Last additions - Ishiyama-dera Temple 石山寺
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TripAdvisor certificate displayed at Ishiyama-dera.May 29, 2017
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Keihan Ishiyama-dera StationMay 29, 2017
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Keihan Ishiyama-dera StationMay 29, 2017
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Keihan Line at Ishiyama Station.May 29, 2017
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Inside Keihan Line train.May 29, 2017
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Keihan Line at Ishiyama Station.May 29, 2017
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Keihan Ishiyama StationMay 29, 2017
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Statue of Lady Murasaki writing Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari).May 29, 2017
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Statue of Lady Murasaki writing Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari).May 29, 2017
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Statue of Lady Murasaki writing Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari).May 29, 2017
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Statue of Lady Murasaki writing Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) at Ishiyama-dera buddhist templeMay 29, 2017
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Statue of Lady Murasaki writing Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari).May 29, 2017
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Inside 豊浄院May 29, 2017
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豊浄院 temple museumMay 29, 2017
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心経堂May 29, 2017
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心経堂May 29, 2017
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Lots of autumn colors in Ishiyama-dera.May 29, 2017
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Ishiyama-dera is also noted for autumn leaves.May 29, 2017
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Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来May 29, 2017
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Inside the Tahoto is this altar for Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来May 29, 2017
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Inside the Tahoto is this altar for Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来May 29, 2017
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Tahoto in autumnMay 29, 2017
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Sit on the rock under the Sutra Repository,May 29, 2017
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Ishiyama-dera's bellMay 29, 2017
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During Ishiyama-dera's display of the hidden Kannon Buddha, they also allowed the public to ring the temple bell for a small fee.May 29, 2017
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During Ishiyama-dera's display of the hidden Kannon Buddha, they also allowed the public to ring the temple bell for a small fee.May 29, 2017
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Torii at a Buddhist templeMay 29, 2017
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HondoMay 29, 2017
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Omikuji paper fortunesMay 29, 2017
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Ema prayer tabletMay 29, 2017
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At Ishiyama-dera, inside Room of Genji is a lifesize doll of Lady Murasaki Shikibu who in the 11th century wrote Tale of Genji, one of Japan's most famous novels.May 29, 2017
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Room of GenjiMay 29, 2017
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Room of GenjiMay 29, 2017
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The large, hidden Buddha also had smaller Kannon statues inside. These were also displayed.May 29, 2017
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Normally, you cannot see this Buddha through the altar since the Buddha is housed behind closed doors. We were allowed to walk behind the altar to see the giant Buddha in its shelter with the doors open. A large, impressive Buddha. No photos were allowed.May 29, 2017
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It didn't that long to see the hidden Buddha.May 29, 2017
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Ishiyama-dera's hidden, giant Buddha (Kannon) is visible through the altar. May 29, 2017
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The line to see the hidden Buddha.May 29, 2017
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This smaller Buddha was used to obstruct the view of the hidden Buddha from non-paying visitors.May 29, 2017
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Admission was charged to see the hidden Buddha. May 29, 2017
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Inside HondoMay 29, 2017
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Hondo main temple hallMay 29, 2017
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From March 18 to Dec. 4, 2016, Ishiyama-dera held a special display of their hidden Buddha. Shown only once every 33 years.May 29, 2017
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Path to Ishiyama-dera in autumn.May 29, 2017
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Autumn Moon at Ishiyama from his "Omi Hakkei" (Eight Views of Omi) series. The temple on stilts and Moon-viewing Pavilion is visible.Apr 24, 2011
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Autumn Moon at Ishiyama from his "Omi Hakkei" (Eight Views of Omi) series. The Moon-viewing Pavilion is visible.Apr 24, 2011
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Ishiyama-dera from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series. Looking toward Lake Biwa.Apr 24, 2011
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Next to the Kannon-do is the Bishamon-do Hall.Jul 12, 2009
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The Kannon-do Hall stores many Kannon statues.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's stone and Tahoto pagoda.Jul 12, 2009
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Inside the Tahoto is this altar for Dainichi Nyorai. 大日如来Jul 12, 2009
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San-mon Gate Deva King (right side).Jul 12, 2009
