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Entrance to Urakuen GardenThis garden has a few tea houses including one called Jo-an, a National Treasure. THe garden is close to Inuyama Castle and worth a visit. Admission 1,000 yen.

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Urakuen Garden水琴窟
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Urakuen Garden tea ceremony house
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Inside Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure
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Jo-an tea ceremony house, a National Treasure. Built in 1618 by Oda Uraku, one of the greatest tea ceremony masters and younger brother of warlord Oda Nobunaga.Jo-an is one of Japan's three most famous tea ceremony houses. 如庵
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Tea ceremony house
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Inside tea ceremony house
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Yugao-tei Tea house 夕顔亭
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Azalea bushes and Ryotei teahouse
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Pine branches and azaleas
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Red and white azaleas
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Ryotei teahouse 涼亭
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Ryotei teahouse 涼亭
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Irises
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Pine tree and Ryotei
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Genkyu-en is a Japanese garden next to Hikone Castle. It was built as a castle garden in 1677 by Ii Naooki, the fourth lord of Hikone Castle. Hakkei-tei Summer House Map
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Built as a castle garden in 1677 by Ii Naooki, the fourth lord of Hikone Castle. The garden has representations of the Eight Views of Omi, Chikubushima island, and the Shiraishi rocks in Lake Biwa.
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Hikone Castle overlooks the Hakkeitei teahouses Genkyuen Garden. Hakkeitei was built at around the same time as the garden.
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Genkyuen Garden's tea houses named Hakkei-tei.
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Vintage postcard of Genkyuen Garden. Little has changed except that boats no longer ply on the pond.
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Genkyuen Garden was designed to be enjoyed along a circular walking path.
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The garden served as the location of one scene in the TV mini-series "Shogun."
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Nakajima-no-Ochaya Tea House on the small island in the pond.
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Nakajima-no-Ochaya Tea House
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Nakajima-no-Ochaya Tea House
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The garden would look better without all these skyscrapers in the background.
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Shiodome skyscrapers overwhelm the little tea house
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Tea house, pond, and pine tree
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Japanese tea ceremony house for rent. 聴雨庵
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Tea ceremony
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The museum's main highlight is the Umekoji steam locomotives on a roundabout or roundhouse next to a turntable.
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This is probably the most steam locomotives you'll ever see in Japan. Some or most of them still run.
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Turntable to direct the locomotives to the desired track and direction.
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This must be Japan's largest collection of steam locomotives on diplay.
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Old steam locomotive for the Imperial family.
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Cleaning a steam locomotive.
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Empty hangar for a steam locomotive.
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Inside the rear of the round house.
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Kita Biwako steam locomotive
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Ride on a real steam locomotive for a low fare.
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This real steam locomotive offers rides a few times a day.
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The SL Steam runs every 15 or 30 min. from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Fare is ¥300.
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Passenger car of the steam locomotive train.
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The ride is only 10 min. roundtrip and the train travels for only 1 km.
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Friendly workers wave to passengers riding on the steam locomotive train.
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Inside Nijo Station that was moved here. Now the museum gift shop.
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Nijo Station reconstructed here.
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Steam locomotive repair shop.
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Shiga LakeStars poster for home games at Shiga Prefectural Gym in Otsu.
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Shiga LakeStars bus.
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Shiga Prefectural Gym (Shiga Kenritsu Taiikukan) in Otsu, one of the home courts of the Shiga LakeStars. 滋賀県立体育館
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Stairs at Shiga Prefectural Gym
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Entrance to Shiga Prefectural Gym.
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The lobby had these life-size cutouts of the players.
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Jerseys for sale.
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LakeStars merchandise for sale.
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LakeStars merchandise included notebooks, towels, and stickers.
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Also T-shirts.
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Gym seating layout.
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Congratulatory flowers at the gym entrance.
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Shiga LakeStars and Osaka Evessa on court for warm-up.
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Shiga LakeStars and Osaka Evessa warming up.
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Shiga LakeStars warming up for their debut pro game on Oct. 11, 2008 against Osaka Evessa.
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Shiga LakeStars warming up.
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Osaka Evessa warming up. This was my first time to see a pro basketball game in Japan, and I was surprised to see how commercial it was. The court floor and rim are littered with ads.
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These people won the team naming contest. They proposed the name "LakeStars."
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Shiga LakeStars CEO speaks.
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The gym got dark and the cheerleaders appeared.
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Shiga LakeStars Cheerleaders
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The cheerleaders form a gauntlet for the players appearing on court.
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Shiga LakeStars players
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National anthem
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Tip-off at 4 pm.
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Dunk by Osaka Evessa
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I thought the LakeStars uniforms were nice, but the advertising was too prominent and "LakeStars" was hardly to be seen. It's hard to see what the name of the team is.
