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Izushi Castle's West Corner Turret.Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi Castle's Honmaru has a large stone foundation for the main tower,Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi Castle's Honmaru has a large stone foundation for the main tower,Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi Castle's HonmaruDec 25, 2018
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Izushi Castle's Honmaru has a large stone foundation for the main tower,Dec 25, 2018
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East Corner Turret.Dec 25, 2018
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East Corner Turret.Dec 25, 2018
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East Corner Turret.Dec 25, 2018
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret is not open to the public. 西隅櫓Dec 25, 2018
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Castle wall.Dec 25, 2018
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret. 西隅櫓Dec 25, 2018
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret. 西隅櫓Dec 25, 2018
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Reconstructed West Corner Turret. 西隅櫓Dec 25, 2018
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Pulling out weeds from the stone wall.Dec 25, 2018
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Stone work on Izushi Castle.Dec 25, 2018
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Some stone walls and foundations still remain.Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi Castle is on a low hill. Only some steps to climb.Dec 25, 2018
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Castle moat.Dec 25, 2018
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Tojobashi Bridge to Izushi Castle's Tojomon Gate. 出石城 登城門・登城橋Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi Castle in Toyooka was built in the early 17th century. No original structures remain except for the stone walls and foundations. Reconstructed turrets and a small shrine are on the castle grounds. 出石城Dec 25, 2018
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Manhole with Shinkoro Clock Tower design in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.Dec 25, 2018
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Manhole with Shinkoro Clock Tower design in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.Dec 25, 2018
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About the Shinkoro Clock Tower. 辰鼓楼Dec 25, 2018
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Shinkoro Clock Tower was orignally used to beat taiko drums from 7 am to 9 am to notify people that the castle lord arrived at the castle. A mechanical clock from the Netherlands was later donated by a local doctor to make it a clock tower in 1881. 辰鼓Dec 25, 2018
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Shinkoro Clock Tower was first built in 1871 without any clock. 辰鼓楼Dec 25, 2018
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Shinkoro Clock Tower in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture is one of Japan's oldest clock towers along with the Sapporo Clock Tower also built in 1881. 辰鼓楼Dec 25, 2018
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Shinkoro Clock Tower in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture is one of Japan's oldest clock towers along with the Sapporo Clock Tower also built in 1881. 辰鼓楼Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi's symbol is the Shinkoro Clock Tower. 辰鼓楼Dec 25, 2018
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The Izushi bus stop is conveniently located near Izushi Castle.Dec 25, 2018
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Way to Izushi Castle and Shinkoro Clock Tower.Dec 25, 2018
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In Japanese, Izushi is written as 出石 which we may normally pronounce in other ways. So even the local bus makes its clear with hiranaga on how it's pronounced. Very unusual pronunciation.Dec 25, 2018
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When visiting Toyooka, visiting Izushi is also highly recommended. Short bus ride from JR Toyooka Station to the Izushi bus stop here.Dec 25, 2018
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Other stairway.Dec 25, 2018
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Basement passage to the other end of the theater.Dec 25, 2018
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Stage wheels on a rail.Dec 25, 2018
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They turn the rotating stage by hand.Dec 25, 2018
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You can also go underneath the stage and see the revolving stage. It's rotated by hand. Wow neat, how often can you see something like this?Dec 25, 2018
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Go downstairs to the basement too.Dec 25, 2018
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Dressing room.Dec 25, 2018
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Bathtub for actors.Dec 25, 2018
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Dressing room.Dec 25, 2018
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Dressing room.Dec 25, 2018
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Dressing room.Dec 25, 2018
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Backstage has the dressing rooms for actors. Normally hidden by a curtain.Dec 25, 2018
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Inside a booth for instrument players.Dec 25, 2018
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Booth for instrument players.Dec 25, 2018
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Stage curtains.Dec 25, 2018
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View from the stage.Dec 25, 2018
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Rotating kabuki stage.Dec 25, 2018
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The revolving stage (mawari-butai). Above the stage in the back are dressing rooms for the performers. Normally hidden by a curtain.Dec 25, 2018
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Eirakukan's rotating kabuki stage.Dec 25, 2018
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Very retro.Dec 25, 2018
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Advertising posters on the walls.Dec 25, 2018
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Side seats.Dec 25, 2018
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Stage as seen from the back row.Dec 25, 2018
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Eirakukan Theater in Izushi, Toyooka, Hyogo.Dec 25, 2018
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The hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too.Dec 25, 2018
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The hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too and feel like a kabuki actor...Dec 25, 2018
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Inside Eirakukan. You can freely tour inside the theater. Very impressive and rare glimpse of a Meiji Period theater. That's the hanamichi on the left. You can walk on it too.Dec 25, 2018
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Theater lobby.Dec 25, 2018
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Theater lobby.Dec 25, 2018
