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The chef is holding the liver (ankimo), the most prized part of the fish.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 in the distance. 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." It was being screened in the city.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin was proficient in English and wrote the classic book, "The Book of Tea" in English.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.Includes exhibits about the time he worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1910 in charge of the Chinese/Japanese art division.Mar 22, 2019
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Lobby of Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art.Tenshin is revered in Kita-Ibaraki because he moved his Nihon Bijutsu-in artist group (Art Institute of Japan) here from Tokyo in 1906. His students, prominent Nihonga painters Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958), Hishida Shunso (1874–1911), Shimomura Kanzan (1873–1930), and Kimura Buzan (1876–1942) followed him to this picturesque Izura Coast and built artist studio residences near Tenshin's home. The residences of Tenshin, Taikan, and Buzan still remain.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art was named after Okakura Tenshin (aka Okakura Kakuzo 1863–1913 岡倉天心/覚三), a famous art scholar and advocate of Japanese art, especially Nihonga paintings.In 1890, he was one of the founders and the first de facto dean of the forerunner of the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), one of Japan's most prominent art universities.Mar 22, 2019
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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki (茨城県天心記念 五浦美術館). Beautiful art museum in a beautiful place on the coast.Mar 22, 2019
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Izura CoastMar 22, 2019
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View from the lookout tower.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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Prop for the movie "Tenshin."Mar 22, 2019
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Izura Misaki Park on the coast.Mar 22, 2019
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About Langdon Warner.Mar 22, 2019
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About the "Asia is One" monument.Mar 22, 2019
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Along the path to Rokkakudo is this bust of Harvard professor and art historian Langdon Warner (1881–1955) who once studied under Tenshin and visited here. He is being revered here for supposedly helping to save Kyoto and Nara from World War II bombingsMar 22, 2019
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About the Tenshin residence.Mar 22, 2019
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Hina dolls displayed inside Tenshin's home for Girl's Day (March 3).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, Kita-Ibaraki.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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About Rokkakudo.Mar 22, 2019
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You cannot enter the Rokkakudo, but you can see inside through the glass windows made in the UK. There's supposed to be tatami mats inside. Mar 22, 2019
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Must've been mesmerizing to pass time here. A place to attain artistic enlightenment. Mar 22, 2019
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The glass windows were made in the UK.Mar 22, 2019
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For a small admission fee, you can go down a path to see the Rokkakudo. (五浦六角堂).Mar 22, 2019
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Izura Rokkakudo (五浦六角堂) 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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In Kita-Ibaraki, 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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Kita-Ibaraki is a small, coastal city (pop. 42,000) with these picturesque cliffs of the Izura Coast (五浦海岸). Famous art scholar Okakura Tenshin (1863–1913 岡倉天心) found this scenic place to be a great inspiration for artists and moved hereMar 22, 2019
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One of the most elegant Japanese-style hotels I've ever seen. Precious artwork everywhere. It's like staying in an art museum.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). The hotel has excellent taste in bathtubs. 信楽焼Mar 22, 2019
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Corridor with pebbled floor leading to the outdoor bath.Mar 22, 2019
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A smaller guest room.Mar 22, 2019
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The okami-san posing in another guest room of the Buzan residence. Mar 22, 2019
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Corner room.Mar 22, 2019
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Tokonoma of another guest room. Many of the materials are quite rare and valuable today.Mar 22, 2019
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Relax here with a view.Mar 22, 2019
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Elegant transom with a pine tree carving.Mar 22, 2019
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A large guest room. 武山邸客室Mar 22, 2019
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Buzan's beautiful tea ceremony room. Very chic. Available for rent for tea ceremonies.Mar 22, 2019
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Buzan's beautiful tea ceremony room.Mar 22, 2019
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Entrance lobby of Kimura Buzan home. The wooden sign says "Buzan Residence." 武山邸Mar 22, 2019
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Part of the Buzan residence.Mar 22, 2019
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Different parts of the residence are connected by enclosed corridors.Mar 22, 2019
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Courtyard 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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Another part of the Itsuura Kanko Hotel is the main wing (本館) which is the former artist residence of Kimura Buzan (木村武山), another famous Nihonga painter who followed Tenshin to Izura.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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View of Rokkakudo from the hotel's modern tower.Mar 22, 2019
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View from the hotel's modern tower.Mar 22, 2019
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Breakfast included natto fermented soybeans. Ibaraki is famous for natto.Mar 22, 2019
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Next morning, breakfast in a large banquet hall.Mar 22, 2019
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We were super stuffed, but there's always room for dessert...Mar 22, 2019
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Sushi. Tuna, shrimp, ika squid, hotate scallop.Mar 22, 2019
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Lobster in miso soup.Mar 22, 2019
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Hitachi Wagyu beef was just a small part of our dinner. We got really stuffed. 常陸牛Mar 22, 2019
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Local Hitachi Wagyu beef. ("Hitachi" is an old name for Ibaraki Prefecture. The famous electronics company Hitachi is also from Ibaraki.) 常陸牛Mar 22, 2019
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Hotel staff in kimono cooking my Hitachi Wagyu beef. 常陸牛Mar 22, 2019
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Abalone steak.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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Appetizers.Mar 22, 2019
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Appetizers for our full-course dinner.Mar 22, 2019
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In the modern hotel tower, 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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Taikan's residence is great for groups up to 22 people. It's a residence separate from the main hotel building so there's lots of privacy. Rates are very reasonable too. It was awesome to stay here.Mar 22, 2019
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Beautiful tokonoma and painting.Mar 22, 2019
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Another part of the Taikan house. Very aesthetic.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 part of 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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Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958) is one of the most famous Nihonga painters. His former residence includes a showcase of his artifacts.Mar 22, 2019
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Statue of Yokoyama Taikan (横山大観), 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. Great private lodging for groups up to 22 people.Mar 22, 2019
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Itsuura Kanko Hotel is quite unique and historical because it renovated the artist residences of Nihonga painters Yokoyama Taikan and Kimura Buzan and uses them as part of the hotel where guests can stay. We actually stayed in the Yokoyama Taikan residence here. (横山大観記念館 特別室)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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My complimentary matcha tea and confections.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. It had prime views of the coast.The hotel was high enough on the cliff to escape the five-meter-high tsunami on March 11, 2011. The hotel suffered only minor damage from the earthquake. The ground is very solid here, so quake damage was minimal.

