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Underground Tokyo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Date :01 June 2008
 

Tokyo is a metropolis of high rise skyscrapers above ground.  But little do many realize the vast underground world that exists below the city.  Underground shopping arcades and the subway are just one aspect. There are also underground storehouses which contain emergency supplies in the event of a disaster. The National Diet Library is also built mostly underground (4 floors above, 8 floors below) in order to store the ever growing collection of books. A huge network of tunnels also run under the cities roadways which helps to consolidate the various utilities and to help protect them in case of a major earthquake.

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Japan has become the world leader in the toilet industry refining this essential facility with high-tech functions and ecological innovations.

Overview of Himeji Castle

Some secrets of Himeji-jo are revealed.
Hiraizumi (平泉) is a town located in Nishiiwai District, Iwate, Japan. It was the home of the Hiraizumi Fujiwaras for about 100 years in the late Heian era and most of the following Kamakura period. At the same time it served as the de facto capital of Oshu, an area containing nearly a third of the Japanese land area. At its height the population of Hiraizumi reached nearly a million people, rivalling Kyoto in size and splendor.  Chusonji Temple is the only building from 12th century Hiraizumi that exists today.

The Inland Sea, formerly known as the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海 or Seto Naikai) is the body of water separating three of the main islands of Japan; Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. In addition to connecting Osaka Bay and providing a transportation link via sea in the Kansai region, the Inland Sea also serves as an international waterway connecting the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean. 3000 islands are located within the sea including Awajishima, Itsukushima (also known as Miyajima), Shiwaku Islands, and Shodoshima. Three series of bridges (Akashi-Kaikyo, Great Seto, Setouchi Shimanami Kaido Express) collectively known as the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Project connect Honshu and Shikoku.

This short video highlights cycling the area via a route along the Shimanami Kaido.

The Popular Tokyo English Bus Tour conducts tours throughout Tokyo with english speaking guides.


Tokyo is a metropolis of high rise skyscrapers above ground.  But little do many realize the vast underground world that exists below the city.  Underground shopping arcades and the subway are just one aspect. There are also underground storehouses which contain emergency supplies in the event of a disaster. The National Diet Library is also built mostly underground (4 floors above, 8 floors below) in order to store the ever growing collection of books. A huge network of tunnels also run under the cities roadways which helps to consolidate the various utilities and to help protect them in case of a major earthquake.

Japanese rice also known as japonica is of the short-grain variety.  Several varieties exist including brown rice (genmai), polished white rice, and mochigome which is used for making mochi.  A byproduct of the polishing process is rice bran (komenuka) which is often used in pickling or reused as fertilizer.  Rice in Japan is often cooked in a rice cooker.  The rice is first washed until the water becomes clear to remove the coating (in the past, this used to be a form of talc to help keep bugs away but today, the powder is often how rice is fortified with nutrients).  Leaving this powder will often result in cooked rice that has a pasty consistency.  Before cooking, it is usually soaked in water for a period of time (between 30 minutes to an hour).  The soaking process allows water to penetrate into the kernel and allow for more even cooking during the steaming process.  When prepared properly (rice cookers do the boiling and then steaming process all automatically), the cooked rice has a sticky texture.

Yakushima (屋久島) is an island located south of Kyushu in Kagoshima Prefecture. The island is known for being powered by water since over 50% of its electricity is via hydroelectric. The surplus power has been used in the production of hydrogen gas as part of an experiment by Kagoshima University. Yakushima has also been a test site for Honda's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle research. While there are no hydrogen cars on the island, there are a few electric cars that are run by the municipality.

Old wooden homes provide value in their timber for use in modern structures

Japan's tsunami warning system is profiled.

Miso (味噌) is produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans, with salt and the fungus kōjikin (麹菌). This results in a thick paste used for pickling vegetables or meats, and is also mixed with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup (味噌汁, misoshiru). Miso is high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals. Miso is considered a staple in Japanese cooking and it is alo gaining in popularity worldwide.

Beach cleaning utilizes both new and old techniques to sift debris from the sand

This Japan video topic covers water purification efforts and how the use of carbon fiber has been useful in improving the quality of water in rivers and lakes.

Ramen (ラーメン) is a dish of noodles served in broth that originated in China but has a Japanese twist to suit their taste.  The secret of ramen is in its broth which is often a secret blend of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), vegetables, and fruits that are cooked for lengthy periods of time.  The dish is often garnished with toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー, char siu pork), dried seaweed (海苔, nori), kamaboko, bean sprouts, green onions.  Almost every locality or prefecture in Japan has its own original variation of ramen, from the tonkotsu ramen of Kyushu to the miso ramen of Hokkaido.

Staying at a World Heritage Site - Mount Koya.  Koya-san (高野山) is a mountain in Wakayama prefecture (located south of Osaka). Mt. Koya is primarily known as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and in 2004, was designated a UNESCO
Japanese lacquerware which is referred to in several different ways including shikki (漆器); lacquer ware, nurimono (塗物); coated things, or urushi-nuri (漆塗); lacquer coating covers a wide range of arts and crafts including paintings, boxes, and wares such as hashi (chopsticks), shamoji (rice paddle), and bento containers.

An izakaya (居酒屋) is a combination of restaurant and bar which offer a wide array of affordable dishes that accompany drinks.

Short overview of Itsukushima-jinja on Miyajima Island.

Mobile phones are an evolving worldwide phenomenon. In Japan, where 8 out of 10 people own a mobile phone, the pace of change is especially rapid. New technologies and ideas are continually emerging for using this device to make daily life more convenient.

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