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Shopping arcade in Kobe.Oct 07, 2018
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Trash talkOct 07, 2018
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Phone boothOct 07, 2018
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Vending machines in Chinese.Oct 07, 2018
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Nankinmachi, Kobe's Chinatown.Oct 07, 2018
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Gate to Nankinmachi, Kobe's Chinatown.Oct 07, 2018
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Nankinmachi, Kobe's Chinatown.Oct 07, 2018
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Nankinmachi is Kobe's Chinatown.Oct 07, 2018
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The pier that damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 has been retained as is.Oct 07, 2018
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The pier that damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 has been retained as is.Oct 07, 2018
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The pier that damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 has been retained as is.Oct 07, 2018
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The pier that damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 has been retained as is.Oct 07, 2018
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The pier that damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995 has been retained as is.Oct 07, 2018
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About Meriken Park.Oct 07, 2018
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About Meriken Pier.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe's emigrant history.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Emigrant Ship Boarding MonumentOct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Emigrant Ship Boarding MonumentOct 07, 2018
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Meriken ParkOct 07, 2018
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Japanese emigrant family going to South America. "From Kobe to the World"Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Emigrant Ship Boarding Monument. 神戸港移民船乗船記念碑Oct 07, 2018
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Meriken Park also has this impressive monument of Japanese emigrants to South America. Built in April 2001 by local Brazilian organizations.Oct 07, 2018
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Restaurant inside Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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Restaurant includes this Kobe Port Tower rice.Oct 07, 2018
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Lower lookout deck.Oct 07, 2018
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Window looking down.Oct 07, 2018
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Another lookout deck.Oct 07, 2018
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For photosOct 07, 2018
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View of Kobe and Rokko mountains from Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Tower view of Kobe and Rokko mountains.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe PortOct 07, 2018
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Kobe MosiacOct 07, 2018
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Kobe PortOct 07, 2018
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View of Meriken Park from Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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Emigration monument at Meriken Park.Oct 07, 2018
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View of Meriken Park from Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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View of Meriken Park from Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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View of Meriken Park, Kobe's waterfront park that includes Kobe Maritime Museum, South American emigration monument, outdoor sculptures, and the preserved dock that was damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.Oct 07, 2018
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Views from Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Tower top lookout deck.Oct 07, 2018
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1st floor of Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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All the decks on Kobe Port Tower. Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Tower ticket window. Oct 07, 2018
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Entrance to Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port Tower pillar. Amazingly thin.Oct 07, 2018
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Bottom of Kobe Port Tower.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Port TowerOct 07, 2018
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The tower's top five floors are lookout decks accessible by elevator.Oct 07, 2018
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A symbol of Kobe, Kobe Port Tower is 108 meters high, designed like the tsuzumi taiko shoulder drum. Oct 07, 2018
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Approaching Kobe Port Tower, built in 1963 on the fringe of the waterfront Meriken Park.Oct 07, 2018
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Nice stairsOct 07, 2018
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3rd floorOct 07, 2018
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Artist studioOct 07, 2018
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Vintage cameraOct 07, 2018
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ElectronicsOct 07, 2018
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Emigrants' luggage.Oct 07, 2018
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Japanese language textbooks.Oct 07, 2018
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This is how the sleeping quarters looked like at the Kobe emigration center.Oct 07, 2018
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This is how the sleeping quarters looked like at the Kobe emigration center.Oct 07, 2018
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This is how the sleeping quarters looked like at the Kobe emigration center.Oct 07, 2018
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Lodging facility reconstructed here.Oct 07, 2018
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Life in the emigration center.Oct 07, 2018
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Emigrant's living quarters.Oct 07, 2018
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Exhibition roomOct 07, 2018
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Statue of emigrants to Brazil. This same statue also stands at Meriken Park in Kobe.Oct 07, 2018
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History of the emigrant center: 2007-2009Oct 07, 2018
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History of the emigrant center: 1970s-80s as a School of Nursing.Oct 07, 2018
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History of the emigrant center: 1950s-60sOct 07, 2018
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History of the emigrant center: 1940sOct 07, 2018
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History of the emigrant center: 1930sOct 07, 2018
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History of the emigrant center.Oct 07, 2018
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It took over 50 days to travel from Japan to South America.Oct 07, 2018
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Travel routes from Japan to South America.Oct 07, 2018
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Emigrant ship to South America.Oct 07, 2018
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Farm toolsOct 07, 2018
