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Himeji Castle tower, a National Treasure. 大天守527 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.412 views
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Warrior armor displayed on second floor of Himeji Castle tower393 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.374 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.343 views
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Nu-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property). This is the way out.337 views
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Okiku's Well. Subject of a famous ghost story called "Banshu Sara Yashiki," about a castle servant named Okiku.316 views
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Fukae Shopping Center292 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)289 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.287 views
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Twin turrets of Akashi Castle267 views
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Earthquake tourists getting their picture taken.262 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.246 views
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Model of castle241 views
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Barrels of sake displayed for Toka Ebisu inside Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.227 views
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Otemon Gate, Main gate to castle. Reconstructed in 1937. 大手門214 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.214 views
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Castle tower, a National Treasure. 大天守189 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.186 views
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Castle view from San no Maru.183 views
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Wooden framework of castle tower182 views
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Path to Harakiri (belly-slitting) Maru on the left or to Ri-no-mon Gate straight ahead.182 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.179 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178 views1 comments
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Uchibori Inner Moat176 views
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Castle tower closeup. 大天守174 views
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Himeji Station171 views
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Road to Himeji Castle. Otemae Boulevard (Symbol Road). 大手前通り166 views
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World Heritage Site marker. 世界遺産 姫路城161 views
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Kobe manhole159 views
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Path to Hishi Gate. 菱門158 views
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Take off your shoes before entering.158 views
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Castle moat150 views
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Main castle tower (donjon), called Tenshu. 大天守150 views
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World Heritage Site marker. 世界遺産 姫路城147 views
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Akashi Castle seen from the train platform of Akashi Station.144 views
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The family crest of the resident warlords who repaired the castle remain on the roof.143 views
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Mizu-no-ni Gate, Important Cultural Property143 views
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Weapon racks called bugukake. 武具掛141 views
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Path to Otemon Gate, the main gate to the castle. 大手門138 views
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Path to Ha-no-mon Gate はの門138 views
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Weapon racks called bugukake. 武具掛137 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137 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.136 views
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Sword exhibit136 views
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Sangoku Moat in Ni no Maru, 三国堀135 views
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Castle tower viewed from Bizen Maru (Honmaru) 大天守135 views
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First floor135 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.135 views
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Ho-no-mon Gate (lower left)135 views
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Mizu-no-san Gate135 views
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Ni no Maru. After passing through Hishi Gate, this is what you see.134 views
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Map of Akashi Park134 viewsThe castle is now only a small part of the park.
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Ro-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) ろの門133 views
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Castle roof underside132 views
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More exhibits132 views
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Special Historical Place marker131 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131 views
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View from He-no-mon Gate131 views
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Chi-no-mon Gate (after passing through)131 views
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Nishi no Maru and Sangoku Moat in foreground131 views
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Himeji Station131 views
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Castle tower 大天守130 views
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Ni-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) にの門129 views
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The Japanese tile roof makes the home top-heavy, making it more vulnerable to horizontal swaying and eventual toppling.129 views
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Koshi Kuruwa storehouse (Waist Quarter) for salt and rice.128 views
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San no Maru. This area is ringed by cherry trees. 三の丸広場127 views
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Mizu-no-ichi Gate, Important Cultural Property.127 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).126 views
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I-no-mon Gate (Important Cultural Asset) いの門126 views
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Inside storehouse126 views
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View of Honmaru (Bizen Maru), main road to Himeji Station, and Nishi-no-Maru126 views
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First flight of stairs125 views
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Nishi no Maru and Hishi Gate (lower right)124 views
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He-no-mon Gate への門123 views
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Sign for bugukake weapon racks. Most explanatory signs are also in English.123 views
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View from the right of Hishi Gate122 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.121 views
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View from the right of Hishi Gate121 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121 views
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Top floor of castle tower121 views
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"Sama" hole for dropping stones, throwing spears, etc.120 views
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Castle tower stone foundation119 views
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Mizu-no-go Gate. 水五門119 views
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Path to Ni-no-mon Gate118 views
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Well Turret. The well is 16 meters deep with water 1 meter deep.118 views
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Kobe City Hall buckled at the middle floor.118 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117 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 c117 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 entrance117 views
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Storehouse116 views
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To-no-ichi Gate との一問116 views
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Mizu-no-roku Gate door116 views
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To top floor116 views
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Koshi no Kuruwa storehouse for rice and salt115 views
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Gun racks called bugukake. 武具掛115 views
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View of Honmaru and main road to Himeji Station, Otemae Boulevard (Symbol Road). 大手前通り115 views
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Shopping arcade114 views
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Fifth floor113 views
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Inside Weathercock House.113 views
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Inside storehouse112 views
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Toka Ebisu banner inside Umeda Station.112 views
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Inside Mizu-no-roku Gate111 views
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Akashi Castle seen from the train platform of Akashi Station.111 views
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Mizu-no-go Gate door110 views
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Akashi Station110 viewsOn the JR Sanyo Line.
