JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Hikone 彦根市
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Sawayama Castle site as seen from Hikone Castle.Jun 20, 2017
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View from top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.Jun 20, 2017
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View from top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.Jun 20, 2017
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Top floor of Hikone Castle's Nishinomaru turret.Jun 20, 2017
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Plum blossom ume tree given by the city of Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone Castle and plum blossoms.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone Castle and plum blossoms.Jun 20, 2017
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Hiko-nyan appears outside the Taikomon near the main Hikone Castle tower.Jun 20, 2017
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Hiko-nyan cutout in front of Hikone Castle. He appears daily.Jun 20, 2017
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Matcha tea and confection at Choshoan tea house, Hikone Castle.Jun 20, 2017
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Another room in Choshoan.Jun 20, 2017
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Choshoan tea house was originally the bell ringer’s rest house.Jun 20, 2017
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For ¥500, you can try matcha tea and a small confection. It’s operated by members of a tea school started by castle lord and tea master Ii Naosuke.Jun 20, 2017
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On the way to the main castle tower (tenshu), you can take a tea break at this small tea house called Choshoan (聴鐘庵).Jun 20, 2017
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The name Tenbin refers to its similarity to a tenbin shoulder pole for carrying a piece of luggage tied to each end. Both east (right) and west (left) ends of the building has a two-story watchtower turret. They look symmetrical, but are not identical.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone Castle admission fees in 2017.Jun 20, 2017
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Biwa instrument displayed in Hikone Castle Museum.Jun 20, 2017
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Hikone daimyo's living quarters.Jun 20, 2017
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A pen with USP imprinted. The only USP merchandise I found in the university store.Feb 15, 2016
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Takeshima island.Feb 14, 2016
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Lake Biwa shore in Hassaka.Feb 14, 2016
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Lake Biwa shore in Hassaka.Feb 14, 2016
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About Kiwada Shrine.Feb 14, 2016
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Hassaka neighborhood near Lake Biwa shore. Short walk from the University of Shiga Prefecture. Hassaka is an old fishing village.Feb 14, 2016
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Near the University of Shiga Prefecture is Kiwada Shrine dedicated to Susanou-no-mikoto and Emperor Chuai for protection against stormy winds and for a good harvest.Feb 14, 2016
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Los of bicycles.Feb 14, 2016
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Athletic field is also only for practice and not competitive games. No spectator seats.Feb 14, 2016
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Inside the gymnasium. There are no spectator seats since this is only for practice and not competitive games.Feb 14, 2016
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GymnasiumFeb 14, 2016
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Arches at Human Cultures schoolFeb 14, 2016
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Engineering schoolFeb 14, 2016
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Corridor in the new lecture hall.Feb 14, 2016
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The lecture hall is all wood.Feb 14, 2016
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A new lecture hall and offices.Feb 14, 2016
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At the exchange program office, flags of some of USP's partner universities adorn the wall.Feb 14, 2016
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Coffee and cake.Feb 14, 2016
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Cafe is also pleasant.Feb 14, 2016
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My lunch with fried chicken.Feb 14, 2016
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Order food here.Feb 14, 2016
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The meals are cheap.Feb 14, 2016
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Cafeteria seats over 600. Crowded during lunch time. Visitors can eat here too.Feb 14, 2016
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The cafeteria is downstairs on the right.Feb 14, 2016
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This center square is actually the roof of the cafeteria.Feb 14, 2016
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The moat comes complete with ducks. The university has a duck club that takes care of the ducks.Feb 14, 2016
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Bridge over the moat.Feb 14, 2016
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The central buildings are encircled by a circular moat lined with cherry trees.Feb 14, 2016
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Inside the libraryFeb 14, 2016
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Inside the library (school ID required to enter).Feb 14, 2016
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LibraryFeb 14, 2016
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Different clusters of buildings have different designs to reflect their respective departments such as buildings that look like barns.Feb 14, 2016
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In the auditorium lobby, companies were holding a recruiting fair when I visited in Jan. 2016.Feb 14, 2016
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AuditoriumFeb 14, 2016
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Nursing schoolFeb 14, 2016
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The most distinctive structure and symbol of the school is a tower nicknamed "Pencil Tower." Feb 14, 2016
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Walkway to the central cluster of buildings.Feb 14, 2016
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Scale model of University of Shiga Prefecture.Feb 14, 2016
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Campus map. The largely flat, rectangular campus is quite near the shore of Lake Biwa in a rural fishing neighborhood called Hassaka (八坂町) in Hikone.Feb 14, 2016
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University of Shiga Prefecture was founded in 1995, so the buildings still look new and modern.Feb 14, 2016
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University of Shiga Prefecture (USP or Shiga Kenritsu Daigaku 滋賀県立大学). It's a 15-min. bus ride from JR Minami-Hikone Station.Feb 14, 2016