Note that the hotel's name is pronounced "Itsuura" while the coast is "Izura." (Kanji characters are the same.) izura.net
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We arrived in the late afternoon in time for a tea ceremony in the hotel lobby. Conducted by the hotel's okami-san (proprietress 女将).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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Covering only one eye.Mar 22, 2019
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Covering only one ear.Mar 22, 2019
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Hanazono Shrine also has a version of the three monkeys here on the Honden shrine hall, but only half the mouth, only one ear, and only one eye are covered as you can see here. Mar 22, 2019
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Kita-Ibaraki's Hanazono Shrine was patronized by the Tokugawa shoguns. It features the flamboyant architectural style called "gongen-zukuri" (権現造) with colorful, intricate wood carvings on shrine buildings. It's similar to the famous Toshogu Shrine in Nikko (Tochigi) dedicated to Ieyasu. Toshogu in Nikko is famous for the three monkeys: "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." 本殿Mar 22, 2019
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Koma-zaru guardian monkeys (instead of dogs). 狛猿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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KaguradenMar 22, 2019
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Ema prayer tabletMar 22, 2019
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Romon GateMar 22, 2019
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Romon GateMar 22, 2019
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Romon GateMar 22, 2019
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Romon GateMar 22, 2019
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ToriiMar 22, 2019
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About the pregnant tree. This tree's male partner and due date are unknown.Mar 22, 2019
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In Kita-Ibaraki, Hanazono Shrine's pregnant tree, now an object of worship for wannabe mothers and pregnant mothers for a safe childbirth. Near the first torii.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 city. It's not related to Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo, but it's related to Hie Shrine in Akasaka.It belongs to the same family of Shinto shrines worshipping the mountain deity Sanno (山王) headquartered at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine at the foot of Mt. Hiei in Shiga Prefecture. Mar 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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However, the 12 whalers were instead held captive by the local samurai. They were tied to plum trees or confined to caves. More British ships arrived seeking 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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The crew suffered from scurvy due to the lack of vitamin C. They needed water and vegetables so 12 British whalers landed on Otsuhama beach in Kita-Ibaraki. They were willing to barter guns, spears, gold, etc., as payment. (大津浜事件) 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 in search of food and water.It was during the time Japan largely prohibited contact with foreigners. By the 1800s, whaling ships from the West were frequently seen off the coast of Japan. In May 1824, multiple British whaling ships appeared off the coast of Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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The museum also has display panels showing the tsunami damage suffered by Kita-Ibaraki. Ibaraki Prefecture, being on the southern fringe of the Tohoku Region, suffered major earthquake and tsunami damage in March 2011.Kita-Ibaraki being closest to the Tohoku Region on the coast, suffered the most in Ibaraki Prefecture. The flat sandy beaches were overcome by the tsunami (second wave around 5 meters high) that caused much damage to Kita-Ibaraki. This is the Hirakata area after the tsunami. 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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Ten people in Kita-Ibaraki died directly or indirectly due to the tsunami/earthquake and 186 injured. Over 8,000 homes in Kita-Ibaraki were damaged and up to 5,000 people had to evacuate to emergency shelters.These numbers pale in comparison to the three Tohoku prefectures, so Ibaraki doesn't get much attention with regard to 3-11, although the Emperor and Empress did visit Kita-Ibaraki in late April 2011.Mar 22, 2019
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The boat, with shrine priests and musicians aboard, is rocked side to side as it is dragged on the street for several hours. This festival will be held on May 2nd–3rd, 2019. At least 160,000 spectators are expected to see it. Mar 22, 2019
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About 500 people drag this boat along a 1,200-meter route of paved streets. They lay wooden beams on the road for the boat to traverse on. Mar 22, 2019
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It's the city's grandest festival and very unique because this boat is pulled on city streets instead of sailing on the water. Mar 22, 2019
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In Kita-Ibaraki, the Yo-soro Fishing History Museum's centerpiece exhibit is this wooden boat (祭事船) used in the Ofune Matsuri festival held every 5 years (大津御船祭り). Mar 22, 2019
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Welcome mat saying "Yo-soro" which 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. Pretty large facility with local fishing-related exhibits. 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 where we had monkfish hot pot. ¥14,000/night including dobujiru. 民宿 暁園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.It was already prepared for us and it wasn't the fish we saw carved. 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 hung like this for carving. It's a lot easier to cut up this way.He first takes off the skin (loaded with collagen).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 for a single 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 (あんこう), a type of anglerfish. They are most prized for their liver (ankimo), a local delicacy.Mar 22, 2019
