Last additions - HigashiOmi 東近江市
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Signs of age in many places, but it adds to the rustic charm.Oct 06, 2018
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Nature trying to reclaim its place.Oct 06, 2018
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Looks like no one will repair this building.Oct 06, 2018
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Roof needs repair.Oct 06, 2018
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Amazing that this station is still being used. I figure its days are numbered though.Oct 06, 2018
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Shin-Yokaichi Station looks brown from the sides, but it's green on the front.Oct 06, 2018
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Wish we could go up to the 2nd floor.Oct 06, 2018
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Ceiling light.Oct 06, 2018
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I wonder how old these benches are. Older than my mom perhaps.Oct 06, 2018
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Waiting room inside Shin-Yokaichi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Train ticket window is manned only in the mroning.Oct 06, 2018
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Love the inside of Shin-Yokaichi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Inside Shin-Yokaichi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Tourists don’t normally get off at this station since most attractions are at the next stop, Yokaichi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Konan Railway originally operated the railway between Yokaichi and Omi-Hachiman before it merged with another company that later merged with Ohmi Railways.Oct 06, 2018
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Shin-Yokaichi Station is a Western-style, two-story wooden building built in 1913. The second floor is closed to the public due to old age. It originally housed the Konan Railway company’s head office (湖南鉄道).Oct 06, 2018
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Train going to Omi-Hachiman from Shin-Yokaichi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Shin-Yokaichi Station on the Ohmi Railway, the stop before Yokaichi Station terminal.Oct 06, 2018
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Glad to take the shuttle bus back to the trasin station.Oct 06, 2018
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Fire walk pit still smoking.Oct 06, 2018
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Sacred staff for the fire walk.Oct 06, 2018
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The hardest part of the fire walk was putting your shoes back on. No benches to sit on.Oct 06, 2018
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Cool your feet in salt.Oct 06, 2018
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I did it as well, wasn't so hot.Oct 06, 2018
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Prayer before the fire walk.Oct 06, 2018
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Toward the end, there is fire-walking on the hot embers.Oct 06, 2018
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Toward the end, there is fire-walking on the hot embers. 火渡りOct 06, 2018
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Priests throw wooden goma prayer tablets (written with people's wishes) into the fire. Tarobogu Shrine, Higashi-Omi, Shiga.Oct 06, 2018
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Priests throw wooden goma prayer tablets (written with people's wishes) into the fire.Oct 06, 2018
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Priests throw wooden goma prayer tablets (written with people's wishes) into the fire.Oct 06, 2018
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Priests throw wooden goma prayer tablets (written with people's wishes) into the fire.Oct 06, 2018
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Mountain ascetic priests chanting.Oct 06, 2018
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Mountain ascetic priests chanting.Oct 06, 2018
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Mountain ascetic priests chanting.Oct 06, 2018
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Fanning the fire.Oct 06, 2018
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The smoke can get very thick. People with a lung condition or clothing sensitive to smoke should not see this.Oct 06, 2018
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Kind of unique festival because it combines Shinto and Buddhist practices.Oct 06, 2018
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The fire's spiritual force supposed to ward off evil, accidents, and sickness and cleanse you. Tarobogu Shrine, Higashi-Omi, Shiga.Oct 06, 2018
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The bonfire is used to burn about 100,000 goma prayer tablets collected from all over Japan. Tarobogu Shrine, Higashi-Omi, Shiga. Oct 06, 2018
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Lighting the pile.Oct 06, 2018
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Pile to be burned for the bonfire.Oct 06, 2018
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Get off the bus and here we are. A large clearing (shrine's parking lot) surrounded by a large crowd.Oct 06, 2018
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If you don't take the bus, it's 700 steps up from here.Oct 06, 2018
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On the day of the bonfire festival, they have shuttle buses going between the train station and Tarobogu Shrine. Highly recommend taking the bus.Oct 06, 2018
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Tarobogu Shrine on this mountain holds a bonfire festival on the first Sunday in December. Near Tarobogu-mae Station on Ohmi Railways Line from Omi-Hachiman or Yokaichi Stations.Oct 06, 2018
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The first torii is near the train station.Oct 06, 2018
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Nice visit to Tarobogu.Oct 06, 2018
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Back down now.Oct 06, 2018