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You have to take off your shoes.Dec 25, 2018
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Theater entrance on the side. The theater is a short walk from the Izushi bus stop and Izushi Castle.Dec 25, 2018
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The theater's original front entrance that is not used anymore because of the road right in front. They now use a side entrance.Dec 25, 2018
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Izushi also has Eirakukan (永楽館), the Kansai Region's oldest kabuki theater built in 1901. It closed in 1964 due to the spread of television and other diversions.Years later, the theater was renovated and reopened in 2008. The theater puts on performances occasionally. Dec 25, 2018
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Eirakukan (永楽館), the Kansai Region's oldest kabuki theater built in 1901. Toward the left was the theater's front entrance that is not used anymore because of the road right in front. They now use a side entrance.Dec 25, 2018
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Even the mail box on Caban Street is designed like a bag...Their official website: http://cabanst.com/Dec 25, 2018
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Caban Street also had this place to repair or clean your bag.Dec 25, 2018
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On Caban Street, this drink vending machine designed like a bag. Toyooka, Hyogo.Dec 25, 2018
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On the left is a cloth bag vending machine.Dec 25, 2018
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Caban Street also had this place to repair or clean your bag.Dec 25, 2018
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Another bag shop on Caban Street.Dec 25, 2018
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Insde Artisan Avenue.Dec 25, 2018
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There are many bag companies here, most are high-end bags costing tens of thousands of yen. Some of them supply materials to world-famous bag makers.Dec 25, 2018
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Nice bags at Artisan Avenue.Dec 25, 2018
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Artisan Avenue sells high-end bags of all kinds made in Toyooka. These ones are similar to the ones that were first made in Toyooka.Dec 25, 2018
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How Toyooka became a bag-producing city. Dec 25, 2018
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Caban Street's most prominent bag shop is this one called Artisan Avenue. The front has a woven basket motif. Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture.Dec 25, 2018
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Caban Street in Toyooka, Hyogo. カバンストリートDec 25, 2018
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Toyobra bag shop on Caban Street.Dec 25, 2018
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Toyobra bag shop on Caban Street.Dec 25, 2018
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Caban Street is lined with several bag shops. カバンストリートDec 25, 2018
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Walk until you reach Caban Street. "Caban" or "kaban" means "bag." Not shopping bag, but ladies' bags, briefcases, etc.カバンストリートDec 25, 2018
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Toyooka's bag bus.Dec 25, 2018
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Toyooka in Hyogo Prefecture is a major producer of bags. Thier local bus even has a bag design.Dec 25, 2018
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Tobacco shop selling cigarettes. This kind of shop will likely become obsolete in Japan.Dec 25, 2018
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Vintage building housing a restaurant.Dec 25, 2018
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Toyooka City HallDec 25, 2018
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Toyooka City HallDec 25, 2018
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The sidewalk lined with shops have a roof so we're okay even on rainy days.Dec 25, 2018
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Kimono shop.Dec 25, 2018
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Always a reminder of what this city is famous for. Oriental white stork tiles on the sidealk.Dec 25, 2018
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The area near JR Toyooka Station is also nice for walking around. In front of the station is Aity, a shopping complex. Where I went for groceries and dinner.Dec 25, 2018
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The street in front of Toyooka Station is lined with shops too. Sun Stork Avenue.Dec 25, 2018
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The crowd going home. Most went to Sannomiya Station.Dec 19, 2018
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People lined up to donate money and ring this bell.Dec 19, 2018
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Promoting Rugby World Cup in 2019. Kobe is one of the venues.Dec 19, 2018
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Booth promoting Rugby World Cup in 2019. Kobe is one of the venues.Dec 19, 2018
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Souvenir boothDec 19, 2018
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There were also souvenir booths in the park.Dec 19, 2018
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Back of the lights.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Cassa Armonica (カッサ・アルモニカ). People gave donations.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Cassa Armonica (カッサ・アルモニカ). People lined up for the Cassa Armonica like a shrine.Dec 19, 2018
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Roof above Cassa Armonica.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Cassa Armonica (カッサ・アルモニカ).Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Cassa Armonica (カッサ・アルモニカ).Dec 19, 2018
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Flanked by twin Pisa-like towers, the center had the Cassa Armonica (カッサ・アルモニカ), a bandstand used as a place where people could toss money.Dec 19, 2018
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Flanked by twin Pisa-like towers, the center had the Cassa Armonica (カッサ・アルモニカ).Dec 19, 2018
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This park has twin walls of lights called "Spalliera" (スパッリエーラ). It's like a decorated backboard.Dec 19, 2018
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After the Galleria, you end up at a large park called Higashi Yuenchi (東遊園地). The park has more lights. Very impressive. Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie is made possible by many corporate sponsors and donations from the public. When you put in a coin, etc., into the front slot, the box lights up and I think the doll inside dances or something.Dec 19, 2018
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The Galleria has another corridor of lights.Dec 19, 2018
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Side of the Galleria.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Galleria Coperta (ガレリアコペルタ) in Dec. 2018. Reminds me of the Galleria in Milan. Distinctly Italian. Dec 19, 2018