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The 1st and 2nd floors have the emigration exhibition rooms. The 3rd floor is mainly offices of local Brazilian groups, and the 4th floor has rented studios for artists.Open 10:00 am -5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm), closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead) and December 29 to January 3. Admission: FreeOct 07, 2018
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Portuguese notices.Oct 07, 2018
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Entrance.Oct 07, 2018
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Today, the building is a South America emigration museum and the base for Kansai Brazilian Community.Oct 07, 2018
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During World War II, the facility was used by the Japanese military. Then it became a school for hospital nurses.Oct 07, 2018
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It was a lodging facility. Later renamed Kobe Emigrant Education Center and then Kobe Emigrant Assistance Center and Kobe Emigration Center.Oct 07, 2018
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This was where the Japanese immigrants would stay for up to 10 days to prepare for their long boat journey and move to S. America.Oct 07, 2018
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Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction opened in 1928 as the National Emigration Center (国立移民収容所) where Japanese immigrants stayed before traveling mainly to South America (especially Brazil) by boat.Oct 07, 2018
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Video of Toka Ebisu at Nishinomiya Shrine, Hyogo.Jan 10, 2011
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Toka Ebisu banner inside Umeda Station.Jan 10, 2011
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Toka Ebisu ad inside Hanshin Line train.Jan 10, 2011
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Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.Jan 10, 2011
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Way to Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.Jan 10, 2011
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Very narrow path back to the station.Jan 10, 2011
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Exiting Nishinomiya Shrine.Jan 10, 2011
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People on the left are heading for the shrine, while people on the right are leaving.Jan 10, 2011
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House of Horros amusement even.Jan 10, 2011
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Leaving the shrine was on a narrow, long path.Jan 10, 2011
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OmikujiJan 10, 2011
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Shinmei ShrineJan 10, 2011
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Way homeJan 10, 2011
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Ebisu decorationsJan 10, 2011
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The shrine also had numerous stalls selling Ebisu decorations.Jan 10, 2011
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Here's the cheap 100-yen omikuji line, much longer than the one for the 300-yen omikuji.Jan 10, 2011
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Shrine maidens selling fuku-sasa branches at Nishinomiya Shrine's Toka Ebisu.Jan 10, 2011
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Compared to Imamiya Shrine, they weren't so busy selling fuku-zasa branches.Jan 10, 2011
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At Osaka's Imamiya Shrine (another big Ebisu shrine), the tree branches are real and you can choose which decorations to put on it.Jan 10, 2011
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Nishinomiya Shrine maiden selling Fuku-zasa tree branches for Toka Ebisu. I was disappointed that the branches were plastic and all the decorations were already on them.Jan 10, 2011
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Fuku-zasa branches cost 1000 or 3000 yen.Jan 10, 2011
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Fuku-zasa tree branches for prosperity and good fortune sold here.Jan 10, 2011
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Pay a fee to enter this little hall to be blessed with a sacred dance.Jan 10, 2011
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Sacred dancer.Jan 10, 2011
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Proceed further to see more vendors.Jan 10, 2011
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About Hyakudayu Shrine.Jan 10, 2011
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Hyakudayu ShrineJan 10, 2011
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About Homusubi Shrine.Jan 10, 2011
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Homusubi ShrineJan 10, 2011
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Smaller shrines in Nishinomiya Shrine.Jan 10, 2011
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About the tai sea bream.Jan 10, 2011
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Tai sea bream pair.Jan 10, 2011
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Tai sea bream display case.Jan 10, 2011
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Ema tablets at Nishinomiya Shrine.Jan 10, 2011
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Nishinomiya Shrine's 300-yen omikuji comes with a cute tai (sea bream).Jan 10, 2011
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Ema tablets.Jan 10, 2011
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Exiting the Honden.Jan 10, 2011
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Selling omikuji fortunes.Jan 10, 2011
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Offering of octopus (tako).Jan 10, 2011
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Scene after you exit the Honden.Jan 10, 2011
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Fruits and vegetable offerings from the local produce cooperative.Jan 10, 2011
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Where the tail is cut off.Jan 10, 2011
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They stuffed coins in every crack and crevice of the fish. I wonder who's gonna eat the fish afterward.Jan 10, 2011
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Coins stuck on giant tune at Nishinomiya Shrine Toka Ebisu.Jan 10, 2011
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By this time, the tuna was dry and solid as a rock. It was impossible to stick on more coins.Jan 10, 2011
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The tradition is to stick on coins on the tuna.Jan 10, 2011
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The tuna is 2.9 meters long weighing 280 kg. About the same as two sumo wrestlers.Jan 10, 2011
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They also had a giant maguro tuna fish on display as an offering to the shrine from a fishing cooperative.Jan 10, 2011
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The Honden had this narrow but long offertory box. Surprisingly small for a huge occasion as this.Jan 10, 2011
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After passing through the Haiden, there's the Honden main worship hall, the shrine's main building.Jan 10, 2011
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They also waved sacred staffs over our heads as we entered the Haiden.Jan 10, 2011
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About the upside down kadomatsu.Jan 10, 2011
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Something unique is this upside down kadomatsu decoration flanking Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall.Jan 10, 2011
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Entering the Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall.Jan 10, 2011
