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掲載日:2015.11.06

モーガン先生の日本体験日記

8月に初めて日本に来たモーガン先生が、京華女子中学高等学校に通う傍ら、日本の色々なところへ行ったり、体験したことをこれから少しずつこのホームページに掲載していきます。どんなところに興味をもってそれぞれの風景を見ているか、何に惹かれてそう思っているか、英語を読みながら一緒に考えてみて下さい。

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Travelling in Tokyo and Kanagawa

During the week of October 14th I had an incredible opportunity to explore Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. With so many options to choose from I had a difficult time deciding what to see first. Eventually, I chose to visit the Imperial Gardens in Chiyoda, Haibara in Chuo-ku, and Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture. In order to share my adventures with you, I’ve written a diary.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Today I went to the Imperial Palace East Gardens (Kokyo Higashi Gyoen). My initial plan was to visit the Imperial Palace, but was so enchanted by the gardens that I spent most of my time there. The gardens were absolutely beautiful, so I took a lot of pictures. In addition to enjoying the scenery, I also learned some things about Japanese history. I learned that the gardens were planted throughout the Edo Castle’s innermost circles of defense, the honmaru (“main circle”) and ninomaru (“secondary circle). Today, however, very little of the castle still exists.
After visiting the Imperial Palace East Garden I went to a famous Japanese paper store in Chuo-ku called Haibara. The store has a large variety of beautiful paper, cards, envelopes, and other miscellaneous goods. I was so impressed by the quality of each item that I might return to buy cards for family and friends in Canada.
In the evening I watched Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) with a friend. It was a lovely end to a busy day.

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Imperial Palace East Gardens

Thursday October 15, 2015
Today I took a two-hour train ride to Kamakura, Kanagawa. When I arrived I went to see the Great Buddha (Daibutsu). I was able to go inside the Buddha and touch his hollow interior, which was very warm at the time. It was such a cool experience and certainly merited more photographs. On my way back to the train station I was able to visit several temples including Hasedera and Shugenji. I then took the train to Kamakura station where I visited Hachimangu Temple and enjoyed walking along streets filled with various shops. While at the Great Buddha and the Hachimangu Shrine, several Japanese students approached me and asked if they could take a photo with me. It was really nice how happy they were when I agreed to pose with them. It made me happy as well. There is so much to see in Kamakura that I know I need to return to this special place.

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Kamakura

I hope you enjoyed the photos and stories from my adventures, and I look forward to continuing to explore Japan.