Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Seen around, 4

I don't think I've written about Techno Parking before, but it does turn out that I'd uploaded the photos twice, apparently thinking that I would do the write-up some weeks earlier. Anyway, this is a fairly popular unmanned parking lot system in Kagoshima.

The parking spaces are clearly numbered and the directions spelled out.

Park, leave, come back, enter your space number and pay what you owe.

Note the tire shredder bar under the car. Don't pay before leaving, and you still end up paying.

All of the tourist maps I looked at had this one spot marked as "Statue of Hat". Expecting to see a great big hat sitting on a pedestal, I decided to check it out, even though it was a bit of a walk, being about a kilometer along the Kotsuki river from the Meiji Restoration Museum. The title in the pedestal in Japanese does indeed read "Statue of Hat".

One day, I was walking along route 20 to get to a community building called "San Eru" (possibly meaning "3-L"). On the fourth floor they have public access PCs, with printers and scanners hooked up, for 200 yen for 2 hours (I didn't have a printer then). As I crossed Takenohashi bridge, I came to a "rest home" for street cars (route 20 is a street car line). Note that the above car announces that it runs on Perth Street at one end...

And Miami Street at the other.

Seems that Kagoshima has had a lot of different car designs recently.

Tree Roots along one wall of the Tsurumaru Castle ruins. With the volcano ash and white wash, they almost look petrified.

Ok, I admit that Tsukimidai street is in Tokyo (near Noborito, actually). I just hadn't gotten to running these photos until now. "Tsukimi" is "moon viewing", and in Japan the "man on the moon" is actually a rabbit pounding mochi (rice cakes).

Back in Kagoshima, we have St. Francis Xavier, the Jesuit priest who was the first westerner to introduce Christianity to Japan. The Xavier monument is 2 blocks south of Nakanohiratori street, half a kilometer from the Kagoshima-chuo station.

The marker text reads:
"The Monks in White
Introduction of Christianity
... the history of Japanese Christianity starts here ...
Ninshitsu, the Buddhist priest in Charge of the Shimadzu family temple, Fukushoji, writes of Francis Xavier as a polite and intelligent man of great erudition. Their intimate association is recorded in Discussions between a White Monk and a Black Monk. It was on August 15, 1549 that Francis Xavier led by Kagoshima native Yajiro, first set foot on Satsuma soil and introduced Christianity into Japan.

Takahisa, the 15th Lord of Satsuma, met Xavier at Ichiuji Castle in Ijuin and gave his permission to preach Christianity in his territory. Later, however, Takahisa's attitude stiffened owing to Buddhist opposition and the lack of trading benefits from Christianity. Xavier left Kagoshima to preach the gospel in Hirado, Yamaguchi, Sakai and Kyoto. He returned through Okinohama in Bungo (Oita) to Malacca, and died in 1552 in China. During his stay in Japan he was appointed the first Provincal of India. This stone is part of a commemorative chapel which was built in the Meiji era and bombed in World War II. In 1949, St. Xavir's [sic] church was built with a contibution from the Vatican to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of Xavier's arrival in Japan, and his bust was erected.

Made by Kagoshima sculptor, Yanagita Sho."

Across the street is the more modern St. Francis Xavier church.

(Travel route.)

No comments: