Most viewed - GUNMA 群馬県
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Hula kahiko started with a chant. ショーは夜の8:45〜9:45、フラカヒコで始まった。8月5日の第三の夜は雷雨のため中止となった。これらの写真は4日と6日に撮影。毎晩、ちょっと違うショーだった1259 views
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Hula Halau'O Kamuela from Oahu won the overall title at the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival held in Hilo, Hawai'i. The overall winner is also invited to perform at Ikaho Spa's annual Hawaiian Festival held in August.759 views
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The following photos (watermarked "2008") of Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence were taken before it was moved to its present location.473 views
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Aloha Dalire teaching hula in Ikaho. The Hawaiian workshops were held at the Ikaho Kaikan Hall in central Ikaho. アロハ・ダリレが教えるフラセミナー468 views
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Morinji is a Soto-Zen temple famous for the Bunbuku Chagama (分福茶釜) folk tale about a tanuki raccoon dog that transformed into a steel pot used by the temple priest. Near Morinji-mae Station on the Tobu Line. One stop before Tatebayashi Station.352 views
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For the 12th Ikaho Hawaiian Festival held during Aug. 3-6, 2008, Hula Halau'O Kamuela performed every night for an hour as the festival's main event (free admission). 伊香保ハワイアンフェスティバルのメリーモナークショー336 views
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Also see my photos of Shigaraki tanuki in Shiga Prefecture here.325 views
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A big mahalo to Hula Halau 'O Kamuela for traveling all the way to Ikaho and making us all happy with their hula. I have already given free copies of these photos (and more) to the performers through Kau'i and Kunewa.318 views
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I would say this is one of Japan's top five best places to see carp streamers at Kanna-machi, Gunma.309 views
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Main venue of the Ikaho Merrie Monarch Hawaiian Festival held every summer in Ikaho Spa, Gunma Prefecture since 1997. It is on a city-operated parking lot. 伊香保ハワイアンフェスティバル会場268 views
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The kumu hula is Kamana'o Anson Kauionalani or Kaui for short. He does a solo dance here. The music was performed by a wonderful Hawaiian trio called 'Ale'a.253 views
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The mountain top has a small rest house.248 views
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For that one magical hour, it felt like we were in Hawai'i.248 views
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Eight strings x 100 carp streamers = 800 carp239 views
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Held during late April to early May, Kanna's Koinobori festival of carp streamers is this town's claim to fame. About 800 colorful carp streamers swim in the sky above a river. Strings of carp streamers viewable from the road.230 views
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Daruma dolls can never be knocked over since they always stand upright.229 views
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Kannon and bridge, Takasaki, Gunma226 views
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Backbend sequence by Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.221 views
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Shorinzan Daruma Temple 少林山達磨寺217 viewsDaruma offerings on both sides of the temple.
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Their first number was hula kahiko (ancient hula). The performance was held from 8:45 pm to 9:45 pm. On the third night (Aug. 5), the show was unfortunately cancelled due to heavy nighttime rains.216 views
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One of my favorite shots.214 views
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Two of the girls were students at the high school I graduated from in Honolulu.211 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamanao in a cheerful duet.211 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.211 views
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Group shot of the Hawaii gang and Ikaho Hawaiian Festival Committee.209 views
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More eye candy with colorful, shimmering grass skirts.208 views
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Tatebayashi The Treasures Garden is a fairly large garden with various flowers, especially roses and moss pink. It is open from April to Nov. from 8 am to 6 pm (till 5 pm in autumn).208 views
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Many of the girls were still high school students.205 views
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They used one 'uli'uli, a feathered gourd rattle.204 views
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On the way back out, passing by the 21 tanuki raccoon dog statues again.204 views
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Daruma closeup202 views
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Backbend was a real crowd pleaser.202 views
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Inside the Daruma temple, Takasaki.197 views
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After the backbend.195 views
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Entrance and stairs going up to Shorinzan, a small hill. 少林山190 views
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For the three shows they did perform, each show was slightly different. For people who saw all three shows, they got something different from each show.188 views
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Carp streamer caught at Kanna-machi, Gunma187 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem performs at Ikaho, Japan. She later became Miss Aloha Hula 2010. Shadows on her velvety gown look good.187 views
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What would a hula show be without the 'uli'uli gourd rattles?186 views
