Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Nezu Museum (根津美術館, Nezu bijutsukan, formerly: The Nezu Institute of Fine Arts), located in the Minato district of Tokyo, Japan, houses the private collection of Nezu Kaichirō (1860–1940). The museum opened to the public in 1940 and escaped the destruction suffered by the estate property in the bombing of May 1945. Closed due to large-scale renovation and renewal from 2006 onwards, it re-opened in fall 2009 with a completely new museum building by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
Included in the collection are a pair of Edo period folding-screens of Irises by Ogata Kōrin. It also includes other paintings of renown, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and archaeological materials, as well as objects in lacquer, metal, and wood. The collection also consists of Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties. The Nezu Museum is also known for its vast, Japanese-style garden.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
陽光國際水族館(Sunshine International Aquarium)位於陽光大廈10層，內部再現了世界各地海洋和熱帶雨林的自然生態環境，綜合展示空中、陸地和海洋中的各種生物。定時給魚水中喂食和海豹表演以及觀看水族館後台如何飼養各種魚類和動物的特別參觀團極受歡迎。
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Ginza (銀座?) is a district of Chūō, Tokyo, located south of Yaesu and Kyōbashi, west of Tsukiji, east of Yūrakuchō and Uchisaiwaichō, and north of Shinbashi.
It is known as an upscale area of Tokyo with numerous department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses. Ginza is recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Many upscale fashion clothing flagship stores are located here, being also recognized as having the highest concentration of western shops in Tokyo. Prominent are Chanel, Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Flagship electronic retail stores like the Sony showroom and the Apple Store are also here.
Ginza is named after the silver-coin mint established there in 1612 during the Edo period.
Ginza as it appeared in the late 1870s-1880s (Miniature model at the Edo-Tokyo Museum)After the Tsukiji area burnt to the ground in 1872, the Meiji government designated the Ginza area as model of modernisation. The government planned the construction of fireproof brick buildings, and larger, better streets connecting the Shimbashi Station and the foreign concession in Tsukiji, as well as to important government buildings. Designs for the area were provided by the Irish-born architect Thomas Waters; the Bureau of Construction of the Ministry of Finance was in charge of construction. In the following year, a Western-style shopping promenade on the street from the Shinbashi bridge to the Kyōbashi bridge in the southwestern part of Chūō with two- and three-story Georgian brick buildings was completed.
"Bricktown" buildings were initially offered for sale, later they were leased, but the high rent meant that many remained unoccupied. Nevertheless, the area flourished as a symbol of "civilisation and enlightenment", thanks to the presence of newspapers and magazine companies, who led the trends of the day. The area was also known for its window displays, an example of modern marketing techniques.
Most of these European-style buildings disappeared, but some older buildings still remain, most famously the Wakō building with the now-iconic Hattori Clock Tower. The building and clock tower were originally built by Kintarō Hattori, the founder of Seiko.
Its recent history has seen it as a promiment outpost of western luxury shops. Ginza is a popular destination on weekends, when the main north-south artery is closed to traffic. The traffic blockade began in the 1960s under governor Ryokichi Minobe.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Kabuki-za is a theater in Ginza, Tokyo built for performances of Kabuki
(a form of traditional Japanese performing arts).
To this day, Kabuki is being performed here for more than 100 years.
Currently The Kabuki-za is under reconstruction. Meanwhile, Kabuki is being
performed at Shinbashi Enbujo Theater in Ginza , and other theaters.
Kabuki is one of a few truely Japanese Theatrical entertainment , with its
specutacular stage setting, beautiful costume and make-ups and dynamic stage
actions. You can enjoy the story and the cultural background behind it with
English ear phone guide, which is available at the theater.
For detailed show schedule, please go to Official Kabuki Web (in English)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hibiya Park (日比谷公園, Hibiya Kōen?) is a park in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan. It covers an area of 161,636.66m2 between the east gardens of the Imperial Palace to the north, the Shinbashi district to the southeast and the Kasumigaseki government district to the west.
The land was occupied by the estates of the Mōri clan and Nabeshima clan during the Edo period, and was used for army maneuvers during the Meiji period. It was converted to a public park in 1903.
