Posts Tagged History

Manhole Covers: Drainspotting Adventure & Factory Tour

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Katana

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世界遺産・奈良 春日大社の「万灯籠」

During the festivals of Setsubun Mantoro (February 2–4) and Obon Mantoro (August 14–15), the thousands shrine lanterns of Kasuga-taisha are all lit at once

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清水寺 青龍会|Kiyomizu-dera Seiryu-e

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Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp



Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today – 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during World War II. More than a million people – the vast majority of them Jews – died there between 1940, when it was built, and 1945, when it was liberated by the Soviet army.

Railway tracks into Auschwitz-Birkenau – Trains filled with victims from throughout occupied Europe arrived at the camp almost every day between 1942 and the summer of 1944.



Ruins of wooden huts at Birkenau – Birkenau (or Auschwitz II) was erected in 1941 solely as a death camp, the wooden huts are now in ruins with only brick fireplaces and chimneys remaining.



Entrance to Auschwitz I -The wrought-iron sign over the entrance bears the words Arbeit Macht Frei – “Work sets you free”.



Auschwitz I – The brick-built buildings were the former cavalry barracks of the Polish Army.



Courtyard between blocks 10 and 11 at Auschwitz I – Block 11 was called “the Block of Death” by prisoners. Executions took place between Block 10 and Block 11 and posts in the yard were used to string up prisoners by their wrists.

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Houshi

Houshi (english) from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.

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4 hours



Last year on March 15 the platforms for the Toyoko Line at Shibuya Station moved from the second floor to the fifth floor basement, ending the 85-year history of above-ground operations. The event drew large crowds of train aficionados and their cameras who gathered in hordes to bid farewell to the very last train.

The train tracks had to be shifted several feet down to accommodate the new underground line. And 1200 workers were standing by waiting, in a massive coordinated effort, to relocate the entire span of train tracks before the 1st train would roll in at 5:00 AM. They had just 4 hours.

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Castle In the Sky /天空の城

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