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October 05, 2006

Japanese Castles and iPods: The Connection

Himeji castle is a World Heritage site. The residents of Himeji city have created an English-language voice guide of the castle for foreign tourists. They are also creating a homepage that will be launched in November. The voice guide will be made available to tourists at the site via an iPod they can borrow for the duration of the tour. In addition, the English language guide will be provided through their upcoming website as a downloadable podcast.

Imamura-san is credited with having coming up with the idea. He worked with Andrew Richardson, a 25 year old American, on creating the English language guide. The entire project has taken a year and a half to complete. The voice guide lasts for two hours, and it has been suggested that tourists listen to the guide starting at Himeji station and then all the way through the tour around the castle.

Read the entire article at Kobe Shinbun Web News (in Japanese only)
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