It’s takes 20min from Takamatsu city to Megi island by ferry (360yen one way). The island is famous for beautiful beach and ogre cave from momotaro legend. This island is great to visit during full cherry blossoms. 3,000 cherry trees are planted along the street and observation tower of the island (Mt. Washigamine / Elevation 188m). 続きを読む 瀬戸内海の鬼ヶ島、女木島の桜 – Cherry blossoms of Megi island
There is a mill that has machinery that is driven by water at Rokujo town, Takamatsu city, Kagawa pref., Japan. The architecture and tools were designated by the Government as tangible cultural properties. The water-wheel has about 500 years of history, and is used by the domain of Takamatsu. A water mill is a mill that uses moving water as its power source. It is thus a structure that uses a water wheel to drive a mechanical process such as milling , rolling, or hammering. Such processes are needed in the production of many material goods, including flour and rice. 続きを読む 四国唯一現存、日本国内最古の水車場「高原製粉精米水車場」 Takahara water mill
Bella Vista is located on a plateau overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. Bella Vista means “a beautiful view” in Italian. The ocean and mountains that surround Bella Vista, together with the landscapes that can be viewed from the hotel, all make for an unsurpassed feeling of luxury. The views this stunning scenery can have an outstanding, blissful experience. 続きを読む 瀬戸内の絶景と極上のリゾート「ベラビスタ」 – Bella Vista
Funaya is traditional house style for fisherman. The first floor of Funaya is a combined boat garage and workspace for fisherman, and the second floor is used as a living area. The unique Ine buildings have existed since the 1700s. Now, you can see 230 funaya standing in a row in Ine town, Kyoto pref., Japan. They are Groups of Traditional Buildings. 続きを読む 海とともにある京都の暮らし「伊根の舟屋」Funaya old houses stand at Ine bay, Kyoto
The leading producers of rice are located at North-side of Japan, like Nigata pref., Akita pref. and so on. “The best Japanese rice contest” is the contest to find the best rice of the year in Japan. I can not find the name of rice in the Kansai region (the western region of Japan) in the ranking.
However, the rice in Motoyama town, Kochi pref., “Tenku no Sato (villge in the sky)” got the top prize of the contest 2010! It was unprecedentedness happening which defied the common wisdom that good production regions of rice were located at northern Japan. Tanada （terraced rice paddies along steep hills） is just one example of beautiful Japanese scenery. I took some photographs there.
There are many stone-fields in islands, Seto Inland Sea, Japan. Kitagi island is also known as a stone island. Kitagi stone are used for famous stone buildings in Japan, Yasukuni shrine, Nihonbashi bridge, Nihon bank, Meiji Seimei Hall , Kanagawa pref. Museum, Nakanoshima civic auditorium. 続きを読む 靖国神社の鳥居・日本橋・日銀に使われている石は、北木島の石 The stone island Kitagi
The signs of Takamatsu airport bus become diagrams to show statistical figures, called pictogram. We, citizen group “Administrative Promotion of Takamatsu Creative city” by under 40 years old proposed these sign planning for Takamatsu city.
I went to Hiroshima Municipal Motomachi high-rise apartment. This is a collective housing made in order to eliminate the slum that was called “Atomic bomb Slam”. This architecture has been election of the DOCOMOMO JAPAN 2013. Architect Masato Otaka who designed Sakaide population land has designed this housing complex.
I went to Mount Ishizuchi. It is a 1,982m high mountain on the border of Saijō and Kumakōgen, in Ehime pref., Japan. This mountain is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. It is the highest mountain in Western Japan.
Altitude : 1,982 m
Place : Saijo city and Kumakougen town, Ehime pref., Japan [Google Maps]
Mount Ishizuchi – Wikipedia
Mount Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on the island of Shikoku and also the highest mountain west of Mount Haku. It is known as ‘the roof of Shikoku’ and the sharp, rocky summit resembles a huge stone hammer.
Mount Ishizuchi is an important object of worship in this region and one of the major centers of Shugendō, a sect of mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism. At the top of the mountain there is a small shrine called the Ishizuchi Shrine. This mountain is also known as one of Seven Holy Mountains. There are several sets of heavy iron chains leading up to the summit and this is the route many pilgrims opt to take, the longest set being 68m. However, it is possible to hike all the way to the peak along a trail which includes stairs and ramps with handrails.
