Japan

Very Large Buddhas

Seated at the top of 268 steps in the Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong, is the Tian Tan Buddha – the world’s largest ‘seated outdoor bronze statue of the Buddha’. The 34 metre tall sculpture can be seen facing…

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Monday, 29th May 2006

World’s Largest Football?

Here in Niigata, Japan, we can see what may well be the world’s largest football! Presumably it’s a gas tank of some sort – can anyone translate the japanese? It’s likely that this ball was decorated for the 2002 World…

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Wednesday, 5th April 2006

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

This is the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge in Japan – the largest suspension bridge in the world. Suspension bridges are measured by the length of their main span (i.e. the longest distance between suspension towers), and the Akashi-Kaikyo has an absolutely massive…

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Monday, 3rd April 2006

Chubu Centrair International Airport

Opened just last year on a specially built man made island Centrair International Airport is Japan’s third off-shore airport and is shaped like a capital “D” so that currents inside the bay will flow freely around the island. The airport’s…

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Saturday, 4th March 2006

Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, was designed by Kenzo Tange to house a gymnasium, basketball court and Olympic swimming pool for the 1964 Summer Olympics. His futuristic tent-like design later inspired the architect behind the 1972 Olympic Park…

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Saturday, 14th January 2006

Kokyo

The Japanese Imperial Palace is called Kokyo and is regarded as the heart and soul of Tokyo. The Imperial Palace is located on the former site of Edo Castle, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls…

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Monday, 2nd January 2006
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