Mikito Katano, BF intercultural guest and “ambassador” from Toyota City (豊田市), writes about his country: Japan (日本).

Kyoto (京都市), which has old traditional buildings, is famous in the world. Tokyo (東京) is Japan’s capital city. It replaced Kyoto (京都市) in 1868. I went to both cities. On my middle school to trip I also visited Nara (奈良市), I was only 12 years old, but I remember a lot. Kyoto (京都市) and Nara (奈良市) were Japan’s imperial capital cities. First , Nara, next Kyoto (京都市), which was the imperial capital for over one thousand years. Nara (奈良市) has many temples for Bukkyo (仏教 – the teaching of Buddha). For example Horyuji (法隆寺) or Todaiji (東大寺), which are very famous temples. Horyuji (法隆寺) is the oldest temple in Japan.

Horyuji Temple

Kyoto’s buildings are for Shinto (神道 – ways of the gods), a Japanese religion incorporating the worship of ancestors and nature spirits and a belief in sacred power in both animate and inanimate things. A fine example is Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺). This temple has a very big stage, for Japanese typical dance.

kyoto - dance

Now Tokyo (東京) is Japan’s capital city. I went there when I left Japan last summer. I used Narita airport (成田国際空港). This is the biggest airport in Japan. It has 3 terminals so me and my friend were lost. But this is a very nice place. If you use Narita airport, you can eat many Japanese foods. For example Sushi (寿司), Tenpura (天麩羅), Wagashi (和菓子 – a Japanese dessert) and try Sake (酒), a Japanese rice wine. But be careful, in Japan you can drink alcohol only if you are at least 20 years old.
Tokyo (東京) has many famous places, Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー The tallest tower in Japan), a hotel called Asakusa Kaminari-Mon (雷門 – The Gate Hotel). If you go to Tokyo, you can see both the Japanese modern town and the old town.

Tokyo Skyline