Dennis A. Amith

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The One about Asukayama Park in Kita Ward

Back in early 18th century Japan, it is said that shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune had many cherry trees planted in an area in the Kita area for the citizens of Tokyo (a.k.a. “Edokko” and back then, the term referred to people who were assertive, straightforward, cheerful and people who worked as a merchant, had a business or was involved in trade). Back in 1873, the Daijo-kan (Japan’s pre-modern Imperial government under Ritsuryo legal system during and […]

Travel Guide: The One about the Differences between Temples and Shrines

When going to Japan, it’s easy to confuse temples and shrines. But they are quite different. Temples are Buddhist sites, while shrines are Shinto sites.  It’s even more confusing by the fact that there are some areas that meld the two religions together.  And that they co-exist, so at times,  you will find a temple and shrine together. Buddhism  is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely […]

The One about the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Museum in Kita

When it comes to American industrialists, we are familiar with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes to name a few. In Japan, one name that is quite well-known is Shibusawa Eiichi (Shibusawa is his family name).  Known as the father of Japanese capitalism, he spearheaded the introduction of Western capitalism to Japan after the Meiji Restoration. Shibusawa is known for introducing double entry accounting, joint stock corporations and modern note-issuing banks.  In fact, Shibusawa founded […]

The One about Kita City Asakuyama Museum

Located at Asakuyama Park in Kita Ward is the Kita City Asakuyama Museum. Established in 1998, the museum is one of the three museums located at the park.  The second floor being the entrance, reception room and auditorium, the third floor is the learning room, snack room, while the first floor is the exhibition room that showcases the history of Arakawa. The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 pm. (tickets for the exhibition room […]

The One about the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame Part 1

Located at Tokyo Dome City, next to Tokyo Dome, is the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. Opened back in 1959, 20-years later after the establishment of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame is no doubt a wonderful and must-see place for baseball fans. The museum opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 from March to September and at 5:00 p.m. from October through February […]