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Scenery along the way to Ainokura from Shirakawa-go.
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Toyama Castle 富山城
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Looks like Suganuma, another village in Gokayama area.
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Reconstructed in 1954, modeled after Hikone and Inuyama Castles. Renovated in Nov. 2005.
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Entry road to Ainokura village. Bus stop shelter on right.
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Toyama Castle
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Way to Ainokura.
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What you see first is a big parking lot for tour buses. Then you see the hordes of tourists.
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Ainokura monument
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View of Ainokura
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One of Japan's three Big Buddhas (after Nara and Kamakura). The statue was built by local coppersmiths in 1932, taking 30 years to complete.
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JR Takaoka Station (north side) 高岡駅
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View of Ainokura from a hill
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The Takaoka Daibutsu stands 15.85 meters high, weighing 65 tons. Japan's largest copper statue. Takaoka, Toyama
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Inside Takaoka Station passage
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In front of JR Takaoka Station (north side)
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In fall 2007, it underwent major renovation.
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Bird's eye view of Ainokura 相倉展望台
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Sculpture in front of Takaoka Station (north side)
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Sculpture in front of Takaoka Station (north side)
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Ainokura
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JR Takaoka Station (south side)
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Castle tower (local history museum) admission is 210 yen. 富山市郷土博物館
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Shopping street near Takaoka Station
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Inside Toyama Castle tower
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Sculpture along a shopping street
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Ainokura
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Ainokura is smaller than Shirakawa-go, but still tourist-driven.
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Center of Ainokura and souvenir shop.
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Top floor of castle tower
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Thatched roofs
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Balcony of Toyama Castle tower
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Ainenji temple 相念寺
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View from Toyama Castle tower
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These pictures were taken in the fall.
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Spare thatch, Ainokura
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Center of Ainokura
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Balcony of Toyama Castle tower
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Toyama Castle tower
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Monument in the center of Ainokura.
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Gassho Storehouse 合掌小屋造り
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Restrooms
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Looks traditional on the outside, but modern on the inside.
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Thatched roof and persimmon tree
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Fire hydrant
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1 南砺市相倉民俗館1号館Exhibits related to life in Ainokura and the gassho-zukuri houses.

Ainokura Folk Museum 南砺市相倉民俗館
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Toyama Castle
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Roof peg
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Gassho hari
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Silk-making implements
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Hair pins
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Snow coat made of straw.
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Snow outfit
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Spare thatch
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Left side was recently reroofed.
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 2 南砺市相倉民俗館2号館Exhibits related to the traditional industries of Ainokura such as gunpowder manufacturing and washi paper making.
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 2
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Implements for making gunpowder used in matchlock guns.
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Traditional musical instruments.
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Kimono
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Washi paper
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Shrine
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Shrine torii
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Shrine
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Monument commemorating the marriage of Crown Prince Hiro (right) and birth of Princess Aiko (left)
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Souvenir of Ainokura
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Road sign showing way to Ainokura.
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Johana Station
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Entrance to Ariake Colosseum for the game between Tokyo Apache and Toyama Grouses on Dec. 27, 2008.
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Sign for Tokyo Apache vs. Toyama Grouses on Dec. 27, 2008.
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Division standings as of Dec. 21, 2008. Tokyo Apache in 1st place, and Grouses in last place among the six teams in the Eastern conference of the bj-league.
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Tip off
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John "Helicopter" Humphrey
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Masashi Joho
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Tokyo Apache Dance Team do their stuff during time outs. They are the cheerleaders who appear on Saturday games.
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Half-time show by Tokyo Apache Dance Team.
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Darin Maki
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A foul by Babacar Camara led to a brief scuffle between him and John Humphrey. After some deliberation by the referees, both were expelled from the game.
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Jun Iwasa
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Cohey Aoki
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Cohey
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Progression of a dunk shot.
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Tip off
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Going up against Babacar Camara.
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Gum Q
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Wow, GumQ were great performers.
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Some footwork by Masashi Joho.
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Nick Davis
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Sponsors
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Skills Challenge was held during halftime. Several contestants try to dribble through a course for shooting and passing a basketball.
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Tokyo Apache team bench.
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Full of pep and vitality. Great for basketball games.
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Dunk shot progression.
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Babacar Camara again as John's nemesis.
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Coach Bryant advises John.
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Cohey for a free throw.
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Team huddle
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Joho for a free throw.
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A sweet victory by the Tokyo Apache following a defeat the day before.
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Joe Bryant
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Toyama Grouses head coach Takatoshi Ishibashi, a former player for the Grouses.
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Tokyo Apache head coach Joe Bryant (Kobe's dad) is upbeat after his win as he talks to the press through an interpreter.
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Zuiryuji Temple is a 10-min. walk from the south side of JR Takaoka Station. This is the white stone path (called Hatcho-michi 八丁道) leading to the temple. Go in the opposite direction to reach Lord Maeda Toshinaga's grave.
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Statue of Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka. The Hatcho-michi path is also lined with numerous pine trees, cherry trees, and 54 stone lanterns. It is 870 meters long between Zuiryuji and Lord Toshinaga's gravesite
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Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka
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Temple admission is 500 yen for adults. First you see the Somon Gate which is an Important Cultural Property. 総門
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Pass through the Somon Gate and you see the Sanmon Gate flanked by two corridors. In front is a plaza of pebbles. 山門
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Belonging to the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism, the temple is dedicated to Maeda Toshinaga, the 2nd lord of the Kaga domain and founder of Takaoka. The temple has three buildings designated as National Treasures.
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Modeled after Chinese temple architecture common during the Kamkura Period, the temple layout is said to resemble the human body, with the head at the top on this map. Three temple buildings were designated as National Treasures in 1997.
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Zuiryuji's Sanmon Gate, a National Treasure. The original Sanmon Gate was built in 1645, but was lost in a fire in 1746. The present gate was built in 1820. 山門
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Sanmon Gate
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Passing through Sanmon Gate
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After passing through Sanmon Gate, you see the Butsuden Hall, another National Treasure. 仏殿
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Zuiryuji Butsuden Hall was built in 1659. The roof has lead plates. A magnificent example of Zen architecture. Takaoka, Toyama.
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Side view of Butsuden Hall
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Rear view of Butsuden Hall
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Corner view of Butsuden Hall
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Inside Butsuden Hall 仏殿
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The high, open ceiling made of wood is most impressive even to the layman.
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Ceiling of Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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Butsuden Hall
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On the left of the Butsuden is Zendo Hall for zazen meditation training as well as for eating and sleeping for priests. The building is an Important Cultural Property. 禅堂
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