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1239 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.752 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.466 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459 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.345 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318 views
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Also see my photos of Shigaraki tanuki in Shiga Prefecture here.318 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.311 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.292 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260 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.245 views
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For that one magical hour, it felt like we were in Hawai'i.241 views
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The mountain top has a small rest house.231 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.223 views
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Eight strings x 100 carp streamers = 800 carp221 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.213 views
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Kannon and bridge, Takasaki, Gunma211 views
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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.209 views
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One of my favorite shots.207 views
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Daruma dolls can never be knocked over since they always stand upright.206 views
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Two of the girls were students at the high school I graduated from in Honolulu.204 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamanao in a cheerful duet.204 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.204 views
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Shorinzan Daruma Temple 少林山達磨寺203 viewsDaruma offerings on both sides of the temple.
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Group shot of the Hawaii gang and Ikaho Hawaiian Festival Committee.202 views
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More eye candy with colorful, shimmering grass skirts.201 views
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Many of the girls were still high school students.198 views
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They used one 'uli'uli, a feathered gourd rattle.197 views
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On the way back out, passing by the 21 tanuki raccoon dog statues again.197 views
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Backbend was a real crowd pleaser.195 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).193 views
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After the backbend.188 views
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Entrance and stairs going up to Shorinzan, a small hill. 少林山183 views
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Inside the Daruma temple, Takasaki.183 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.181 views
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Daruma closeup180 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.180 views
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What would a hula show be without the 'uli'uli gourd rattles?179 views
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The photos on this page were taken on two different nights.178 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.176 views
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More photos here.172 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.169 views
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Carp streamer caught at Kanna-machi, Gunma168 views
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Māhealani Mika Hirao-Solem167 views
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Right balcony of Daruma temple, Takasaki166 views
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Different daruma from all over Japan. Very interesting.165 views
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Hula girl165 views
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Music was provided by Puka on bass, Aaron Sala on keyboard and Kunewa Mook on ukulele.164 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.163 views
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A touch of elegance with this solo number.162 views
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Bus we rode to and from Kanna-machi.155 views
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They use 'ili'ili stone castanets.153 views
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Her lit arms pierce the dark...151 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).151 views
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View from mountain top, Kanna-machi town seen below.150 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.150 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.150 views
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JR Takasaki Station 高崎駅148 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.147 views
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On the left side of the stage was the Hawaiian flag.146 views
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Members of Hula Halau 'O Kamuela try Japanese-style dancing during the farewell party.143 views
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Kau'i in a duet, paddling in a canoe.143 views
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Strings of carp streamers latched to the ground from the mountaintop.142 views
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Standing 41.8 meters high, equivalent to a 9-story building.142 views
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On the final night, they gave an encore where Kau'i joined in.141 views
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JR Shin-machi Station to go back to Takasaki.140 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。140 views
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最後の夜だけアンコールがあった140 views
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Letter from Big Island Mayor Stephen Yamashiro proclaiming sister-city relations with Ikaho (before it merged with Shibukawa).140 views
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The crowd watching the show. The front row includes guests from Hawai'i.138 views
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Kunewa Mook, one of the kumu hulas for Hula Halau 'O Kamuela.137 views
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The final number.137 views
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Kanna-machi banners celebrating the formation of the new town.136 views
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Sister-city exhibit for the County of Hawaii (Big Island).136 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.135 views
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Bamboo rattles called pu'ili.135 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 2013.134 views
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4. The large belly is for being calm as well as bold...134 views
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View from JR Takasaki Station's East Exit. 高崎駅東口133 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132 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.132 views
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Kau'i performs a solo number.132 views
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The band go over their numbers before going on stage.132 views
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His slow hula dance drove the ladies wild. You should've heard the screams...131 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.131 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130 views
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Finale. Also see photos of the 2008 Ikaho Hawaiian Festival here.129 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129 views
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Kanna-machi is quite out of the way, but worth the time it takes to get there (from Takasaki).128 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.127 views
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Eight strings of carp streamers hover over the river.126 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?126 views
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JR Takasaki Station123 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).123 views
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Aloha Dalire performing in the Ikaho Hawaiian Festival.123 views
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Ikaho's sister-city exhibit in Machi-no-Eki building (ropeway terminal).123 views
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Right balcony of temple.122 views
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View of Takasaki. The tall building is Takasaki City Hall.121 views
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Daruma exhibits (the giant daruma on the left is for the late Fukuda Takeo, former prime minister from Gunma.120 views
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Modern hula dances such as this one is mainly for tourist entertainment.117 views
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The bass player is also a graduate of my high school.117 views
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The band.116 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.115 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).115 views
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Parking lot downstream. Most people arrive by car or bus. (No nearby train station.)114 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.114 views
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Lying low113 views
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One of 20 Buddha figures inside the Kannon.113 viewsDuring New Year's, many people visit the Kannon.
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Daruma Museum (next to temple)113 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.112 views
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The surprise on the second night (Aug. 4) was a performance by kumu hula Aloha Dalire.111 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 Ikah109 views
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Takasaki Museum of Art 高崎市立美術館108 views
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Many more photos of this show here.107 views
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Tahitian dances were also performed.106 views
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This was a song about paddling a canoe, I think.106 views
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Made of concrete.105 views
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They are professional hula dancers, some of the best in the world.105 views
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Entrance to Daruma Museum (one room only)102 views
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Garden (photos taken in early May)100 views
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Festivals in Tatebayashi.100 views
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Raft rides99 views
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Morinji's tourist souvenir shops sell mainly tanuki statues made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.99 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.98 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).98 views
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Colorful costumes and lots of eye candy.98 views
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There's a secret technique to fasten the carp to the cable so they don't slide around.97 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.97 views
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The Kannon statue peers over the trees.96 views
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Right balcony of temple.96 views
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A giant Tanuki raccoon dog statue at Morinji temple at Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Donated by Tobu Railway in 1960.96 views
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Bridge with a view95 views
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Right balcony of Daruma temple, Takasaki.95 views
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Kumu hula Kau'i Kamana'o does a solo number.95 views
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Riverside94 views
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View from Kannon-yama.94 views
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Garden94 views
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An Australian praying at the temple94 views
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Mayor Kogure speaks with Aloha Dalire and Luana Kawelu after the Merrie Monarch Show.94 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.94 views
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Crowd-pleasing performance.93 views
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Hiking up the mountain.91 views
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To Kannon-yama91 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.91 views
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Finally, they use feathered gourd rattles called Ulīʻulī.90 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.90 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.89 viewsshe
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Robert Walker Irwin and oldest daughter Bella. Portrait taken when they visited the US.89 views
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Room exhibiting the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.89 views
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Room exhibiting the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.89 views
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