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Galleria Coperta (ガレリアコペルタ).Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Galleria Coperta (ガレリアコペルタ). This road is lined with luxury brand shops. Dec 19, 2018
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Galleria Coperta (ガレリアコペルタ).Dec 19, 2018
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Tunnel of lights called the Galleria Coperta (ガレリアコペルタ). It goes on for 50 meters. They are all LED lights, 510,000 of them.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Frontone (フロントーネ) in Dec. 2018.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie's Frontone (フロントーネ) in Dec. 2018.Dec 19, 2018
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Entrance called the Frontone (フロントーネ). It looks like a cathedral. Very impressive.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Luminarie finally in sight. Everybody was amazed and thrilled as we got closer and closer...Dec 19, 2018
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Some lights on trees next to Daimaru. The line proceeded pretty quickly after the lights turned on at 5 pm on Sat.Dec 19, 2018
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Near Daimaru Dept. Store at around 5 pm. We were to turn left before Daimaru. This area used to be Kobe's foreigner settlement in the late 19th century.Dec 19, 2018
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The line was long and crowded, but it moved along quite well.Dec 19, 2018
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The line formed along these wide roads that were blocked off from traffic. Dec 19, 2018
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Passing by Ikuta Shrine's torii.Dec 19, 2018
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Well before 5 pm, people already lined up and waited to see Kobe Luminarie. "Luminarie" means "illuminations" in Italian.Dec 19, 2018
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Kobe Motomachi shopping arcade across from Daimaru Dept. Store.Dec 19, 2018
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Joined the line at about 4:45 pm. The lights were to turn on at 5 pm.Dec 19, 2018
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For 10 evenings every December near JR Motomachi Station in Kobe, the beautiful Kobe Luminarie holiday lights are displayed amid massive crowds. This is Motomachi Station with a banner pointing the way.Dec 19, 2018
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This was a Saturday, which happened to be the most crowded evening for the lights. About 559,000 people came to see Kobe Luminarie this Sat. evening. Even before 4:30 pm, the crowd starts near Motomachi Station.Dec 19, 2018
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Inside the huge Maizuru World Brick Museum. It was used to store torpedoes made by munitions factories in Maizuru. Restaurant on the groundfloor, museum on the upper level.Dec 17, 2018
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Manhole for Kaya-cho, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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Manhole for Kaya-cho, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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This home housed a chirimen factory and these windows let in light and air, but kept out prying eyes from passersby in the old days (when people were shorter I guess). Chirimen makers had secrets to keep.Nov 27, 2018
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Many of the Chirimen Kaido homes have explanatory signs, but you cannot enter them since they are private homes.Nov 27, 2018
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Temples were established here to defend against castle attackers.Nov 27, 2018
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The windw lattice design indicated the family's occupation.Nov 27, 2018
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After the Bito Home, we continued our walking tour of Chirimen Kaido Road. Our guide, Aoki Jun'ichi, from Yosano Tourist Association, showed this exterior lattice design featuring the kanji character for "Tan" (from "Tango" 丹後) which is similar (by no coincidence in this case) to the kanji character for "yen" (円).Nov 27, 2018
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KitchenNov 27, 2018
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The first floor was Japanese style, while the second floor was Western-style (Spanish).Nov 27, 2018
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The first floor was Japanese style, while the second floor was Western-style (Spanish).Former Bito family home, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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The house was originally a farmhouse built and expanded during 1863 to 1930. Toward the left on the second floor is the Western-style (Spanish) part of the house built in 1928. Nov 27, 2018
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Old porcelain toilets.Nov 27, 2018
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Exhibits in the kura storehouse.Nov 27, 2018
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Exhibits in the kura storehouse.Nov 27, 2018
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PalanquinNov 27, 2018
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Inner courtyardNov 27, 2018
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BathroomNov 27, 2018
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Bathroom sinkNov 27, 2018
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Ceiling wood is very rare, made of yaku-sugi cedar wood (屋久杉). Yaku-sugi is hundreds of years old, native to Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture, and now illegal to cut down.Nov 27, 2018
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The Japanese-style first floor used very expensive materials. These thin wood pillars are shochikubai (matsu pine, bamboo, and ume plum tree).Former Bito family home, Yosano, Kyoto Prefecture.Nov 27, 2018
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Western-style (Spanish) 2nd floor living room.Nov 27, 2018
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Western-style (Spanish) 2nd floor bedroom.Nov 27, 2018
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Kura storehouse and vault.Nov 27, 2018
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Before air conditioners, they had these sliding slats for ventilation in summer.Nov 27, 2018
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Houehold shrine inside Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家).Nov 27, 2018
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Inside the Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家).Nov 27, 2018
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About the Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家).Nov 27, 2018
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One home on the Chirimen Kaido Road the public can enter is the Former Bito Family Merchant's House (Kyu-Bitoke 旧尾藤家). The Bito family was a raw silk and chirimen wholesaler since the Edo Period. Very prominent and rich local family who also became active in local government and business during the Meiji Period.
