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The most prized part of the monkfish is the liver, called "ankimo." Mar 23, 2019
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At JR Isohara Station, our tokkyu express train back to Ueno, Tokyo.Mar 22, 2019
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Tourist information center at JR Isohara Station.Mar 22, 2019
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A sea wall being built. After 8 years, we hardly saw any other remnants of tsunami or quake damage.Mar 22, 2019
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Kita-Ibaraki also has flat, sandy beaches.Mar 22, 2019
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Appetizers. The food is good though.Mar 22, 2019
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Marsala restaurant has Hawaiian decor, but no Hawaiian food. Only tropical drnks in summer.Mar 22, 2019
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Marsala restaurant has Hawaiian decor.Mar 22, 2019
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Marsala restaurant near the Izura Coast. マルサーラMar 22, 2019
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Hina Matsuri dolls displayed at the museum entrance.Mar 22, 2019
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The museum has fine views of the ocean and southern coast of Fukushima (Iwaki). You may also notice a power plant. That's not the one that had a meltdown in 2011. It's the Nakoso Power Plant (勿来発電所), a thermal power plant (non-nuclear) operated by Joban Joint Power Co., Ltd.Mar 22, 2019
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Movie poster for the movie, "Tenshin."Mar 22, 2019
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Authored "The Book of Tea" in English in 1906. Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin Memorial Room explained the life and achievements of Tenshin. Founded Nihon Bijutsu-in (Art Institute of Japan) and moved it from Tokyo to Izura coast in Kita-Ibaraki in 1906.Famous painter Yokoyama Taikan also followed him to Izura where he painted.Mar 22, 2019
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Lobby of Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art was named after Tenshin Okakura (1863–1913 岡倉天心), an accomplished art scholar and promoter of Japanese art, especially Nihonga paintings. He was proficient in English.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki. Beautiful art museum in a beautiful place on the coast.Mar 22, 2019
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Izura Misaki Park has this lookout tower. 五浦岬公園 展望慰霊塔Mar 22, 2019
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Izura Misaki Park on the coast.Mar 22, 2019
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He is being revered here for helping to save Kyoto and Nara from World War II bombings.Mar 22, 2019
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Along the path to Rokkakudo was this bust of Harvard professor and art historian Langdon Warner (1881–1955) who once studied under Tenshin.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin's home on the Izura Coast, near the Rokkakudo Pavilion. Can't go inside.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin's home on the Izura Coast, near the Rokkakudo Pavilion. Mar 22, 2019
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Artist-inspiring scenery around Rokkakudo.Mar 22, 2019
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Scenery in front of Rokkakudo.Mar 22, 2019
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Scenery around Rokkakudo.Mar 22, 2019
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Inside Rokkakudo. There's supposed to be tatami mats. Great place to be, for sure.Mar 22, 2019
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The glass windows were made in the UK.Mar 22, 2019
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There's a short path going down to Rokkakudo. Small admission charged. (五浦六角堂).Mar 22, 2019
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Izura Rokkakudo (五浦六角堂). It is now being maintained by Ibaraki University and it continues to be a sacred spot for Japanese artists.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin used Rokkakudo to listen to ocean waves and gaze at the scenery. On March 11, 2011, it was washed away by the tsunami, but it was rebuilt in 2012. Mar 22, 2019
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The small red pavilion is Izura Rokkakudo (五浦六角堂), the symbol of Kita-Ibaraki. Izura Rokkakudo was originally designed and built in 1905 by artist Okakura Tenshin (岡倉天心) as part of his residence. His house is on the left..Mar 22, 2019
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The Izura Coast is Kita-Ibaraki's most scenic area.Mar 22, 2019
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Room's veranda.Mar 22, 2019
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Large and private corner guest room inside Kimura Buzan home. It costs about ¥18,000 per person per night to stay here.Mar 22, 2019
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Fancy corridor inside Kimura Buzan home.Mar 22, 2019
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Fancy corridor inside Kimura Buzan home.Mar 22, 2019