The park is famous for the Shisei Kaikan (市政会館?), a brick building built in Gothic style in 1929, which once housed the Domei Tsushin state wire service and its postwar successors Kyodo News and Jiji Press.
The park is also known for its open-air concert venue, and for its tennis courts (for which reservations are hotly contested due to their proximity to the financial and government districts).
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
The current and two following pictures are taken in the district of 六本木 (Roppongi), famous neighbourhood of Tokyo. Well known for its large contration of "Gaijin" (foreigner) and it's high activity by night, 六本木 has been my second house for the past 5 months ! So many bars, clubs and restaurants standing next to each other, sometimes 5 per building... A typical night would be to have a few drinks at a bar with friends, then move to a club around and basically change club every 2 hours ! Yeah, changing club can be done by crossing the street . I've taken the pictures on a quiet night cause, of course, I simply don't take my camera with me otherwise...
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The current Imperial Palace (皇居, Kōkyo) is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo, a short walk from Tokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan's Imperial Family.
Edo Castle used to be the seat of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1867. In 1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed during World War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.
From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.
The palace buildings and inner gardens are not open to the public. Only on January 2 (New Year's Greeting) and December 23 (Emperor's Birthday), visitors are able to enter the inner palace grounds and see the members of the Imperial Family, who make several public appearances on a balcony.
During the rest of the year, guided tours of the palace are offered in Japanese, with an English pamphlet and audio guide provided. Tours must be reserved in advance with the Imperial Household Agency. Reservations can be made over the internet
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Aqua City is a compound commercial complex located in the Odaiba area of the new Tokyo waterfront subcenter, an area attracting a lot of attention with the development of many business and commercial facilities. With the theme of "creating an entertainment town" for the pleasure of people of all age groups, and aiming at being a bright and enjoyable facility, Aqua City opened in the spring this year. In order to make the most of the rich natural environment of Odaiba Sea Park, the 260meter-long building was built in the image of a Mediterranean village. The building becomes more set back the higher it gets, and is painted in bright, soft pastel colors. 150 restaurants, bars and retails shops, 13 cinema complexes and five attractions occupy the building, and there is a self-propelled parking area for 900 cars in the center. Lengthways, the whole facility is divided into three zones, the West Zone, Central Zone and Mediage. There is a 260meter-long seaside promenade deck along the water that as well as working to join the three zones, also provides a relaxing and enjoyable area.
Within the complex, Mediage, a new type of operation for the Sony group is attracting much attention. It is a general entertainment center that includes attractions never before seen and a 13-screen cinema complex. Mediage makes up one-third of the total floor space of Aqua City. Surrounding an atrium, it consists of the 13-screen cinema complex, three attractions with different themes and music cafes where you can enjoy meals while listening to live music, and other restaurants and shops all with their own strong themes.
In the center of Mediage is a public zone centered on the atrium that uses natural lighting, "green walls" and trees to make you feel "relaxed" with all five senses. Controlled use of lighting and colors in the cinema complex differentiate it from suburban cinemas. An old New York city corner taste is used with the interior of the music cafes to keep a distance
Sunday, November 6, 2011
调色板城(PALETTE TOWN)是位于台场的大规模综合商业设施。作为台场地标的摩天轮(Odaiba Ferris Wheel)、再现中世纪欧洲街道的主题公园型购物中心 维纳斯城堡(Venusfort)、日本最大级别的现场演出设施 ZeppTokyo、以汽车为主题的体验型娱乐设施MEGA WEB等，颇具特色的人气设施集结于此，是可以快乐享受一整天的景点。
从摩天轮(Odaiba Ferris Wheel)上可以远望东京塔、彩虹桥、羽田机场等东京都心的风景，天气好的日子还可以望见远处的富士山。一圈约16分钟时间所观赏的景色，是珍贵的私享景观。另外，夜晚的彩灯尤其美丽，使用13000个霓虹灯管的彩灯装饰变换诸多类型，仿佛是照亮东京夜空的枝形吊灯。
调色板城的一部分，丰田汽车馆(Toyota City Showcase)是陈列丰田汽车的大厅，在这里您能观看和触摸最新丰田车型和汽车辅助部件，可以试驾一辆真正的汽车(“Ride One”)或乘坐一辆自动电力汽车(“E-com Ride”)。过去的老汽车陈列在“历史车库”里。