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Before 8 am: Women do a warm-up lap.It wasn't exactly warm, but they had wet suits. Odaiba's water is not exactly crystal-clear clean either.
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Tokyo TowerThe tower is 333 meters high, with two observatories. The lower one, called the main observatory, is 150 meters high. The higher one, the special observatory, is 250 meters up.
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Women at the starting line for triathlon
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Starting line
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8:10 am: And they're off, taking about 30 min. to swim 1.5 km.
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Tokyo Tower
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Foot of tower
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Foot of tower
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Memorial to the dogs who served in Antartica.1 comments
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Main observatory
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Zojoji Temple
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Entrance to Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens, a real oasis in an urban jungle. Another waterfront garden with classic Japanese-style elements with a pond, pine trees, rocks, and stone lanterns.
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View of Hamamatsu-cho
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Kyu-Shiba-rikyu was first built in the 17th century and used as the residence of a number of nobles. Purchased from the Arisugawa family in 1875 by the Imperial Household Agency which made it the Shiba Detached Palace.
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Bird's eye view of Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens as seen from Hamamatsu World Trade Center
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Turn-around point for another lap.
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The buildings were destroyed in the Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the property was donated to Tokyo in 1924 to commemorate the start of Emperor Showa's reign.
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Too hazy to see Mt. Fuji
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Out of the water and racing to the bicycles.
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Roppongi Hills at center
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Pine trees and pond
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Taking off the wet suit and getting on the bicycle.
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Special observatory (250 m high). When the wind blows, it sways.
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Bicycle the pavement for 40 km, taking about an hour.
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Main entrance to Aoyama Cemetery during cherry blossom season in early April. Gaienmae Station (Ginza/Hanzomon Line) and Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line) are the closest subway stations.
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Cycling for triathlon
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Koi carp fish
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Aoyama Cemetery office near the main entrance where you can obtain a map of the cemetery and ask where particular people are buried. The maps they provide do not show where the most famous people are (such as prime ministers).
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Main observatory
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Main thoroughfare, lined with cherry trees, cuts through the middle of the cemetery where cars whiz by. Quite irritating.
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Bracing a pine tree for winter snow.
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Main observatory
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Cherry blossom tunnel at Aoyama Cemetery.
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Spare wheels
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Main observatory
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Aoyama Cemetery is one of Tokyo's noted spots for cherry blossoms. However, having hanami picnics is not allowed.
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Cherry blossoms are so fleeting. They last for only a short time, like life itself. And so cherry blossoms are often found at cemetaries in Japan.
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These trees stood out.
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Cherry blossoms and graves.
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Aoyama Cemetery map. Quite complicated system to find grave plots.
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View down from a glass floor on main observatory
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Yukimi Stone Lantern
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Signs tell you where you are. Quite bewildering mapping system.
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View from Roppongi Hills.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Aoyama Cemetery has over 123,000 graves occupying 125,000 square meters within the cemetery land area of 263,564 sq. meters.
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This is the Foreigner's Cemetery where many foreigners who helped to modernize Japan are buried.
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Dry waterfall
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A monument erected in March 2007 by Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro in appreciation of the foreigners who helped build Japan.
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Stone monuments
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List of foreigners buried in this Foreigner's Cemetery. Note that there also other foreigners buried in other parts of Aoyama Cemetery.
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Baskets for running shoes
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Foreigner's Cemetery 外国人墓地
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Changing from bicycling to running.
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Bridge to Nakashima island
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Foreigner's Cemetery 外国人墓地
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Changing into running shoes.
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Nakashima island
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Grave of Edoardo Chiossone (1833-1898), an Italian who introduced printing technology (for money and stamps) to Japan. He loved Japan and amassed a huge collection of Japanese art, especially woodblock prints. The collection is donated to a Genova museum.
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Gravestone of Edoardo Chiossone
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Statue of Liberty replica
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Grave of Joseph Heco who was born Japanese (as Hamada Hikozo) but naturalized as a US citizen.
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Grave of Joseph Heco
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Running a few laps.
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Grave of the family of Robert Walker Irwin (1844-1925), Hawaiian Minister to Japan.
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Running in triathlon
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World Trade Center in Hamamatsucho overlooks the garden. World Trade Center Building (世界貿易センタービル) in Hamamatsuchō is a 40-story commercial skyscraper. It was once Japan's tallest building in 1970.
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Graves of Robert Walker Irwin (rear, on the right) and his family.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Grave of Robert Walker Irwin (1844-1925), Hawaiian Minister to Japan who managed the Japanese immigration to Hawaii in the 19th century. Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo
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Akiko Sekine who later won the women's triathlon.After cycling, they ran for 10 km. About 30 min. later, this woman, Akiko Sekine won the triathlon. She was one of athletes who went to the Athens Olympics (placing 12th).
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Grave of Robert Walker Irwin buried together with wife Iki. More about Robert Walker Irwin here.
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Grave of loyal dog Hachiko and his master, Professor Ueno.
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Grave of Yoshida Shigeru, Japan's first postwar prime minister.
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Finish line
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Grave of Yoshida Shigeru 吉田茂の墓
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An unkept grave.
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Men's triathlon starting line
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Hirokatsu Tayama, he wasn't the first to finish swimming, but he won the triathlon.
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Same route as the women.