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Outdoor bathtub made of Shigaraki-yaki pottery (from Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture).Mar 22, 2019
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Corridor with pebbled floor near the outdoor bath.Mar 22, 2019
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A smaller guest room.Mar 22, 2019
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Itsuura Kanko Hotel's gracious proprietress in a beautiful guest room in the former Kimura Buzan residence.Mar 22, 2019
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Tokonoma. Many of the materials are quite rare and valuable today.Mar 22, 2019
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A large guest room.Mar 22, 2019
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Buzan's beautiful tea ceremony room. Available for rent for tea ceremonies.Mar 22, 2019
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Entrance lobby of Kimura Buzan home. The wooden sign says "Buzan Residence."Mar 22, 2019
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Garden of Buzan home.Mar 22, 2019
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Itsuura Kanko Hotel Honkan lobby.Mar 22, 2019
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Itsuura Kanko Hotel Honkan lobby.Mar 22, 2019
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Lobby with Hina Matsuri decorations.Mar 22, 2019
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This is Itsuura Kanko Hotel's "main wing" (Honkan). It is also the renovated residence of painter Kimura Buzan. (木村武山)Mar 22, 2019
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Hotel gift shop had this noren curtain with Rokkakudo design.Mar 22, 2019
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Hotel gift shop.Mar 22, 2019
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Rokkakudo as seen from the hotel.Mar 22, 2019
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View from the hotel.Mar 22, 2019
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Breakfast included natto fermented soybeans. Ibaraki is famous for natto.Mar 22, 2019
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Large banquet hall for breakfast.Mar 22, 2019
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Dessert. We were stuffed.Mar 22, 2019
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Sushi.Mar 22, 2019
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Lobster in miso soup.Mar 22, 2019
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my Hitachi Wagyu beef.Mar 22, 2019
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Local Hitachi Wagyu beef.Mar 22, 2019
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Hotel staff cooking my Hitachi Wagyu beef.Mar 22, 2019
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Biwa lute-shaped dish.Mar 22, 2019
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Typical room in the hotel's modern tower. This is the living room.Mar 22, 2019
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Dinner, appetizers.Mar 22, 2019
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Our banquet room for dinner.Mar 22, 2019
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Typical room in the hotel's modern tower. Mar 22, 2019
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This is a typical room in the hotel's modern tower. Twin beds.Mar 22, 2019
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Beautiful tokonoma and painting.Mar 22, 2019
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Another part of the Taikan house.Mar 22, 2019
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The Taikan house also has a small outdoor hot spring bath.Mar 22, 2019
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Outside the living room, a moon-viewing deck.Mar 22, 2019
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Another room of the living room.Mar 22, 2019
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This used to be the Yokoyama Taikan's living room, now one of the rooms where you can stay. Mar 22, 2019
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Main corridor inside Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall.Mar 22, 2019
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Taikan artifacts.Mar 22, 2019
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Statue of Yokoyama Taikan (), a very famous Japanese Nihonga painter. Taikan was born in Mito, the capital of Ibaraki. (横山大観)Mar 22, 2019
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Entrance foyer of Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall where we stayed.Mar 22, 2019
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Part of the Itsuura Kanko Hotel is the Yokoyama Taikan Memorial Hall (横山大観記念館 特別室) that has been renovated into a special guest house.Mar 22, 2019
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Itsuura Kanko Hotel's okami-san or proprietress (女将) speaks English. The hotel also has English-speaking staff.Mar 22, 2019
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Complimentary matcha tea and sweets prepared by the okami-san.Mar 22, 2019