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Ema votive tablets on which you write your prayers and wishes.Jul 12, 2009
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WaterwheelJul 12, 2009
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Moss on roofJul 12, 2009
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Map of Ishiyama-deraJul 12, 2009
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View of Seta River in spring from Ishiyama-dera. Ahead is Lake Biwa.Jul 12, 2009
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The Hondo also has this Room of Genji.Jul 12, 2009
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Straight ahead is the huge slab of black stone which gave the temple its name. Ishiyama means Stone Mountain. The pagoda above is the Tahoto, a National Treasure and positioned perfectly for our line of sight from below.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall altar. 本堂Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera also has a grove of plum blossoms which bloom in Feb.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall 本堂Jul 12, 2009
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Plum treeJul 12, 2009
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View of fall leaves below Hondo Hall 本堂Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's Moon-viewing Pavilion and cherry blossoms. Not open to the public. 月見亭Jul 12, 2009
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The Tahoto was built in 1194 upon the patronage of Minamoto Yoritomo. It is Japan's oldest Tahoto and one of the three most famous ones.Jul 12, 2009
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Statue of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall, a National Treasure. 本堂Jul 12, 2009
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Sutra Repository 経蔵Jul 12, 2009
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The Sando path also has cherry trees in April. Late April brings azaleas.Jul 12, 2009
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If you're a woman and sit on the rock under the Sutra Repository, you"re supposed be able to give birth safely. So don't be surprised to see a woman sitting under the building.Jul 12, 2009
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Finally we see Ishiyama-dera's beautiful Tahoto pagoda, a National Treasure in Otsu.Jul 12, 2009
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Inside Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall 本堂Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera stone marker during sakura season in April.Jul 12, 2009
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After passing through Todamon Gate, there is the Sando path leading to the temple complex. See fall leaves in Nov. 参道Jul 12, 2009
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Inside Bishamon-do Hall is Bishamon.Jul 12, 2009
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Memorials next to Tahoto dedicated to Minamoto Yoritomo and Kamegayatsu. 源頼朝 亀ケ谷禅尼Jul 12, 2009
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Cherry blossoms and Tahoto pagoda at Ishiyama-dera.Jul 12, 2009
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View as we head toward the Tahoto pagoda.Jul 12, 2009
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A Tahoto pagoda has two stories, a square roof, and a round building. 多宝塔Jul 12, 2009
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Plum blossomsJul 12, 2009
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San-mon Gate Deva King (left side)Jul 12, 2009
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In fall.Jul 12, 2009
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Japanese gardenJul 12, 2009
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In fallJul 12, 2009
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Closeup of the stone, designated as a Natural Monument.Jul 12, 2009
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Fall leaves on a rock formation.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's weeping cherries and azalea bushes to bloom in late April.Jul 12, 2009
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About the memorials.Jul 12, 2009
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Lady Murasaki on a postcard.Jul 12, 2009
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Early-blooming cherry blossoms.Jul 12, 2009
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One-yen coins are stuffed into the cracks of the stone.Jul 12, 2009
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At Ishiyama-dera, inside Room of Genji is a lifesize doll of Lady Murasaki Shikibu who wrote Tale of Genji, one of Japan's most famous novels.Jul 12, 2009
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Hall to Moon-viewing Pavilion. Jul 12, 2009
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About the TahotoJul 12, 2009
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Bell tower 鐘楼Jul 12, 2009
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Inside Ishiyama-dera's Hondo Hall 本堂Jul 12, 2009
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Steps going to the Hondo Hall, Ishiyama-dera's main worship hall and a National Treasure.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera is a temple complex of numerous buildings. This is the Kannon-do Hall.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera's Japanese garden in spring.Jul 12, 2009
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Tahoto pagoda, Ishiyama-deraJul 12, 2009
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Sign explaining the Natural Monument.Jul 12, 2009
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Mieido Hall dedicated to Kobo Daishi who founded Shingon Sect, to Roben 良弁僧正, the founder of Ishiyama-dera, and to Shunnyu Naiku 淳祐内供, the third head priest of Ishiyama-dera. 御影堂Jul 12, 2009
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Plum blossoms.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera in fallJul 12, 2009
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Lady Murasaki supposedly wrote the novel in this room at Ishiyama-dera in Otsu.Jul 12, 2009
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Impressive San-mon Gate, also called Todaimon. The defacto front gate of the temple. 東大門 MAPJul 12, 2009
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In fallJul 12, 2009
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In winter. The Omido Hall is on the left, and Bishamon-do on the right.Jul 12, 2009
