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[自然百科] 【整理】2010-02-06 环球风情:日本

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[Homework]2010-02-06 环球风情:日本

Hi, everyone, I'm Petty Kim, today our destination is Japan. A country that is steeped in tradition but one that also lives on the cutting-edge of the 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 cram into the chain of islands, an area smaller than California. Maybe it's not so surprising that such modern place pull such strong grip on its cultural past.
It was only as recently as the late 1800s when the country emerged from 100 years of isolation brought on by its rulers. Nothing embodies the contrasts of tradition and modernism quite like Tokyo. Stay in the capital, a city of 12 million people, you will 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 authetic 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 at 62 miles southwest of Tokyo in the Fuji Hakone-Izu National Park, Mountain Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, rising more than 12,000 feet. Although it's covered by snow several months out of the year, the sacred mountain remains one of Japan's most popular attractions. Just to the south of Mount Fuji is natural wonder of a bay called Suruga. Here boaters enjoy pristine water conditions, divers check out the sea life, and researchers congregate to study this wonderful marine habitat.
Above water, the wildlife is no less impressive. Japan also offers the opportunity to come face-to-face with such amazing animals, such as the Japanese giant hornet or the Japanse macaque.
When you are ready for more urban exploration , give traditional Kabuki theatre a try. Your best bet for good show will come Kyoto, Osaka, or Tokyo. Japan's traditional theatre is known for highly stylized drama and elaborate make-up worn by all male performers. Keep in mind though, it might not be great stop for kids, performances last about three hours. Drinks and snackes are usually available in the foyer, you can also buy a ticket for a set bench/ or lunch box. it will be served to you in the dining room during the intermission.
For those seeking out traditional arts & crafts, Japan won't disappoint. For ceramics lovers, you will think you've die and gone a heaven, Japan boosts hundreds of famous kilns, and many of the country's master potters continue the tradition on the island of Kyushu.
From handmade Japanese paper called Washi to the centuries' old art of Bunraku puppetry to the thrill of watching some of Japan's finest athelets competing the Sumo Rings of Tokyo or Osaka. Japan offers the unique promise of experiencing the past with one eye always looking toward future.







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