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The less known and oldest geisha district in Kyoto

The geisha district in Nishijin, Kyoto, is a lot less known than the famous Gion, but it is the oldest of the remaining geisha venues.

Located close to the Kitano Tenmangū Shrine, it is called Kamishichiken, meaning “Seven Upper Houses", a name referring to how the district was originally built, with seven tea houses made from material left over after the construction of the Kitano Shrine. Today, there are 11 tea houses and a few dozen geisha and maiko, maintaining the charm of the old times.

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Higashi Hongan-ji
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Higashi Hongan-ji

Higashi Hongan-ji

The two large halls of the Higashi Honganji, the Amida Hall (on the left in the photo) and the Founders Hall (on the right) were reconstructed at the end of the 19 century after they burned during the “Forbidden Gate Incident” (Kinmon no Hen).

Both are constructions representative for the Japanese Buddhist architecture, and the materials for the reconstruction were donated from various areas of Japan: the wood was brought from the Hokuriku region, the roof tiles from the Aichi Prefecture, and the tatami mats from Osaka and Owari.

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The Osaka Ebisu Tower Ferris Wheel will reopen
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The Osaka Ebisu Tower Ferris Wheel will reopen

The Osaka Ebisu Tower Ferris Wheel will reopen

The once famous Ferris Wheel of the Ebisu Tower in Dotonbori, Osaka, well known to visitors as the building housing the Don Quijote store, will reopen on January 19, after major renovation work that took 10 years.

With a maximum height of 77 meters, it offers a wonderful image over the vivid colored neighborhood, and will add another attraction to this fascinating area.

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Local delicacies in Japan, Tama Konnyaku
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Local delicacies in Japan, Tama Konnyaku

Local delicacies in Japan, Tama Konnyaku

Products made of konjac (konnyaku in Japanese) were consumed in Japan since the oldest times, both as food and as medicinal plant. Either prepared simple or combined with other plants (such as hijiki, a type of algae) konnyaku is an ingredient used for oden, and it is also made into noodles for sukiyaki and gyūdon.

Photographed here is a product specific to the Yamagata Prefecture called tama konnyaku ("konnyaku ball"). Boiled in soy broth, it is served with Japanese mustard, and since it is high in fiber but low on calories, it makes for a healthy snack.

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Samurai strategy meeting in Kokura castle
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Samurai strategy meeting in Kokura castle

Samurai strategy meeting in Kokura castle

Although it is a reconstructed castle and its architecture is not very attractive compared to the original Japanese castles, for fun or learning the Kokura castle is one of the best in Japan.

Photographed here is one of its attractions, a small theatrical play about a samurai strategy meeting in Kokura castle, played by life-sized mechanical dolls.

Inspired by a painting, it presents the meeting between the lord of the Kokura castle, Ogasawara Tadazane (middle) and his main vassals (among which we can see front-left Miyamoto Yori, the adopted son of Miyamoto Musashi) before joining the armies gathered to suppress the Shimabara Rebellion.

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Japanese trains, Ibusuki no Tamatebako
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Japanese trains, Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Japanese trains, Ibusuki no Tamatebako

One of the amazing trains of JR Kyushu is the limited express Ibusuki no Tamatebako, running 3 times a day between Kagoshima-Chūō and Ibusuki.

Originally a regular KiHa 47 type, the train has the interior modified by the industrial designer Eiji Mitooka. Photographed here is the car nr.1, featuring swivel chairs on the side facing the ocean and a small library, all made of teak wood.

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Yamadera stairs
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Yamadera stairs

Yamadera stairs

To reach the sacred area of the Yamadera temple you need to go up the mountain through a spectacular forest. Paved with stone stairs and decorated with unique stone lanterns, the slope climbs under old cedars and eroded rocks, trough a landscape of great beauty and great tranquility.

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Kagoshima Amuran Ferris wheel
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Kagoshima Amuran Ferris wheel

Kagoshima Amuran Ferris wheel

One of the most important entertainment venues in Kagoshima is the Amuran Ferris wheel, built inside the Amu Plaza mall, close to the Kagoshima-Chūō Station. During the first 3 years in operation it reached the impressive number of 1 million passengers.

The Ferris offers a spectacular image over the Sakurajima and Shiroyama mountains, and by nighttime it provides a spectacular light show in about 40 patterns.

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Bridge of the Sun
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Bridge of the Sun