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The wedded rocks of the Ise Bay

The two sacred rocks of the Ise Bay are representing the central deities of the Shinto religion, Izanagi and Izanami. Many Japanese couples are visiting this beautiful place, because the Meoto Iwa “wedded rocks” are a symbol of marriage, the larger rock representing the husband and the smaller rock the wife…

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Amanohashidate, view from from Mount Moju

Recognized as one of the “Special Places of Scenic Beauty” (Tokubetsu Meisho), and renowned as one of the ” Three Views of Japan” (Nihon Sankei) the 3 kilometer long pine covered sandbar of Amanohashidate can be admired from two observatories, located on the sides of the Miyazu Bay. The best view is considered the one from Mount Moju, photographed here.

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Kitakyushu Monorail

The Kitakyushu Monorail has an interesting economics story. It was originally built to stop at a distance of only 300 meters before reaching Kokura Station, which is the largest train station in Kitakyushu. This was done to appease the owners of the shops in front of Kokura Station, who were very afraid… that the monorail will reduce the number of their customers.

As a result, the monorail was unprofitable for 13 years, until the connection to the Kokura Station was finally made. Then, the service became profitable and… then they realized that there was no impact on the number of customers.

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Shimabara castle tower

Reconstructed 54 years ago after old documents, the Shimabara castle tower is one of the tallest castles in Japan, with 5 floors and a height of 32 meters (not including the stone walls).
This photo was taken from one of the several yagura turrets which were later rebuilt around it.

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View from Godaido Hall, Yamadera

If you visit Yamadera, after climbing the path of stone stairs winding between old trees and stone lanterns, you will reach the first stop, the Godaido Hall.

The wooden building, more than 300 years old, built right on the edge of the abyss, is an astonishing observation deck from where you can admire the valley. A truly breathtaking beauty…

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About Japan from... manhole covers, Miyazaki Mejiro

The Japanese white-eye bird, called mejiro in Japanese, is one of the most painted birds in the Japanese art. It’s most common representation is on cherry tree shrubs, like on this artistic manhole cover of the Miyazaki Prefecture.

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Yamamoto samurai house

The Yamamoto residence is one of the 3 samurai houses that can be visited in the Shimabara Teppo-cho ("Gun Town"). It belonged to a family that served the lord Matsudaira for 13 generations, fulfilling important roles.

Built during the first year of the Meiji Period, just a few years before the samurai class was abolished, the Yamamoto samurai house illustrates the last samurais way of living.

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Kaikyo Yume Tower, Shimonoseki

On the boat trip to the Ganryū-jima, the island made famous by the duel between the two great samurai Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro, you can admire the coastline of Shimonoseki. The most striking building is the Kaikyō Yume Tower, with a height of 153 meters, easy to recognize from distance due to its top glass sphere.

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Akihabara night scene

This street, with many restaurant billboards lit up by nighttime, is a scene very common in the Japanese cities. The only difference is the building in the background, decorated with manga-anime characters. Only a few places in Japan look like that… and mostly Akihabara, Tokyo.

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Japanese mascots, Kumamon

Introduced 8 years ago to promote tourism, Kumamon, the mascot of the Kumamoto prefecture, quickly became one of the most popular Japanese mascots.

The name and the design comes from the first Kanji characters of the prefecture’s name, kuma (bear) and mon, which in the local dialect means “person". Thus, Kumamoto is represented by a bear, although there are no bears in the area.

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