JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Last additions - Tsuruga 敦賀市
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Held during the Bon season on Aug. 16, toro nagashi is candle-lit paper lanterns floated on the ocean as a Buddhist offering to the spirits of the deceased.Tsuruga holds its mass toro nagashi (6,000 lanterns) on its famous Kehi no Matsubara beach at 6:30 pm, and then shoots off a grand fireworks display. My video of Toro Nagashi and brilliant marine fireworks taken on Aug. 16, 2017.Jun 17, 2020
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Model trains powered by winding.Jun 17, 2017
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Thermal power generationJun 17, 2017
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How a nuclear reactor produces electricity.Jun 17, 2017
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Playground for kids.Jun 17, 2017
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Outside the museum, you can walk around the park-like grounds.Jun 17, 2017
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Nuclear waste canisterJun 17, 2017
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Nuclear waste drum.Jun 17, 2017
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Safety of nuclear power plant workers.Jun 17, 2017
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Japan's first PCCV construction of a nuclear reactor housing.Jun 17, 2017
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Fukui Prefecture produces the highest amout of nuclear power in Japan.Jun 17, 2017
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Nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture.Jun 17, 2017
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Nuclear power plants in Japan.Jun 17, 2017
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Atomic Theater shows how a nuclear power plant works.Jun 17, 2017
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Model of Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant.Jun 17, 2017
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Model of Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. On the lower right is the two additional reactors they had planned to build, but shelved after the Tohoku disaster in 2011.Jun 17, 2017
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Natural GalleryJun 17, 2017
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Natural GalleryJun 17, 2017
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What's what at the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. The Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant started operating commercially on March 14, 1970, the same day when Expo '70 opened in Osaka. Expo '70 in Osaka was the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Station's first commercial customer.Jun 17, 2017
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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant (敦賀発電所). The cylindrical domed building on the left is the No. 1 reactor, Japan's first light-water reactor that operated from 1970 to 2015. Square building on the rght is No. 2 reactor, a pressurized water reactor in operation since 1987. Supplies power to Kansai, Hokuriku, and Chubu Regions.Jun 17, 2017
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From the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion, we can view the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant.Jun 17, 2017
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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion or Tsuruga PR Pavilion.Jun 17, 2017
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Near the plant is their public relations facility and museum called the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion or Tsuruga PR Pavilion. A 40-min. bus ride from JR Tsuruga Station.Jun 17, 2017
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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. All fenced in with security cameras everywhere.Jun 17, 2017
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Out in the boondocks of Tsuruga is the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. All fenced in.Jun 17, 2017
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Another power plantJun 17, 2017
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Offshore sandbar popular with swimmers.Jun 17, 2017
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From JR Tsuruga Station, it's a scenic bus ride to the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. Jun 17, 2017
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No snow, but a few puddles.Mar 22, 2016
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Statue of Basho, haiku poetMar 22, 2016
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Omikuji fortunesMar 22, 2016
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Omikuji fortunesMar 22, 2016
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Year of the Monkey ema from Kehi Jingu.Mar 22, 2016
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Another ema tablet for 2016, the Year of the MonkeyMar 22, 2016
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Otorii ema from Kehi Jingu.Mar 22, 2016
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Brisk business for amulets and omamori.Mar 22, 2016
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The place to buy lucky charms.Mar 22, 2016
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Inside the main shrine.Mar 22, 2016
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It took about 35 min. to get here for what would normally be a one-min. walk. Five bell ringers for worshippers.Mar 22, 2016
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Kehi Jingu's main shrine. Kehi Jingu is dedicated to a number of gods including Emperor Chuai and Empress Jingu. So the Imperial Crest is all over the place.Mar 22, 2016
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Kehi ShrineMar 22, 2016
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Second torii before the main shrine.Mar 22, 2016
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Long line.Mar 22, 2016
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Getting closer to the main shrine.Mar 22, 2016
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Purify your hands and mouth.Mar 22, 2016
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Long line from the torii to the shrine on Jan. 1, 2016.Mar 22, 2016
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Kehi Shrine's torii is 11 m high. One of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.Mar 22, 2016
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Built in 1645, the wooden torii is an Important Cultural Property and World War II survivor. Mar 22, 2016
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Kehi Shrine's torii gate is one of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Istukishima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.Mar 22, 2016
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Established in 702 and nicknamed "Kei-san," Kehi Jingu is a major shrine in the Hokuriku Region.Mar 22, 2016
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Kehi Jingu Shrine is a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuruga Station. I visited on New Year's Day 2016 when it was a warm period with no snow.Mar 22, 2016
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A dinosaur waiting for his train at JR Tsuruga Station. Fukui Prefecture is famous for dinosaur digs. This is just a sculpture stealing a valuable place to sit, but it looks like a kid can sit on his lap.Mar 22, 2016
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Kehi Pine Beach in Tsuruga from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.Apr 24, 2011
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JR Tsuruga StationSep 02, 2006
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Kehi no Matsubara beach, one of Japan's three most famous pine tree beaches.The other two being Miho no Matsubara in Shizuoka and Karatsu in Saga Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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Line to board the free shuttle bus from Tsuruga Station to Kehi no Matsubara Beach.The waiting time was minimal since buses kept coming often. They chartered buses from numerous bus companies.Sep 02, 2006
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15-min. walk from the bus stop to the beach. People everywhere.Sep 02, 2006
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Crowd on Kehi no Matsubara BeachSep 02, 2006
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Line for the free shuttle bus back to Tsuruga Station. They had many shuttle buses so we didn't have to wait long.It was a very efficient and quick operation. Although I did leave early.Sep 02, 2006
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The fireworks were brilliant and world-class, included a few waterborne "half-dome" fireworks.Sep 02, 2006
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Bright fireworks light up the audience on the beach.Sep 02, 2006
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Whoever thought of combining toro nagashi with fireworks was a genius.Sep 02, 2006
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Toro nagashi and fireworks at Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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Great match with the lit lanterns and fireworks.Sep 02, 2006
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Also see the video at YouTube.Sep 02, 2006
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By 7:30 pm, it was completely dark.Sep 02, 2006
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Fireworks started at 7:30 pm.Sep 02, 2006
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Lanterns along the jetty.Sep 02, 2006
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As it got darker, the scene got prettier.Sep 02, 2006
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The lanterns say "For the Spirits of Past Generations."Sep 02, 2006
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I was sitting on a jetty where many lanterns got stuck. We could feel the hot air from the candles.Sep 02, 2006
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Also see the video at YouTube.Sep 02, 2006
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You could buy a lantern for 500 yen. Choice of three colors: Red, blue, and yellow.Sep 02, 2006
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At 6:30 pm, people started releasing their candlelit lanterns into the ocean. Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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Toro nagashi at Kehi no Matsubara Beach in Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.Sep 02, 2006
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The crowd stretched to the very far side of the bay.Sep 02, 2006
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