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日日日日日 The Japan Experience Japan is a country of contrasts: Modern technology yet ancient traditions, Millions of people yet very little violence, Extremely clean cities yet no trash cans... Presented by Kimiko Kano April 29, 2010

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Trip to Japan, visiting the cities of Tokyo, Takayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto

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日本の経験 The Japan Experience

Japan is a country of contrasts:Modern technology yet ancient

traditions, Millions of people yet very little violence, Extremely clean

cities yet no trash cans...

Presented by Kimiko KanoApril 29, 2010

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Flight Path to Japan (with an unexpected delay…)

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20 hours later… We’re finally there! Some First Impressions:

High-Tech Toilets

Unique vending machines

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Where we went: 2 weeks, 4 cities

Honshu, Japan’s largest island

Distance from Tokyo to Hiroshima: ~ 420 milesJapan has 6,852 islands, 426 are inhabitedThe area of Japan is ~144,000 sq mi, slightly smaller than CaliforniaHowever, California’s population is ~37 mil, Japan’s is ~128 mil

Shinkansen trains run at speeds up to 160 mph

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First stop, Tokyo “Eastern Capital”Population: over 12 million people

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Tokyo Sightseeing

Tokyo Imperial PalaceHome of the Emperor of Japan

Sony Building

Bike Tour

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Japan’s Main Religions: Shinto and Buddhism

Shinto: Worship of ancestors and natureBuddhism: Spiritual solace and daily guidanceMost Japanese will have a Shinto Wedding and a Buddhist Funeral

Shinto Shrine

Buddhist Temple

Water trough

Entrance gate

Buddhist Statue

Torii gate

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Tokyo Shrines and Temples

Sumiyoshi Shrine on Tsukuda-jima Island

Zojoji Temple, Hanamatsuri festival

Atago Shrine, Steps of Success

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Tsukiji Fish Market The largest fish and seafood market in the world

The auction price world record was a fish that sold for 2 million yen (~$174,000 ). It was a Bluefin tuna weighing 445 lb. The fish shown here is only 1/10th that size.

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Fuji TV Headquarters

Tokyo Big Sight

Odaiba: An artificial island with futuristic architecture

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Fuji TV HeadquartersStatue of Liberty


Tokyo Big Sight

377 ft Ferris wheel

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Tokyo Fashion


Business People

Harajuku style

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Takayama – Denver’s sister city

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Takayama Sightseeing

Takayama Jinya Edo Government Building

Morning Market


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Takayama Festival:One of the best festivals in Japan

There is both a spring and fall festival and each has a different set of floats. This festival triples the population of Takayama, normally around 95,000.

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Hida Folk Village

Gassho-zukuri:Hands held in prayer

This village of traditional thatched houses demonstrates the lifestyle of rural people in medieval Japan

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Sitting room turns into bedroom

Onsen – hot bath

Drinking tea in my yukata

Takayama RyokanA traditional Japanese inn featuring tatami floors, sliding paper doors, and sleeping on a futon

Dining area

Remove your shoes at the door

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Delicious kaiseki mealsMeals consisting of many small dishes and featuring seasonal and regional specialties

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Hiroshima: City of Peace

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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Peace Memorial Park

Cenotaph – contains all victims’ names

A-bomb dome (Gembaku Domu)

Children’s Peace Monument

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Miyajima Island

“Floating torii gate” – at low tide

Itsukushima Shrine

Friendly deer

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Meeting Family

Family GravesiteBrad and me with my cousin, also named Kimiko

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Kyoto – “Capital City”The Capital of Japan from 794-1868

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Heian Shrine

This is was built in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto. Their gardens are famous for their display of sakura (cherry blossoms).

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SanjusangendoThe Temple of 1001 statues of the 1000 armed KannonAlso houses the statues of 28 guardians of Buddhism

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Drinking these waters gives you health, wealth, or wisdom

This temple is known for the amazing views from its veranda that juts out from the hillside

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Nijo Castle:Featuring art from the Kano School of Art… relatives perhaps?

Built in 1603 as the official residence of first Tokugawa shogun. Has nightingale floors and hidden chambers for bodyguards.

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Kinkakuji - The Golden PavilionAn illustration of the harmony between Heaven

and Earth

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Nishi HonganjiThe main temple of Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism

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Nara: The first permanent capital of Japan from 710 - 785

Like Miyajima, Nara also is the home of many deer, but they are a little more aggressive.

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Todaiji Temple:The largest wooden building in the world

Pindola Bharadvaja, Buddhist disciple, master of occult powers

This Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is the largest bronze Buddha ever cast at 16 m high

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Kasuga Taisha:Shrine of 3000 Lanterns

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Japanese Food:Both healthy and delicious

Plastic displays


Bento box


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Figuring out what to order…It was confusing at times, but we managed

It helped when there were pictures!

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Regional Specialties



(blowfish)Conger Eel

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Conveyor belt sushi

We ate a lot of raw fish on this trip

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Entertainment: Pachinko, Karaoke, Purikura

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Conclusion:Japan is awesome and I can’t wait to go back! But first I need to learn to speak Japanese…Questions or Comments?