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Maiko poses in front of the Naginata-boko float across the street in Kyoto
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A real crowd pleaser. Thanks for posing!
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Tekomai geisha. Their costume is colorful and partially masculine with trousers instead of skirts. Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower (botan) design. They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names.
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Tekomai geisha. They existed since the Edo Period. They served as side entertainment at festivals. They only sing traditional chant-like songs called kiyari. 手古舞
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This troupe of 25 local women preserve a traditional art of Edo. They attend regular singing practice led by an elderly woman who was an authentic tekomai in her day.
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The maid costume is all the rage in Japan, for several years now.
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Santa suit appears in Dec.
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Lake Biwa shore. If you leave Maibara Station and head straight for the lake, this is what you will see.
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Pagoda and maiko
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Lake Biwa shore
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Negi-no-Mai Sacred Dance at Tenso Shrine on April 21, starting at 3 pm. 禰宜の舞
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Lake Biwa
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The dance is a prayer for a good harvest and to ward off bad luck. This dance was once performed by about 20 shrines along the Tamagawa River in Tokyo and Kawasaki. Now, only this shrine performs it in Tokyo. 天児屋根命(あめのこやねのみ�This god is called Amenokoyane-no-Mikoto (god of festivals).

天狗様「猿田彦命(さるたひこのみこと)」や、神事、祭りを司る神「天児屋根命(あめのこやねのみこと)」、山の幸の神「彦火火出見命(ひこほほでみのみこと)」など、それぞれの役どころを表現する個性豊かな神の舞を見せてくれる。
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A small square area with a straw mat enclosed by a shimenawa sacred rope is the makeshift stage for the Negi-no-Mai Sacred Dance at Tenso Shrine.
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A total of five gods are depicted in this sacred dance. Today, "Negi" refers to the rank of a Shinto priest. During the Edo Period, "Negi" referred to Shinto priests in general. 山の幸の神「彦火火出見命(ひこほほでみ
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This god is called Hikohohode-no-Mikoto which brings food from the mountains. Negi-no-Mai is nicknamed Dedenko-mai, in reference to the taiko drum beat ("dedenko").
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Shishimai Lion heads
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This last god, called Oyamazumi-no-Mikoto, threw mochi rice cakes to everyone. He brings water, greenery, etc. from the mountains. 大山
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Maids to greet you
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Maids, the costume rage in Japan for several years already.
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Welcome!
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Tokyo Anime Center
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Many life-size costumed characters on display.
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Tokyo Anime Center, Akihabara
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Tekomai geisha from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine walk toward the stage.
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They perform in mid-Oct. on the same day and place as Kiba Kakunori log rolling.
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Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower design. Also see the video at YouTube.
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They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names and use their right hand to drag along a metal wand.
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Tomioka Hachiman Tekomai geisha perform at Kiba Park.
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Lion dance or shishimai. See the video at hidanet.ne.jp. 獅子舞
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They only chant, no dancing.
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Shrine maidens
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha
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A lion then appears.
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha
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Tekomai geisha cross Eitai-bashi Bridge to enter Koto Ward along Eitai-dori.
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Shrine maidens
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Lion dance.
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手古舞
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Shrine maidens
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獅子舞
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Tekomai geisha at Eitai-bashi
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After this lion dance, the Fukagawa tekomai geisha performed.
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.
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They sing on the street to advertise something, usually a night club where they appear.
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Verse 2 Lyrics (Omatsu/Omi-Maiko) 二番の英訳(雄松"Pine trees are very green, on sands very white.
Omatsugasato is, a young maiden's home.
Bush of red camellia, hides her teary face.
She's weeping o'er a lost love, much too short to last.

松は緑に 砂白き
雄松が里の 乙女子は
赤い椿の 森蔭に
はかない恋に 泣くとかや
Matsu wa midori ni, suna shiroki
Omatsugasato no, otomego wa
Akai tsubaki no, morikage ni
Hakanai koi ni, naku toka ya

Omi-Maiko is still famous for white sand beaches and pine trees. In summer these beaches are cluttered with people trying to get a tan.

See more photos of Omi-Maiko here.
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Tekomai geisha at Eitaibashi
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During the finale, the tekomai and Kiba Kiyari singers sing together.
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The ever-popular maid outfit.
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Tekomai geisha
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"Pine trees are very green, on sands very white." Omi-MaikoSee more photos of Omi-Maiko here.