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On the left was a separate entrance here to see the giant tuna (maguro).Jan 10, 2011
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Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall. It took about 30 min. to get here from Akamon Gate.Jan 10, 2011
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Nishinomiya Shrine worships a god named Hiruko (蛭子), also known as Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune. Ebisu is regarded as the god of fishermen and good fortune depicted as a rotund, bald man holding a tai sea bream.Jan 10, 2011
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Haiden hall up ahead. Behind it is the Honden main hall.Jan 10, 2011
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Wash basin to purify yourself. Few people stopped here.Jan 10, 2011
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But we got nearer and nearer so it wasn't so bad and it wasn't taking forever.Jan 10, 2011
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It's a stop-and-go process.Jan 10, 2011
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People on the left are leaving the shrine, while people on the right are heading for the shrine. About a million people visit Nishinomiya Shrine during Jan. 9-11.Jan 10, 2011
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Along the way, there was a place where you could throw away your old Ebisu decorations.Jan 10, 2011
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Ebessan-suji road going to Nishinomiya Jinja Shrine.Jan 10, 2011
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Entering Nishinomiya Shrine at the Omote Daimon Gate, usually called Akamon Gate. 西宮神社表大門 通称赤門Jan 10, 2011
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Exiting Hanshin Nishinomiya Station on Jan 10, 2011.Jan 10, 2011
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Barrels of sake displayed for Toka Ebisu inside Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.Jan 10, 2011
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I was amazed to see Mos Burger back in business so soon. It was another sign of a very progressive recovery.Jan 30, 2010
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Earthquake tourists getting their picture taken.Jan 30, 2010
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Fukae Shopping CenterJan 30, 2010
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The expressway that supposed withstand such quakes collapsed. It was a major scandal. The shinkansen bullet train tracks also had broken concrete columns which revealed pieces of scrap wood mixed in. Jan 30, 2010
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The engineers said this would be strong enough, but they were dead wrong.Jan 30, 2010
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The famous scene of the expressway collapsed on its side was completely gone 10 days after the quake. They had cleared the collapsed section (about 600 meters) of the road.Jan 30, 2010
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The collapsed expressway was so embarrassing that they made it a priority to clear it ASAP.Jan 30, 2010
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The Japanese tile roof makes the home top-heavy, making it more vulnerable to horizontal swaying and eventual toppling.Jan 30, 2010
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When you look at these toppled homes, you cannot help but think that they do look flimsy with thin walls. The problem is, such cheaply-made homes are very common in Japan.Jan 30, 2010
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Something they needed the most was torn off the building. If you live in a high-rise building in Japan, have ropes ready in your veranda in case your stairway is destroyed like this.Jan 30, 2010
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The emergency stairway got torn off this building whose first floor got crushed.Jan 30, 2010
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I really felt sorry for the people who had just bought a house or condo with a 35-year mortgage and the house or condo was destroyed by the quake. They are stuck paying off the housing loan and also have to pay monthly rent at a new place.Jan 30, 2010
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At least they recovered some things.Jan 30, 2010
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Sifting through the rubble.Jan 30, 2010
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A makeshift altar placed on the collapsed home. Someone died here. By the time I visited, most of the trapped people had been rescued.Jan 30, 2010
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Another distinct pattern was buildings on stilts easily collapsing.Jan 30, 2010
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Sign says, "Keep our town beautiful."Jan 30, 2010
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House covered by a blue tarp to protect against rain.Jan 30, 2010
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Collapsed 1st floor of an apt. building. I don't recommend living on the 1st floor of any building in Japan.Jan 30, 2010
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Houses along the train tracks in Ashiya. Basically, Japanese-style homes with heavy tile roofs collapsed easily, while concrete homes withstood the quake better.Jan 30, 2010
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Not a good idea to live in a house standing right next to another building.Jan 30, 2010
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This house stood firm, while its neighbor collapsed.Jan 30, 2010
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Crushed Audi.Jan 30, 2010
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Collapsed shopping center near Ashiya Station. That's the 2nd floor which now looks like the 1st floor.Jan 30, 2010
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Ashiya StationJan 30, 2010
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The next day, I again visited Kobe, this time by train to Ashiya Station. See gravestones overturned.Jan 30, 2010
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Ashiya Station platform.Jan 30, 2010
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Bus for Ashiya Station, the furthest that trains could go at the time. Trains weren't running within Kobe.Jan 30, 2010
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Line for the bus headed for Ashiya Station.Jan 30, 2010
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Water stationJan 30, 2010
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Only the chimney broke off atop the Weathercock House. The inside is a different story.Jan 30, 2010
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Weathercock House, built in 1909, withstood the quake.Jan 30, 2010
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In the Kitano area where there are many Western-style homes, the damage was not so apparent. But the interior sustained damage. None of the buildings collapsed though.Jan 30, 2010
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Crushed carJan 30, 2010
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Boxes of food (biscuits).Jan 30, 2010
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A building owner stands by her destroyed building.Jan 30, 2010
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Truck carrying relief goods.Jan 30, 2010
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Vending machineJan 30, 2010
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Backstreet destruction.Jan 30, 2010
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Sign saying they are okay.Jan 30, 2010
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The 1st floor is totally flattened.Jan 30, 2010
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One hotel guest escaped by using bed sheets as a rope.Jan 30, 2010
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