Introduction of Japan:添削前

I‘d like to tell you a little bit about Japan from my point of view.

Japan has five mainlands called Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa. Also, there are thousands of islands in Japan. I live in Ibaraki prefecture in about an hour  northeast of Tokyo on The Pacific Ocean side of Honshu. Needless to say, Tokyo is Capital in Japan. What do you know it is like in Ibaraki ? Ibaraki has Mt. Tsukuba. People say, “Fuji in the west, Tsukuba in the east.” In short, Mt. Tsukuba is one of the most famous mountains in Japan. The view from the top of Mt. Tsukuba is breathtaking. From there, there is a picturesque view of the Kanto plain. Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It‘s 3776 meters high above sea level. There are five lakes around Mt. Fuji called Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Sai, Lake Yamanaka, Lake Motosu and Lake Shoji. Mt. Fuji including these lakes are The World Heritage Site.

Ibaraki also has Kairaku Garden which is one of Three Great Gardens of Japan. It‘s well-known for plum blossoms in spring. The others of Three Great Gardens of Japan are Koraku Garden in Okayama prefecture and Kenroku Garden in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa prefecture. Both of Gardens have a lot of natural beauty in every season.

Tokyo has two radio towers called Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree. The Tokyo Sky Tree is the highest building in Japan and also newer than Tokyo Tower. At present, Tokyo Tower is used by spare radio tower in case that Tokyo Sky Tree is unavailable.

Kyoto was once Capital and is also one of the most famous sightseeing spots. There are more than two thousand shrines and temples there. Kyoto has seventeen world heritage sites such as Ginkakuji temple, Kiyomizu temple , Kinkakuji temple which is covered with gold leaf and so on. Kyoto is well-known the place which has kept on having Japanese traditional “wa” and also popular among not only Japanese but foreigners as well. Also, Kyoto has Amanohashidate which is one of Japan‘s three famous sights.

The others of Japan‘s three famous sights are Matsushima and Miya Jima, which has a Shinto shrine archway above the ocean. There are some famous large statues of Buddha such as the Great Buddha of Nara and the Great Buddha of Kamakura in Japan. The Great Buddha of Kamakura allows people to enter inside the statue and is also smaller than the Great Buddha of Nara. Also, the Great Buddha of Ushiku in Ibaraki prefecture where I live is 120 meters high, the highest bronze standing statue in the world and registered in the Guinness Book of World records.

Hokkaido has a lot of natural beauty and is also popular for ski resorts among foreigners as well as Japanese. I have been to the Niseko ski resort before and enjoyed skiing.

Okinawa also has a lot of natural beauty and is well known for a sightseeing spot which has beautiful beaches.

Kyusyu has Fukuoka prefecture, which is well-known as Gateway to Asia and there are also many hot spring spots.

Shikoku is famous for Shikoku pilgrimage. I wish I would have an experience of it at least once.

Nikko in Tochigi prefecture is one of the most famous sightseeing spots among foreigners such as Sunlight East Shine Palace well known for the place which is brilliant and gorgeous and enshrine Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, Kegon Falls as one of Japan’s three famous waterfalls and so on. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu is one of the most famous historical figures in Japan. The others of Japan’s three famous waterfalls are Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama prefecture  and Fukuroda Falls in Ibaraki prefecture where I live.