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The photos on this page were taken on two different nights.185 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem who later became Miss Aloha Hula at the 2010 Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawai'i.183 views
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Right balcony of Daruma temple, Takasaki180 views
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More photos here.179 views
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Hawaiian celebrities Aloha Dalire and Luana Kawelu pose with yet another group of Japanese hula dancers in a hotel lobby in Ikaho.176 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem174 views
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Different daruma from all over Japan. Very interesting.172 views
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Music was provided by Puka on bass, Aaron Sala on keyboard and Kunewa Mook on ukulele.172 views
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Hula girl172 views
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Entrance to Ikaho Onsen. Ikaho Spa has two Hawaii connections. One is with Hawaiian Minister to Japan Robert W. Irwin who had a summer house in Ikaho.170 views
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A touch of elegance with this solo number.170 views
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For many women, hula is good exercise, recreational fun, or a chance to look and feel like a different person. The colorful costumes, flowers, attractive movements, and glamorous setting are all very appealing.169 views
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View from mountain top, Kanna-machi town seen below.168 views
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Bus we rode to and from Kanna-machi.163 views
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They use 'ili'ili stone castanets.161 views
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Tatebayashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line (connects to Hanzomon subway line in Tokyo), east side. Takes almost 90 min. from central Tokyo by regular train. Costs only about 1100 yen.160 views
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Her lit arms pierce the dark...158 views
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In the background is the flag of the city of Shibukawa, the sister city of the County of Hawai'i (island of Hawai'i or the Big Island).158 views
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4. The large belly is for being calm as well as bold...156 views
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JR Takasaki Station 高崎駅155 viewsAs seen from my hotel.
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These pictures were taken in May 2003, when Kanna-machi town was newly formed upon the merging of Manba town and Nakazato village.154 views
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On the left side of the stage was the Hawaiian flag.153 views
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Members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela try Japanese-style dancing during the farewell party.150 views
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Kau'i in a duet, paddling in a canoe.150 views
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Strings of carp streamers latched to the ground from the mountaintop.149 views
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Standing 41.8 meters high, equivalent to a 9-story building.149 views
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On the final night, they gave an encore where Kau'i joined in.148 views
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JR Shin-machi Station to go back to Takasaki.147 views
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Aloha Dalire dancing the hula on stage. 飛び入り参加したアロハ・ダリレもフラを披露。147 views
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最後の夜だけアンコールがあった147 views
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Letter from Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro proclaiming sister-city relations with Ikaho (before it merged with Shibukawa).147 views
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Main room of the Irwin summer house. When these photos were taken, the house served as a museum. However, in April 2014, a new Guidance Museum next to the relocated house opened to display these artifacts. The house has no exhibits now.146 views
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The audience sit on the Stone Steps to watch the "Street corner hula." So what did they do when it rained?145 views
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The crowd watching the show. The front row includes guests from Hawai'i.145 views
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The final number.145 views
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Kunewa Mook, one of the kumu hulas for Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.144 views
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Kanna-machi banners celebrating the formation of the new town.143 views
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On the last night of the festival, a farewell party was held for the Hawaii delegation. Shibukawa city council chairman Katsuaki Oshima (left) and Mayor Kogure pose with members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.143 views
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Sister-city exhibit for the County of Hawaii (Big Island).143 views
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Bamboo rattles called pu'ili.142 views
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This modest building is only part of a larger complex of Irwin's summer residence. This is the front entrance. Note that this residence has moved slightly up the Stone Steps in fall 2013.141 views
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Robert Walker Irwin and wife Iki formally dressed during a visit to the Imperial Palace for an audience with the emperor. ロバート W. アルウインと妻のイキ141 views
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View from JR Takasaki Station's East Exit. 高崎駅東口140 viewsTakasaki Tower Museum of Art is the tall building on the left.

