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Gishi no Mokusou

Alex Forencich's contemplations on Life, Engineering, and Japan

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Archive for August, 2010

Yesterday I visited the Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 meiji jinguu) with a group of Japanese students fro JWU. The shrine was originally built in 1921 to commemorate Emperor Meiji. The shrine was rebuilt in 1958 after being destroyed in WWII. The shrine itself is located in a patch of forest next to Yoyogi park (代々木公園 yoyogi kouen), right in the middle of Shibuya, Tokyo.

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The Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival (東京湾大華火祭 toukyou wan dai hanabi sai) is one of the last shows of the summer as well as one of the biggest. This year 12,000 fireworks were launched from Harumi Wharf Park (晴海埠頭公園 harumi futou kouen) and from a barge in the bay near the park. It was quite a spectacular show.

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Today I went on a japanese cultural outing put on by some JWU students. We went to a shopping district in Ueno (上野) and from there went through Yanaka (谷中) and Sendagi (千駄木) to visit the Nedu Shrine (根津神社). Shitamachi (下町) refers to the physically low parts of Tokyo and the areas near the Sumida River (隅田川).

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Japan has a tradition of shooting off fireworks in the summertime at events called 花火大会 (hanabi taikai).  There is pretty much one every day somewhere in Japan for the whole summer.  A few of the shows can involve over 100,000 fireworks.  This page has a listing of all the 花火大会 in 2010.  The first fireworks show that I went to this summer was the 江戸川区花火大会 (edogawa-ku hanabi taikai), the show put on by the Tokyo ward Edogawa yesterday.

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I went back to Akihabara today with Richard and Matt to do some window shopping.  Shortly after leaving the station, though, we saw a rather interesting car:

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