Most viewed - Omi Jingu Shrine and Yabusame Horseback Archery 近江神宮 流鏑馬神事
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Karuta Festival. The narrator (standing) recites one of the poems and the contestants must search for and claim the card written with the poem.274 views
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Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門)177 views
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Karuta cards with verses from famous poems159 views
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Steps to Rōmon Gate, the shrine's most outstanding structure. (楼門)138 views
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Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門)101 views
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The Shamusho Shrine office I (社務所I) serves as the Karuta Matsuri tournament venue.96 views
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Built in 1940, Omi Jingu Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Tenji who moved the capital to Otsu in 667 at the location of this shrine. Otsu was therefore once the capital of Japan. MAP95 views
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Used New Year's decorations93 views
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Karuta Festival poster92 views
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Path to shrine. Omi Shrine is a short walk from Omi Jingu-mae Station on the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line.81 views
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Sun dial. Another one in the background as well. Hidokei I (日時計1: Sundial I)80 views
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Poetry78 views
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Gift shop and clock museum in background. 時計博物館72 views
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Gehaiden Hall (Outer Haiden 外拝殿)70 views
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Corridor70 views
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Inner side of Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門).66 views
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Sotokairo corridor (外廻廊), Jinpu-Juyosho shop selling souvenirs (神符授与所), and Rōmon Gate (楼門)61 views
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Yabusame horseback archery is held at Omi Jingu Shrine on the first Sunday in June from 12:30 pm. (Used to be held on Nov. 3.) My YouTube video of Omi Shrine's yabusame horseback archery on Nov. 3, 2013.61 viewsI believe this is Shiga's only authentic yabusame.
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In late 2013, the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line in Otsu had trains painted in the Chihayafuru design to promote a Chihayafuru exhibition at Omi Shrine. Omi Shrine is near Omi Jingu Station.59 views
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Naihaiden Hall (Inner Haiden 内拝殿)57 views
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Naihaiden Hall50 views
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Water clock (clepsydra). Emperor Tenchi made Japan's first clock which was a water clock. Hence, the shrine is associated with clocks.48 views
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Second site of the Otsu Palace at Nishikori. MAP46 views
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Omi Jingu is noted for competitive karuta card games. The Japanese national championship tournament of competitive karuta is held in January at Omi Jingu (since the mid-1950s). 44 views
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The winner of the men's division is called Meijin and the winner of the women's division is called Queen. The popular manga/anime Chihayafuru has brought international attention to karuta.44 views
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Near the first Otsu Palace site is this second site of the Otsu Palace's main building when Otsu was Japan's capital for 5 years from 667. Now an open space. 近江大津宮錦織遺跡43 views
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Yabusame horseback archery is held on the first Sunday in June from 12:30 pm. (Used to be held on Nov. 3.) I believe this is Shiga's only authentic yabusame.43 views
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Omi Jingu Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Tenji (Tenchi 天智天皇) who moved the capital from Asuka, Nara to Otsu in 667 at the location of this shrine. Otsu was therefore once the capital of Japan. 42 views
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Along the way from Omi Jingu-mae Station to Omi Jingu Shrine, there are two sites of the old Omi-Otsu Palace built when Japan's capital was located here in 667. 近江大津宮錦織遺跡 MAP42 views
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National Historic Site of Omi-Otsu Palace building in Nishikori. Thirteen large pillar holes of a long building was first discovered here in 1974. Otsu was Japan's capital for only 5 years from 667. 近江大津宮42 views
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Omi Jingu Shrine's Rōmon Gate (楼門)42 views
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Second site of the Otsu Palace at Nishikori is a National Historic Site called Omi-Otsu-no-Miya Nishikori Iseki.41 views
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After the ceremony, they leave the worship hall and head for the horses.41 views
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Chihayafuru exhibition poster.41 views
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Inside the Keihan Line train with Chihayafuru.40 views
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Hidokei II (日時計2: Sundial II)38 views
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Official yabusame website here.38 views
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Reserved seating available for a few hundred yen.38 views
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The archers first held a prayer ceremony in the Naihaiden Hall.38 views
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Before this site at Nishikori in Otsu was unearthed, it was uncertain exactly where the Otsu Palace was located. In 1978, further archaeological evidence showed that this was indeed where the main palace building was. 近江大津宮37 views
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The yabusame horse track. They first hold a Shinto ceremony at the shrine.37 views
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The first target.37 views
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Monument about the Nishikori place name. 錦織36 views
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Monument about the Nishikori place name, originating from brocade weavers in this area. 錦織36 views
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Three targets and each archer galloped at full speed to try and hit all three targets. Each archer made several runs and it was dramatic to watch.36 views
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Now a much smaller target.36 views
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About the water clock.35 views
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Hit target35 views
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Resupply of arrows on the way back.35 views
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Scale model of the Otsu Palace displayed at the Otsu History Museum.35 views
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Gehaiden Hall (Outer Haiden 外拝殿)34 views
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I came to see this to pray for a good Year of the Horse in 2014, the following year.34 views
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About the scale model9 views
     
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