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About the Bonsho temple bell at Chusonji temple. 梵鐘523 views
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Bonsho temple bell at Chusonji temple. Nice building for the bell. 梵鐘495 views
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Mine-yakushido Hall worships Yakushi Nyorai. 峯薬師堂481 views
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Jodogahama literally means Paradise Beach.279 viewsRikuchu-Kaigan National Park, Iwate Pref.
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Dramatic rock formations.273 viewsRikuchu-Kaigan National Park, Iwate Pref.
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Kamaishi Dai-Kannon. She holds a fish.229 views
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Jodogahama, Iwate Pref.218 viewsRikuchu-Kaigan National Park, Iwate Pref.
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Jodogahama sign. Part of the Rikuchu-Kaigan National Park.166 viewsRikuchu-Kaigan National Park, Iwate Pref.
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View of bay, Kamaishi, Iwate147 views
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Not a sandy beach, but still popular in summer.130 views
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Giant Kannon statue in the distance.120 views1 comments
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JR Kamaishi Station105 views
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View of bay74 views
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View of Kamaishi Port which was devastated by the tsunami in March 2011.74 views
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Rental bicycles near Chusonji.29 views
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Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2011, announced soon after the March 11, 2011 Tohoku disaster.28 views
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Great dance. Enjoyed it very much. Be sure to see my video.28 views
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Oizumi ga Ike pond at Motsuji temple, in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. World Heritage Site.12 views
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Cherry tree near Chusonji's Hondo main hall.8 views
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Benzaiten-do Hall worships the 15 male attendants (jugo-doji) who serve the Ugajin deity associated with the goddess Benzaiten. 辨財天堂 辨財天十五童子7 views
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While walking back and passing by the Hondo main hall, I found this group dancing in front of the Hondo hall.7 views
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Motsuji's official web site in English7 views
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Chusonji's Hondo main hall in Hiraizumi. It was last rebuilt in 1909. Its main object of worship is Amida Nyorai (the Buddha of Infinite Light), flanked by Chūsonji's eternal flames which came from Enryakuji in Shiga Prefecture. 6 views
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Mine-yakushido Hall. Chusonji has a number of smaller halls of worship. 峯薬師堂6 views
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Taiko drum dance by eight men dressed as fierce-looking deer-lion with tall antlers and a mane.5 views
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Inside Motsuji's Hondo main hall. It worships Yakushi, flanked by two Boddhisatvas, Nikko ("Daylight") and Gakko ("Moonlight").5 views
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When I arrived on May 2, 2012, this dance troupe danced in front of Hiraizumi Station. The train station has a nice tourist information office where you can pick up maps and pamphlets and directions to bicycle rentals.4 views
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Altar inside Chusonji's Hondo main hall.4 views
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The Golden Hall is indeed gold and beautiful. It's not that big and looks brand new, thanks to restoration work. The gold leaf gleams and shell inlays in the columns are intricate.4 views
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About Benkei Hall.3 views
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Chusonji's Hondo main hall, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture.2 views
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Kyozo Sutra Repository. 経蔵2 views
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Former housing for the Konjikido Golden Hall, called Konjikido Oido. This building sheltered the Konjikido from 旧覆堂2 views
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Weeping cherries and Motsuji's Hondo hall in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture.2 views
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Motsuji's Hondo main hall was built in 1989.2 views
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About Motsuji's Hondo main hall. Nice to see English explanations.2 views
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Suhama Beach is a peninsular beach at Motsuji temple, Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. World Heritage Site.2 views
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Hiraizumi's two main attractions are Chusonji temple (famous for Konjikido Hall covered with gold leaf) and Motsuji temple's garden.1 views
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The temples of Hiraizumi are near JR Hiraizumi Station on the Tohoku Line. Hiraizumi is a short train ride from Ichinoseki Station, a shinkansen station.1 views
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A slight sloping path going to Chusonji temple. It's a nice wooded path.1 views
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Along the way was this Benkei Hall and a fallen torii.1 views
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Benkei Hall at Chusonji temple, Hiraizumi.1 views
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Benkei Hall.1 views
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Inside Benkei Hall.1 views
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Statues inside Benkei-do Hall at Chusonji temple, Hiraizumi.1 views
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From the lookout point are a few cherry blossoms.1 views
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Cherry blossoms at a scenic lookout deck.1 views
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Gate to Chusonji's Hondo main hall.1 views
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On to Konjikido, 240 meters away.1 views
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Fudo-do Hall, a prayer training hall. Worships Fudo-myoo. 不動堂1 views
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Konjikido Golden Hall admission is 800 yen for adults, 500 yen for high schoolers, 300 yen for junior high schoolers, and 200 yen for elementary school kids.1 views
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This is the Konjikido Hall building you always see in tourist literature. Doesn't look so impressive as a National Treasure. What you see is only the protective housing for the actual Konjikido Golden Hall sheltered inside.1 views
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The dance is called Gyozan-ryu Tsunogake Shishi Odori or Gyozan School Antlered Deer Dance. They sing in Buddhist tones. They perform here annually on May 2.1 views
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Motsuji temple is part of the "Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi" World Heritage Site. It belongs to the Tendai Buddhist sect. This is the gate to enter Motsuji temple. 1 views
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Since most of the temple structures burnt down, the main attraction today is the 800-year-old Pure Land Garden featuring a large pond called Oizumi ga Ike.1 views
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Motsuji's Hondo main hall was built in 1989.1 views
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After you see the Hondo main hall, you basically walk around the garden's Oizumi ga Ike pond while seeing former temple sites and smaller buildings.1 views
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About mountain-like formations.1 views
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Oizumi ga Ike pond at Motsuji temple, in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. World Heritage Site.1 views
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Jogyodo Hall, this building was built in 1732.1 views
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My video of the antlered deer dancers at Chusonji.1 views
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