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They sing and chant while walking slowly.
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Lion dance
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens
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Maids attract much attention so they are used as living billboards for stores and whatever needs to be advertised in Akihabara.
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White sands of Omi-Maiko (Omatsu), Otsu, Shiga
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The problem is that the police patrol the main drag to expel these street performers. It is not allowed. It would be the Japanese police to try and kill Japan's street culture.
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They have flower hats, but I've never seen them wear it on their heads.
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Ripples lap white sands of Omi-Maiko.
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Tekomai geisha on Eitai-dori road, entering Koto Ward
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They do not get water splashed.
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Children dressed as tekomai, Sanno Festival.
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Pine trees at Omi-Maiko
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Fukagawa Tekomai geisha make their entrance. 深川手古舞
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The Fukagawa Tekomai geisha make their way to the stage.
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Kyoto University Rowing Club arrive at Omi-Maiko in Aug. 2006 during their annual Lake Biwa rowing trip.
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They chant without instruments.
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Old mail box.
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Omatsu "Famous Place" marker
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Each carry a lantern bearing their name.
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They always carry a flower hat, but I've never seen them wear it.
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The stage in Kiba Park and spectators.
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Fukagawa Tekomai Geisha performing at Kiba Park, Koto Ward, Tokyo.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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My 2010 video of tekomai geisha performing/singing in Kiba Park.
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Kentosai Sacred Dance
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Shrine maidens perform Kentosai dance
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The tekomai geisha arrives at Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine.
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The tekomai geisha enter the shrine.
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The tekomai geisha enter the shrine.
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The tekomai geisha enter Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine.
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My video of Fukagawa Tekomai performing at Kiba Park in Oct.
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Tossing a mikoshi.
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Lake Biwa. More photos of Mt. Ibuki here.Digitally altered image.
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JR Kamaishi Station
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Giant Kannon statue in the distance.1 comments
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View of bay, Kamaishi, Iwate
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View of bay
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View of Kamaishi Port which was devastated by the tsunami in March 2011.
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Kamaishi Dai-Kannon. She holds a fish.
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ANA (All Nippon Airways) offers free tours of their maintenance facilities at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. You can see planes in a huge hangar being serviced.You have to make reservations at their website, but everything is in Japanese. They have four 90-min. tours almost daily, but only in Japanese. (Pamphlet has some English.) You should reserve weeks or months in advance because tours get booked up quickly. However, when people cancel their reservations, tours may open up. You have to keep checking. Children must be at least elementary school age. http://www.ana.co.jp/group/kengaku/outline.html
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From Haneda Airport's International terminal, you can see ANA's maintenance hangars at the end of Runway A which is one of the airport's original runways.
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After passing the JAL maintenance hangar, you will see this overpass connecting the ANA buildings.
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On the left is the ANA Component Maintenance Building where you check-in for the tour. Show the security guard your reservations (printout of the email confirmation) to enter the building.
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When you enter the building, you will be in the reception lobby.
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Reception lobby of the ANA Maintenance Facility's ANA Component Maintenance Building. There's a gift shop, model planes, and other exhibits. At lunch time, they sold bento so we had lunch here after the tour.
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Gift shop sells ANA goods.
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Pose
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ANA Gundam in the lobby.
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ANA cockpit in the lobby.
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ANA model planes in the lobby.
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Panel about the 747. ANA retired its last Boeing 747 in March 2014. ANA first flew 747s in 1979. Will be missed.
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In this lecture hall, ANA's tour started with a 30-min. talk and video about flight, their planes, Haneda Airport, etc.Part of ANA's talk was about how planes fly. They demonstrated how wind can lift the wings of a toy plane.
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ANA's lecture hall has some exhibits like model planes.
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ANA's whale plane.
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ANA's Peanuts (Charlie Brown) plane.
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Tire, cockpit window, lights.
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Free souvenir of the tour. Cell phone strap with an ANA maintenance man.
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After the slide show lecture, we wore a hard hat and walked on the overpass to the plane hangars. There were around 80 people in the tour and they divided us into around 15 people per group for the hangar tour. Each group had a guide explaining things in Japanese.
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ANA's airplane maintenance hangar at Haneda Airport. Photography was permitted, but no videos. You can post photos online, but you need their approval. These photos here have been approved by ANA. They don't allow ANA personnel and the other tour participants to be pictured. Also cannot show any non-ANA plane.