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Near Rokkakudo Pavilion on the Izura coast is Itsuura Kanko Hotel (五浦観光ホテル), pictured here on the cliffs. This was our hotel for the night. Since it was on these high cliffs, the hotel was largely untouched by the 2011 tsunami. The land in this area is also very solid rock, so the hotel suffered little quake damage in 2011.Mar 22, 2019
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When we arrived at the hotel, it was just in time for the tea ceremony conducted by the proprietress (女将) in the lobby.Mar 22, 2019
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Lovely flowers in the hotel lobby.Mar 22, 2019
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In the hotel lobby, Hina Matsuri dolls displayed for Girl's Day in early March.Mar 22, 2019
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In the hotel lobby: Kita-Ibaraki's official mascots, An-chan and Kou-chan. Together, they are "Ankou" which means "monkfish," or angler fish that is the city's most famous delicacy. An-chan is a fisherman, and Kou-chan is a monkfish.Mar 22, 2019
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About the cedar tree.Mar 22, 2019
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Rare cedar with three trunks.Mar 22, 2019
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Rare cedar with three trunks.Mar 22, 2019
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Walking to the famous cedar tree.Mar 22, 2019
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Benzaiten Shrine.Mar 22, 2019
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Gods worshipped by Hanazono Shrine includes Sanno, the mountain deity. Mar 22, 2019
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Hanazono Shrine priest.Mar 22, 2019
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Three monkeys on Honden.Mar 22, 2019
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Honden main shrine. The shrine architecture is the Gongen-zukuri style which is an ornate style with colorful and intricate sculptures.Mar 22, 2019
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Koma-zaru guardian monkeys (instead of dogs).Mar 22, 2019
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Haiden worship hall. 拝殿Mar 22, 2019
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Haiden worship hall. 拝殿Mar 22, 2019
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Ema prayer tabletMar 22, 2019
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Romon GateMar 22, 2019
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About the pregnant tree.Mar 22, 2019
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Hanazone Shrine's pregnant tree, now an object of worship for wannabe mothers and pregnant mothers for a safe childbirth.Mar 22, 2019
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Hanazono Gorge, a major tourist spot in Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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Hanazono Shrine (花園神社) is in the scenic Hanazono Gorge in the mountainous interior of the cityMar 22, 2019
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An-chan and Kou-chan mascots in Aloha shirts.Mar 22, 2019
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Standard size room in Minshuku Uohiko.Mar 22, 2019
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JR Isohara Station welcome sign.Mar 22, 2019
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Large room in Minshuku Uohiko.Mar 22, 2019
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Minshuku Uohiko uses natural hot spring for the bath.Mar 22, 2019
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Onsen Minshuku Uohiko lodge near Hirakata Port. Ankou-nabe is a specialty. Recently renovated. 温泉民宿 魚彦Mar 22, 2019
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The whalers needed water and vegetables to cure the scurvy (caused by the lack of Vitamin C) that afflicted their shipmates. In early Aug., more British ships arrived that landed 55 men to seek the release of the prisoners. Also, the Mito Clan also brought in neighboring clans like the Taira Clan as reinforcement for a potential battle. Cannons were pointed at each other, but a conflict was averted by giving the whalers the water and food that sent them along their way away from Japan. In return, the whalers gave guns, spears, felt, gold, and silver as payment and had to promise not to approach Japan again.Mar 22, 2019
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On May 28, 1824, multiple British whaling ships appeared off the coast of Otsuhama in Kita-Ibaraki. Twelve British whalers in search of provisions landed on the beach. They were captured by local authorities belonging to the Mito Clan who ruled most of what is now Ibaraki Prefecture.Mar 22, 2019
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Yo-soro Museum also has this kami-shibai storytelling room. Story about British whalers who landed on Otsuhama beach in Kita-Ibaraki in May 1824 at a time when Japan had isolated itself from the rest of the world and largely barred foreigners from Japan. Mar 22, 2019
