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Old March 24th, 2005, 07:06 AM   #1
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Chugoku 中国 & Shikoku 四国 (Hiroshima, Okayama, Tokushima, Yamaguchi, etc 広島・岡山・徳島・山口・など)

Hiroshima's LRT network




Hiroshima Astram Line (Light Metro/Skytrain)





Hiroshima's suburban rail map



Hope people from Hiroshima correct me if I'm getting it something wrong.

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Okayama LRT
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Thanks for your contribution, CO2. Okayama's LRT looks very good.
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Regarding Hiroshima: The Astram Line is a rubber-tired shin koutsuu ( 新交通 ) (new transit) system similar to the Yurikamome line in Tokyo, except the Astram is older (1994), longer, has a short underground segment (1.8km IIRC) and has a driver.

The "LRT" network would more accurately be described as a streetcar network. The only line that would qualify as modern LRT is the westernmost (red) one to Miyajima-Guchi ( 宮島口 ).

the "suburban rail" network is actually a map of the JR rail in the prefecture. The segment of the Kabe line (the one purple one that snakes around to the northwest of Hiroshima) between Kabe( 可部 ) and Sandankyo( 三段峡 ) was abandoned on November 30, 2003. I rode it 1 week before it closed - and boy was that train crowded! (and slow... it went waaay up into the mountains.) Originally the plan was to extend the line all the way to Hamada, but even an express train would take 3 hours or so to make the crossing from the Seto Inland Sea to the Sea of Japan. That compares favorably with the driving time on surface roads, but the final blow for the rail line was the construction of the Hiroshima-Hamada expressway. Right now the rail is still in place but they recently went through and dismantled the grade crossings (fumikiri - 踏切 ). There's a small grassroots organization trying to preserve the right of way for use as a tourist railroad - Ohtagawa Railway, Ltd. ( 太田川鉄道有限会社 ), but they've run into a number of setbacks.

Here's a couple photos I took over the year that I spent living there:







Let me know if you'd like an explanation of any of them =)

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Hiroshima & Onomichi, Dec. 05

Shinkansen "Hikari Rail Star" bound for Hakata (Fukuoka)


Downtown Skyline



"Atomic bomb-dome"


Skyline seen from ferry


Itsukushima-Shrine, Miyajima Island


Stage built in the water

A real postcard motive: "Torii" in the sea


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Omomichi (117.000 inh.), east of Hiroshima (Hiroshima Prefecture):

Temples

View on the numerous islands of the Setonai-sea


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Shikoku nice beach


from his blog ....so nice
http://beninjapan.blogspot.com/
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Speaking of which, is Hiroshima part of Southern or Western Japan? (or does it belong to another geographic location???)
It's in Chugoku region, Western Japan.
Hiroshima Prefecture
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 05:13 PM   #12
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Thanks for that excellent set, EtherealCat
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The redevelopment project of Hiroshima Station South Exit gets the green light!
52 stories (187m)
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hi, i'm new here. just browsing when i found this thread. i was just wondering..

is there a Chugoku 中国 in japan? i google it and found myself transported to china.

by the way, i have'nt been to japan but i like the country. it looks cool. especially the ancient japanese architectures. simple yet elegant and it blends harmoniously with the natural environment.

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hi, i'm new here. just browsing when i found this thread. i was just wondering..

is there a Chugoku 中国 in japan? i google it and found myself transported to china.
Cyugoku Chihou (中国地方) in Japan has no relation to Mainland China at all.
Historically, there had been 2 advanced regions in Japan: North Kyushu (北九州) and Kansai (近畿)。 Until the Edo period, Tokyo (関東) had been the backward region with extremely thin population. At that time, Japan's most important region from every aspect had been North Kyushu (北九州) and Kansai (近畿).
Hence, the corridor between North Kyushu (北九州) and Kansai (近畿) was called 'Cyugoku (中国)', literally means 'the middle of the country' (中国).
And even today, the region including Hiroshima and Okayama, is called Cyugoku: the middile of the country.
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Cyugoku Chihou (中国地方) in Japan has no relation to Mainland China at all.
Historically, there had been 2 advanced regions in Japan: North Kyushu (北九州) and Kansai (近畿)。 Until the Edo period, Tokyo (関東) had been the backward region with extremely thin population. At that time, Japan's most important region from every aspect had been North Kyushu (北九州) and Kansai (近畿).
Hence, the corridor between North Kyushu (北九州) and Kansai (近畿) was called 'Cyugoku (中国)', literally means 'the middle of the country' (中国).
And even today, the region including Hiroshima and Okayama, is called Cyugoku: the middile of the country.
thank you coldstar. so it's a name of a region in japan.
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additionally, China had never been called as '中国 cyugoku' by the people in Japan until some decades ago.
Historically and exactly, the Japnese label China as '支那 sina’, or the names of the kingdoms in China then were used as the generic names of mainland China. eg. 清 shin, 唐 tou, 漢 kan.
Hence from historical point of view, for the Japanese, the term '中国 cyugoku' is applicable to the region around Hiroshima only.
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Back when I was in Hiroshima from '03-'04, the neighborhood immediately southeast of the train station there was grungy, borderline seedy. Not in a good way like the back alleys of Nagarekawa, but in a bad way like lots of pachinko and nothing else. In other words, nothing of note at all on that block. Wonder what happened to that proposal, though? I don't think my brain could take reading that entire environmental impact assessment (when you're this out of practice it makes your head hurt) but it seems this would be 52 stories (a new tallest for Hiroshima - that condo tower in Hakushima was 42 or 48 stories or something like that.) It would also include 1,330 parking spaces (That's a US-like parking ratio.. or worse!) Come on! Do you really need that much parking RIGHT NEXT TO friggin Hiroshima station?! In fact, the entire "East Tower" is nothing but 11 stories of parking (on top of 2 stories of retail.)
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Hiroshima update

New Baseball Stadium (u/c)


Hiroshima Station Re-development

Red : B block 200m (Planning)
Bule : C block 167m (Planning)
Green : Wakakusa-cho Re-development 100m~150m (u/c, Planning)
include Hiroshima Sheraton Hotel.

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