JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when in crowds.


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Sightseeing map of Kawajima town in Saitama Prefecture. Looks like it has a lot to see.
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Entrance to Toyama Memorial Museum (遠山記念館).
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About Toyama Memorial Museum (遠山記念館).
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Toyama Memorial Museum (遠山記念館) has this thatched-roof home built in 1936 by Kawajima-native Toyama Gen'ichi (遠山元一 1890–1972), the founder of Nikko Securities. It was a home for his mother.
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The home has three wings, this wing witth a thatched roof is designed like a farmhouse.
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This West Wing part of the house is desiged like a tea ceremony room.
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Entrance hall has this rare stone tiles on the floor.
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Entrance hall has this rare stone tiles on the floor.
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Farmhouse room.
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Shinto shrine altar near the fancy ceiling.
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Japanese-syle room in the West Wing.
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We tried playing a traditional fan-tossing game called tosenkyo (投扇興). You toss a folding fan at a small target on a small block.
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Called "cho" (butterfly), the target is shaped like a gingko leaf. The number of points you earn depends on how well you knock down the target.
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Our tosenkyo instructor takes aim.
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It's quite hard for beginners to even knock it down because the fan tends to fly in unpredictable directions.
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The imported glass was also expensive.
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Garden
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Very rare Yaku-sugi wood ceiling from Japanese cedar trees found on Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Beautiful wood grain.Such wood comes from trees as old as 1,000 years. Now illegal to cut down yaku-sugi trees. 屋久杉
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Straight-line wood grain on another ceiling.
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Tokonoma alcove.
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Bathroom sink.
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Bath tub
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Transom
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Storehouse door, fireproof.
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Fusuma sliding door.
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Fancy ceiling.
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Tea ceremony room.
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Transom with a paulownia design.
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Tea ceremony room alcove.
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Scroll depicting a woman dancer with a lion head.
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Tea ceremony room.
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Very rare Yaku-sugi wood ceiling from Japanese cedar trees found on Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
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Very rare Yaku-sugi wood ceiling from Japanese cedar trees found on Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Beautiful wood grain. Such wood comes from trees as old as 1,000 years. Now illegal to cut down yaku-sugi trees. 屋久杉
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Fusuma sliding door.
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Fusuma sliding door.
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Corridor
 
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