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The museum also has display panels showing the tsunami damage suffered by Kita-Ibaraki. This is the Hirakata area. After the coastal Tohoku prefectures, Ibaraki Prefecture suffered major tsunami damage. Besides major damage along the coast, the interior areas had numerous landslides, collapsed walls, and damaged roads due to the quake. Mar 22, 2019
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Display of all the fishes caught in Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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Since Kita-Ibaraki is closest to the Tohoku Region, it was one of the hardest-hit cities in Ibaraki by both the earthquake and tsunami (second wave around 5 meters high).Five people in Kita-Ibaraki died directly from the tsunami and one was missing. Later, five more people in Kita-Ibaraki died due to related causes. Total of 186 injured. Over 8,000 homes in Kita-Ibaraki were damaged and up to 5,000 people evacuated to emergency shelters.Mar 22, 2019
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Museum director tells us about the Ofune Festival.Mar 22, 2019
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Main exhibit is this large wooden boat used in a 200-year-old local festival called Ofune Matsuri held only once every 5 years in early May.Mar 22, 2019
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"Yo-soro" means "Go ahead" for boat navigation.Mar 22, 2019
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Yo-soro Fishing History Museum, 5 min. by taxi from JR Otsuko Station. 北茨城市漁業歴史 資料館「よう・そろー」Mar 22, 2019
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Akatsukien onsen minshuku dining room. ¥14,000/night including dobujiru.Mar 22, 2019
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This is monkfish hot pot (dobojiru ankou-nabe) どぶ汁 with monkfish parts in a miso broth. I didn't have any problem eating it. The flavor was certainly not objectionable, it's just another kind of fish.Mar 22, 2019
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The white meat of monkfish.Mar 22, 2019
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Monkfish being skinned and carved up by an expert chef. Since the monkfish is too slimy and slippery on a cutting board, it is cut while hung like this. Mar 22, 2019
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Look into the big mouth and see another set of teeth on the throat. All the teeth are pointed inward so its pray cannot escape. Like the aliens in the movie "Alien."Mar 22, 2019
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It's Kita-Ibaraki's famous fish and delicacy, monkfish, in the flesh. This one is 5 or 6 years old, weighing 12.7 kg. Only the female monkfish is eaten. The males are too small.あんこうMar 22, 2019
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Oh look, something's hanging there...Mar 22, 2019
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Cleaning up the fishing boat. Bycatch dumped overboard, but the birds are not picking it up.Mar 22, 2019
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Sea eels or anago.Mar 22, 2019
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Each pile of fish is one bid.Mar 22, 2019
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Besides monkfish, other fishes are sold at auction. This is not yet a tourist attraction since we were the only outsiders there.Mar 22, 2019
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There are many species of angler fish in the world. The one caught in Japan is this one, Lophiomus setigerus.Monkfish has a big head, wide mouth, and a lure on the forehead to attract small fish. Looks kind of grotesque and lives on the ocean floor.Mar 22, 2019
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Monkfish (goosefish).Mar 22, 2019
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Fish auction for monkfish, a type of anglerfish.Mar 22, 2019
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This is a very typical fish market in Japan with a flat roof and open-air building. Mar 22, 2019
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Hirakata Port has a fish market that holds a fish auction in the afternoon. Mar 22, 2019
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We visited Hirakata Port, a major fishing port in Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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Our dorayaki teacher and store manager.Mar 22, 2019
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Final step, spread some azuki bean paste on the bun and make a sandwich.Mar 22, 2019
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Make small pancake buns. The batter is different from pancake batter. A perfect brown.Mar 22, 2019
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At Tengokoro, you can make your own dorayaki with azuki bean paste. The large spoon to pour the batter contains the perfect amount of batter.Mar 22, 2019
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Kikuchi Hidetoshi and wife Mie.Mar 22, 2019
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Pottery by our teacher, Kikuchi Hidetoshi and wife Mie.Mar 22, 2019
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Karinto manju.Mar 22, 2019
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Karinto manju.Mar 22, 2019
