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Namba crowded street by night

One of the districts with the highest concentration of restaurants in Japan is Namba, Osaka. Besides Dotonbori and its adjacent streets, which are very popular with tourists, there are many other similar streets, preferred by locals. But although there are few tourists here, the streets are crowded too, like any other commercial area in Osaka, especially after nightfall.

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Kanazawa, the story of a name
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Kanazawa, the story of a name

Kanazawa, the story of a name

It is said that in the Kanazawa area the gold was discovered by accident, by a peasant who was digging for potatoes. The area received the name of Kanazawa, meaning “marsh of gold", and the presence of gold made it one of the richest places in Japan…

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Naniwa, Osaka
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Naniwa, Osaka

Naniwa, Osaka

Almost 1400 years ago, on the place visible in today’s photo (taken from the Osaka castle) was located the Naniwa Palace, the seat of Emperor Kotoku. Kotoku moved the capital of Japan from the Yamato province, to Naniwa, today’s Osaka.

Naniwa, the old name, survived until today as the name of a bridge, and as the name ward which includes the renowned entertainment district of Namba. Also, the name Namba is a different reading of the kanji for Naniwa: 難波.

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Himeji Castle donjon complex
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Himeji Castle donjon complex

Himeji Castle donjon complex

One of the most complex Japanese castles is Himeji, comprising a total of 82 buildings in total! A large number of them are located in the donjon complex, which includes 3 yagura turrets and 4 connecting passages.

In this photo, behind the surrounding walls and right in front of the iconic donjon, you can see three of them: looking from the left side is the “Nishi Kotenshu” turret, connected by the “Ha Watariyagura” passage to the “Inui Kotenshu” turret.

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Japanese companies, Yodobashi Camera
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Japanese companies, Yodobashi Camera

Japanese companies, Yodobashi Camera

With 23 stores, Yodobashi Camera is one of the largest Japanese retail chains, specialized in electronics. Originally started as a small shop named Fujisawa Shashin Shokai (after the name of the owner, Fujisawa Terukazu), in 1974 the company opened the first camera store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and during the 1970’s managed to sell about a third of all the SLR cameras in Japan!

At the same time the company changed its name to Yodobashi Camera, Yodobashi being the name of a former ward which, together with Yotsuya and Ushigome, formed in 1947 the today’s Shinjuku city.

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Ise Oharai-machi, traditional Japanese architecture street
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Ise Oharai-machi, traditional Japanese architecture street

Ise Oharai-machi, traditional Japanese architecture...

Oharai-machi is a one kilometer long street originally built for the hundred thousand pilgrims which are visiting Ise Jingu every year. The area preserved its original purpose until today, and although the buildings were reconstructed, the traditional architecture was maintained.

In 1993 the entire area was restored to the old-style look, the electric poles were removed and the stone pavement was also reconstructed to make the area look as it was during the Edo period.

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Sukashi tsuba
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Sukashi tsuba

Sukashi tsuba

Initially designed to protect the hand and to balance the blade, tsuba, the hand guard of the Japanese sword is also one of the main decorative elements. Some tsuba are decorated by using a technique called sukashi ("openwork"), by which large parts are cut out to create an aesthetic design.

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Tokyo International Forum night view
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Tokyo International Forum night view

Tokyo International Forum night view

One of the most beautiful buildings in Japan is the Tokyo International Forum. Inaugurated in 1996, the Forum impresses through its Glass Hall, a 60 meters tall, quarter kilometer long glass and steel hall that looks mesmerizing, especially by nighttime.

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Matsumoto Castle legend, the elongated beams
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Matsumoto Castle legend, the elongated beams