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Himeji Castle tower, a National Treasure. 大天守530 views
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Road to Himeji Castle. From Himeji Station, the main road leads to the castle which can be seen in the distance.414 views
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Warrior armor displayed on second floor of Himeji Castle tower397 views
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Since Jan. 2010 is the 15th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that struck on Jan. 17, 1995, I decided to upload these photos for the first time. I visited Kobe 10 days after the killer quake struck. Had to take a hydrofoil from Osaka to reach Kobe.375 views
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I was amazed to see Mos Burger back in business so soon. It was another sign of a very progressive recovery.344 views
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Nu-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property). This is the way out.340 views
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Okiku's Well. Subject of a famous ghost story called "Banshu Sara Yashiki," about a castle servant named Okiku.319 views
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Fukae Shopping Center293 views
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Kitanozaka slope goes to the Kitano-cho area of Western homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many are very well-preserved and open to the public. This one has Starbucks. 北野坂(奥に北野物語館)291 views
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Harakiki Maru. Square where the samurai committed harakiri or seppuku. The well seen in the upper right may have been where the head was washed. The building on the right was actually a defensive post.289 views
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Twin turrets of Akashi Castle270 views
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Earthquake tourists getting their picture taken.263 views
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Santica building near Sannomiya Station had a middle floor crushed. As I walked around the devastation, I could see common ways in which the buildings collapsed. High rise buildings commonly collapsed on a middle floor.249 views
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Model of castle243 views
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Barrels of sake displayed for Toka Ebisu inside Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.229 views
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Osakabe Shrine on top floor of Himeji Castle. This shrine was already on the hill before the castle was built. The shrine was moved when the castle was built, but it was brought into the castle after some "curses" occurred.219 views
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Otemon Gate, Main gate to castle. Reconstructed in 1937. 大手門217 views
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Castle tower, a National Treasure. 大天守191 views
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The family crest of the resident warlords who repaired the castle are displayed. The warlords include Hashiba (later Toyotomi) Hideyoshi, Ikeda Terumasa, Honda Tadamasa, Matsudaira Tadaaki, Matsudaira Naomoto, Sakakibara Tadatsugu, and Sakai Tadazumi.188 views
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Castle view from San no Maru.185 views
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Wooden framework of castle tower184 views
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Path to Harakiri (belly-slitting) Maru on the left or to Ri-no-mon Gate straight ahead.184 views
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Family crest on roof tiles. The family crest of the resident warlords who repaired the castle remain on the roof.181 views
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Hishi Gate, Important Cultural Property. Pass though this large gate to proceed to the Ni no Maru compound. 菱門180 views1 comments
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Uchibori Inner Moat178 views
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Castle tower closeup. 大天守176 views
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Himeji Station172 views
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Road to Himeji Castle. Otemae Boulevard (Symbol Road). 大手前通り168 views
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World Heritage Site marker. 世界遺産 姫路城163 views
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Kobe manhole163 views
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Take off your shoes before entering.161 views
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Path to Hishi Gate. 菱門160 views
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Castle moat152 views
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Main castle tower (donjon), called Tenshu. 大天守152 views
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World Heritage Site marker. 世界遺産 姫路城149 views
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The family crest of the resident warlords who repaired the castle remain on the roof.145 views
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Mizu-no-ni Gate, Important Cultural Property145 views
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Akashi Castle seen from the train platform of Akashi Station.145 views
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Weapon racks called bugukake. 武具掛143 views
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Path to Otemon Gate, the main gate to the castle. 大手門142 views
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Path to Ha-no-mon Gate はの門140 views
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Weapon racks called bugukake. 武具掛140 views
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Weathercock House, built in 1909, is one of the main Western homes open to the public in Kobe's Kitano-cho. 旧トーマス住宅140 views
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Inside Ni-no-mon Gate. A bottleneck gate designed so not many enemy soldiers can pass through at one time.138 views
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First floor138 views
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Sword exhibit138 views
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Sangoku Moat in Ni no Maru, 三国堀137 views
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Castle tower viewed from Bizen Maru (Honmaru) 大天守137 views
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View of Honmaru (Bizen Maru) and shachihoko roof ornament. The shachihoko ornament on the roof ridge guards against fire and natural disasters. Eleven of these are atop the castle.137 views
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Ho-no-mon Gate (lower left)137 views
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Mizu-no-san Gate137 views
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Ni no Maru. After passing through Hishi Gate, this is what you see.136 views
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Ro-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) ろの門135 views
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Map of Akashi Park135 viewsThe castle is now only a small part of the park.
