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Old 11-01-2005, 10:21 PM
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The opening of the Kyoto Imperial Palace from Nov. 2- Nov.6

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#2: Kyoto news
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Old 11-09-2005, 08:29 AM
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Japanese emperor's biggest tomb. it was made in maybe the 5th century.from sankei news
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Old 11-22-2005, 08:30 PM
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Suzaki Imperial Villa The Suzaki Imperial Villa is located in Suzaki, Shimoda City in Shizuoka Prefecture. It was built in October 1971.

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Old 11-29-2005, 04:00 AM
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Japanese emperor's biggest tomb. it was made in maybe the 5th century.
That's quite fascinating - do you have any more information about that tomb? Who? What? Where? etc.
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:00 AM
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That's quite fascinating - do you have any more information about that tomb? Who? What? Where? etc.
the tomb has an area of about 464,000 square meters and is in Osaka, Japan. Since it's the biggest class of world, people visit expecting it. but,,, we can see only huge woods...:( (the photos at #22 were taken from the airplane.)
the Emperor's name is Nintoku(Ohosazaki-no-mikoto), his reign was the early 5th century. According to tradition he was Emperor Oujin's 4th son, and he undertook the riparian work (flood control), builded an embankment, made the huge bridge, did reclamation work, and made people rich. so he was popular among people in those days. And it's said that he had jealous wife, an Empress. (there is his and her Japanese love poetry) I think.. he's an interesting emperor:)
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Old 12-02-2005, 01:37 PM
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if i understand this correctly :

Emperor & Empress live in Imperial Palace of Tokyo
Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, and Princess Aiko live in Togu Palace
Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, and their daughters live in Akasaka Palace

is that correct?

can anyone give details of Togu & Akasaka palaces? how close are they to the Imperial Palace? how big are each one?
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:13 PM
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if i understand this correctly :

Emperor & Empress live in Imperial Palace of Tokyo
Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, and Princess Aiko live in Togu Palace
Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, and their daughters live in Akasaka Palace

is that correct?

can anyone give details of Togu & Akasaka palaces? how close are they to the Imperial Palace? how big are each one?
The Togu Palace is situated in the Akasaka palace compound along with other Imperial residences. These imperial residences include the residence of Prince Akishino, Prince Mikasa, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Takamado.

I think the Akasaka palace is quite close to the Imperial Palace.

You can take a look at the following pages from Kunaicho website.
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e07/ed07-01.html
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e07/ed07-02.html
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The Togu Palace is situated in the Akasaka palace compound along with other Imperial residences. These imperial residences include the residence of Prince Akishino, Prince Mikasa, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Takamado.

I think the Akasaka palace is quite close to the Imperial Palace.

You can take a look at the following pages from Kunaicho website.
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e07/ed07-01.html
http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e07/ed07-02.html
thank you for the links, mandyy!
it gives me a better understanding..
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State Guest House of Akasaka Palace

all photos courtesy of http://www.geocities.jp/maruko1040jp...geihinkan.html

1. The Akasaka Place, originally constructed as a palace for the Crown Prince in 1909, underwent renovation and remodeling over a period of five years and was newly opened in 1974 as the State Guesthouse. At the time of this renovation, a separate japanese-style annex was built as well. This resplendent Westen-style building designed in the neo-baroque stylewas patterned after the Palace of Versailles. The palace was constructed through the concerted efforts of the leading architects and artisans of the Meiji Era under the overall direction of Dr. Tokuma Katayama. a famous srchitect of the time. With two floors above ground and pne below, this Westen-style palace - the first built in japan - has a total area of some 15,000 square meters.
2. The Asahi-no-Ma is named after the painting on the ceiling, showing a goddess driving a chariot with the rising sun behind her.
The 16 marble columns surrounding the room are from Norway. The wall covering is of Kyoto's Nishijin brocade, while the floor is covered with a carpet in 47 shades of purple featuring a cherry blossom motif.
This room is used as a salon for state and official guests, for holding audiences and other formal meetings.
3. The Kacho-no-Ma derives its name from the numerous flowers and birds depicted in the 36 paitings on the ceiling, the tapestries, and the 30 elliptical cloisonné plaques on the walls. This room is mainly used for holding official banquets by state and official guests, It seats nearly 130.
4. The Central Stairway of Italian marble is overlaid with red carpet. The walls on either side of the stairway are inlaid with shiny French marble. On the wall of the Large Hall on the second floor are two large paintings by the artist Ryohei Koiso.
5. The name Hagoromo-no-Ma comes from the 300 square meter ceiling Painting depicting scenes from the Noh play "Hagoromo" (Rode of Heaven).
The three chandeliers in this room are most gorgeous ones in the palace and weigh 800kg apiece. The walls are decorated with stucco relifs of musical instruments and scores, and there is also a minstrel gallery.
This room is mainly used for receptions and conferences.
6. South View Exterior
7. The Sairan-no-Ma is named after the legendary bild Ran (phoenix) which appears in the golden relif above the large mirrors on the left and right.
The white ceiling and walls are adorned with gilt stucco relifes, while the 10 mirrors on the walls lend a further dimension to the room.
This room is used for such purposes as meetings, ceremonies for signing treaties and agreements, and television interviews with state and official gucsts.
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:15 AM
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A Rare Peek Into Tokyo's Imperial Palace
Young people who live in Tokyo might think that the Imperial Palace, in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of Tokyo, is just a symbol of an old-fashioned monarchy system, fulfilled with a serial of controversy. For others, the East Garden, which is open for public everyday except on national days, might be a nice jogging track or a suitable choice for strolling in a lazy afternoon.