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Running shoes
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Finish line
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Hirokatsu Tayama, winner
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Lookout deck on the World Trade Center in Hamamatsucho.
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Great views of Tokyo from the World Trade Center Building (世界貿易センタービル) in Hamamatsuchō, Tokyo.
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Bird's eye view of Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens as seen from Hamamatsu World Trade Center.
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Bird's eye view of Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Gardens as seen from Hamamatsu World Trade Center
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Looking north toward Shimbashi.
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Looking south toward Shinagawa.
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Tokyo Tower as seen from Hamamatsucho.
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Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower as seen from WTC Hamamatsucho.
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Zojoji temple
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Shinkansen snakes its way through.
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Monorail to Haneda
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First built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612, Sengakuji temple belongs to the Zen Soto sect. This is the Chumon Gate, facing the south, the first gate most people pass through to enter Sengakuji temple. Reconstructed in 1836. 中門
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After the Chumon is the Sanmon Gate which is the temple's main gate. Reconstructed in 1832. 山門
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Path to the Hondo temple hall. 本堂
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Hondo temple hall. The original hall was destroyed during World War II. Reconstructed in 1953 in the Kamakura style. 本堂
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Since it was during the Gishisai Festival on Dec. 14, banners are in front of the Hondo hall for the 47 loyal retainers of Ako. Read about it here.
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During the Gishisai Festival in mid-Dec., the temple is especially crowded. This is the long line to enter the graves of the 47 loyal samurai retainers. The gravesite's gate up ahead was the back gate of the Ako estate in Tokyo. Later moved here.
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At the gate to enter the graves of the 47 ronin, they sell incense sticks. 四十七士墓所の門
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Grave of Lord Asano Naganori (Takumi-no-kami) (1667-1701) of Ako Province.
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Asano clan grave
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Incense burner
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Large way going to the graves of the 47 ronin masterless samurai at Sengakuji temple. 四十七士墓所
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Gishisai lanterns.
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The graves all have headstones with the loyal retainer's name on it and age at death.
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People buy incense sticks at the gravesite gate and place incense at all the graves.
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On the Gishisai day or anniversary of the attack on Kira, there is an extra amount of people and incense smoke.
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The smoke can kill all the bugs in your fur or wool coat.
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Very thick smoke, but not suffocating. People with asthma or lung problems might want to avoid this.
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Names are clearly written on wooden plaques.
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Oishi Kuranosuke's grave
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Soon after the 47 retainers committed seppuku on Feb. 4, 1703, they were buried here.
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The gravestones all look alike. There is a map showing who is buried where.
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Worshippers pile on the incense
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Pile of incense in front of a grave.
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Statue of Oishi Kuranosuke, leader of the 47 loyal retainers. He's looking (glaring) east toward Edo. The temple grounds also have the Ako Samurai Memorial Hall and the well where they washed Kira's head.
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The Gishisai on Dec. 14 marks the day when the 47 loyal retainers attacked and beheaded Kira to avenge their master (Lord Asano) in 1702. They then marched to Sengakuji to present the head to their master's grave. This is reenacted annually.
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Gishisai on Dec. 14: Headed by Oishi Kuranosuke, the 47 loyal retainers arrive Sengakuji temple.
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Gishisai: Kira's head strung on a spear is brought to Sengakuji temple.
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Kira's head presented to the Hondo hall. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Leader of the 47 ronin, Oishi Kuranosuke goes in front of the Hondo hall and reported their successful capture of Kira.
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The 47 masterless samurai then proceed to the nearby grave of their Lord Asano.
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Heading to their lord's grave.
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After reporting to their lord, the group leaves the temple.
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They cross the street full of cars. A Gishisai Festival is also held in Ako in Hyogo Prefecture.
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Photo of the original Shimbashi Station built in 1872 as the starting terminal of Japan's first railway that went to Yokohama. It was designed by American architect R.P. Bridgens (1819–91) at a time when Western-style buildings were rare in Japan. Shimbashi Station served as a passenger train terminal until 1914 when Tokyo Station opened and took over as the terminal station.
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The original Shimbashi Station building was reconstructed here, near the current Shimbashi Station. This is the left side of the building.
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Front of the reconstructed Shimbashi Station.
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The first floor has a beer hall, and the second floor has the Railway History Exhibition Hall (鉄道歴史展示室). Photography is not allowed inside the Exhibition Hall.
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The right side of the building.
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Window closeup.
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Right side of building.
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Behind the reconstructed Shimbashi Station, the train platform is partially reconstructed on the original location.
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Left side of platform.
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Right side of platform has a sample track dating from the original one.
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Mile Marker Zero at the end of the track.
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Mile Marker Zero
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About the Mile Marker Zero.
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Sample track.
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Part of the station's original foundation.
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JR Shimbashi Station today.
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At Shimbashi Station's Hibiya Exit, there is the famous SL Square where a C11 steam locomotive is displayed.
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Shimbashi Station's SL Square with a C11 steam locomotive displayed.
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The C11 steam locomotive is a popular place to meetup in Shimbashi.
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Christmas decorations at the C11 steam locomotive.
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Feb. 3 is Setsubun when many temples and shrines hold a mamemaki bean-throwing ceremony. The Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin is one temple worshipped by major sports and entertainment figures.
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