Kyushu

Suizen-ji

Photowalk to Suizen-ji Park

Suizen-ji Jōju-en is a traditional Japanese garden landscaped around a natural spring pond. It was built by the Hosokawa family in the 17th century. The most interesting aspect of the garden is that it reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido, the road, which connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period, in miniature form, including a small Mt. Fuji.

Today I traveled to Kumamoto almost 750 km away, to visit the lovely Suizen-ji Garden Suizenji Garden (水前寺成趣園) is a Japanese style landscape garden in Kumamoto The garden is named after a Buddhist temple Suizen-ji that no longer exists on the grounds The origins of the garden go way back to 1632, when Tadatoshi Hosokawa, the administrator of Kumamoto, built the Buddhist temple Suizenji It was completed by 1670 and named Suizenji Jojuen which means “Garden of Elegance” Nara to Kumamoto From Nara I took the local train up to Osaka From Osaka I had to take another change-up to Shin Osaka, since bullet trains don’t have a stop at
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

The mysteries of Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

We took a bus all the way from Naha to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. The aquarium goes up to four floors, with tanks containing deep sea creatures, coral and tropical fish. The main Kuroshio Sea Tank holds an enormous 7,500 cubic metres of water, stretching from the first floor all the way to the second floor of the aquarium.

We took a bus all the way from Naha to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium The aquarium goes up to four floors, with tanks containing deep-sea creatures, coral and tropical fish The main Kuroshio Sea Tank holds an enormous 7,500 cubic metres of water, stretching from the first floor all the way to the second floor of the aquarium
Shurijo Castle

The radiant Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle served as the center of politics, foreign affairs and culture of the Ryukyu Kingdom since the 14th century, until Okinawa became a Japanese prefecture in 1879. The World Heritage Site with its brilliant colors and stylish Ryukyu architecture is strikingly different from any castle I have witnessed in all of Japan.

31 October 2019 Update It is a sad sad day as I see helicopters capturing the video footage of the Shuri Castle in flames A massive fire broke out and burned down the Seiden, the main hall, and also the Hokuden and Nanden The fire alarm went off around 2:30 am and by afternoon, the fire had completely gutted six of the castle’s heritage buildings I feel a heavy burden in my heart as one of my memorable moments vanished up in smoke This is my story of when I visited the castle in 2016 Shuri Castle is a Ryukyuan gusuku castle in Shuri,
Aoshima Beach

Fun on Aoshima Beach

We walk down to Aoshima beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Miyazaki. Facing the beach is Aoshima Island, which appears like a pendant from the sky. The island is known for its subtropical plants and straight lines stones called devil’s washboard or Oni no Sentakuita.

We walk down to Aoshima beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Miyazaki Facing the beach is Aoshima Island, which appears like a pendant from the sky The island is known for its subtropical plants and straight lines stones called devil’s washboard or Oni no Sentakuita
Yoshinogari Village

The ancient Yoshinogari village

Today we went to explore the Yoshinogari ruins, that spreads throughout the Kanzaki area of Saga Prefecture. It is one of the largest historical site in Japan, reminiscent of Yamatai Kingdom from the Yayoi Era between 300 BC to 300 AD. The moated village marks the first shift from a nomadic lifestyle to permanent settlements.

Today we went to explore the Yoshinogari ruins, that spreads throughout the Kanzaki area of Saga Prefecture It is one of the largest historical site in Japan, reminiscent of Yamatai Kingdom from the Yayoi Era between 300 BC to 300 AD The moated village marks the first shift from a nomadic lifestyle to permanent settlements Watch this space for the full story
Sakurajima

The sleeping SakuraJima

Today we took a bus to the Kagoshima pier to witness the mighty Sakurajima. Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima. Approximately 10 billion tons of lava has flowed out over the years. Its frequent lava flows have resulted in the former island to be connected with the Osumi Peninsula.

Today we took a bus to the Kagoshima pier to witness the mighty Sakurajima Sakurajima is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and the symbol of Kagoshima Approximately 10 billion tons of lava has flowed out over the years Its frequent lava flows have resulted in the former island to be connected with the Osumi Peninsula
Nagasaki Peace Memorial

Remembering the pain at Nagasaki Peace Park

Remembering the pain of the snuffed souls at Nagasaki Peace Park, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II. At least 70,000 people died in the Nagasaki blast and from subsequent injuries. The attack left its scars for generations to come. The world today sits on a nuclear arsenal that can destroy our Earth, 20 times over. Lets pray, we never have to see that happen.

Remembering the pain of the snuffed souls at Nagasaki Peace Park, commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II At least 70,000 people died in the Nagasaki blast and from subsequent injuries The attack left its scars for generations to come The world today sits on a nuclear arsenal that can destroy our Earth, 20 times over Lets pray, we never have to see that happen Watch this space for the full story

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