Last additions - Chikubushima 竹生島
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Altar for the Chikubushima Dragon God.Aug 04, 2014
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Statue of the goddess Benzaiten at Hogonji, Chikubushima. Benzaiten is the goddess of everything that flows: Water, rivers, music, etc. 弁才天Aug 04, 2014
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Small shrine for the White Snake God, a messenger of goddess Benzaiten. 白巳大神Aug 04, 2014
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The name of the boat moored at Chikubushima is "Benten."Aug 04, 2014
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North face of Chikubushima is also badly damaged and going bald. The cormorant bird droppings and nesting activities (breaking off branches) are killing off the trees.Oct 03, 2007
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East view of Chikubushima, whose trees are badly ravaged by kawau cormorants. Over 30,000 of these birds live on the island.Oct 03, 2007
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Chikubushima is Lake Biwa's most famous, historic, and sacred island. National Historic Site MAPMar 22, 2007
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Keihan Maru boat during the early 1900s. This is a vintage postcard showing a steamer called Keihan Maru moored at Chikubushima. This boat landing is still being used.Mar 13, 2006
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West view of ChikubushimaOct 22, 2005
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Interlaken boat to Imazu at Chikubushima.Oct 22, 2005
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ChikubushimaOct 22, 2005
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Inside Benzai Tendo. The statue of Benzaiten in that corner was donated by the father of Lord Azai Nagamasa. The Nagamasa clan paid their respects to it regularly thereafter.Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima has some steep steps.Oct 22, 2005
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Benzai TendoOct 22, 2005
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Inside Benzai Tendo. Many famous samurai, such as Oda Nobunaga and the Azai Clan, worshipped at Chikubushima since they believed Benzaiten had the power to destroy their enemies.Oct 22, 2005
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Inside Benzai TendoOct 22, 2005
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Inside Benzaiten-do Hall which houses one of Japan's three major statues of the Goddess Benzaiten.Oct 22, 2005
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Inside Benzai TendoOct 22, 2005
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Inside Benzai TendoOct 22, 2005
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Benzaiten-do Hall, the main worship hall of Hogonji temple. Benzaiten is the goddess of everything that flows: Water, rivers, music, etc. 弁才天堂Oct 22, 2005
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Three-Story Pagoda. Reconstructed in 2000. The original pagoda was destroyed by fire caused by lightning during the early Edo Period. It took six years to complete.Oct 22, 2005
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Kannondo Temple and Karamon gate of Hogonji temple on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga.Oct 22, 2005
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Karamon Gate 唐門 (National Treasure). Entrance to the Kannondo Temple. Said to have come from Toyotomi Hideyoshi's original mausoleum in Kyoto. From the Momoyama Period. Chikubushima, Nagahama, Shiga.This could also have been the gate to the Gokuraku Bridge at Hideyoshi's Osaka Castle in the early 17th century.Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima Port is always busy with boats coming from Nagahama, Hikone, and Imazu.Oct 22, 2005
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Kannondo TempleOct 22, 2005
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Kannondo TempleOct 22, 2005
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Kannondo TempleOct 22, 2005
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Kannondo TempleOct 22, 2005
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Kannondo Temple 観音堂Oct 22, 2005
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Kannondo TempleOct 22, 2005
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Funa-roka boat corridorOct 22, 2005
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Funa-roka boat corridorOct 22, 2005
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Kannondo TempleOct 22, 2005
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)Oct 22, 2005
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure)Oct 22, 2005
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Tsukubusuma Shrine (National Treasure) on Chikubushima island, Nagahama, Shiga. It worships Benzaiten as well as the Dragon God and Azai-hime. 都久夫須麻神社Oct 22, 2005
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Funa-roka boat corridor connects Tsukubusuma Shrine and the Kannon-do Hall. Important Cultural Property. From the Momoyama Period. 船廊下Oct 22, 2005
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Throw your two dishes at the torii gate. If your dish goes under the torii gate, your wish will come true. Geez, look at all those failed wishes (shattered dishes).This is also one location where the film Idai Naru, Shurararabon (偉大なる、しゅららぼん The Great Shu Ra Ra Boom) was filmed. The scene where Ryosuke throws his small dish through the torii.Oct 22, 2005
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Inside the Haiden Hall, you can buy these little dishes. Buy two of them. You write your name on one and your wish on the other dish. Then throw it through the torii gate.Oct 22, 2005
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View of Nagahama from ChikubushimaOct 22, 2005
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Tsukubusuma Shrine's Haiden HallOct 22, 2005
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The snake is a messenger of the Goddess Benzaiten.Oct 22, 2005
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Torii gate and bridge to Tsukubusuma Shrine, also called Chikubushima Shrine.Oct 22, 2005
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Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta) monument. One of the verses mentions Chikubushima. This monument commemorates the song and that verse. 琵琶湖就航の歌 歌碑Oct 22, 2005
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Boat landing 宝厳寺Oct 22, 2005
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Whenever you see a torii gate, it indicates the grounds of Tsukubusuma Shrine. The shrine is actually integrated with Hogonji temple.Oct 22, 2005
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Lake Biwa Rowing Song (Biwako Shuko no Uta) monument. Song details here. 琵琶湖就航の歌 歌碑Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima is also home to Tsukubusuma (Chikubushima) Shrine which is also a National Treasure. Until 1868 when Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines were required to be separate, the shrine was part of Hogonji temple.Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima is home to Hogonji Temple first built in 724 as ordered by the Emperor to worship the Goddess Benzaiten. It belongs to the Shingon Buddhist Sect (Buzan School) and it is the 30th temple in the 33-Temple Pilgrimage of Saigoku. 宝厳寺Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima used to be a lush green island. Now it is turning brown by the thousands of cormorants which nest on the island, beyond the reach of humans. Oct 22, 2005
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The sliced-off peak fell into Lake Biwa and became Chikubushima. Read the full folktale here.Oct 22, 2005
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According to legend, Mt. Ibuki and Mt. Azai-dake (Kanakuso-dake) in northern Shiga argued over who was the highest in Shiga. Mt. Ibuki got so upset by the argument that he drew a sword and sliced off Azai-dake's head...Oct 22, 2005
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Heading for Chikubushima.Oct 22, 2005
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Top deck of boat going from Nagahama to ChikubushimaOct 22, 2005
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Inside boat. Almost empty.Oct 22, 2005
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Chikubushima in the distanceOct 22, 2005
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Mt. Ibuki from Lake BiwaOct 22, 2005
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Nagahama Castle from Lake BiwaOct 22, 2005
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View of Mt. Ibuki as we leave Nagahama Port. Map for Nagahama PortOct 22, 2005
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Nagahama Port is where you board the boat for Chikubushima. There are several round trips every day from either port. No reservations necessary. Within walking distance from Nagahama Station.Chikubushima can be reached from Nagahama Port, Hikone Port, or Imazu Port on the other side of the lake. There are several round trips every day from either port. Nagahama boat schedule: [url=http://www.biwakokisen.co.jp/[/url] and Hikone boat schedule: http://www.ohmitetudo.co.jp/marine_time-table2017_hikone-chikubushima-hikone_normal/index.htmlOct 22, 2005
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Nagahama from Lake BiwaOct 22, 2005
   
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