JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Shiroyone Senmaida 白米千枚田


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Senmaida in Shiroyone, Wajima is one of Japan's most famous terraced rice paddies. It's in a remote location, but very picturesque with the ocean right below it. Senmaida literally means "One-thousand rice terraces." Address: 石川県輪島市白米町99-5

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Central Wajima 輪島市街


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Wajima Asa-ichi Morning Market, Wajima-nuri lacquerware, Wajima Kiriko Art Museum, Sodegaura waterfront, and Sojiji Temple.

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Gojinjo-daiko Drummers 御陣乗太鼓


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Gojinjo Daiko should not be missed. Powerful, crazied drumming performance by several men donning demon masks and wigs. Legend has it that this drumming warded off the invading forces of Uesugi Kenshin, ruler of Echigō Province (Niigata Pref.) during the Warring States Period in the 16th century. Performed for free on weekend evenings (or every evening in summer) at Wajima Kiriko Art Museum.

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Tokikuni-ke Residences 時国家


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Two Tokikuni-ke (¥520) thatched-roof homes in Sosogi. Built in 1831, Kami Tokikuni-ke (上時国家) was the residence of a wealthy farmer descended from Tokikuni who was related to the Taira Clan. The house has stately rooms and a garden. Shimo Tokikuni-ke (下時国家) was the residence of a branch family of the Tokikuni. Both houses are National Important Cultural Properties.

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Sosogi Coast 曽々木海岸


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In Wajima, Sosogi Coast is a scenic area of craggy and unusual rock formations. Sights include Window Rock (Mado-iwa) and Tarumi Falls.

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