Archive for September, 2012

by / on September 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM / in Famous Birthdays, History Today

Famous Birthdays Today: 1867 – Hiranuma Kiichirō, Prime Minister of Japan.

Baron Hiranuma Kiichirō (平沼 騏一郎, 28 September 1867 – 22 August 1952) was a prominent pre–World War II right-wing Japanese politician and the 35th Prime Minister of Japan from 5 January 1939 to 30 August 1939. The modern Japanese politician, Takeo Hiranuma, is his adopted son. Hiranuma established a reputation during his time at the Ministry of Justice as a […]

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by / on September 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM / in Gourmet

Hiyashi Sōmen Noodles Along the Kiyotake River!

While visiting the Takao area of Kyoto I had some Sōmen noodles in a picturesque restaurant along side the Kiyotake River. It was a fine Autumn day and we where seated, Japanese style, by the open window, enjoying our meal and listening to the sound of the water and the occasional bird sitting nearby in some trees. I can highly recommend […]

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by / on September 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM / in Gourmet, Omiyage

Kyoto Delicacies In Takao!

In front of the Saimyo-ji temple is a small shop that sells various kinds of Omiyage and Kyoto delicacies of the local area. The Takao region and the Kiyotaki river are dotted with river side restaurants that offer local Kyoto delicacies to the many tourists that flock here during the Sakura and autumn season. It’s much like the Kibune area in Ohara. […]

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by / on September 20, 2012 at 4:14 PM / in Sakyō-ku, Shin'en Garden, Temples-Shrines

The Shin’en Gardens of Heian Jingu!

The Shin’en Gardens of Heian Jingu!, a set on Flickr. The Shin’en consists of four gardens which surround the main shrine buildings on the south, west, middle, and east. With a total area of approximateley 33,000 square meters, these stroll-style landscape gardens are designated as a national scenic spot representative of Meiji-era (1868-1912) garden design. Nishi Shin’en (West Garden) The […]

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by / on September 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1894 – Japan defeats China in Battle of Ping Yang.

The Battle of Pyongyang (平壌作戦) was the second major land battle of the First Sino-Japanese War. It took place on 15 September 1894 in Pyongyang, Korea between the forces of Meiji Japan and Qing China. It is sometimes referred to archaically in western sources as the “Battle of Ping-yang”. Between 13,000 and 15,000 Chinese troops of the Beiyang Army had […]

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by / on September 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1180 – Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan!

The Battle of Ishibashiyama (石橋山の戦い) was the first in which Minamoto Yoritomo, who was to become shogun less than a decade later, was commander of the Minamoto forces. The battle was fought on September 14, 1180 in the southwest of present-day Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture near Yoritomo’s headquarters at Kamakura. In this, his first attempt to challenge the Taira, Yoritomo was […]

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by / on September 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM / in Historical Events, History Today

Historical Events Today: 1846 – Japan invents the rickshaw!

A pulled rickshaw (or ricksha) is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons. Rickshaws are commonly made with bamboo. The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha (人力車, 人 jin = human, 力 riki = power or force, 車 sha = vehicle), which literally means “human-powered vehicle”. […]

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