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An-chan on a cup of sake.Mar 22, 2019
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Strawberry daifuku is a specialty of Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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Inside Tengokoro.Mar 22, 2019
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Tengokoro, for local gifts and products. てんごころMar 22, 2019
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Very simple to make. Tie two bands into a knot, then stick the head into it.Mar 22, 2019
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Materials to make our own Hina dolls. Like toothpicks and decorative flexibands.Mar 22, 2019
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The gallery had Hina dolls for Girl's Day.Mar 22, 2019
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Gallery Salamat Po. "Salamat Po" means "Thank you" in Tagalog. (ぎゃらりー さらま・ぽ) (ぎゃらりー さらま・ぽ)Mar 22, 2019
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Glass Studio Silica.Mar 22, 2019
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Glass Studio Silica main exhibition room. ガラス工房シリカMar 22, 2019
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Glass Studio Silica gift shop. ガラス工房シリカMar 22, 2019
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Silica Glass Museum. Gift shop. Mar 22, 2019
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Chain saw sculptures.Mar 22, 2019
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Former horse stable's attic will become a gallery space.Mar 22, 2019
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Local sake, a type called Doboroku (どぶろく) or nigori-zake (濁り酒). It's thick and cloudy-white. Sour taste. Made by a local brewer and restaurant named Masubuchi (増渕魚園).Mar 22, 2019
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Former horse stable.Mar 22, 2019
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Our lunch awaits at Arigatee.Mar 22, 2019
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Our lunch at Arigatee. Chicken drumstick, vegetables, rice, and tonjiru (pork and vegetables) soup.Mar 22, 2019
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The miso soybean paste in the tonjiru pork miso soup was made by Sumi-chan (miso meijin). Mar 22, 2019
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Ishiwata Chifumi and Sumi-chan.Mar 22, 2019
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At Arigatee, this is the delightful Sumi-chan, a retired local farmer. She helped cook our lunch. Rice locally grown.Mar 22, 2019
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Arigatee is being managed by Ishiwata Norio and wife Chifumi. He uses it as a artist studio. That's his painting on the wall. They moved here from Tokyo since it's cheaper and more laid back.Mar 22, 2019
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Arigatee is 150 years old built in the late Edo Period. It also can be for an artist in residence.Mar 22, 2019
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Former farmhouse converted into an artist's studio and gallery called "Arigatee." (Pronounced "Arigatay".) It means "thankful."Mar 22, 2019
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We were treated to refreshments served in the Kikuchis' pottery. Confection of azuki bean soup with a piece of mochi. Thank you to Hidetoshi and Mie Kikuchi (菊池 秀利・美恵) for teaching us pottery and hosting us in their beautiful, Japanese-Mar 22, 2019
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Kikuchi's pottery.Mar 22, 2019
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My works.Mar 22, 2019
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We each got a clump of clay, enough to make several cups or bowls.Mar 22, 2019
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First he demonstrated what we have to do.Mar 22, 2019
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We went to the Tsuchi no Yume pottery studio of Kikuchi Hidetoshi and his wife Mie. He gave us a potter-making lesson. 土の夢陶房Mar 22, 2019
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Local pottery called Izura Tenshin-yaki started about 25 years ago. Clay called "gairome" (蛙目) found locally is used. Mar 22, 2019
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Mt. Fuji and Mt. Asama(富士や浅間). Solo dance by a geisha named Mari(万り).Jan 05, 2019
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Equipment truck and The End. Official marathon site: http://www.lakebiwa-marathon.com/2018 race results: http://www.lakebiwa-marathon.com/history_e.cgi?biwako_73rdJan 03, 2019
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End police car.Jan 03, 2019
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Pickup van for runners.Jan 03, 2019
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The last marathon runner followed by the tailing police car and staff vehicles. I later watched the marathon on my video recorder.Jan 03, 2019
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Leg cramps perhaps...Jan 03, 2019
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Not much of a crowd. No cosplayer runners. This is a serious marathon for elite runners.Jan 03, 2019
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