Saturday, 26 January 2013

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM JAPAN

Cape Ashizuri is the southernmost point of Shikoku island and is part of Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park. The cape is covered by subtropical plants and features gorgeous ocean views from stunning 80 m high granite cliffs. The Ashizuri Lighthouse is a round cylindrical concrete tower first lit on April 1st, 1914 (32° 43.0' N 133° 1.0' E). The 18m (59ft.) white lighthouse is peppered with bullet holes received from the U.S. navy toward the end of WWII. It is still active and the light reaches 20.5 nautical miles (about 38 km) far.
Japan issued on October 21, 1966 a commemorative stamp to mark the ninth International Anti-Cancer Congress which was held in Tokyo from October 23 to 29. The stamp depicts a cobalt treatment unit: accelerators and cobalt bombs are mounted on a rotating gantry assuring accurate localization of the beam to the tumor which is placed at the isocenter. 
The Japanese parliament came into existence on November 29, 1890 by Emperor Meiji. It was called the Great Imperial Diet (Dai Nihon Teikoku Gikai), and consisted of two houses - the House of Peers and the House of Representatives. The year 1990 marked the centenary of the Japanese Diet and the 62 ¥ stamp issued on Nov. 29, 1990 shows a stained glass of Central Hall of the Parliament building.

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