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Saburo-ike, Takamatsu, Japan - 4th November 2012

By: hanachan

Saburo-ike, The pond where the dragon lives in
Legend has it that the guardian of this pond is a large snake.
In Japan dragons and snakes are often worshiped as a deity of water.
They call clouds and shower benefits upon fields. Japanese folklore.
See the map. The shape of Japan looks like the dragon climbing the sky.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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* Posted Dec 8, 2012, 4:07 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Takamatsu Japan Railway Station, Japan - 23rd November 2012

By: hanachan

The night view of the Takamatsu central station. It is the most busy station in Shikoku.

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* Posted Dec 8, 2012, 4:43 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Central Shopping Mall, Takamatsu, Japan - 25th November 2012

By: hanachan

Christmas is coming :)
In Japan Christmas is not a holiday and just a commercial event for most people. However, they enjoy it, decorating trees, preparing presents for families and friends.
Today in the center of the shopping mall, the big decorated tree appeared.

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* Posted Dec 8, 2012, 4:48 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sushi!, Takamatsu, Japan - 25th November 2012

By: hanachan

hanachan bought 'take-out' sushi and arranged them on a cute plate :D
Itadakimasu!

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* Posted Dec 8, 2012, 4:57 pm Last edited Dec 8, 2012, 4:59 pm by hanachan [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Naruto, Tokushima pref., Japan - 16th December 2012

By: hanachan

Otsuka Museum of Art
The world's first collection of Ceramic-Board Reproduction of Masterpaintings.

Now I'm not in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. The room is an authentic-looking reproductions of the Sistine Chapel's art works. This is one of the exhibits in this museum. These are not original paintings.  They are ceramic works using a special manufacturing technique. Visitors can see over 1000 full-size ceramic reproductions of major works of art. The works are transfer-printed from photographs before being fired and retouched.
Of course I enjoyed reproductions of great paintings in the modern ages.
:rolleyes:

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* Posted Feb 2, 2013, 7:14 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


The farewell year party, Takamatsu, Japan - 18th December 2012

By: hanachan

Say Good bye to 2012 :)
Japanese people have many parties called "Bo-nen kai" in December. Bo-nen kai is a drinking party where they begin to forget about the problems in this past year and look forward to the new year.

:D :D :D
(oops, the battery of camera is empty...) :mad:

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* Posted Feb 2, 2013, 7:19 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Takamatsu, Japan - 1st January 2013

By: hanachan

Happy New Year! - Akemashite Omedetou!
Osechi Ryouri & Ozouni
Hi :)
The new year day in Japan is very calm. Family people meet together at their parents' house to celebrate the New Year, wishing for the future health of everyone.
The first meal in the new day is Osechi Ryouri and Ozouni. The New Year's food arranged in the lacquer boxes and special soup with rice cakes, vegetables, etc.
:D :D :D

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* Posted Feb 2, 2013, 7:22 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Takamatsu, Japan - 3rd January 2013

By: hanachan

Melon Pan - a type of sweet bun from Japan
In Japan, western food is often developed and changed in its own way by fusing with Japanese original culture.
It's interesting. What do you think? :D


P.S. Oh, I know I always eat...  :p

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* Posted Feb 2, 2013, 7:26 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Yashima Shrine, Takamatsu, Japan - 13th January 2013

By: hanachan

Yashima Shrine
This shrine was built in 1651 by Matsudaira Yorishige, the first Feudal Load of Takamatsu. It is the place where to worship his grandfather Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate.
When we visit the shrine, first we wash hands. An old tap is often decorated everywhere in the world. In Japan lots of shrine and temples have "Doragons" like this.
Then I went up to the long steps of stone and looked back... wow!
:o :o :o

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* Posted Feb 2, 2013, 7:30 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Ogijima island, Takamatsu, Japan - 10th March 2013

By: hanachan

Ogijima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea. It is next to Megijima, a few kilometers from Takamatsu port. It's a very small island just 4km around, about 150 people lives.
Today we go to the island by ferry boat. 

But...
The weather in the island suddenly turned to bad.
We reached the lighthouse in the stormy rain :(
This is the northernmost tip of Takamatsu city.

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* Posted Mar 14, 2013, 10:59 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kobe, Hyogo pref., Japan - 28th March 2013

By: hanachan

Kobe is the 5th-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo prefecture.
We changed a train at Okayama station. Here the Shinkansen Express "Sakura" is coming. It's hard to take pictures of them, because they come quickly and stop just a few minutes :stare:
After 45 minutes, we reached Kobe. The weather was a little bad :thinking:


From the window of Marine Liner train
Our train is running across the Seto Ohashi Bridge over the Inland Sea. If it were sunny day, we could see a beautiful scenery.
Sakura, the Shinkansen Express train
Sakura N700 Series Shinkansen
In central Kobe city
I found cherry blossoms bloom  :)
Port of Kobe
From the center of the city we walked to the port of Kobe. That red tower is very famous as the Kobe landmark.
The Former Foreign Settlement
The modern-era western style buildings remain standing in the new city.
China Town Nankin-machi
Nankin-machi is a compact chinatown in central Kobe, one of the three Chinatowns in Japan. (others are in Nagasaki and Yokohama) This area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868.

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* Posted Apr 14, 2013, 10:37 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sakura in Takamatsu, Japan - 31st March 2013

By: hanachan

The weather is a little bad also in Takamatsu, but it's warm. Sakura cherry blossoms start to bloom.
Walking around my host hanachan's house, we can see many Sakura trees beside the streets.
Soon they are in full bloom.
;)

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* Posted Apr 20, 2013, 6:53 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu, Japan - 3rd April 2013

By: hanachan

This is Ritsurin Garden, a typical Japanese garden. It is located in the center of the city, among the modern buildings. Stepping inside it is like slipping into another world and another time.
For 228 years long since 1642, the Matsudaira family, the feudal lord of Takamatsu owned and maintained the garden. Today the garden is open to public.
What a wonderful world!
;)


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* Posted Apr 20, 2013, 7:00 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sakura in full bloom, Takamatsu, Japan - 6th April 2013

By: hanachan

Sakura is in full bloom
The blue sky after bad weather which continued caused by low-atmospheric pressure!! ;)

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* Posted Apr 20, 2013, 7:14 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kurashiki, Okayama pref., Japan - 2nd June 2013

By: hanachan

Now our Marine Liner train is running across the Seto Ohashi Bridge over the Seto Inland Sea. We'll soon arrive at Kurashiki city.
Kurashiki, this area is kept the old city view of Tokugawa Shogunate period. (17th-19th century)
There are many historical houses beside the canal. These were once used as warehouse of cotton.
"Kura" of the city's name means warehouse in Japanese.
Today old warehouses were renovated as cute shops.
Look at this restaurant :o Fake dishes made of wax are displayed :D They looks real :o

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