Last additions - Omi Jingu Shrine and Yabusame Horseback Archery 近江神宮 流鏑馬神事
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About the scale modelMar 24, 2016
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Yabusame horseback archery is held at Omi Jingu Shrine on the first Sunday in June from 12:30 pm. (Used to be held on Nov. 3.) My YouTube video of Omi Shrine's yabusame horseback archery on Nov. 3, 2013.I believe this is Shiga's only authentic yabusame.Nov 03, 2014
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Scale model of the Otsu Palace displayed at the Otsu History Museum.May 21, 2014
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Chihayafuru exhibition poster.May 21, 2014
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Inside the Keihan Line train with Chihayafuru.May 21, 2014
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Now a much smaller target.Apr 14, 2014
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Resupply of arrows on the way back.Apr 14, 2014
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Hit targetApr 14, 2014
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Three targets and each archer galloped at full speed to try and hit all three targets. Each archer made several runs and it was dramatic to watch.Apr 14, 2014
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I came to see this to pray for a good Year of the Horse in 2014, the following year.Apr 14, 2014
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The first target.Apr 14, 2014
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After the ceremony, they leave the worship hall and head for the horses.Apr 14, 2014
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The archers first held a prayer ceremony in the Naihaiden Hall.Apr 14, 2014
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Reserved seating available for a few hundred yen.Apr 14, 2014
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Official yabusame website here.Apr 14, 2014
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The yabusame horse track. They first hold a Shinto ceremony at the shrine.Apr 14, 2014
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Yabusame horseback archery is held on the first Sunday in June from 12:30 pm. (Used to be held on Nov. 3.) I believe this is Shiga's only authentic yabusame.Apr 14, 2014
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Gehaiden Hall (Outer Haiden 外拝殿)Apr 14, 2014
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About the water clock.Apr 14, 2014
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Water clock (clepsydra). Emperor Tenchi made Japan's first clock which was a water clock. Hence, the shrine is associated with clocks.Apr 14, 2014
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Hidokei II (日時計2: Sundial II)Apr 14, 2014
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Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門)Apr 14, 2014
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Second site of the Otsu Palace at Nishikori is a National Historic Site called Omi-Otsu-no-Miya Nishikori Iseki.Apr 14, 2014
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Second site of the Otsu Palace at Nishikori. MAPApr 14, 2014
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Near the first Otsu Palace site is this second site of the Otsu Palace's main building when Otsu was Japan's capital for 5 years from 667. Now an open space. 近江大津宮錦織遺跡Apr 14, 2014
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Monument about the Nishikori place name, originating from brocade weavers in this area. 錦織Apr 14, 2014
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Monument about the Nishikori place name. 錦織Apr 14, 2014
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Before this site at Nishikori in Otsu was unearthed, it was uncertain exactly where the Otsu Palace was located. In 1978, further archaeological evidence showed that this was indeed where the main palace building was. 近江大津宮Apr 14, 2014
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National Historic Site of Omi-Otsu Palace building in Nishikori. Thirteen large pillar holes of a long building was first discovered here in 1974. Otsu was Japan's capital for only 5 years from 667. 近江大津宮Apr 14, 2014
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Along the way from Omi Jingu-mae Station to Omi Jingu Shrine, there are two sites of the old Omi-Otsu Palace built when Japan's capital was located here in 667. 近江大津宮錦織遺跡 MAPApr 14, 2014
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In late 2013, the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line in Otsu had trains painted in the Chihayafuru design to promote a Chihayafuru exhibition at Omi Shrine. Omi Shrine is near Omi Jingu Station.Apr 14, 2014
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The winner of the men's division is called Meijin and the winner of the women's division is called Queen. The popular manga/anime Chihayafuru has brought international attention to karuta.Apr 14, 2014
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Omi Jingu is noted for competitive karuta card games. The Japanese national championship tournament of competitive karuta is held in January at Omi Jingu (since the mid-1950s). Apr 14, 2014
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Omi Jingu Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Tenji (Tenchi 天智天皇) who moved the capital from Asuka, Nara to Otsu in 667 at the location of this shrine. Otsu was therefore once the capital of Japan. Apr 14, 2014
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Used New Year's decorationsJan 10, 2006
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Karuta Festival. The narrator (standing) recites one of the poems and the contestants must search for and claim the card written with the poem.Jan 10, 2006
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Karuta cards with verses from famous poemsJan 10, 2006
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The Shamusho Shrine office I (社務所I) serves as the Karuta Matsuri tournament venue.Jan 10, 2006
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Karuta Festival posterJan 10, 2006
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Sotokairo corridor (外廻廊), Jinpu-Juyosho shop selling souvenirs (神符授与所), and Rōmon Gate (楼門)Jan 10, 2006
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Gift shop and clock museum in background. 時計博物館Jan 10, 2006
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Sun dial. Another one in the background as well. Hidokei I (日時計1: Sundial I)Jan 10, 2006
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CorridorJan 10, 2006
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Inner side of Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門).Jan 10, 2006
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Naihaiden HallJan 10, 2006
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Naihaiden Hall (Inner Haiden 内拝殿)Jan 10, 2006
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Gehaiden Hall (Outer Haiden 外拝殿)Jan 10, 2006
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Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門)Jan 10, 2006
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PoetryJan 10, 2006
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Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門)Jan 10, 2006
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Steps to Rōmon Gate, the shrine's most outstanding structure. (楼門)Jan 10, 2006
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Built in 1940, Omi Jingu Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Tenji who moved the capital to Otsu in 667 at the location of this shrine. Otsu was therefore once the capital of Japan. MAPJan 10, 2006
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Path to shrine. Omi Shrine is a short walk from Omi Jingu-mae Station on the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line.Jan 10, 2006
     
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