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Dunk by Ray Schafer
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The LakeStars took an early lead.
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Team bench
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Bobby Nash on defense
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The cheerleaders appeared whenever there was a time out, even for 20 sec.
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Risa リサ
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Lynn Washington, one of the league's top scorers, goes for the basket.
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Ogawa Shinya on defense
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Sato Hirotaka on defense
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Bobby Nash
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Bobby Nash is from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (my alma mater as well). His father is the current basketball coach at UH and was one of the Fabulous Five at UH during the early '70s.
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Magnee, Shiga LakeStars official mascot modeled after the Lake Biwa catfish. Kind of strange seeing a fish with two legs...
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Shiga Prefectural Gym in Otsu
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The LakeStars trailed Osaka for most of the game.
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Ryan Rourke
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Ray Schafer is from Alaska, and at 213 cm tall, the tallest LakeStar.
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Lynn Washington of Osaka
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Cleanup
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Risa リサ
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Huddle
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Brayden Bilbe for free throw. He's from the state of Washington.
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Defense!
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Ray Schafer for free throw
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Bobby Nash
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Brayden Bilbe
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Ray Schafer got him covered.
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Halftime show
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Kaorin カオリン
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Sayo サヨ
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Risa リサ
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Ray Schafer for free throw.
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Brayden Bilbe for free throw.
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Nicknamed "Wara," Fujiwara Takamichi is from Fukuoka and played for Niigata Albirex BB before coming to Shiga.
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Ray Schafer blocking a shot.
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Ogawa Shinya is a local boy from Nagahama, Shiga.
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Ogawa Shinya is a point guard.
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Ogawa Shinya
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Head coach Robert Pierce.
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Kojima Yuta
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Bobby Nash
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Bobby Nash
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Bobby Nash for free throw.
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Shiga LakeStars boosters.
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Bobby Nash
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Bobby Nash
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Brayden Bilbe
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The cheerleaders all look nice and pretty, but it's hard to tell them apart. They look almost the same. They all have long, black hair (which often cover their faces), all slender, and about the same height and weight.
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Most of the cheerleaders were recruited from Shiga and Kyoto.
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Fujiwara Takamichi
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Shiga LakeStars official mascot, Magnee (modeled after the Lake Biwa catfish).
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Ryan goes for a 3-pointer.
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Brayden
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Fans cheer on, and roar whenever the LakeStars score.
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Shiika シィカ
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Aimi アイミ
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Final score, LakeStars 78, Osaka 81. The LakeStars lose their debut game by a heartbreaking 3 points.
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LakeStars and Evessa player shake hands after the game.
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Coach Robert Pierce comments in English about the game. He also speaks some Japanese.
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Team captain Fujiwara Takamichi speaks.
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One for all, and all for one... Also see my other Lakestars photos and player info here.
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On certain weekends, this steam locomotive runs between Maibara, Nagahama, and Kinomoto Stations in northern Shiga. Very popular attraction among adults and kids alike.
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Before the train departs, the passengers take pictures from the train platform. See Web site here for train schedules (in Japanese). Or call toll-free 0088-24-5489 (or 078-341-7903).
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It's the real thing, belching thick black smoke and steam. Tickets can also be bought one month before departure at major JR train stations. The train ride between Maibara and Kinomoto Stations takes about an hour. The locomotive pulls five train car
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Locomotive nameplate "SL Kita-Biwako" (SL stands for steam locomotive.)
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Crowd gathers in front of the locomotive.
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Pile of coal
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Steam locomotive
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Checking the furnace
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The steam locomotive was built in 1939.
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Driver's cabin
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Almost departure time
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It made a loud tooting sound before leaving. Also see my YouTube video here.
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The smoke was all over the platform.
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Smoke from the train.
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The steam locomotive pulled modern-looking passenger cars.
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Inside a passenger car. Almost the same as an ordinary train. Should be a wooden floor...
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Rear end of train.
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Another noted building in Matsushima is Kanrantei, perched on a low hill. Now it is a rest place where they serve tea.
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About Kanrantei
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Original buildings and layout of Kanrantei.
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Kanrantei
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Entrance to Kanrantei.
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Kanrantei
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Inside Kanrantei where you can relax and have tea for a fee.
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View of Matsushima from Kanrantei. The boat pier is straight ahead.
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View of Matsushima from Kanrantei.
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Built in 1891, Sanraku-tei, a highly unusual triangular tea house. 三楽亭
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Inside Sanraku-tei with unusually shaped tatami mats to fit the triangular floor. It has three rooms, one was a study and another was a tea ceremony room.
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Hokuriku Line Electrification Memorial Hall 北陸線電化記念館
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View from the No. 2 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck
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Tokyo Apache Dance Team (equivalent to cheerleaders)
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