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Near the bus stop is this information booth. You can get directions here.Feb 14, 2016
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Rakurakuen or Keyali Goten palace has a few other buildings like the Jishin-no-Ma.Feb 14, 2016
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In spring, white herons nest in the high trees of Genkyuen Garden.Feb 14, 2016
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Rakuraku-en or Rakuraku no Ma. In the 1800s, the 12th lord Ii Naoaki built an annex building called Rakuraku-en which faces the garden. 楽々園Feb 14, 2016
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Main building of Rakurakuen.Feb 14, 2016
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Inside the entrance of Rakurakuen.Feb 14, 2016
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About Rakurakuen Palace.Feb 14, 2016
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Entrance to Keyaki Goten Palace or Rakuraku-en. Completed in 1679 by the fourth castle lord Ii Naooki as a familiy residence. It took two years to build. It was highly admired for its beauty. 槻御殿Feb 14, 2016
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Hikone CastleFeb 14, 2016
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Hosho-dai 鳳翔台Feb 14, 2016
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Inside Hosho-dai tea house. They actually serve tea for a fee. 鳳翔台Feb 14, 2016
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Tea house on Hosho-dai hill. This was used by the daimyo to entertain guests with good views of the garden. 鳳翔台Feb 14, 2016
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Boat landing.Feb 14, 2016
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Moat has lotus.Feb 14, 2016
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Always scenic to see Hikone Castle overlooking Genkyuen Garden.Feb 14, 2016
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Genkyuen has miniature versions of Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi). This is one of them, modeled after the Seta Karahashi Bridge in Otsu.Feb 14, 2016
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Island in the pond.Feb 14, 2016
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Genkyuen Garden was designed to be enjoyed along a circular walking path.Feb 14, 2016
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East entrance to Genkyuen Garden. Small admission charged or you can buy a combination ticket with the castle admission.Feb 14, 2016
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Genkyu-en is a Japanese garden next to Hikone Castle. It was built as a castle garden in 1677 by Ii Naooki, the fourth lord of Hikone Castle. Hakkei-tei Summer House MapFeb 14, 2016
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Scale model of Genkyuen Garden next to Hikone Castle at the top of the picture. Garden has a large pond.Feb 14, 2016
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Hikone Serikawa Station. ひこね芹川駅Apr 24, 2014
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Train for Maibara at Ohmi Railways Hikoneguchi Station.Apr 24, 2014
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Long bench inside Hikoneguchi Station before the building was torn down in Aug. 2014.Apr 24, 2014
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Inside Hikoneguchi Station with turnstile visible, before the building was torn down in Aug. 2014.Apr 24, 2014
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Inside Hikoneguchi Station with turnstile visible, before the building was torn down in Aug. 2014.Apr 24, 2014
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Inside Hikoneguchi Station before the building was torn down in Aug. 2014. No replacement.Apr 24, 2014
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Old Hikoneguchi Station turnstile.Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station building before the building was torn down in Aug. 2014.Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station platform for Kibukawa.Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station platform.Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station platform.Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station.Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station on the Ohmi Railways. This station building was torn down in Aug. 2014. 彦根口駅Apr 24, 2014
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Hikoneguchi Station on the Ohmi Railways first opened in 1901 and renamed Hikoneguchi in 1917. This station building was torn down in Aug. 2014. 彦根口Apr 24, 2014
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Sign in front of Hikone City Hall urging Hikone Castle to be designated as a World Heritage Site.Apr 16, 2014
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone.Apr 16, 2014
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone.Apr 16, 2014
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone.Apr 16, 2014
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Tanabata decorations in Hikone in early Aug.Apr 16, 2014
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Niagara Falls fireworks.Apr 16, 2014
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The festival climaxed with fireworks.Apr 16, 2014
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People start floating the lanterns.Apr 16, 2014
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Priests chant in front of an altar.Apr 16, 2014
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There was a small platform for an altar.Apr 16, 2014
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It looked like a multi-religion procession of local Shinto and Buddhist priests.Apr 16, 2014
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Shrine priests.Apr 16, 2014
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A procession arrived at the river led by the Hikone Castle Ambassadors.Apr 16, 2014
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Lanterns have candles.Apr 16, 2014
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The lanterns will float down Serigawa River.Apr 16, 2014
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Lanterns along the river bank.Apr 16, 2014
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The Hikone Floating Lantern Festival (Manto Nagashi) is held on August 6 along Serigawa River. I saw it in 2006. Apr 16, 2014
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Eatery decorated with beautiful wisteria in Hikone.Apr 15, 2014
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Some kind of eatery decorated with beautiful wisteria in Hikone.Apr 15, 2014
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Inside the main lobby of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone.Apr 15, 2014
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Inside the main lobby of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in Hikone.Apr 15, 2014
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Entrance to JCMU. It is right next to the Hikone View Hotel (formerly Hikone Prince Hotel).Apr 15, 2014
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The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a study abroad program operated by the State of Michigan and Shiga.Apr 15, 2014