http://www.yosano.or.jp/chirimen-kaido/?page_id=162
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Sake cellar.Nov 27, 2018
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Chirimen Kaido Road has a walking route to see the traditional buildings still remaining. That's a sake cellar on the left.Nov 27, 2018
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Kimono displayed in Izutsuya ryokan.Nov 27, 2018
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There used to be four ryokan here, but this Izutsuya ryokan 井筒屋 is the only ryokan remaining in Chirimen Kaido.Nov 27, 2018
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One house had a small chirimen factory we could view through a window.Nov 27, 2018
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One house had a small chirimen factory we could view through a window.Nov 27, 2018
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Entrance to former Kaya Town Hall (旧加悦町役場庁舎) that was built in the 1930s. Currently closed.Nov 27, 2018
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Former Kaya Town Hall (旧加悦町役場庁舎) that was built in the 1930s. Nov 27, 2018
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Chirimen Kaido Road is a Tango chirimen manufacturing area in Kaya. Originally a castle town with Yasurajo Castle.Since it was a castle town (during the Sengoku Warring States Period), a few streets have sharp, narrow turns or corners to defend against any invading enemies. Some of the traditional homes were built in the 19th century or 1920s-30s. Part of the district escaped damage from the 1927 Tango earthquake.Nov 27, 2018
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Jizo statueNov 27, 2018
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About the Power stones.Nov 27, 2018
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Power stones.Nov 27, 2018
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Power stones.Nov 27, 2018
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Small cemetery for temple priests.Nov 27, 2018
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Omikuji paper fortunes shaped like a folding fan.Nov 27, 2018
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Benzaiten shrine for the goddess of music and water.Nov 27, 2018
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Temple bell tower reconstructed in 1973. 鐘楼Nov 27, 2018
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Bell Tower Gate built in 1722. 鐘楼門Nov 27, 2018
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About the Circle of Wisdom Lantern.Nov 27, 2018
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MonjudoNov 27, 2018
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Next to Chionji Temple is this Circle of Wisdom Lantern (智恵の輪 灯籠). No longer a lantern to guide ships. Across the water is the Amanohashidate sandbar.Nov 27, 2018
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Ema prayer tablet.Nov 27, 2018
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MonjudoNov 27, 2018
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Chionji's main temple hall, Monjudo. 文殊堂Nov 27, 2018
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Incense burner in front of Monjudo.Nov 27, 2018
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Chionji's main temple hall, Monjudo. 文殊堂Nov 27, 2018
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Chionji's main temple hall named the Monjudo. 文殊堂Nov 27, 2018
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Approaching the main temple hall.Nov 27, 2018
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Chionji Temple's Tahoto Pagoda. 多宝塔Nov 27, 2018
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Chionji Temple's Tahoto Pagoda is the Tango region's only relic remaining from the Muromachi Period. 多宝塔Nov 27, 2018
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Chionji Temple's Tahoto Pagoda was built in the 16th century. 多宝塔Nov 27, 2018
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The elegant Tahoto Pagoda, a National Important Cultural Property. 多宝塔Nov 27, 2018
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Sanmon Gate. 山門Nov 27, 2018
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Sanmon Gate. 山門Nov 27, 2018
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Paper lantern in Sanmon Gate.Nov 27, 2018
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Paper lantern in Sanmon Gate.Nov 27, 2018
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Belonging to the Rinzai Zen Sect, Chionji worships the Manjushri bodhisattva (Monju Bosatsu) for wisdom and academic abilities. Many students pray here. Nov 27, 2018
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Visitors to Amanohashidate can hardly miss Chionji Temple when you see this large Sanmon gate next to the entrance of Amanohashidate at the southern end. Since you're there, might as well see the temple too. 山門Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Anjk19rRLzT2Nov 27, 2018
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At Fukuchyama Station, the entrance to the Kyoto Tango Railway platform.Nov 27, 2018
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On the train back.Nov 27, 2018
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On the train back.Nov 27, 2018
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