blade will be made. The steel from which modern craftsmen make most weapons contains 99.99% pure electrolytic iron (tenkai-tetsu), sponge iron (kangai-tetsu) or the most popular substance – tamahagane steel. Tamahagane is the traditional steel used to make swords. …

Kano Jigoro – the creator of Judo

Kano Jigoro is the creator of judo, the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to be recognized as an official Olympic sport. Educators of the new innovations presented to Jigoro Kano should be used on white and black belts and be introduced to the dans to show the relative …

Tenjin Festival (Tenjin Matsuri) In Osaka,Japan

Along with Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri and Tokyo’s Kanda Matsuri, Osaka’s Tenjin Festival (, Tenjin Matsuri) is considered one of Japan’s top three festivals. The celebration dates back to the 10th century and is held every year on July 24 and 25. The festival’s primary events take place on the second day, July 25, and include …

Dotonbori-Osaka,Japan

Dtonbori, sometimes known as Dtombori, is a popular tourist attraction in Osaka, Japan, that runs along the Dtonbori canal from Dtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the city’s Chuo ward. It was once a theater neighborhood, but it is now a popular nightlife and entertainment area known for its quirky ambiance and big illuminated signboards. …