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Old 03-20-2006, 06:19 AM
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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...:(
Domo arigato, kei893265! (Correct, I hope...?)

It's a bit late but thanks very much for the information. This is something about Japanese history I didn't know about (not that I know much!). Fascinating to see such complexes and you are lucky to have such things at your disposal.
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:17 AM
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I like their castles, mansions and palaces. They are not that imposing as the Western ones (not to say I don't find the others beautiful).

I enjoyed going through this thread. Thanks, everyone!
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Old 03-24-2006, 07:56 AM
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For those interested in Japanese art
(released from Kunaicho website)
The 40th Exhibits,
The Museum of the Imperial collections, Sannomaru Shozokan

Flowers and Birds
-the spirit of appreciation and the art of painting <Focusing on Jakuchu>
Foreword
 The Doshoku Sai-e (Colorful Realm of Living Beings), 30 scrolls, is the representative work by Ito Jakuchu(1716-1800), the mid-Edo period painter still popular today. Because of the charm of its beautiful colors, exquisite depiction and unconventional composition, it is one of the most admired pieces among our collection. In order to pass down all of the 30 scrolls of this piece in good condition to the future generations, we have undertaken a six year restoration project from 1999. In this exhibition, we will introduce the wonderful depictive expressions of Jakuchu and his Doshoku Sai-e, based on the results of this restoration, along with an introduction of the development of kachoga (flower and bird paintings) around the era of Jakuchu.
 The Edo period when Jakuchu was active, was the era of peace when an affluent culture was created by various expressions of the interests of not only nobles and samurai classes, but also townspeople and common classes. Within this era, interest in natural objects such as animals and plants increased, and a large number of natural history journals were published developing the study. At the same time horticulture prospered in Japan, to what is said to be top level worldwide. Furthermore, books and art works were imported from China and western countries, and the elephant imported in the 18th century surprised the people greatly.
 On the other hand, Japanese kachoga that had developed under the influence of old Chinese paintings passed down in temples, showed a new development since Shen Nanpin conveyed his painting method of highly realistic and richly colorful kachoga. Under this situation, the painters active during the 18th century produced unique kachoga adding new expressions to the former expressions and techniques, contriving realistic and colorful expressions.
 In this exhibition, we will introduce the skillful expressive depiction by Jakuchu, and the works of the same and nearby eras. We hope our visitors will be able to appreciate the unchanging feelings of those who continuously appreciated nature and its flowers and birds, through the various exhibited works by Jakuchu and other artists of the same era.

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http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8396/4021hc.jpg
http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/4905/4046vk.jpg


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http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/11/40-list-e.html
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Old 03-28-2006, 12:42 AM
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Does anyone have photos of Prince Akishino's residence????

Thx in advance!!!
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China asks Japan to return artifact
...........According to the Asahi Shimbun on May 28, Chinese historians have recently called for the exhibit and return of the Hongryojeongbi, currently held at the Japanese imperial palace................
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...ent_602263.htm

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Shinto objects at Imperial Palace moved ahead of anti-quake work

...............During the renovation, imperial family members will perform their regular rituals in the temporary room located inside the palace. On Monday, the "hosen-no-gi" ceremony was held to move the five sacred objects that symbolize imperial ancestors and various gods....................
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060529/kyodo/d8ht9lhg0.html

Photo of the ritual from JIJI press
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Old 07-28-2006, 08:30 PM
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wow, the palaces are much more different from what i thought.
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Palace officials fret over high-rises
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Imperial Household Agency officials are concerned by an increase in the number of high-rise buildings around Tokyo Station because the Emperor's residence can be seen from the buildings' upper floors, they said.
The agency has asked Mitsubishi Estate Co., the company that jointly established Otemachi Kaihatsu Ltd., and which will construct a 37-story building at a site about 600 meters from Tokyo Station, not to situate restaurants facing the palace on the building's upper floors.
The agency pointed out that the Imperial Residence may be visible from the 180-meter-high building, construction of which starts in April on a site in Chiyoda Ward where the Otemachi joint government building was previously located........................
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...08TDY01002.htm

Both images from the map directory at the Yahoo Japan website
#1: Aerial view of the Imperial Residence where the Emperor and Empress lives
#2: Aerial view of the Togu Palace where the Crown Prince family lives
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Overhead view of Imperial Palace

This is a satellite view of the Japanese Imperial Palace I found.

