adventure of my life (Hajime Hirayama:平山新)

Memo of the guide on April 6

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Memo of the guide on April 6 1.14:00 At Shinjyuku sta. How do you do? Nice to meet you. I'm Hajime Hirayama, today's guide. I’m a student of Chris’s English class. (Once every two weeks, I learn English from him during lunch time.) We'll have a two hour- tour visiting Tokyo Met. Gov. and Meiji Shrine. ==If the weather is nice, we will walk on upper ground. Otherwise we'll use the underground roads. 2. On the way to Tokyo Met. Gov. This area is famous place where many people are waking busily. So please follow me as close as possible and don’t lose my figure. This is famous  an electrical appliance shop called "Yodobasi Camera". The purification plant once stood in this area, but it was  so large that it was moved to the suburb of Tokyo. The plant was called "Yodobashi plant” and the name is still remained in the shop's name. 3. This is the Keio Plaza hotel. The hotel is the first high rise building in this area. It was build 1974. 50 year's ago, the area was designed as the sub center of Tokyo. According to the design, the area has been constructing many office and government buildings and roads. Now the area has more than 20 tall buildings including Tokyo met. Gov. office and our company  Taisei Corporation. The roads  including underground and pedestrian road were also well designed and have been constructed. Many buildings are connected with underground roads. 4. 14:15 This is Tokyo Met. Gov. Building. IT is 248m high, it has 48 floors. The Observation room is 45 floor and this elevator is for exclusive use to the observation floor and it takes you to the floor within 50 sec. Tokyo Metropolitan Gov. consists of three Buildings, the main building, the second Building and The Gov. assembly building. These buildings were built in 1990. 5. 14:20 This is the observation floor. You can see the center of Tokyo in every angle. North-east South -east South-west North-west have you satisfied the view from the room ? We’ll go to the Meiji Shrine next. It will take 20 min from here. Do we need to take a short restroom break?  Let's meet here again after 5 min. 6.14:40 == explain another Shinjuku area waking back to the Shinjuku-station 7.14:50 I'll teach haw to buy ticket to Harajyuku sta. --- IC-card or ticket Ticket-gate 8. 15:05 At the entrance of the Shrine Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine deeply rooted in the ways of Japanese life. Shinto has no holy book, no founder, but values harmony with nature and respects ancestors . Unlimited number of Kami(Gods) can be seen in nature , mythology and human beings. This shrine is dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji who died in 1912 and Empress Shoken who died in 1914 People at the time wished to commemorate their virtues and revered them forever. Various People donated 100,000 trees from all over Japan and from oversees. People worked voluntary to create this forest and established in 1920 Emperor Meiji 122nd emperor of Japan and contributed opening of the country to the world. He took initiative to promote friendship with foreign countries to introduce Western civilization and developed technology. At the same time, he preserved Japanese identity. Thus laid the foundations of modern Japan. His wife, Empress Shoken did not  only support the Emperor behind the scenes but also promoted national welfare and women’s education. 9. 15:10 Torii gate(entrance to the sacred(hallowed) ground, Taru sake(Barreled sake) Temizuya, Main shrine building, Ema are pictures of horses drawn on wood, the upper part of which has a roof, and presented to temples and shrines when making vows or when one's prayer is answered . They are mostly used in praying for success and  in passing entrance exams. In ancient Japan, there was the practice of presenting horses when praying for something, but this later changed to offering votive pictures of horses. At present, there are other pictures besides horses. Omikuji are written oracles, obtained by drawing lots in which the good or bad luck of events is indicated when going to pray to Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples. (One's overall fortune can range from outstanding to average to bad, covering various aspects of life such as academics, business, marriage proposals, and victory or defeat.) At New Year most people visit shrines, and enjoy drawing omikuji. However, rather than for the purpose of actually learning about their fortunes, most people seem to draw them with a sense of pleasure. Omikuji are written on long narrow paper and usually are tied to trees after being read in hopes that their prayers will be answered. 10. 15:50 At Harajyuku Thank you very much for taking time and having my guide tour. I’d be happy if my guiding was helpful for your understanding Japan’s new and old tradition and culture. I hope that your concerts would be successful. Take care and good by.
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