Monday, August 13, 2007

Nagoya Field Trip (From the personal diary)

On November 27-29, 2006 I had field trip for Nagoya Aiche, Mie and Nara. In this blog, I would like to post some information about places where I visited during my trip.

Nagoya Castle
Nagoya Castle (名古屋城; -jō) is located in Nagoya Aichi, Japan. Shiba Yoshimune built the original castle around 1525. Oda Nobuhide took it from Imagawa Ujitoyo in 1532, but later abandoned it.In 1610, Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the various daimyo to help with the building of a new castle on the site. The castle's construction was completed in 1612. Until the Meiji Era, the castle was the home of the Owari clan of the Tokugawa family.On top of the castle are two golden dolphins, called kinshachi. They are said to be a symbol of the feudal lord's authority. Both kinshachi were temporarily lowered from atop the castle and displayed on the castle grounds, and briefly at the site of the Aichi Expo 2005 from March 19th until June 19th of 2005, and were restored to the castle on July 9th the same year.
During WWII, the castle was burnt to the ground, and most of its artifacts were destroyed; many of the paintings inside, however, survived and have been preserved to this day. The rebuilding of the castle finished in 1959. Today the castle is a modern concrete building with air conditioning and elevators. In addition, there are plans to reconstruct the Hommaru Palace (本丸御殿 Hommaru Goten), which was also lost to fire during the war. Many of the paintings from this palace were also rescued, and replicas of these paintings will be placed in their appropriate locations within the restored palace.

Toba Aquarium -JAPAN

Toba Aquarium is a huge aquarium in Japan. It is located on the side of a beautiful sea in Mie Prefecture Toba City.A lot of sea animals such as Dugongs called model of mermaid, big Africa manatees, Sea otters, Finless porpoise have been kept.
The living thing of 850 kinds of sea and rivers such as fishes, the medusa, frogs, and the aquatic insects has been exhibited with the water tank that reproduces the environment such as rivers in the coral reef and the world.Moreover, the living thing to live in the sea and the river in Japan is kept a lot in Toba Aquarium. Please enjoy the waterside in the world and Japan by Toba Aquarium.

Some glimpses of Toyota Company

Some glimpses of Central International Airport JAPAN

Todaiji Nara
Todaiji ("Great Eastern Temple") is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara.
Todaiji was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples of Japan and grew so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 in order to lower its influence on government affairs.
Not only is Todaiji housing Japan's largest Buddha statue (Daibutsu), but it is also the world's largest wooden building, even though the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple's size.

Other Glimpse during the trip