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Old 09-19-2006, 12:21 AM
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Does the pic work? Is everyone able to see it?
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LEAD: Imperial Guard officer commits suicide in imperial compound

An Imperial Guard officer was found with a gun wound in his head Thursday in the imperial compound in Tokyo's Akasaka district and later confirmed dead at a hospital in an apparent suicide, Imperial Guard officials said. The 19-year-old officer, who was assigned duty at the imperial guard station on the Akasaka Estate, where Emperor Akihito's eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito and other imperial family members live, was found inside a restroom at a standby area for on-duty officers around noon Thursday, the officials said.................
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How far are the Imperial residence where the Emperor and Empress lives and the Togu palace where the Crown Princely family lives?

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How far are the Imperial residence where the Emperor and Empress lives and the Togu palace where the Crown Princely family lives?

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I think they are quite close to each other.
Below is a satelite map of the Akasaka Palace grounds that consists of the Togu Palace (the green area in the lower left corner) and the Imperial Palace that consists of the Imperial Residence (the bigger green area in the right side) just to give you an idea of the distance between the two palaces

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Old 10-02-2006, 09:13 AM
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Thanks, mandyy!

Is it posible for you to post some photos of Togu Palace or perhaps a link to this palace, I'm curious!

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Old 10-02-2006, 10:55 AM
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Mandyy - Thank you for that aerial map! I was trying to figure out exactly this information during the time Kiko was in the hospital. I went to a local bookstore and looked at a map of Tokyo -- they had the Imperial Palace grounds and on a separate page the Togu Palace grounds but it didn't give me an idea of how far apart they were. On another note -- the Imperial complexes give some very nice greenspace to downtown Tokyo!
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Thanks, mandyy!

Is it posible for you to post some photos of Togu Palace or perhaps a link to this palace, I'm curious!

Daniela
I have posted photos of Togu Palace before
Below are the links to those posts
Crown Prince Naruhito and Family: News and Photos 3
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Old 10-03-2006, 04:25 AM
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Oh, gosh, thank you mandyy!
I went through this tread, but yesterday I've got a bad day, so I wasn't very attentive to what was posted!

So, if I've understand correctly the Togu Palace is meant for the Crown Princely family to live in, and when there is a new Emperor he and his family moves into Imperial residence, right?

And then where lives a Empress Dowager?

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Old 10-04-2006, 02:21 AM
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Oh, gosh, thank you mandyy!
I went through this tread, but yesterday I've got a bad day, so I wasn't very attentive to what was posted!

So, if I've understand correctly the Togu Palace is meant for the Crown Princely family to live in, and when there is a new Emperor he and his family moves into Imperial residence, right?

And then where lives a Empress Dowager?

Thanks

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Yes the Togu Palace is meant for the crown prince family to live in.
Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako (Emperor Akihito's parents) lived in the Fukiage Omiya Palace (link http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e07/ed07-01-02-01.html). When Emperor Hirohito passed away, Empress Nagako became the Empress Dowager, her son Akihito and daughter in law Michiko were considerate enough not having Empress Nagako to move out of her palace to somewhere(which I don't know),either they or the IHA decided to built the Imperial Residence and it was in used since Dec 1993 (link http://www.kunaicho.go.jp/e07/ed07-01-02.html). Before they moved into the newly built Imperial Residence, they remained living in Togu Palace which was especially built for them back in 1960. When Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada got married they lived temporary in the Togu detached palace (not quite sure if the name is correct) but it's located in the Akasaka palace grounds.

I guess if Emperor Akihito passed away, Prince Naruhito and his family might have to move to the Imperial Residece and Empress Michiko will move to Fukiage Omiya Palace....but this is only my guess.

Togu actually means the crown prince..therefore Togu Palace shouldbe reserved for the crown prince and his family to live in it.
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Thanks again, mandyy.

This Palaces where the Imperial family lives in, are all close to one another, I mean in the same area, right?

Can you post a photo or a link to the palace where lives Prince Akishino and his family, please?

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