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JR Takasaki Station, West Exit 高崎駅西口139 views
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He's a crowd pleaser as well and well-known in Japan. Also a graduate of the same high school as me.139 views
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Kau'i performs a solo number.139 views
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The band go over their numbers before going on stage.139 views
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His slow hula dance drove the ladies wild. You should've heard the screams...138 views
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Finale. Also see photos of the 2008 Ikaho Hawaiian Festival here.136 views
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The surprise on the last night was kumu hula Kunewa Mook dancing on stage. 違う夜にクネヴァ・ムークも飛び入り参加136 views
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Kanna-machi is quite out of the way, but worth the time it takes to get there (from Takasaki).135 views
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Kunewa is a very distinguished-looking man, much more so in person than in pictures. He always has a great smile for the camera too.134 views
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Eight strings of carp streamers hover over the river.133 views
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JR Takasaki Station130 views
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This lady has produced five Miss Aloha Hulas, including all three of her daughters and this year's Miss Aloha Hula (Kuhi Suganuma).130 views
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Aloha Dalire performing in the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival.130 views
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Ikaho's sister-city exhibit in Machi-no-Eki building (ropeway terminal).130 views
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Right balcony of temple.129 views
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View of Takasaki. The tall building is Takasaki City Hall.128 views
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Daruma exhibits (the giant daruma on the left is for the late Fukuda Takeo, former prime minister from Gunma.127 views
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Modern hula dances such as this one is mainly for tourist entertainment.124 views
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This venue is called "Machikado Hula." (Street corner hula). It went on from 11 am to 5 pm during the four-day festival (except on the first day when it started from 1 pm).124 views
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The bass player is also a graduate of my high school.124 views
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The band.123 views
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A few statues shows a tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Based on the Bunbuku Chagama folktale.123 views
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The giant daruma on the left is for Nakasone Yasuhiro, and the right is for the late Obuchi Keizo, both former prime ministers from Gunma.122 views
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Parking lot downstream. Most people arrive by car or bus. (No nearby train station.)121 views
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Lying low121 views
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Family of Robert Walker Irwin. Left to right: Robert Jr., Bella, 4th daughter Agnes, Iki, 2nd son Richard, Robert, 3rd daughter Marion, and 2nd daughter Mary.121 views
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One of 20 Buddha figures inside the Kannon.120 viewsDuring New Year's, many people visit the Kannon.
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Daruma Museum (next to temple)120 views
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The Ikaho hula festival is officially sanctioned by The Merrie Monarch Festival, held in spring in Hilo, Hawaii. It is the most important and prestigious hula competition.119 views
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The surprise on the second night (Aug. 4) was a performance by kumu hula Aloha Dalire.118 views
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In the evenings, the overall winner of the annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hawaii performed on stage. In 2003, it was Hula Halau 'O Kamuela from Oahu. They performed both the ancient hula kahiko dances (pictured here) and modern auana dances in Ikah116 views
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Takasaki Museum of Art 高崎市立美術館115 views
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Many more photos of this show here.115 views
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This was a song about paddling a canoe, I think.114 views
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Tahitian dances were also performed.113 views
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Made of concrete.112 views
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They are professional hula dancers, some of the best in the world.112 views
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A giant Tanuki raccoon dog statue at Morinji temple at Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Donated by Tobu Railway in 1960.111 views
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Entrance to Daruma Museum (one room only)109 views
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Garden (photos taken in early May)107 views
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Festivals in Tatebayashi.107 views
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Raft rides106 views
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The nightly main event was an hour-long Merrie Monarch hula show by Hula Halau 'O Kamuela, the overall winner of the 2008 Merrie Monarch Festival held in Hilo, Hawaii.106 views
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Colorful costumes and lots of eye candy.106 views
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Morinji's tourist souvenir shops sell mainly tanuki statues made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.106 views
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In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids.105 views
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Hula is also performed by men. These photos were taken during the 7th Ikaho Hawaiian Festival (Aug. 5-7, 2003).105 views
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Swimming in the air104 views
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There's a secret technique to fasten the carp to the cable so they don't slide around.104 views
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The Kannon statue peers over the trees.103 views
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Right balcony of temple.103 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamana'o does a solo number.103 views
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Room exhibiting the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.103 views
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Room exhibiting the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.103 views
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Bridge with a view102 views
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Right balcony of Daruma temple, Takasaki.102 views
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Mayor Kogure speaks with Aloha Dalire and Luana Kawelu after the Merrie Monarch Show.102 views
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Riverside101 views
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View from Kannon-yama.101 views
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Garden101 views
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An Australian praying at the temple101 views
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Crowd-pleasing performance.101 views
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Aloha Dalire taught seminars in hula history, Hawaiian expression, and lei-making (pictured here). She brought a boxful of a'ali'i flowers for lei-making. All the students had heard of the flower, but it was the first time for them to see it.100 views
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Aloha also taught two hula workshops. For the first workshop, she taught the song "Nani Lawa'i" (sung by Na Palapalai). First, she had the students close their eyes and listen to the song.99 views
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.99 views
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Hiking up the mountain.98 views
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To Kannon-yama98 views
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Robert Walker Irwin and oldest daughter Bella. Portrait taken when they visited the US.98 views
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Finally, they use feathered gourd rattles called Ulīʻulī.97 views
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Bella Irwin established the Irwin Gakuen school and kindergarten アルウィン学園 in 1916 in Kojimachi. Today, the school is in Tokyo's Suginami Ward called Irwin Gakuen Gyokusei Hoiku Senmon Gakko.97 viewsshe
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