Category Archives: Shizuoka

Finally Mt.Fuji got newly listed as a World Heritage Site

Now Japan is celebrating this news with the festive mood. As for this decision, there was an additional pleasant surprise for us. That’s ‘Miho pine grove’ was accepted as a part of Mt.Fuji-related cultural assets. ICOMOS(International Council on Monuments and … Continue reading

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Gyokusenji temple where the first American consulate in Japan was placed

A zen temple, Gyokusenji is located in Shimoda, Shizuoka.  This was where the first American consulate in Japan was placed.  Japan had closed the country from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries.  During that period, Japan developed in the unique way but fell far behind Western countries in … Continue reading

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Gotemba premium outlets

Gotemba premium outlets are placed in Gotemba city, Shizuoka.  Gotemba is very close to a famous hot spring resort, Hakone.  Because of easy access from Tokyo and the views of Mt. Fuji, this is one of the most popular outlet malls in Japan.  These … Continue reading

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February 23rd is Mr.Fuji day

Mr.Fuji is called ‘Fu-ji-san’ in Japanese.  2-2-3 can be pronounced Fu-ji-san, too.  That’s why February 23 is Mt. Fuji day.  Japanese like this kind of word play:) Now Japan has 16 UNESCO world heritage sites.  But Mt. Fuji, maybe the most famous Japanese symbol … Continue reading

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Emergency supplies in preparation for earthquake disasters

Today January 17 is the 17th anniversary of the great Hanshin Awaji earthquake that had about 6500 victims.   And about 10 months have passed since March 11 earthquake and tsunami. We can learn many things from these disasters. Shizuoka earthquake disaster control center … Continue reading

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Earthquake Disaster Control Center

Shizuoka where I’m living now has been believed to have a massive earthquake and tsunami even tomorrow for many years.  So it is one of the prefectures that are best prepared for the disaster in Japan.  I visited Earthquake disaster control center Shizuoka … Continue reading

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Miho pine grove, the scenic spot that was depicted by Hiroshige

Miho pine grove is regarded as one of the 3 new most beautiful scenic locations in Japan.  Miho means Miho peninsula located in Shizuoka prefecture.  This is very famous for the great harmony of the view of Mt. Fuji, a beach and a pine grove. You walk through this … Continue reading

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