Japan: Comparison With The Czech Republic
What is the main difference between Japan and the Czech Republic? Surprisingly, this is one of the most common questions that I can hear. As if there wasn’t any answer. As I like to say, in Japan, everything is different. Even the air there is different than the one which we are accustomed. And it's not just a different air, what Japanese nature offers us.
A special feature of Japanese countryside, it can be seen everywhere. In the countryside, in cities, in parks or cemeteries. Every shrub, that grows at the curb or near a benches, is something special. If not how it looks, so by what beetle sits on its leaves or which bird tries to pull out the earthworm from under roots. When talking about the beetles, those could be seen in the summer. Just daylight, Japan through resound the chorus, which for cicadas are responsible. Therefore it is not good to leave the windows open in the summer. If cicada flies into the room, you have no chance of falling asleep.
Immediately after cicadas the birds are waking up. They fly from the trees in the streets with joy plunge for breakfast - bags of trash that people leave outside the door to take them garbage. Depending on exactly what day and what type of waste is not exported, birds chew on the remains of food from plastic cups, cans or paper cups. Fighting birds destroys the bags and so the city remains, the Japanese seem endless. However, although the Japanese Rail birds, they are also admired. The ideal place for their observations can be used for example publicly accessible part of the Imperial Gardens in Tokyo, where birds will also impress the most diverse plants, such as giant hydrangea. Gardens are worth a visit because of the magnificent buildings and imperial palace.
Another peculiarity, which is a large city in Japan feature are cats that prowl on the streets, sleeping in parks and temple complexes and probably uncontrollably are grown in bigger and bigger number. If you go in the evening in one of Tokyo's parks, clearly not escape loud cat's meow. In conjunction with cicadas orchestra is indeed an impressive concert.
In Japan the beauty of nature tourist enjoys only when he is out of town. Japan abounds in places where the beauty of nature to man breathless. One of them is declared Miyajima, an island near Hiroshima. If you get lost on the way local train, which will take you to the port, and if you do not be afraid to cross by boat from the mainland to the island, you will definitely amazed by how perfect is Miyajima. Upon arrival you will enjoy a wonderful gateway to the island, which is surrounded by sandy beaches and is at high tide gradually up to half their height flooded with water. Gate of Itsukushima is part of the temple, which is now protected as a UNESCO monument.
Another reason why to love Miyajima, are animals that inhabit the island. Perhaps the most attractive are tame little deer sleeping on the road and along the coast. It is not difficult to approach, and although it is not enabled, most of the tourists to hold and stroke the animals. On the island there are also deer and a number of beautiful water birds. For its peace and unique nature can remind Miyajima paradise on earth.
Another place where you can meet deer is a city full of temples and important monuments, ancient Nara. Here, however, one must be careful these deer, who pass through the stone lanterns leading to Kasuga Shrine Taischa are much more aggressive than their Miyajima´s friends. In addition, deer and temples in Nara can admire the temple and pagoda Kófukudži before which the pond full of carp basking on the rocks colony of turtles beautiful.
Even tourists who looks at the beautiful Miyajima or fails to attend Naru, may not feel ripped off by the beauty of the Japanese countryside. Maybe just on Kamakura beaches can be admired crab or shells that the sea washes out.
Text/photo: Anna Jarchovská
When you see it on a map it looks rather unremarkable, an archipelago in east Asia. Yet it is a country of amazing history, traditions, nature, and it is an economic powerhouse. You can expect anything before your first trip to Japan. Be sure that the country will surprise you anyway. Perhaps even more than you think.
For the third time, we go visit Japan and one of its largest castles. In Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, the castle which is called Crow Castle is located. Unusually though, it doesn’t stand on a hill, isn’t surrounded with rivers, instead it is on a flat land. It was built in the middle of the 16th century, the era when Osaka catle was built. Hideoshi Toyotomi also played an important role in its history.
We stay on the other side of our planet this week. We will see another monumental Japanese castle.
When I traveled to Japan, as my work required me to do, I didn’t have enough time to see landmarks. However, I had one day to explore the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
When I got to Japan during my work travel, I haven’t too much time to explore it. I lived in Yokohama but I couldn’t miss near capital, Tokyo.
My work has brought me to Yokohama this year, 2013. It is a large harbor city located on Tokyo Bay. In my free time I managed to explore parts of Yokohama on the sea. But from the rest of the city I have seen only nice Yokohama Park.
My work brought me to Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, about 30 kilometers from Tokyo on the west coast of Tokyo Bay. The place of my work duties was located in Red Brick Wirehouse (Yokohama Akarenga Sōko), a beautiful historical building on a shore right next to the harbor.
Once I got an opportunity in my work to travel to a dream land, to Japan. Dream land because it has been already eleven years since I started practicing aikido and thus learning about its culture. And it fascinates me.
How does one of the greatest and most important Japanese cities look?
One of the strangest places in the world, Hashima Island, is located not far away from one of the most important Pacific ports, Nagasaki. What happened to the place that had one of the highest population densities in the world and today is a memorial of thousands of dead miners in its coalmines.
There are things, for those the Japanese are extremely proud. Because Japan for a long time its history did not maintain almost any contact with the mainland and developed in such seclusion, there also developed, except a specific Japanese culture, customs and language and kind of sense of their own uniqueness.
How the Friday and Saturday night life looks like in Tokyo? Completely different than in the daytime. It could be said that this is a completely different city.The streets are lit up, signs and billboards come to life through colourful neon glow lamps. Girls dress skirts about ten to fifteen numbers shorter than normally, use the strong layer of makeup, glue the false eyelashes and going to clubs.
Japanese history is not very discussed topic. De facto people don’t talk about it much. If you try to speak about history, most people think of the events of World War II. The rest remember samurais, bold warrior with katana, samurai sword, and geishas, who are still in the subconscious of people subsumed as prostitutes unfortunately.
Some of us think that the Japanese somehow mask their feelings, they lock them somewhere deep inside. That they just keeps bowing and smiling, they behave artificially. They are "programmed" to well and worked hard for your business, family, and for Japan. And that might not even have any feelings. On it there is only one answer.
Tokyo metro, intercity trains, Shinkansens. Warren of stops and tunnels, hundreds of stations and thousands of Japanese who were swarming among the turnstiles, platforms and trains. When tourists imagine this, they are not ready for singing.
Tokio. City where are living side by side school children in the old-fashioned uniforms, fashion ladies, who spend the morning by shopping in stores, in the parks and all sorts of corners of the city slacking youth skaters with coloured hair, girls with false eyelashes and twenty centimetres high heels, the dogs wears in mini kimons and of course ubiquitous businessmen.
When travelling around Japan, tourist became easily witness of many strange or comical situations. Among the most classic, that everyone known could be - getting lost, of course, waiting for the train on the platform that is cancelled, or disillusionment over public toilets.
Perhaps every tourist, who in Japan goes into the souvenir shop, must try a lot to don’t buy all goods that shop offers. Tourists are attracted by coloured fans, ceramics, kimonos, traditional Japanese woodcuts reproduction, thousands of objects with cute formulas, and of course the ubiquitous Hello Kitty.
What do you imagine when you hear words - Japanese food? I know of someone who would have imagined raw fish and rice. Many people mistakenly believe that the Japanese were nothing more than these two foods don’t eat. And the idea of spending weeks on raw fish and rice is then often forces to bring on a trip to Japan packaged with salami.