But for the older generation and foreign tourists, the palace is still a popular destination to visit and tour.

On one sunny day last month, I joined a group tour -- made up mostly of those over 65 -- to enter the Imperial Palace. The Imperial Household Agency organizes a regular 90-minute tour inside the complex, but everyone who is interested should apply three or four months in advance. As for my group, a Japanese volunteer arranged the tour way back in 2004. In fact, there is always a long queue for this popular tour..........
http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/se...l=0&datesort=1


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#1: A corner in the complex with police box
#2: Emperor Akihito prepares to greet the crowd on his birthday on Dec. 23, 2004
#3:Fujimi-gayura, this watchtower was reconstructed in 1569 and is one of the oldest remnants of Edo Castle.
#4:Fushimi-yagura, this was moved to the Imperial Palace complex from Fushimi Castle in Kyoto.
#5: Map of Imperial Palace situated in downtown Tokyo
#6: The Chowaden Hall is a part of the Imperial Palace. In front of this building, the Emperor and his family stand on a balcony to greet people on bis birthday (Dec. 23) and on New Year's.
#7: Moat in front of the Kikyo-mon Gate
#8: The head office of the Imperial Household Agency. It was used as the temporary Imperial Palace for some years after World War II until the new Imperial Palace was built.
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Cover Story/ Quest for truth: What secrets did Japan's ancient emperors take to the grave? And will we ever know?

This is the fourth in a series on issues and topics facing Japan's imperial family.
A new challenge is being mounted that may eventually put the Imperial Household Agency in something of a tight corner.
Academics have long called on the agency to open imperial tombs to full inspection to resolve riddles of Japan's ancient past and put to rest lingering doubts about the authenticity of some of the final resting places of emperors.
All this time, the agency, the guardian of imperial tombs and all matters concerning the imperial family, has never accepted these requests on grounds that the "tranquillity and dignity of imperial ancestors" must be respected.
But now, a new twist is being added to the debate over imperial tombs.
It stems from Mayor Keisuke Kihara of Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, who believes he has a game plan to put his city of 830,000 people on the map. In a nutshell, he wants to promote a fifth-century burial mound that is said to hold the mortal remains of Emperor Nintoku. The keyhole-shaped mound is one of the largest burial monuments in the world................
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:o Lanternlamp by night and day at the Imperial Palace garden.



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Inside Imperial Palace at Tokyo.


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Japanese public visiting the Imperial Palace at Tokyo for one ''our'' tour with a guide.


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Wow! That is a beautiful palace, that's one of the nicest I've seen.:)
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The Imperial Palace is covered with snow on January 21, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. It is the Tokyo's first snow this winter despite the fact that Japan has been suffering from the record snow across the country that has killed over a hundred people.

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Wooden heritage of Prince Shotoku
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Area

Prince Shotoku (574-622), the famed statesman of the Asuka period (late 6th century to mid-7th century), is one of the best-known figures in Japanese history.
No other historical person has appeared on banknotes as often as Prince Shotoku, whose portrait has graced notes seven times--three times before World War II and four times since. The term "Shotoku-taishi"--as he is known in Japanese--was once a byword for Japanese banknotes................
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Historic castle likely to collapse in quake
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HIMEJI, Hyogo Prefecture--For centuries, majestic Himeji Castle withstood attacks, fires and natural disasters. Now it appears the so-called White Heron Castle may have been less tough than just plain lucky. A new report suggests the impressive six-story main tower dating back to the 17th century could collapse in an earthquake with an intensity of upper 5 on the Japanese scale of 7..............................
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