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[自然百科] 【整理】2010-02-06 环球风情:日本

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Hi, everyone. I’m Pattie Kim. Today our destination is Japan. A country that steeped in tradition and one that also lives on the cutting edge of future. It’s one of the few places in the world where tradition and change go hand in hand, a place built on paradox. This is Japan, a thriving country of more than 127 million people cram into a chain of islands, an area smaller than California. Maybe it’s not so surprising that such a modern place pulls such a strong grip on its culture past. It was only as recently as the late 1800s when the country emerged from hundreds of years of isolation brought on by its rulers. Nothing embodies the contrast of tradition and modernism quite like Tokyo. Staying in the capital, a city of over 12 million people, you’ll be able to experience some of the best shopping, dining and cultural treasures the country has to offer. And if you are looking for a taste of authentic Tokyo, you don’t have to go far. Head down to the Tsukiji wholesale fish market handling seafood for the entire region around Tokyo.

For a breath of fresh air, plan a day trip to the iconic Mount Fuji, located 62 miles southwest of Tokyo. In the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji is the highest mount in Japan, rising more than 12000 feet. Although it’s covered by snow several months out of a year, the sacred mountain remains one of the Japan’s most popular attractions.

Just to the south of Mount Fuji, it’s a natural wonder of a bay called Saruga, here boulders enjoy pristine water condition. Divers check out the sea life and researchers congregate to study this wonderful marine habitat. Above water the wild life is no less impressive. Japan also offers the opportunity to come face to face to some amazing animals such as the Japanese giant hornet or the Japanese macaque.

When you’re ready for more urban exploration, give traditional kabuki theater a try. You’d best bet for a good show while coming to Kyoto, Osaka or Tokyo. Japan’s traditional theater is known for highly stylized drama and elaborate make-up worn by its all male performers. Keep in mind though, it might not be a great stuff for kids. Performance lasts about 3 hours. Drinks and snacks are usually available in the foyer. You can also buy a ticket for a set bentou or lunch box. It’ll be served to you in the dining room during the intermission.

For those seeking out traditional arts and crafts, Japan won’t disappoint. For ceramics’ lovers you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Japan boasts hundreds of famous kilns and many of the country’s master potters continue the tradition on the island of Kyushu.

From hand-made Japanese paper called washi to the centuries old art of bunraku puppetry to the thrill of watchings some of the Japan’s finest athletes competing in the sumo rings of Tokyo or Osaka. Japan offers the unique promise of experiencing of the past but with one eye always looking to the future.
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Hi, everyone. I’m Patti Kim. Today our destination is Japan. A country that steeped in tradition and one that also lives on the cutting edge of future. It’s one of the few places in the world where tradition and change go hand in hand, a place built on paradox. This is Japan, a throbbing country of more than 127 million people crammed into a chain of islands, an area smaller than California. Maybe it’s not so surprising that such a modern place pulls such a strong grip on its culture past. It was only as recently as the late 1800s when the country emerged from hundreds of years of isolation brought on by its rulers. Nothing embodies the contrast of tradition and modernism quite like Tokyo. Staying in the capital, a city of over 12 million people, you’ll be able to experience some of the best shopping, dining and cultural treasures the country has to offer. And if you are looking for a taste of authentic Tokyo, you don’t have to go far. Head out to the Tsukiji wholesale fish market handling seafood for the entire region around Tokyo.

For a breath of fresh air, plan a day trip to the iconic Mount Fuji, located 62 miles southwest of Tokyo. In the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji is the highest mount in Japan, rising more than 12000 feet. Although it’s covered by snow several months out of a year, the sacred mountain remains one of the Japan’s most popular attractions.

Just to the south of Mount Fuji, it’s a natural wonder of a bay called Saruga, here boulders enjoy pristine water condition. Divers check out the sea life and researchers congregate to study this wonderful marine habitat. Above water the wild life is no less impressive. Japan also offers the opportunity to come face to face to some amazing animals such as the Japanese giant hornet or the Japanese macaque.

When you’re ready for more urban exploration, give traditional kabuki theater a try. You’d best bet for a good show while coming to Kyoto, Osaka or Tokyo. Japan’s traditional theater is known for highly stylized drama and elaborate make-up worn by its all male performers. Keep in mind though, it might not be a great stuff for kids. Performance lasts about 3 hours. Drinks and snacks are usually available in the foyer. You can also buy a ticket for a set bento or lunch box. It’ll be served to you in the dining room during the intermission.

For those seeking out traditional arts and crafts, Japan won’t disappoint. For ceramics’ lovers you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Japan boasts hundreds of famous kilns and many of the country’s master potters continue the tradition on the island of Kyushu.

From hand-made Japanese paper called washi to the centuries old art of bunraku puppetry to the thrill of watchings some of the Japan’s finest athletes competing in the sumo rings of Tokyo or Osaka. Japan offers the unique promise of experiencing of the past but with one eye always looking to the future.
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