Last additions - Takeshima 多景島
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View of TakeshimaOct 23, 2005
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Another view of TakeshimaOct 23, 2005
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View of TakeshimaOct 23, 2005
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View of TakeshimaOct 23, 2005
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It says that the stone monument oozed blood when Ii Naosuke, Lord of Hikone, was assassinated in Tokyo by samurai radicals from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.Oct 23, 2005
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View of Takeshima, an island with many shapes.Oct 23, 2005
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View of Takeshima. Before the boat left, it circled around the island to show how different it looked from different angles.Oct 23, 2005
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Nichiren statue. Nichiren was the founder of the Nichiren Sect of Japanese Buddhism.Oct 23, 2005
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Lotus Sutra monument. In the early 17th century when the temple was built here, it took 3 years to carve out these characters on this stone slab. According to legend, this monument oozed blood when Ii Naosuke, Lord of Hikone, was assassinated in Tokyo.Oct 23, 2005
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Nichiren statue is next to the giant stone monument.Oct 23, 2005
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Nichiren templeOct 23, 2005
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Enter TakeshimaOct 23, 2005
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Nichiren Monument on Takeshima. This giant stone monument is inscribed with the prayer words "Namu Myo-horenge-kyo" from the Lotus Sutra. 南無妙法蓮華経Oct 23, 2005
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Takeshima in Hikone, Shiga. MapOct 23, 2005
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Kawau cormorants. Shiga has over 40,000 of these birds, and 30,000 of them live on Chikubushima whose trees are being destroyed by the droppings and branches broken off to make bird nests.Oct 23, 2005
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Almost no one in the boatOct 23, 2005
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Cormorants. There are to many of them and they deplete fisheries in the lake and cause forest damage.Oct 23, 2005
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To TakeshimaOct 23, 2005
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Hikone Castle as seen from Lake Biwa.Oct 23, 2005
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Takeshima shows many different shapes depending on your viewpoint. A Nichiren temple and the priest's family are on the island. Boat for Takeshima at Hikone Port. The island is only 6.5 km from Hikone.Oct 23, 2005
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Hikone PortOct 23, 2005
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Takeshima ("Island of Many Views") is a small island (600 m circumference) in Lake Biwa off Hikone, accessible by a short boat ride from Hikone Port.Oct 23, 2005
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