The climbing season opens every year on July 1, and women are forbidden from climbing the mountain on this day. Between mid-October and mid-November, people come from far and wide to view the autumn colours.
The area around Mount Ishizuchi is a major part of Ishizuchi Quasi-National Park.
The concept od Sunahama (Sandy beach) museum is “we don’t have museum, but beautiful beach is museum.”.
4km long beach at Kuroshio town, Kochi pref. became the museum without architecture.
For the 25th anniversary of the opening of the museum, some goods which were collaborated with Kaiyodo were released. 続きを読む 高知県の建物のない美術館「砂浜美術館」 – Sunahama (Sandy beach) museum, Kochi pref.
This is the view from Goshiki(5colors)dai plateau to Tarumi Bay, Takamatsu city, Kagawa pref., Japan. And you can see Oduchi island, Seto Inland Sea. There are beautiful houses with a tiled roof in the valley.
Goshikidai is a plateau which juts into the Seto Inland Sea, located to the West of Takamatsu City. The name “goshiki” means “five colors” and it was so named for the five peaks which are respectively red, yellow, blue, black, and white in color. From this location, visitors can look out over the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi bridge, and the Goshikidai Skyline is a great road for a scenic drive. There are a number of facilities on Goshikidai designed to help visitors get the most out of their encounters with the abundant nature on the plateau.
Furthermore, it is said that a great fire that occurred here over one thousand years ago was the cause of the unusual stone, sanukite, to be produced. This stone makes a beautiful tone when struck, and for this reason it is also known as kankan stone. The stone has been made into musical instruments for its beautiful tone, and is loved by musicians and used in concerts worldwide.
The city of Osaka is supported by water transportation, which has allowed it to develop as an economic and cultural hub. Life in Osaka has always been connected with its waterfront, which has been like a place of birth for all that Osaka is, and a driving force of development for the city.
The idea of Osaka as a “city of water,” with its energetic scenery of life centered on the rivers, had almost faded to a distant memory. But now in the 21st century, various projects are underway, aiming to restore the waterfront areas to the lively and active places they once were.
And now, Osaka is once again growing closer to the water, filled with vitality as it evolves and lives in harmony with water. The city of Osaka will restore its status as an Aqua Metropolis as a matter of civic pride. Building up Osaka’s charm as an Aqua Metropolis, this project is focused on reevaluating the city’s relationship with the rivers, which are a source of life-giving water and also help the city develop culturally.
Tatsukushi Coast was designated as the first underwater park in Japan in 1970. Eroded sandstone tablelands dating back 3000 – 8000 years now provide a fantastic view of numerous rocks of unusual shapes along the coast. Various ripple marks and famous rocks such as “Big Bamboo small Bamboo” form natural art works with the Pacific in the background and create wonderful views asa if you entered into another world.
Takeda castle ruin at Asago city, Hyogo pref. is called “Castle in the Sky”. The castle is suffering because so many people come to see it every day. The city win people’s understanding about bearing costs of administrative services.
天空の城、山城遺跡「竹田城跡」 – Castle in the Sky “Takeda castle ruin”
YONAGO, Japan (Kyodo) — The U.S. magazine Journal of Japanese Gardening has picked the Adachi Museum of Art garden in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture, as the best Japanese garden for the ninth consecutive year.
The 165,000-square-meter site housing traditional moss and dry gardens has been selected as 2011’s finest Japanese garden, with specific mention given to its intensive grooming and maintenance efforts and staff attitude.
“Gardens are living and we cannot be at ease even for a moment. We will continue promoting Japanese culture through the garden, devoting our love to every single plant and grass,” Takanori Adachi, director of the museum, said Tuesday, commenting on the honor.
Katsura Rikyu garden in Kyoto was picked second and Ritsurin Park garden in Kagawa Prefecture third in the latest rankings after experts visited more than 850 Japanese gardens across the nation.
The magazine, founded in 1998, has published the Japanese garden rankings since 2003.