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Quite pleasant with all the trees.Oct 06, 2018
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Lots of torii along the way.Oct 06, 2018
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Going down the steps from Tarobogu Shrine. Easy descent if you can walk.Oct 06, 2018
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To go back to the train station on foot, go down these stairs.Oct 06, 2018
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Rest houseOct 06, 2018
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Biwa lute.Oct 06, 2018
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Tengu maskOct 06, 2018
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Thus rest house has all these old paintings and objects.Oct 06, 2018
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Interesting rock formation.Oct 06, 2018
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Way back.Oct 06, 2018
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To go back, no need to go the way you came, take this flat path back.Oct 06, 2018
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Walk around this post and another 50 meters away 100 times to eliminate your troubles.Oct 06, 2018
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Small stone wall pillars donated.Oct 06, 2018
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Another scenic path. Flat one.Oct 06, 2018
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This way to see the Tengu statue.Oct 06, 2018
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Tarobogu's ema prayer tablets have a blank tengu goblin face. You draw the face yourself. How interactive.Oct 06, 2018
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Ornate ceiling of Ichigansha Shrine 一願社 (一願成就社). Oct 06, 2018
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Inside Ichigansha Shrine 一願社 (一願成就社). Oct 06, 2018
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Ichigansha Shrine altar.Oct 06, 2018
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Ichigansha Shrine 一願社 (一願成就社). Pray here for success or victory.Oct 06, 2018
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Ichigansha Shrine 一願社 (一願成就社). Pray here for success or victory.Oct 06, 2018
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Benzaiten, goddess of music and anything that flows. Tarobogu Shrine, Higashi-Omi, Shiga.Oct 06, 2018
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Ichigansha Shrine 一願社 (一願成就社). Pray here for success or victory.Oct 06, 2018
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Benzaiten, goddess of music has her own little shrine. Not just a statue.Oct 06, 2018
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Statues of the gods of good fortune are scattered around.Oct 06, 2018
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Suzuka mountains.Oct 06, 2018
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Near the first torii in front of the train station.Oct 06, 2018
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Beautiful views from Tarobogu Shrine.Oct 06, 2018
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Beautiful views from Tarobogu Shrine.Oct 06, 2018
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Beautiful views from Tarobogu Shrine.Oct 06, 2018
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Inside Tarobogu's Honden main shrine. Surprisingly small building.Oct 06, 2018
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Legend says that the god split the Wedded Rocks in two. Legend also says that the rocks will crush any person who has a malicious heart or has told a lie. Most local kids therefore run through here to escape the god's crush. Meoto-iwa 夫婦岩Oct 06, 2018
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This narrow slit separates the Wedded Rocks, wide enough for normal-size people to pass through. Meoto-iwa 夫婦岩Oct 06, 2018
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Omotesando path to the main shrine. 表参道Oct 06, 2018
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Haiden ceremony hall 拝殿Oct 06, 2018
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Inside Sanshuden Hall. 参集殿Oct 06, 2018
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View from Sanshuden Hall. Oct 06, 2018
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Great thing about Tarobogu Shrine is the views.Oct 06, 2018
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Going up to Sanshuden Hall is a modern building where they sell amulets. 参集殿Oct 06, 2018
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More stairs to go to the Honden main shrine.Oct 06, 2018
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PriestsOct 06, 2018
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They held the bonfire festival in Dec. (See the separate album for this.)Oct 06, 2018
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There a flat piece of land for the shrine.Oct 06, 2018
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A significant rock.Oct 06, 2018
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It's not so bad if you're in shape. Actually, I took these going-up pictures while going down the steps. (Went up by bus.)Oct 06, 2018
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Yes, up this way.Oct 06, 2018
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Go up these steps.Oct 06, 2018
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Good luck.Oct 06, 2018
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If you don't have a car or if there'sno shuttle bus, you get to climb up 700 stone steps to the shrine. This is the entrance to the climb up.Oct 06, 2018
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About the Jizo statue.Oct 06, 2018
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Jizo statueOct 06, 2018
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Second torii to Tarobogu Shrine.Oct 06, 2018
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The second torii near the foot of the mountain.Oct 06, 2018
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