Sunday, March 2, 2014

JP-500753 & JP-500863

Two very different official cards, both from Japan. 

JP-500753, sent by Kiziri.
Shionomisaki Lighthouse is a lighthouse on Cape Shiono in Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan.The lighthouse was designed by Richard Henry Brunton, who was hired by the government of Japan during the Meiji period to help construct lighthouses to make Japan safe for foreign ships. It was first lit on September 15, 1873; 138 years ago. - in

Photo by MORI hideo / Designed by NDC Grafics / Produced by Kohga Communications Products Inc. 
JP-500863, sent by Harumi.
Yokohama Chinatown (Yokohama Chukagai) is Japan's largest chinatown, located in central Yokohama. 
Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. It became the residence of the many Chinese traders who settled down in the city. 
Today, a large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the narrow and colorful streets of Chinatown, while the number of actual residents has been decreasing. 
Four colorful gates stand at the entrances to Chinatown, and five more gates can be found within. The Kanteibyo is a gaudily colored temple in the center of Chinatown. Constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents, it is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity. - in:

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