Japan

Located in Asia

Today, we will tell you about Japan

Animals

Japanese Macaque

They feature brown and gray fur. The face is red and their tail is shorter than most other species of Monkey. The males are usually about twice the size of the females which helps them to be attractive for mating. The face is hairless and looks very similar to that of an elderly adult. They have large eyes and big ears. They have very long fingers with sharp nails at the end of them.They are able to live in very cold temperatures which is unusual. They can survive in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit in the mountain regions. They also can be found in hot spring areas where the temperatures are warm.
Macaques play with snowballs - Snow Babies - BBC One Christmas 2012

Japanese Badger

Japanese badgers are nocturnal and hibernate during the coldest months of the year.[1] Beginning at 2 years of age, females mate and give birth to litters of two or three cubs in the spring (March–April). They mate again shortly afterwards. Japanese badgers have an omnivorous diet that includes worms, beetles, and berries. Although they remain common, their range has shrunk recently. They presently range over about 29 per cent of the country, an area that has shrunk 7% over the last 25 years Increased land development and agriculture, as well as competition from introduced raccons are threats. Hunting is legal but has declined sharply since the 1970s.
アナグマが寄ってきた/Japanese badger coming to me

Places

Kinkaku-ji Temple

The site of Kinkaku-ji was originally a villa called Kitayama-dai , belonging to a powerful statesman, Saionji Kintsune. Kinkaku-ji's history dates to 1397, when the villa was purchased from the Saionji family by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and transformed into the Kinkaku-ji complex. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son, according to his wishes. The Golden Pavilion, is a three-story building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf.
Kinkakuji Temple -Your Best Japan Guide

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill. The fort was dismantled and rebuilt as Himeyama Castle in 1346, and then remodeled into Himeji Castle two centuries later. Himeji Castle was then significantly remodeled in 1581 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who added a three-story castle keep. Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the World Heritage Sites in the country. The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated National Treasures. Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, Himeji Castle is considered one of Japan's three premier castles. In order to preserve the castle buildings, it underwent restoration work for several years and reopened to the public on March 27, 2015. The works also removed decades of dirt and grime, restoring the formerly gray roof to its original brilliant white color.
Himeji Castle

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period.The temple was founded in 778, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Lemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water. In 2007, Kiyomizu-dera was one of 21 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World. However, it was not picked as one of the seven winning sites.

Kendo Fighting

Kendo (way of the sword) is a Japanese sword fighting martial art that was established sometime in the late 18th century. Much of Kendo is taken from Kenjitsu which was a popular way to practice the art of sword fighting amongst Samurai.

The use of bamboo swords and protective armor came about in the late 17th/early 18th century, allowing the practice of full force attacks in many sword fighting martial arts.

Kendo was banned in Japan in 1946, as the government at the time didn’t want fighting or militarialised practice amongst it’s people. However it was eventually reintroduced to the public in 1950 as Shinai Kyougi, but renamed back to Kendo from 1952.

2012 All Japan Kendo Championships - Final