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Tahoto's ground floor has a dome-shaped ceiling and a square pent roof, a round second floor and square roof.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera Hondo Hall, a National Treasure.Jul 12, 2009
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This is what you see at the top of the stone steps. Founded in 749, Ishiyama-dera, belonging to the Shingon Buddhist Sect, is the 13th Temple of the Saigoku Pilgrimage.Jul 12, 2009
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Bishamon-do Hall was built in 1773. 毘沙門堂Jul 12, 2009
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Rennyo-do Hall, dedicated to Rennyo, prominent priest of the Jodo Shinshu Sect. 蓮如堂Jul 12, 2009
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About the altar inside the Tahoto.Jul 12, 2009
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Inside Rennyo-do Hall.Jul 12, 2009
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Omido Hall 御影堂Jul 12, 2009
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The stone in fall.Jul 12, 2009
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Go up the stone steps and pass by a Shinto shrine. Jul 12, 2009
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Cherry trees also greet you at the temple.Jul 12, 2009
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Cherry blossoms along Seta River in Otsu, Lake Biwa's only outflowing river.Jul 12, 2009
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Ishiyama-dera temple is a 10-min. walk from Ishiyama-dera Station on the Keihan Ishisaka Line. You can transfer to the Keihan Line at JR Ishiyama Station on the Tokaido Line.Jul 12, 2009
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During early or mid-April, you can see cherry blossoms while walking from the station to the Ishiyama-dera along the Seta River.Jul 12, 2009
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu at Ishiyama-dera, Otsu, Shiga.Apr 23, 2008
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PR posterApr 23, 2008
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.Apr 23, 2008
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Heading back through the Yume Kairo path.Apr 23, 2008
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.Apr 23, 2008
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's inkstone case.Apr 23, 2008
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Painting of a scene from Tale of Genji on square paper.Apr 23, 2008
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Inside 豊浄院 is more Genji-related exhibits.Apr 23, 2008
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.Apr 23, 2008
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's diary.Apr 23, 2008
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Inside 豊浄院Apr 23, 2008
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Path to 豊浄院Apr 23, 2008
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間Apr 23, 2008
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間Apr 23, 2008
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豊浄院Apr 23, 2008
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂Apr 23, 2008
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Room of Murasaki Shikibu and Genji. 紫式部源氏の間Apr 23, 2008
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂Apr 23, 2008
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Inside the room of Murasaki Shikibu is a mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間Apr 23, 2008
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Near the entrance to the Hondo main hall is this Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.Apr 23, 2008
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Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.Apr 23, 2008
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密蔵院.Apr 23, 2008
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密蔵院Apr 23, 2008
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WaterwheelApr 23, 2008
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明王院Apr 23, 2008
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密蔵院 is another building with an exhibition.Apr 23, 2008
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Steps to 密蔵院.Apr 23, 2008
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Inside 密蔵院 was a robot exhibition. Only two robots on display, no resemblance to anything.Apr 23, 2008
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Gate to 密蔵院.Apr 23, 2008
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Entering 明王院.Apr 23, 2008
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View of 明王院.Apr 23, 2008
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Inside 明王院 is an exhibition space showing works by award-winning novelist Tanabe Seiko 田辺聖子 who wrote a new version of Genji Monogatari.Apr 23, 2008
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Souvenir shop and rest space.Apr 23, 2008
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Next is the 明王院, another temple building.Apr 23, 2008
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There's also a fine view of a rock garden outside.Apr 23, 2008
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Next, we go out and head for the 明王院.Apr 23, 2008
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Entrance to 世尊院.Apr 23, 2008
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Another room in the 世尊院 showed more embroidery, mainly of flowers. The exhibition here will change a few times during 2008.Apr 23, 2008
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Closeup of embroidery.Apr 23, 2008
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Inside 世尊院. When I was there, beautiful embroidery showing scenes from the Tale of Genji was displayed.Apr 23, 2008
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Entrance gate to Genji Millennium exhibitions. Admission 1000 yen to see both the exhibitions and temple.Apr 23, 2008
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First you enter this building called 世尊院.Apr 23, 2008
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Further along the Yume Kairo path.Apr 23, 2008
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Walls with excerpts from the novel.Apr 23, 2008
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Inside Daikokudo temple.Apr 23, 2008
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Daikokudendo temple dedicated to Daikokuten. 大黒天堂Apr 23, 2008
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