Theme Week Japan – Kawasaki

23 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Shirahata Hachiman Daijin Shrine © Jkr2255/cc-by-sa-3.0

Shirahata Hachiman Daijin Shrine © Jkr2255/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kawasaki is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is the 8th most populated city in Japan (including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area) and one of the main cities forming the Greater Tokyo Area and Keihin Industrial Area. As of October 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 1,503,690, with 716,470 households. Kawasaki has seven wards: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-ku – administrative center, Miyamae-ku, Nakahara-ku, Saiwai-ku, Takatsu-ku and Tama-ku.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Osaka

22 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dotonbori © JKT-c/cc-by-3.0

Dotonbori © JKT-c/cc-by-3.0

Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Osaka will host Expo 2025. The city’s west side is open to Osaka Bay, and is otherwise completely surrounded by more than ten satellite cities, all of them in Osaka Prefecture, with one exception: the city of Amagasaki, belonging to Hyōgo Prefecture, in the northwest.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Fukuoka

21 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0

Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu. It is the most populous city on the island, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated on April 1, 1972, by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka, with a population of 2.5 million people, is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka–Kitakyushu zone.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Kobe

20 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Chinatown © Laitr Keiows/cc-by-sa-3.0

Chinatown © Laitr Keiows/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kobe is the sixth-largest city in Japan and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture. It is located on the southern side of the main island of Honshū, on the north shore of Osaka Bay and about 30 km (19 mi) west of Osaka. With a population around 1.5 million, the city is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kyoto.   read more…

Theme Week Japan – Yokohama

19 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0

Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo, and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area.   read more…

Theme Week Japan

18 February 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Tokyo - Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0

Tokyo – Ginza shopping area © Jordy Meow/cc-by-3.0

Japan (Nippon or Nihon, literally “State of Japan”) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south. The kanji that make up Japan’s name mean “sun origin”, and it is often called the “Land of the Rising Sun”.   read more…

The museum ship Nippon Maru

1 June 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Tall ships, Yacht of the Month

Nippon Maru Memorial Park © Captain76/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nippon Maru Memorial Park © Captain76/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nippon Maru is a Japanese museum ship and former training vessel. She is permanently docked in Yokohama harbor, in Nippon Maru Memorial Park. She was built by Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation in Kobe, and was launched on 27 January 1930 alongside her sister ship Kaiwo Maru.   read more…

Kyushu Island in Japan

16 October 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Kyushu Food Booth © Ominae/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kyushu Food Booth © Ominae/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kyushu or Kiushu is the third biggest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. Its alternative ancient names include Kyūkoku, Chinzei, and Tsukushi-no-shima. The historical regional name Saikaidō referred to Kyushu and its surrounding islands. As of 2016, Kyushu has a population of 13 million and covers 36,782 square kilometres (14,202 sq mi). The island is mountainous, and Japan’s most active volcano, Mount Aso at 1,591 metres (5,220 ft), is on Kyushu. There are many other signs of tectonic activity, including numerous areas of hot springs. The most famous of these are in Beppu, on the east shore, and around Mt. Aso, in central Kyushu. The island is separated from Honshu by the Kanmon Straits. Today’s Kyushu Region is a politically defined region that consists of the seven prefectures on the island of Kyushu (which also includes the former Tsushima and Iki as part of Nagasaki), plus Okinawa Prefecture to the south. The region, without the Okinawa Prefecture, includes 2159 islands with a total area of 5450 km².   read more…

Kyoto in Japan

11 August 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Environment, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Kyoto City Hall © Tomomarusan/cc-by-2.5

Kyoto City Hall © Tomomarusan/cc-by-2.5

Kyoto is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu in Japan. It has a population close to 1.5 million. Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, it is now the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture located in the Kansai region, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kyoto is also known as the thousand-year capital. In 1997, Kyoto hosted the conference that resulted in the protocol on greenhouse gas emissions that bears the city’s name. Home to 37 institutions of higher education, Kyoto is one of the academic centers in Japan. Kyoto University is considered to be one of the top national universities nationwide. The original city was arranged in accordance with traditional Chinese feng shui following the model of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang’an (present-day Xi’an). The Imperial Palace faced south, resulting in Ukyō (the right sector of the capital) being on the west while Sakyō (the left sector) is on the east. The streets in the modern-day wards of Nakagyō, Shimogyō, and Kamigyō-ku still follow a grid pattern. Today, the main business district is located to the south of the old Imperial Palace, with the less-populated northern area retaining a far greener feel. Surrounding areas do not follow the same grid pattern as the center of the city, though streets throughout Kyoto share the distinction of having names.   read more…

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