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Castle roof underside134 views
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More exhibits134 views
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Special Historical Place marker133 views
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Chi-no-mon Gate in the distance. On the left partially hidden is To-no-ichi Gate. ちの門133 views
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View from He-no-mon Gate133 views
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Chi-no-mon Gate (after passing through)133 views
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Nishi no Maru and Sangoku Moat in foreground133 views
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Castle tower 大天守132 views
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Himeji Station132 views
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Ni-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) にの門131 views
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Koshi Kuruwa storehouse (Waist Quarter) for salt and rice.130 views
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The Japanese tile roof makes the home top-heavy, making it more vulnerable to horizontal swaying and eventual toppling.130 views
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San no Maru. This area is ringed by cherry trees. 三の丸広場129 views
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First flight of stairs129 views
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Mizu-no-ichi Gate, Important Cultural Property.129 views
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Castle ticket office and entrance. Admission is 600 yen for adults. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (September through May) or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.(June through August).128 views
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I-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) いの門128 views
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Inside storehouse128 views
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View of Honmaru (Bizen Maru), main road to Himeji Station, and Nishi-no-Maru128 views
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Nishi no Maru and Hishi Gate (lower right)126 views
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He-no-mon Gate への門125 views
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Sign for bugukake weapon racks. Most explanatory signs are also in English.125 views
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View from the right of Hishi Gate124 views
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San no Maru cherry trees. The stone marker says that Himeji Castle is one of Japan's 100 Best Cherry Blossom Sites.123 views
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View from the right of Hishi Gate123 views
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Well Turret sign. The turret is to defend the rear of the castle. It has three rooms, one of which has a 16-meter deep well. 井郭櫓123 views
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Top floor of castle tower123 views
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"Sama" hole for dropping stones, throwing spears, etc.122 views
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Castle tower stone foundation121 views
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Mizu-no-go Gate. 水五門121 views
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Path to Ni-no-mon Gate120 views
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Well Turret. The well is 16 meters deep with water 1 meter deep.120 views
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Mizu-no-roku Gate door120 views
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Kobe City Hall buckled at the middle floor.120 views
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Bizen Gate entrance to Honmaru, also called Bizen-maru. Notice the coffin stone on the right of the gate. (Important Cultural Property) 備前門119 views
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Stone coffins at Bizen Gate. Due to a shortage of stones during the castle's construction, many stone coffins unearthed from the tumulus on the hill of the castle were used in the rock walls. The stone coffins were replaced by real stones during the c119 viewsDue to a shortage of stones during the castle's construction, many stone coffins unearthed from the tumulus on the hill of the castle were used in the rock walls. The stone coffins were replaced by real stones during the castle restoration in the 1960s.
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Path to castle tower entrance119 views
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To top floor119 views
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Storehouse118 views
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To-no-ichi Gate との一問118 views
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Koshi no Kuruwa storehouse for rice and salt117 views
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Gun racks called bugukake. 武具掛117 views
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View of Honmaru and main road to Himeji Station, Otemae Boulevard (Symbol Road). 大手前通り117 views
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Fifth floor116 views
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Inside Weathercock House.116 views
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Shopping arcade115 views
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Inside storehouse114 views
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Toka Ebisu banner inside Umeda Station.114 views
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Inside Mizu-no-roku Gate113 views
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Moegi no Yakata or Sharp residence 萌黄の館(シャープ住宅)113 views
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Mizu-no-go Gate door112 views
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Akashi Castle seen from the train platform of Akashi Station.112 views
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Akashi Station111 viewsOn the JR Sanyo Line.
