JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Matsue 松江市
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The famous giant tortoise at Gesshoji Temple, Matsue.Oct 02, 2018
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The famous giant tortoise at Gesshoji Temple, Matsue. They put a stone pillar on its back so it wouldn't walk around at night and wreak havoc. Animal cruelty?Oct 02, 2018
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Tomb of Matsudaira Harusato (Fumai), seventh lord of the Matsudaira clan.Oct 02, 2018
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Approaching the tomb of Matsudaira Harusato (Fumai), seventh lord of the Matsudaira clan.Oct 02, 2018
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Tea room.Oct 02, 2018
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Entrance to tea roomOct 02, 2018
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Go to the reception desk.Oct 02, 2018
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Raiden's handprints.Oct 02, 2018
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Entrance to Gesshoji Temple with numerous tombs for the Matsudaira clan who ruled the Matsue domain.Oct 02, 2018
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Sumo wrestler monument for Raiden Tameemon (雷電為右衛門).Oct 02, 2018
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From here, take the looping bus to the next sight.Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn's desk was set higher to his face so his nearsighted eyes could see better.Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn's desk.Oct 02, 2018
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Byobu folding screen.Oct 02, 2018
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Must've been a pleasant place to live. Very Japanese.Oct 02, 2018
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Inside Lafcadio Hearn's former residence fronting a nice garden.Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn's former residence is next door to the museum. 小泉八雲旧居Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn's hair memorial.Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn relief. Photography was not allowed inside the memorial museum.Oct 02, 2018
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Pillar of the school where Hearn taught.Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum.Oct 02, 2018
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Entrance to Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum. 小泉八雲記念館Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) is one of the most famous foreigners to have lived in Japan. He authored or translated books about Japanese ghost/horror stories ("Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" and "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things").Oct 02, 2018
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Entrance to Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum.Oct 02, 2018
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Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum and residence are next to each other on the same road on the fringe of Matsue Castle,Oct 02, 2018
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Jizo statue at Lake Shinji, Matsue.Sep 29, 2018
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Yomegashima island and Jizo statues, Lake ShinjiSep 29, 2018
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Lake ShinjiSep 29, 2018
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Shimane Art Museum rabbitsSep 29, 2018
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But there are outdoor sculptures.Sep 29, 2018
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Shimane Art Museum is on the shore of Lake Shinji. Too bad it was closed when I was there.Sep 29, 2018
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Matsue Castle moat boat.Feb 06, 2018
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Uchibori Moat behind Matsue Castle. This is near the Lafcadio Hearn Museum and home.Feb 06, 2018
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Uchibori Moat behind Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Map of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Camellia flowersFeb 06, 2018
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Jozan Inari Shrine by Hearn.Feb 06, 2018
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Jozan Inari ShrineFeb 06, 2018
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Gokoku ShrineFeb 06, 2018
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Horse-washing Pond.Feb 06, 2018
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Nice stonework at Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Exiting Matsue Castle the back way.Feb 06, 2018
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Inui Turret used to be here.Feb 06, 2018
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Leaving Matsue Castle tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Shrine's heart-shaped ema prayer tablets.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Shrine's heart-shaped ema prayer tablets.Feb 06, 2018
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About Matsue Shrine.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue ShrineFeb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku signboard.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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View of the Central Turret from the Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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View of the Central Turret from the Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Door to the balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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About Crown Prince Yoshihito's quarters.Feb 06, 2018
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Bedroom for the Crown Prince Yoshihito.Feb 06, 2018
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Living room for the Crown Prince Yoshihito. The carpets and curtains are replicas since the originals no longer exist.Feb 06, 2018
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One end of the Kounkaku's upper floor was the lodging quarters for Crown Prince Yoshihito who stayed here in 1907 while he toured the San'in Region.Feb 06, 2018
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The lodging quarters for Crown Prince Yoshihito had only three rooms. Entrance room in the middle.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku's upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Entrance to the Kounkaku's upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Stairs to the upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku exhibition room on 1st floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Corridor of Kounkaku.Feb 06, 2018
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Entrance hall of the stately Kounkaku. Free admission.Feb 06, 2018
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After Crown Prince Yoshihito stayed here, the Kounkaku was used for a variety of purposes. During the 1940s war years, it was the Japanese Navy's personnel office. After the war, Kounkaku served as an annex for the Shimane Prefectural Capital until 1952. Then it housed the Matsue Board of Education until 1962. A local museum from 1973–2011. Then after renovations were completed in 2015, the building was opened to the public in Oct. 2015.Feb 06, 2018
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Within the Ninomaru of Matsue Castle, the Kounkaku was a guesthouse originally built in 1903 for Crown Prince Yoshihito (Emperor Taisho). 興雲閣Feb 06, 2018
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View from South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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View from South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret pillar.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret window.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret ceiling.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret ceiling.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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The South Turret has an upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside the South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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About the South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret (Minami Yagura). Reconstructed in 2000.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Central Turret (Naka Yagura). Reconstructed in 2001.Feb 06, 2018
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Location of the castle lord's palace.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Ninomaru of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Openings in the castle wall to shoot weapons.Feb 06, 2018
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Castle wall along the stone wall.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Taiko Drum Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside Taiko Drum Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Taiko Drum Turret (Taiko Yagura). Reconstructed in 2001.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Ninomaru.Feb 06, 2018
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View of Ninomaru where the castle lord's palace was.Feb 06, 2018
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Rest house near the castle tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Ceiling beams in Matsue Castle Feb 06, 2018
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Going down Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Stairs on Matsue Castle's top deck.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle roof tiles.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle roof corner.Feb 06, 2018
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Lake Shinji as seen from Matsue Castle. 穴道湖Feb 06, 2018
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Shimane Art Museum.Feb 06, 2018
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View from the top of Matsue Castle overlooking the entrance area.Feb 06, 2018
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View from the top of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Ceiling.Feb 06, 2018
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The ceiling has a sprinkler system.Feb 06, 2018
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Certificate indicating that Matsue Castle is a National Treasure.Feb 06, 2018
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The top floor of Matsue Castle has open windows on all four sides. Feb 06, 2018
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Top floor of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Final stairs to the top floor of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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CeilingFeb 06, 2018
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Castle windows.Feb 06, 2018
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Scale model of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Stairs to the next level.Feb 06, 2018
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Looks like the pillars were stapled together.Feb 06, 2018
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Scale models of Matsue city on this floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Opening to drop stones.Feb 06, 2018
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Opening to drop stones.Feb 06, 2018
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Models of castle bridges.Feb 06, 2018
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Scale model of Matsue Castle's wooden frame.Feb 06, 2018
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Up to the next floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Samurai armorFeb 06, 2018
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Sword handguardsFeb 06, 2018
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Battle fanFeb 06, 2018
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Matchlock gun bulletsFeb 06, 2018
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Matchlock gunsFeb 06, 2018
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ArrowsFeb 06, 2018
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Horse implementsFeb 06, 2018
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Samurai armorFeb 06, 2018
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SwordFeb 06, 2018
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ChairsFeb 06, 2018
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LacquerwareFeb 06, 2018
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Castle windowFeb 06, 2018
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Stairs are somewhat steep.Feb 06, 2018
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Samurai armor inside Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's main tower is basically a museum with showcases of samurai artifacts. No air conditioning.Feb 06, 2018
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1st floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Up the stairs.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement displays the old shachi roof ornaments.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement was a backup space to store food in case of any attack.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Water well in Matsue Castle's basement. It's 24 meters deep.Feb 06, 2018
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Water well in Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's entrance hall. You must take off your shoes. Admission charged. Foreigners may get a discount.Feb 06, 2018
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