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Moegi no Yakata or Sharp residence 萌黄の館(シャープ住宅)110 views
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He-no-mon Gate in the distance. As seen from Chi-no-mon Gate.108 views
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View of castle tower from Chi-no-mon Gate108 views
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Mizu-no-roku Gate108 views
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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)108 views
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Castle tower viewed from Bizen Maru (Honmaru). 大天守107 views
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Photo gallery107 views
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Tilted buildings near Sannomiya Station. It took only 15 sec. to wreak all this damage.107 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.107 views
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One end of To-no-ichi Gate106 views
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To second floor106 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. 106 views
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Hammack which Ben slept on.104 views
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British House 英国館103 views
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Video of Toka Ebisu at Nishinomiya Shrine, Hyogo.103 views
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Going back down101 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99 views
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Interesting contrast between buildings which fell and didn't fall.99 views
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View of Honmaru98 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.98 views1 comments
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Kobe Shimbun newspaper offices near Sannomiya Station was in shambles.97 views
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Castle moat96 views
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Entrance to Akashi Park96 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.96 views
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Weapons racks called bugukake. 武具掛95 views
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The engineers said this would be strong enough, but they were dead wrong.95 views
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Castle wall94 views
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Near Kobe City Hall along Flower Road was this office building which had also collapsed at a middle floor.93 views
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View looking east91 views
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Going down91 views
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Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓)91 views
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Inside Moegi no Yakata90 views
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Garden of Musashi 武蔵の庭園89 viewsNear the park entrance is a Japanese garden designed by Miyamoto Musashi, famous warrior.
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View from Hitsujisaru Turret89 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.89 views
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Ben's House88 views
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Castle moat85 views
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In front of Sannomiya Station is Sogo Dept. Store.85 views
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Damage to Sannomiya Station building.85 views
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Toka Ebisu ad inside Hanshin Line train.85 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret84 viewsRoof tile ends on display.
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Crushed car83 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret82 views
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Animal rights activists will love this house.82 views
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Hanshin Nishinomiya Station.82 views
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓) (not open to visitors)81 views
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Statue of Nakabe Ikujiro (1866-1946) 中部幾次郎80 viewsA pioneer in building up Akashi's fisheries industry. Also a philanthropist who donated money to build schools in Akashi.
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Another common way in which buildings collapsed was the 1st floor giving way like this small hotel.80 views
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓)79 views
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Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓) is open to visitors.79 views
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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.79 views
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Twin turrets of Akashi Castle78 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)78 views
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Steps to turrets77 views
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Expressway pylon broken.77 views
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Where the tail is cut off.77 views
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Stairs inside Hitsujisaru Turret76 viewsUnfortunately, the upper floor is bnot open to visitors.
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Tatsumi Turret (巽櫓)75 views
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Statue of Nakabe Ikujiro (1866-1946) 中部幾次郎74 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.74 views
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View from castle73 viewsThe train station can be seen in the distance.
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Castle wall and Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓)73 views
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The building next to Washington Hotel scraped against the hotel as it fell.73 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret72 views
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Sannomiya Station72 views
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Cracked Sogo Dept. Store in Sannomiya.71 views
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Path to turrets69 views
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Sherlock Holmes room in British House, Kobe Ijinkan69 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.68 views
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Coins stuck on giant tune at Nishinomiya Shrine Toka Ebisu.68 views
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Inside Hitsujisaru Turret67 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.67 views
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Hankyu Railways' Sannomiya Station being torn down.66 views
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Amid the rubble of a collapsed building, a yakisoba stall sold yakisoba noodles.66 views
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Crushed car66 views
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Crushed Audi.66 views
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Something unique is this upside down kadomatsu decoration flanking Nishinomiya Shrine's Haiden Hall.66 views
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Fallen clock which stopped at the time of the earthquake.65 views
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Castle tower foundation64 views
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Hitsujisaru Turret (坤櫓) and castle tower foundation64 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.64 views
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Shrine maidens selling fuku-sasa branches at Nishinomiya Shrine's Toka Ebisu.64 views
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So named because of a weathercock (rooster) on the spire.62 views
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The next day, I again visited Kobe, this time by train to Ashiya Station. See gravestones overturned.61 views
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Employees are removing merchandise from Sogo Dept. Store.60 views
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The 1st floor is totally flattened.60 views
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Collapsed shopping center near Ashiya Station. That's the 2nd floor which now looks like the 1st floor.60 views
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Nihon Seimei Bldg. collapsed at the middle.59 views
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People eating yakisoba amid the rubble.59 views
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Ashiya Station59 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.59 views
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Store in shambles.58 views
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One hotel guest escaped by using bed sheets as a rope.58 views
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Backstreet destruction.58 views
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A mess inside a restaurant.56 views
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A building owner stands by her destroyed building.56 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.56 views
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Selling omikuji fortunes.56 views
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Vending machine55 views
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Water station55 views
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Bus for Ashiya Station, the furthest that trains could go at the time. Trains weren't running within Kobe.55 views
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This house stood firm, while its neighbor collapsed.55 views
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The emergency stairway got torn off this building whose first floor got crushed.54 views
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Line for the bus headed for Ashiya Station.53 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.53 views
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Rhine House (free admission) 旧ドレウェル邸(ラインの館)52 views
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Ashiya Station platform.51 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.51 views
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Weathercock House, built in 1909, withstood the quake.50 views
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Jazz sculptures accent the Kitano-cho area.49 views
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Sign saying they are okay.49 views
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The collapsed expressway was so embarrassing that they made it a priority to clear it ASAP.49 views
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Truck carrying relief goods.48 views
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Not a good idea to live in a house standing right next to another building.48 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.48 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.47 views
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Only the chimney broke off atop the Weathercock House. The inside is a different story.46 views
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