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Hirakata Port's main catch is the monkfish/goosefish (あんこう), a type of anglerfish. Ibaraki Prefecture's coast is one of Japan's prime areas for monkfish. These are all monkfish being auctioned in the afternoon. 平潟港 せり見Mar 22, 2019
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It's unlike the old Tsukiji fish market or the new Toyosu Market in Tokyo.Mar 22, 2019
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Hirakata Port has a fish market that holds a fish auction in the afternoon. This is a typical wholesale fish market in Japan. Open-air, flat roof with a concrete floor next to fishing boats. Mar 22, 2019
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Hirakata Port is a major fishing port in Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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Our dorayaki teacher and Tengokoro store manager.Mar 22, 2019
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The final step is to spread some azuki bean paste on one side and compress it into a sandwich. Way more delicious than any dorayaki you buy in a store.Mar 22, 2019
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Dorayaki is like a small pancake sandwich with azuki bean paste in between. Wait until the batter bubbles and flip it over. Perfect each time. The dorayaki batter is very different from pancake batter.Mar 22, 2019
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At Tengokoro, you can make your own dorayaki with azuki bean paste. The shallow ladle contains the perfect amount of batter to make one pancake. 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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An-chan on a cup of sake.Mar 22, 2019
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Strawberry daifuku is a specialty of Kita-Ibaraki. Made with locally-grown strawberries. Ibaraki is also a major producer of melons in Japan.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 http://www.tengokoro.com/Mar 22, 2019
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Very simple to make. Tie the two bands into a knot, then stick the head (pin) into it. Did it in 2 minutes. Prince on the left, princess on the right.Mar 22, 2019
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They taught us how to make Hina ningyo dolls for Girl's Day (March 3). We could pick any of these plastic pins and decorative bands for our Hina dolls. Yes, that's all we needed to make the dolls.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 with a glass sculpture of monkfish.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 is on a hill with great views of the city. Also offers hands-on glass-making lessons. http://www.studiosilica.com/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 table for lunch in the main room of 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, a "miso meijin" (味噌名人) or expert miso cook. Mar 22, 2019
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Ishiwata Chifumi and Sumi-chan.Mar 22, 2019
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At Arigatee, we were charmed by the delightful Sumi-chan, a retired local farmer. She helped cook our lunch. Rice locally grown in Kita-Ibaraki. Thank you Sumi-chan for smiling!Mar 22, 2019
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Arigatee's current caretaker is Ishiwata Norio and his wife Chifumi (石渡のりお・ちふみ). They moved here from Tokyo. He uses it as a artist studio. That's his painting on the wall.Kita-Ibaraki is promoting itself as an art city, and Arigatee is part of the project. Ishiwata-san and his wife were very gracious and a real boon to the city's artist community.Mar 22, 2019
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Arigatee is 150 years old built in the late Edo Period. This house will be accepting artist-in-residence as well.Mar 22, 2019
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Former farmhouse converted into an artist's studio and gallery called "Arigatee" (pronounced "Ariga-tay" ありがてえ). It means "thankful" (arigatai) in the local dialect. It's also named after the former owner 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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Kiln is in a another small building.Mar 22, 2019
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From one clump of clay, I made all these pieces. Oh yeah, it's easy. Anybody can do it. It costs a few thousand yen per piece to color and fire. It is sent to us later.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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We visited his modest studio for a hands-on pottery lesson. First he demonstrated what we have to do. He made it look so quick and easy. 土の夢陶房 (菊池 秀利・美恵)Mar 22, 2019
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This is Kikuchi Hidetoshi, a local potter who, along with his wife Mie, taught us how to make Izura Tenshin-yaki pottery (五浦天心焼). They moved here in 1998.The Kikuchis are one of several Tenshin-yaki potters in Kita-Ibaraki.Mar 22, 2019
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Local pottery called Izura Tenshin-yaki started about 25 years ago by the local Chamber of Commerce. Clay called "gairome" (蛙目) found locally is used. The clay is found in this area under the coal deposits. They collect the clay already exposed on the ground (no digging). This type of clay contains quartz, but the large quartz pieces are removed for pottery.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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Ride for runners.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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