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Another major house is Uroko no Ie which has an art museum as well. 旧ハリヤー邸(うろこの家)111 views
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He-no-mon Gate in the distance. As seen from Chi-no-mon Gate.110 views
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View of castle tower from Chi-no-mon Gate110 views
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Mizu-no-roku Gate110 views
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Castle tower viewed from Bizen Maru (Honmaru). 大天守109 views
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To second floor109 views
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One end of To-no-ichi Gate108 views
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Photo gallery108 views
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Tilted buildings near Sannomiya Station. It took only 15 sec. to wreak all this damage.108 views
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No, my camera lens is not distorting this picture. That building is actually tilting a lot, but they still allowed traffic on the road below.108 views
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Hammack which Ben slept on.107 views
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The expressway that supposed withstand such quakes collapsed. It was a major scandal. The shinkansen bullet train tracks also had broken concrete columns which revealed pieces of scrap wood mixed in. 107 views
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British House 英国館106 views
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Video of Toka Ebisu at Nishinomiya Shrine, Hyogo.105 views
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Going back down104 views
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View of Shirotopia Memorial Park. Site of the Shirotopia Expo held in 1989 to celebrate Himeji city's centennial. シロトピア記念公園101 views
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View of Honmaru100 views
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Interesting contrast between buildings which fell and didn't fall.100 views
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Nihon Seimei Bldg. collapsed at the middle, near Sannomiya Station. It's hard to imagine what would've happened if the quake struck during working hours with people working in this building.99 views1 comments
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Kobe Shimbun newspaper offices near Sannomiya Station was in shambles.98 views
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Sogo Dept. Store cracked vertically in the middle. This building was later torn down and replaced with a new dept. store building.98 views
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Weapons racks called bugukake. 武具掛97 views
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Castle moat97 views
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Entrance to Akashi Park97 views
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The engineers said this would be strong enough, but they were dead wrong.96 views
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Castle wall95 views
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Going down94 views
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Near Kobe City Hall along Flower Road was this office building which had also collapsed at a middle floor.94 views
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View looking east93 views
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Inside Moegi no Yakata93 views
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Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓)92 views
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Garden of Musashi 武蔵の庭園91 viewsNear the park entrance is a Japanese garden designed by Miyamoto Musashi, famous warrior.
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Ben's House91 views
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By this time, the tuna was dry and solid as a rock. It was impossible to stick on more coins.91 views
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View from Hitsujisaru Turret90 views
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Toka Ebisu ad inside Hanshin Line train.87 views
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Castle moat86 views
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In front of Sannomiya Station is Sogo Dept. Store.86 views
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Damage to Sannomiya Station building.86 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret85 viewsRoof tile ends on display.
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Animal rights activists will love this house.85 views
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Crushed car84 views
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Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.84 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret83 views
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓) (not open to visitors)82 views
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Statue of Nakabe Ikujiro (1866-1946) 中部幾次郎81 viewsA pioneer in building up Akashi's fisheries industry. Also a philanthropist who donated money to build schools in Akashi.
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The main square in Kitano-cho. Most of the homes charge admission. It's cheaper to buy a set of tickets to see multiple homes. Most of the major homes have a ticket booth selling these ticket sets.81 views
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Another common way in which buildings collapsed was the 1st floor giving way like this small hotel.81 views
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓)80 views
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Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓) is open to visitors.80 views
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Twin turrets of Akashi Castle79 viewsThe left turret is called the Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓) and the right one is called the Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓).
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓)79 views
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Where the tail is cut off.79 views
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Steps to turrets78 views
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Expressway pylon broken.78 views
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Stairs inside Hitsujisaru Turret77 viewsUnfortunately, the upper floor is bnot open to visitors.
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓)76 views
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Statue of Nakabe Ikujiro (1866-1946) 中部幾次郎75 viewsA pioneer in building up Akashi's fisheries industry. Also a philanthropist who donated money to build schools in Akashi.
