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By Sumiko Kajiyama

Discover the center of jap tradition with this three-part go back and forth advisor. First, stopover at Kyoto, the place you can find a thousand years of background from the traditional love tale the story of Genji to the normal tea rite. Then head to Tokyo to adventure Japan's state-of-the-art capital, the place the twenty-first-century kawaii tradition collides with landmarks just like the Kabuki-za Theater and the Imperial Palace. For a distinct point of view, enterprise outdoors the town to the beach cities of Tohoku, the zone principally stricken by the 2011 tsunami catastrophe. Written by way of neighborhood specialist Sumiki Kajiyama and illustrated in energetic animation kind, this e-book introduces readers to Japan's nationwide heroes and must-see locations from a uniquely jap point of view. Informative, pleasing, and important, Cool Japan is a perfect creation for any traveller searching for a deeper figuring out of jap tradition, previous and present.

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There is a statute of Murasaki Shikibu at the foot of Uji Bridge, and a monument of a scene from Uji Jujo is at the other side. ” There are many spots of historical interest related to the Heian period for tourists and Genji fans alike. Byodo-in Temple’s Ho-o-do (Phoenix Hall, a UNSECO World Heritage Site) is the city’s must-see spot. If you have a ten-yen 48 coin, flip it around to see the picture on the back: Phoenix Hall. This hall dedicated to the Amida Buddha has transepts to its left and right, and it seems just like a phoenix spreading its wings.

This background is very similar to that of Hikaru Genji. Minamoto-no-Toru built a large mansion, Kawarano-in, near Kamo River in Heian capital, and it is belived to be the model of Hikaru Genji’s mansion, Rokujo-in, in The Tale of Genji. ) However, geographically speaking, this site is a little away from Kawaranoin’s site. Thus, it could be a folktale. Still, there is a memorial tower for Minamoto-no-Toru and the garden is full of the Heian court culture’s atmosphere. It is an ideal site to experience the world of The Tale of Genji.

This hall dedicated to the Amida Buddha has transepts to its left and right, and it seems just like a phoenix spreading its wings. The image reflecting on the pond is also breathtakingly beautiful. There is a 280-year-old wisteria tree, which has gorgeous flowers blooming on a trellis during the spring. The purple wisteria flowers fit perfectly with the elegance of Heian culture. , Tokugawa Art Museum Byodo-in Temple was created by Fujiwara Yorimichi, the chief advisor to the emperors, in 1052, by remodeling the resort house that he inherited from his father, Michinaga, who was the most powerful and influential political noble of that time.

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