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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 Peddy Kim.Today our destination is Japan,a country that 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 /country of more than a 127 million people cramped into a chain of islands,an area smaller than California.Maybe it's not so surprising that such a modern place hold such a strong grip on its cultural 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 / wholesale fish market,handling seafood from 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 / National Park,now Fuji is the highest mount in Japan,rising more than 12,000 feet.Although it's covered by snow several months out of the year,the secret mountain remains one of Japan's most popular attractions./,a south Mount Fuji is a natural wonder of a bay called /.Here bolders enjoy / water conditions.Divers check out the sea life.And researchers congregate to study this wonderful marine habitat.Above water the wild life is no less impressive.The Japan also offers the opportunity to come face to face with some amazing animals,such as the Japanese giant hornet,or the Japanese /.When you are ready for more urban exploration,give traditional Kabuki theater a try.Your best bet for a good show will come in Kyoto,Osaka or Tokyo.Japan's traditional theater is known for highly stylised drama and elaborate makeup worn by its all male performers.
Keep in mind,though,it might not be a great stop for kids.Performances last about three hours.Drinks and snacks are usually available in the /.You can also buy a ticket for a set / or lunch box.It will be served 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  died and gone to  heaven.Japan boast hundreds of famous /.And many of the country's master potters continue the tradition on the island of /.From hand-made Japanese paper called /,to the centries-old art of / puppetry,to the thrill of watching some of Japan's finest athletes competing in the sumo rings of  Tokyo or Osaka.Japan offers the unique promise of experiencing the past,but with one eye always looking toward the future.

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