Katsura Imperial Villa 桂離宮, Nishikyō-ku 西京区, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan by arjunalistened Via Flickr: Katsura Imperial Villa 桂離宮, Nishikyō-ku 西京区, Kyoto built by Prince Hachijō Toshihito 智仁 (1579–1629). He wrote “Far away, in the country village of Katsura, the reflection of the moon upon the water is clear and tranquil.” Katsura became influential to modernist architects including Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, and New Wave Australian Architects Philip Cox, Peter Muller, and Neville Gruzman who visited in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Osaka Castle in Osaka with autumn leaves, Japan, landmark of Unesco.; Shutterstock ID 227729509; PO: Hotels.com Korea TVC ad; Client: Hotels.com Korea by Leona Via Flickr: Osaka Castle in Osaka with autumn leaves, Japan, landmark of Unesco.; Shutterstock ID 227729509; PO: Hotels.com Korea TVC ad; Client: Hotels.com Korea
Taihei-kaku (2016) by jpellgen Via Flickr: The Taihei-kaku is a hashi-dono (covered bridge) in the garden of Heian Jingu. It was build in 1912 and moved here from the Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho).
Heian Jingu is actually a more modern shrine–built in 1895 for the 1100th anniversary of Heian-kyo (the former capital of Japan was Kyoto, and the word “Heian” refers to this time period and style). The grounds of Heian Jingu are actually a replica of the Imperial Palace. It also boasts the largest torii (Shinto gate) in Japan. You may even be familiar with this location as the main setting for the film Onmyoji, and a focal location in Big Bird in Japan.
Heian Jingu. Sakyo-ku, Kyoto.
United Cutlery has taken the Honshu fighter to next level with this brand new Aizu Ring Fighter. Combining the power and size of a traditional fighter with the tactical applications of a karambit, the Aizu is one of Honshu’s fiercest designs to date.
Mount Fuji is the highest and most famous Mountain in Japan. In 663AD, an anonymous Buddhist Monk became the first person to climb this holy mountain, which is also a volcano. Its last eruption was over 300 years ago.
Standing at a height of 186m, Kurobe dam is Japan’s tallest dam; for my ‘Manechester’ friends, that’s 15m taller than the Beetham Tower! It has a installed hydroelectric capacity of 335MW and began operation in 1963. Surrounded by mountains in the Toyama prefecture (富山県), on the misty day I visited, it really felt in the heavens.