JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Last additions - Obama Sights
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Statue of Sugita Genpaku as a child, in front of the public hospital. 杉田 玄白Jan 21, 2009
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Minamigawa RiverJan 21, 2009
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Inside Obama City Hall.Jan 21, 2009
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Statue outside Obama City Hall.Jan 21, 2009
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Statue of Sugita Genpaku, a Dutch studies scholar who studied medicine. He was from Obama. 杉田 玄白Jan 21, 2009
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Pure and clean water wellJan 21, 2009
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Saba Kaido Museum displays accounting books for selling saba mackerel fish.Jan 21, 2009
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Starting point of the Saba Kaido road. 鯖街道Jan 21, 2009
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Statue of Lord Sakai Tadakatsu outside Obama City Hall. Tadakatsu also served as Tairo, of Chief Minister in the Tokugawa government during 1638 to 1656.Jan 21, 2009
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Saba Kaido Museum. You can see what the mackerel merchants wore when traveling.Jan 21, 2009
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Inside the Saba Kaido Museum.Jan 21, 2009
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Izumi-cho shopping arcade was also the starting point of the Saba Kaido road to Kyoto. During the Edo Period, this road was used by saba (mackerel fish) merchants traveling to sell their fish. The road was actually a network of roads. Jan 21, 2009
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Obama City HallJan 21, 2009
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Inside Izumi-cho shopping arcade where they sell mostly seafood.Jan 21, 2009
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Entrance to Izumi-cho shopping arcade.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama Jan 21, 2009
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Izumi-cho also has a small museum for the Saba Kaido seen on the right.Jan 21, 2009
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Lookout deck in Obama Park.Jan 21, 2009
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View from Obama Park.Jan 21, 2009
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Lookout deck in Obama Park. This was where the Chimuras were abducted by North Korea in 1978. Obama was one of the main places North Korean agents used to enter Japan.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama coastJan 21, 2009
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Obama waterfrontJan 21, 2009
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Road leading to the hilltop Obama Park where the youth hostel used to be.Jan 21, 2009
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Wing TerraceJan 21, 2009
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Obama beach, fit for swimming in summer.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama coastJan 21, 2009
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Mermaid Terrace.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama beachJan 21, 2009
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Along the Obama waterfront is this Mermaid Terrace.Jan 21, 2009
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Mermaid TerraceJan 21, 2009
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Saba-zushi or rice topped with mackerel, a local specialty in Obama, Fukui.Jan 21, 2009
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Sushi restaurant in Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf. Buy sushi and eat it there with free miso soup and tea.Jan 21, 2009
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Boat cruise to Sotomo Rocks on the nearby coast.Jan 21, 2009
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Near the water is Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf, housing restaurants, souvenir shops, and a tour boat ticket office.Jan 21, 2009
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Private homes are built right up to the castle wall.Jan 21, 2009
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Layout of the original Obama Castle sandwiched between two rivers.Jan 21, 2009
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The castle grounds now has Obama Jinja Shrine, a Shinto shrine.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama Castle's foundation for a turret.Jan 21, 2009
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On top of castle wall.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama Castle wallJan 21, 2009
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The castle suffers from unsightly parking lots and private homes encroaching on its historic remains. Jan 21, 2009
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. Lord Sakai Tadakatsu built the main castle tower in 1636. 小浜城跡Jan 21, 2009
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Whoever owned the castle land apparently sold off some house lots.Jan 21, 2009
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View from Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower.Jan 21, 2009
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On top of Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower.Jan 21, 2009
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Main drag (Ote-dori) from Obama Station. 大手通りJan 21, 2009
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. After the Kyogoku Clan moved to Izumo (Shimane Pref.), Sakai Tadakatsu took up residence in 1634 and his clan lived in the castle until the Meiji Restoration.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama Castle stone foundation for the main castle tower. No structure remain. No moats remain either, except for the two rivers which served as a natural moat.Jan 21, 2009
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Obama Castle remains. Only the stone foundation and a few stone walls remain. Obama Castle was built by Kyogoku Takatsugu in 1601 after he was awarded the Wakasa domain for his service during the Battle of Sekigahara.Jan 21, 2009
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JR Obama Station and taxis.Jan 21, 2009
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Mermaid on mailboxJan 21, 2009
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JR Obama StationJan 21, 2009
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Right near the exit of Obama Station is the tourist information office where you can obtain maps, pamphlets, and ask questions.Jan 21, 2009
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Main drag (Hamakaze-dori) from Obama StationJan 21, 2009
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JR Obama StationJan 21, 2009
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Sign urging the construction of a train line to Obama via Shiga Prefecture.Jan 21, 2009
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Train schedule for Obama Station. Very few train runs, about once an hour or less.Jan 21, 2009
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JR Obama Station entranceJan 21, 2009
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JR Obama Station exitJan 21, 2009
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Welcome to ObamaJan 21, 2009
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JR Obama Station platformJan 21, 2009
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To Obama via JR Obama Line (Tsuruga Station).Jan 21, 2009
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JR Obama LineJan 21, 2009
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