I guess everyone knows sumō, the Japanese fighting sports with the massive fighters only wearing belts. Sumō has a home in Tōkyō, Japan – the arena Ryōgoku Kokugikan. Here important official tournaments take place and you can learn more about this Japanese tradition. Continue reading “Sumō”
The Meiji-jingū is a Shintō shrine in the city quarter of Shibuya in Tōkyō, Japan. It is dedicated to the soul of the Meiji-tennō and his wife. It was built after their deaths in 1912 and 1914 and was finished in 1920. It was destroyed by bombs in 1945 – but repaired by 110000 people who volunteered to restore it.
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I’ve seen many town halls throughout Europe – mostly old and traditional buildings with many decorations. In Tōkyō, Japan everything is different: here the Tōkyō Metropolitan Government Building is a set of very high skyscrapers.
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A little bit outside of the city center of Tōkyō, Japan, close to the harbour and Disneyland you can find the Tōkyō Sealife Aquarium. You can see 600 species from the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and from Arctic and Antarctic.
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The Tōkyō Tawā is a television tower in Tōkyō, Japan. It is 332 meters high replica of the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France. It is made of steel and colored in orange and white to prevent planes crashing into into. It was built in 1958.
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When I’m abroad I love to go to zoological gardens. You can learn a lot about a society when you see how they treat animals. And in Tōkyō, Japan I was really surprised: those silent and emotion-free Japanese people started to laugh and smile at the zoo.
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The Sawanoya Ryokan in Tōkyō, Japan was my first traditional ryokan hotel ever. It still has the spirit of past times, you’re welcomed by a very friendly family and the best of all are the two Onsen baths.
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The Sensō-ji (or Asakusa-dera) is the biggest and most important Buddhist temple in Tōkyō, Japan. It’s history goes back to the year 628 when fishermen found a statue in their nets. From 645 on a temple was built at this place that has later been extended.
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It is the biggest fish market in the world and it’s a good reason to wake up early: the Tsukiji fish market in Tōkyō, Japan. 2200 tons of fish and seafood are traded here each day; including big tuna fish used especially for sushi. It roots back to the 16th century and was created to provide the Tennō and his house with fresh fish.
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At the Sengaku-ji temple in Tōkyō, Japan you can find same graves that have a special meaning for the Japanese people. The story of the 47 rōnin (samurai without a patron) is a national myth every child in Japan learns.
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