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Stone statue of Hiko-nyan in Hikone.Apr 15, 2014
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Corridor back to west side of Hikone Station.Apr 15, 2014
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Tearing down old homes on the east side of Hikone Station.Apr 15, 2014
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On the east side of Hikone Station in 2007, there was almost nothing.Apr 15, 2014
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On the east side of Hikone Station in 2007, there was almost nothing.Apr 15, 2014
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On the east side of Hikone Station in 2007, there was almost nothing.Apr 15, 2014
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The old Ohmi Railways Museum had indoor and outdoor (trains) exhibits. This museum in Hikone closed and reopened inside Yokaichi Station in Higashi-Omi.Apr 15, 2014
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Hikone StationApr 15, 2014
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Corridor to east exit.Apr 15, 2014
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Snake swimming in the moat.Apr 15, 2014
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Hikone Castle moatApr 15, 2014
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A good collection of artifacts related to Omi shonin.Apr 15, 2014
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Shiga University's Archives Museum centers mainly on Omi shonin merchants.Apr 15, 2014
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Archives Museum (経済学部附属史料館) at Shiga University.Apr 15, 2014
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Assembly HallApr 15, 2014
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Assembly Hall, a stately building.Apr 15, 2014
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The Faculties of Economics and Education are here in Hikone. The other campus is in Otsu. Map of the Hikone Campus.Apr 15, 2014
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Entrance to Shiga University, Hikone Campus. It is a national university. (Not to be confused with University of Shiga Prefecture operated by the prefecture.)Apr 15, 2014
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Hikone Castle moat on the way to Shiga University.Apr 15, 2014
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Shiga University is alongside the moat of Hikone Castle.Apr 15, 2014
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View from castle tower, looking toward central Hikone with the castle museum in the foreground.Jun 12, 2013
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Hikone City Hall with a sign urging Hikone Castle to become a World Heritage Site.Jun 12, 2013
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Across the moat from Hikone Castle is Umoregi-no-ya, a house where Lord Ii Naosuke lived and trained in various arts from age 17 to 32. 埋木舎Jun 12, 2013
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Across the moat from Hikone Castle is Umoregi-no-ya, a reclusive house where Lord Ii Naosuke lived and trained in various arts from age 17 to 32. 埋木舎Jun 12, 2013
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Postcard of Commodore Perry and Ii Naosuke to mark the 50th anniversary of Yokohama Port's opening in 1909.Also see Gotokuji temple in Setgaya, Tokyo where Naosuke is buried. http://photoguide.jp/pix/thumbnails.php?album=646Jun 12, 2013
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Postcard of Commodore Perry and Ii Naosuke to mark the 50th anniversary of Yokohama Port's opening in 1909.Naosuke's attackers overwhelmed his unprepared bodyguards within minutes. Wounded and defenseless Naosuke was further stabbed in his palanquin multiple times until he was dragged out by his topknot and beheaded by a Satsuma rogue samurai.
After the assassination, hard feelings continued between Hikone and Mito. But in 1968, the two cities put the past behind them and became friendship cities. Hikone gave white swans from Hikone Castle, and Mito gave plum blossom trees from the famous Kairakuen Garden.
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About Lord Ii Naosuke.Naosuke had many enemies who opposed allowing foreigners into Japan or opposed his choice for Shogun Iesada's successor. On a snowy morning on March 24, 1860, Naosuke left his Edo (Tokyo) residence in his palanquin and headed for Edo Castle nearby. Near Sakuradamon Gate, Naosuke was ambushed by 18 anti-foreigner rogue samurai mostly from Mito (Ibaraki Prefecture). It started with a distraction and a bullet hitting Naosuke through his palanquin.Jun 12, 2013
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Moat boat departure times and fares as of May 2013. Board the boat near the Genkyuen Garden entrance.Jun 12, 2013
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About Kannon-dai temple Jun 12, 2013
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Site of Kannon-dai temple that was here before the castle was built. Near Nishinomaru.Jun 12, 2013
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Scale model of original Nishinomaru Sanju-yagura turret.Jun 12, 2013
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Mt. Ibuki, Shiga's highest mountain a seen from the Honmaru compound.Jun 12, 2013
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View from Honmaru compound, looking toward Lake Biwa.Jun 12, 2013
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Display cases of castle artifacts.Jun 12, 2013
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People line up to enter Hikone Castle's main tower.Jun 12, 2013
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People line up to enter Hikone Castle's main tower.Jun 12, 2013
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This is how crowded it can get to enter Hikone Castle's main tower. This was on a Sunday during Golden Week.Jun 12, 2013
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A major reason why Hikone Castle is a National Treasure is because it has many different types of roof features on one building.Jun 12, 2013
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Tenbin Yagura's Rokabashi Bridge had a roof.Jun 12, 2013
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Tenbin Yagura is named after the luggage-carrying shoulder pole like this Omi merchant. Jun 12, 2013
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Other folding screens on display.Jun 12, 2013
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Scale model shows the Omote Goten Palace.Jun 12, 2013
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Red dots indicate old castle sites in Hikone.Jun 12, 2013
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Scale model of Hikone Castle in Kaikoku Kinenkan museum.Jun 12, 2013
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Scale model of Hikone Castle in Kaikoku Kinenkan museum.Jun 12, 2013
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Statue of Lord ii Naosuke.Jun 12, 2013
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Statue of Lord ii Naosuke.Jun 12, 2013
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Inside Kaikoku Kinenkan museum.Jun 12, 2013
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Entrance to Kaikoku Kinenkan museum.Jun 12, 2013
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