Discover the hidden history of Japan!

Any tourist guidebook will give you plenty of information on Meiji Shrine or the Imperial Palace, but there’s a lot more to Japan than these big name destinations. Take a walk in any neighbourhood in Japan, and you’ll soon come across a temple or statue. Often there will be a placard describing the history of the site, but the information will only be in Japanese.

Before Monumento, the story behind these places was hidden unless you spoke Japanese. But now you can use Monumento to discover their secret past. Simply take a photo of the placard, upload it, and we’ll textize and translate the content so you too can understand these unknown gems of Japanese history.

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The Nesabu's Shisa and Sangwachi Ashibi  The Shisa (lion dog statute) of Nesabu is said to have been erected facin...

根差部のシーサーと三月遊び(サングヮチャー)  集落に置かれるシーサー(石獅子)は、ムラの守り神として、外から入ってくる様々な邪気をはね返すために据えられ、その災厄をもたらすとされる対象【丘陵や森、ガマ(洞窟)など】に向け立てら...

The Shisa of Tokashiki  The Shisa (lion dog statues) are guardian deities that ward off evil forces from outside t...

渡嘉敷のシーサー  集落に置かれるシーサーは、ムラの守り神として、外から入ってくる様々な邪気をはね返すために据えられ、その災厄をもたらすとされる対象【丘陵や森、ガマ(洞窟)など】に向け立てられていることが多い。字渡嘉敷に位置して...

Former Site of the Noha Ganya  This is the former site of the Ganya for the Noha community. Ganya was a building f...

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