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Shop shutters along Ikuta Road are tilted due to the crushing weight.75 views
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View from castle74 viewsThe train station can be seen in the distance.
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Castle wall and Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓)74 views
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The building next to Washington Hotel scraped against the hotel as it fell.74 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret73 views
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Sannomiya Station73 views
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Cracked Sogo Dept. Store in Sannomiya.72 views
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Sherlock Holmes room in British House, Kobe Ijinkan71 views
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Coins stuck on giant tune at Nishinomiya Shrine Toka Ebisu.71 views
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Path to turrets70 views
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Something unique is this upside down kadomatsu decoration flanking Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall.70 views
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Distribution place for relief goods. Ten days after the earthquake, the initial fires, confusion, and pandemonium had subsided. It was pretty calm by then, but the damage was still visible.69 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret68 views
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Kobe Port. Most of the people entering Kobe during this time were relatives and friends of Kobe residents, bringing relief goods.68 views
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They also had a giant maguro tuna fish on display as an offering to the shrine from a fishing cooperative.68 views
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Hankyu Railways' Sannomiya Station being torn down.67 views
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Amid the rubble of a collapsed building, a yakisoba stall sold yakisoba noodles.67 views
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Crushed car67 views
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Crushed Audi.67 views
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Shrine maidens selling fuku-sasa branches at Nishinomiya Shrine's Toka Ebisu.67 views
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Fallen clock which stopped at the time of the earthquake.66 views
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Castle tower foundation65 views
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Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓) and castle tower foundation65 views
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So named because of a weathercock (rooster) on the spire.64 views
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The next day, I again visited Kobe, this time by train to Ashiya Station. See gravestones overturned.62 views
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Employees are removing merchandise from Sogo Dept. Store.61 views
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The 1st floor is totally flattened.61 views
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Collapsed shopping center near Ashiya Station. That's the 2nd floor which now looks like the 1st floor.61 views
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Nihon Seimei Bldg. collapsed at the middle.60 views
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People eating yakisoba amid the rubble.60 views
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Ashiya Station60 views
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Houses along the train tracks in Ashiya. Basically, Japanese-style homes with heavy tile roofs collapsed easily, while concrete homes withstood the quake better.60 views
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Store in shambles.59 views
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One hotel guest escaped by using bed sheets as a rope.59 views
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Backstreet destruction.59 views
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Selling omikuji fortunes.58 views
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A mess inside a restaurant.57 views
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A building owner stands by her destroyed building.57 views
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I really felt sorry for the people who had just bought a house or condo with a 35-year mortgage and the house or condo was destroyed by the quake. They are stuck paying off the housing loan and also have to pay monthly rent at a new place.57 views
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Vending machine56 views
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Water station56 views
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Bus for Ashiya Station, the furthest that trains could go at the time. Trains weren't running within Kobe.56 views
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This house stood firm, while its neighbor collapsed.56 views
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The emergency stairway got torn off this building whose first floor got crushed.55 views
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Rhine House (free admission) 旧ドレウェル邸(ラインの館)54 views
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Line for the bus headed for Ashiya Station.54 views
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When you look at these toppled homes, you cannot help but think that they do look flimsy with thin walls. The problem is, such cheaply-made homes are very common in Japan.54 views
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Ashiya Station platform.52 views
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The famous scene of the expressway collapsed on its side was completely gone 10 days after the quake. They had cleared the collapsed section (about 600 meters) of the road.52 views
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Jazz sculptures accent the Kitano-cho area.51 views
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Weathercock House, built in 1909, withstood the quake.51 views
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Sign saying they are okay.50 views
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The collapsed expressway was so embarrassing that they made it a priority to clear it ASAP.50 views
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Truck carrying relief goods.49 views
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Not a good idea to live in a house standing right next to another building.49 views
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Something they needed the most was torn off the building. If you live in a high-rise building in Japan, have ropes ready in your veranda in case your stairway is destroyed like this.49 views
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A makeshift altar placed on the collapsed home. Someone died here. By the time I visited, most of the trapped people had been rescued.48 views
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