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ANA's Boeing 787
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ANA's Boeing 787 inside the maintenance hangar at Haneda Airport.
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Engine removed from the plane.
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Passenger seats were taken out and the cushions replaced.
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Where the tail fits.
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Tires
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Tires
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Tires are not that huge. Tires are inflated with nitrogen, not air (one thing that they always mention).
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They have to replace the tires quite often, every 2 months or so.
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Extra hangar space.
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Jet engine undergoing maintenance.
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Jet engine undergoing maintenance.
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The hangar can get very noisy when they are testing an engine.
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ANA plane
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Always impressive to see a jet plane up close. We see it only on the outside, cannot go inside the plane.
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ANA plane parked outside the maintenance hangar.
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Extra dock in the maintenance hangar.
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Jet engine cowlings.
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How workers get around. Enjoyed the tour.
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Samegai Museum in a former post office designed by William Merrell Vories, in Samegai, Maibara, Shiga Pref. MAP
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Hachiman Jinja Shrine in Asahi, Maibara. The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori is supposed to be performed at Oka Shrine, but they perform it here on Oct. 4. MAP
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The shrine is on the road going to Nagahama.
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Monument for Asahi village near Hachiman Shrine.
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About the Asahi Honen Taiko Odori. It originated in the latter 7th century in Ohara village when they started to cultivate new farming land. It was a rainmaking dance. Now held in Oct. in Maibara.
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Hachiman Shrine grounds where the taiko dance will be performed.
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Hachiman Shrine
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Hachiman Shrine
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori start walking from the Asahi neighborhood near Hachiman Shrine.
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With Mt. Ibuki in the background, the Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance troupe head for Hachiman Shrine.
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Asahi is the name of the village, and Honen means rich harvest.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers and Mt. Ibuki in Maibara, Shiga.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers arrive at Hachiman Shrine.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers at Hachiman Shrine on a beautiful, sunny day on Oct. 4, 2009.
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First they danced in two columns in the center.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori is a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
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They later danced in a circle.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance in Maibara, Shiga.
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Note that this taiko dance will be canceled if it rains.
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Bamba-juku (Banba-juku) does not have any train stations within walking distance. The closest is Maibara and Samegai Stations. Buses and taxi available. From Samegai, go on Route 21 until you reach this intersection (3 km from Bamba) where you turn left.
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You will soon see this Hokuriku Highway overpass. Go under it.
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Then you'll see a fork in the road. Take the smaller right road which is the former Nakasendo Road.
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The island in the middle has a Bamba-juku monument.
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Bamba-juku monument marking the location of the Kure Ichirizuka milestone. 久禮の一里塚 MAP
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Old Nakasendo Road to Bamba-juku, the sixty-second station or post town (shukuba) of the sixty-nine stations on the Nakasendo Road.
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Bamba-juku is the third Nakasendo station in Shiga, following Samegai-juku which is also in Maibara.
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Finally a small sign on the left declaring "Nakasendo Bamba-no-juku."
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Marker for site of a Toiya-ba which was a travel logistics office where you can get pack horses, forward your baggage, and find a place to stay in Bamba. 問屋場
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Bamba today is a quiet, rural settlement. It is divided into east Bamba and west Bamba.
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Another welcome sign in Bamba-juku.
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Welcome sign in Nakasendo Bamba-juku. (The orange object is a mailbox.)
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Site of another Toiya-ba.
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Intersection with a Bamba-juku stone monument. A good place to rest and eat your box lunch.
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Bamba-juku stone monument.
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Next to the Bamba-juku stone monument is an old map of Bamba-juku.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Banba-juku from his Kisokaido series.
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Stone marker with a finger pointing the way to Maibara Port where you can board a boat to go to Otsu via Lake Biwa. This is at the same intersection across from the Bamba-juku stone monument.
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Site of the Waki-Honjin on the right. Now a modern house. The Waki Honjin was the town's second-best lodge. 脇本陣跡
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Close-up of stone marker for the Waki-Honjin. There are no original buildings left in Bamba-juku related to the post town, except for Rengeji temple.
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Site of the Honjin, the town's most exclusive inn for daimyo lords and other VIPs. This is not the original building. Just a private house. Near the Waki Honjin. 本陣跡
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Going further down the road in Bamba.
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Place where Emperor Meiji took a break. It was the site of another Toiya-ba.
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Marker indicating that Emperor Meiji took a break here once.
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On the left of the road is the path to Rengeji temple.
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