Japan: Meeting With History
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.
If a man in the Czech Republic to be interested in Japanese history, it will miss him perhaps. Tourism in Japan has the advantage. That the history of this country it literally breathes from every other building or temple, which stands along the way.
One of the most interesting places, where tourist can look into history, the Edo Museum, located in central Tokyo in the district Rjogok. To visitor here is introduced a history and development of the cultural life of capital city. The museum is divided into two parts. Into the part, which introduced the main town in the Edo period, is accessed by a bridge replica of Nihonbaši, on which in 1590 entered the first Shogun Tokugawa Leyasu to the new capital city. The second part is devoted to the city's development after the Meiji era was Renamed Tokyo. The visitor throughout the museum exhibits a number of original and wooden models Introduced kabuki theatre, people's lives in the period, when cross the city walked Samurais, and also the time of inventions of the Industrial Revolution.
If a tourist wants to experience the true samurai atmosphere, he should go by Shinkansen to visit Himeji Castle, a UNESCO protected monument and a popular tourist near Kyoto. The castle is Significant mainly because it is the only surviving a typical example of Japanese castle architecture of Azutchi-Momoyama period. Castle was built in 1333 and has been preserved in its original condition, Including eighty-three buildings and the defence fortifications. With castles Matsumoto and Kumamoto form a unique trio of beautiful Japanese castles and it is considered as a Japanese National Monument, too.
Completely different part of Japanese history you can find in Hiroshima, in a park dedicated to the memory of Victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War. Better said, while walking in the park and visiting of Hiroshima museum tourist feel shiver.
The museum is conceived as a place where everyone should realize that no matter which countries fight against each other, they are always people, who suffer from it. For a symbolic fee here are coming school excursions to show the children, what next generation should be avoided. More and less scare caused by the explosion of a bomb, doesn’t touch them much, because they are running happily among exhibits.
During the tour of the museum visitor will know why the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and something about aftermath of an attack, and especially with the life stories of the victims. Destructiveness of atomic bombs can then be best seen on the building of the Czech architect Jan Letzl, which only one survived the blast near the epicentre, and still stands in the middle of Hiroshima as a reminder of the terrible war. After the war the building was renamed as Atomic House and it really is a unique documentation of what the ordinary Japanese Citizens had to go through to the end of the war. Part of the memorial park is a monument dedicated to child Victims of explosion that is closely linked with the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who survived the explosion. She died a few years later from radiation. The memorial has a form of girl with paper swans overhead, because Sadako Sasaki before her death folds origami swans that according to legend should fill her wish in case she will make thousand of them.
There are things, that are difficult to write about and it hardly remembers, though they can´t be forget. Japanese don’t forget the history, they remind it constantly, organize memorials, cultural festivals, they follow tradition. A lot of the old Japan can be seen in today's modern cities. Which is good ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long time ago, we published an article about one of Japan’s largest cities, Osaka. At the end of it, we mentioned its castle that is only slightly smaller than Prague Castle.
We stay on the other side of our planet this week. We will see another monumental Japanese castle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.