JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Tarui 垂井町
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Tarui-juku from his Kisokaido series. It shows a daimyo procession.Apr 23, 2011
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Also see my YouTube video here.May 19, 2009
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Tarui Hikiyama FestivalMay 19, 2009
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Arigato gozaimashita!May 19, 2009
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The other two floats did not stage their plays.May 19, 2009
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At 8:25 pm, the three floats started to leave the shrine to return to their neighborhoods.May 19, 2009
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For more info in Japanese, see: http://www.tarui-kanko.jp/May 19, 2009
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All three floats were finally lit.May 19, 2009
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Heading for Yaegaki Shrine.May 19, 2009
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Yaegaki ShrineMay 19, 2009
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The third and last float arrives.May 19, 2009
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Hanrinkaku 攀鱗閣(西町)一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)May 19, 2009
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At around 5:35 pm, the three floats headed for Yaegaki Shrine for the festival eve event.May 19, 2009
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Hanrinkaku then started its kabuki performance. 攀鱗閣(西町)一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)May 19, 2009
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Turning the float.May 19, 2009
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Float ornament with a phoenix in the background.May 19, 2009
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In front of Yaegaki Shrine, next to the elementary school.May 19, 2009
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The Hoo (Phoenix) float staged a scene from the play "Ichijo Okura kyookuden." 鳳凰山(東町)一条大蔵卿奥殿之場(いちじょうおおくらきょうおくでんのば)May 19, 2009
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Two floats are already here.May 19, 2009
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Back of Shirankaku Hikiyama float. 紫雲閣(中町)May 19, 2009
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They started pulling the Shiunkaku float through the main street.May 19, 2009
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Wrapping the rope around the utility pole??May 19, 2009
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Posing for a group photo.May 19, 2009
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Hoo float ornamentMay 19, 2009
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We waited around for about 30 min. until someone gave the signal, and suddenly men appeared on all three floats to hang the paper lanterns in a race to light up the float first.May 19, 2009
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Also see my YouTube video here.May 19, 2009
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri held on May 2 in Tarui, Gifu. Featuring three floats and kabuki plays performed by boys (kodomo kabuki).May 19, 2009
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Pulling the float past Nangu Taisha's torii along the Nakasendo Road.May 19, 2009
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The third float, called Shiunkaku, was near Tarui no Izumi spring. This float was renovated by Fujioka Izumi family in Nagahama, Shiga. 紫雲閣(中町)May 19, 2009
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May 2 is the Shigaku 試楽 or "practice day." It started at 11 am with each float in their respective neighborhoods putting on a kabuki play by boys. Get out the south side of Tarui Station. 鳳凰山(東町)May 19, 2009
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Another Hikiyama, one called Hanrinkaku, was here in this traditional-looking neighborhood. 攀鱗閣(西町)May 19, 2009
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We will see more photos from this float later in the evening when they performed with lit paper lanterns (see bottom).May 19, 2009
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The float pullers started acting crazy and went wild with the ropes.May 19, 2009
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Held on May 2-4, three ornate hikiyama floats are displayed and paraded around town. Young boys also perform in kabuki plays on the floats. May 3 is the main festival day, but May 2 is also a good day to see the matsuri. These photos were taken on May 2.May 19, 2009
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri has a 650-year history. Female roles are also played by boys.May 19, 2009
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紫雲閣(中町)義経千本桜(よしつねせんぼんざくら) May 19, 2009
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Hanrinkaku 攀鱗閣(西町)May 19, 2009
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Tarui Hikiyama Matsuri, Gifu. Also see my YouTube video here.May 19, 2009
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Hanrinkaku 攀鱗閣(西町)一谷嫩軍記(いちのたにふたばぐんき)May 19, 2009
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After the group photo, they will soon pull the float to Yaegaki Shrine at around 5:35 pm.May 19, 2009
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Votive tablets.May 19, 2009
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Portable Shrine Storehouse 神輿舎May 19, 2009
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Roof for a tree stump.May 19, 2009
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Votive tablets.May 19, 2009
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Wall of Votive tablets.May 19, 2009
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Carving on Romon Gate.May 19, 2009
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Carving on Romon Gate.May 19, 2009
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In 2007, the Dance Stage and Haiden were being renovated.May 19, 2009
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Carving on Romon Gate.May 19, 2009
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Looks quite new now.May 19, 2009
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Inside the Maiden Dance Stage.May 19, 2009
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Inside the Corridor 回廊May 19, 2009
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Corridor 回廊May 19, 2009
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Haiden Prayer Hall 拝殿May 19, 2009
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Wood carving on corridor.May 19, 2009
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Inside Haiden Prayer Hall 拝殿May 19, 2009
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Corridor 回廊May 19, 2009
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Haiden Prayer Hall 拝殿May 19, 2009
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Romon Gate 楼門May 19, 2009
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After entering the Romon Gate, you see this Dance Stage. 舞殿May 19, 2009
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Maiden Dance Stage at Nangu Taisha.May 19, 2009
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The entire shrine was completely burnt to the ground during the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Rebuilt in 1624 by Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.May 19, 2009
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The main torii is next to the shinkansen train tracks. It's a landmark for shinkansen passengers.May 19, 2009
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Made of steel, the main torii stands 21 meters high. 南宮大社の大鳥居May 19, 2009
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Entrance to Nangu Taisha Shrine.May 19, 2009
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The first torii to Nangu Shrine. This is along the Nakasendo Road.May 19, 2009
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Map of Nangu Taisha Shrine.May 19, 2009
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Main torii with shinkansen tracks behind. The soundproofing wall along the tracks hides the trains passing by.May 19, 2009
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The big red torii ahead.May 19, 2009
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Inside the former Honjin building from Kashiwabara-juku in Maibara, Shiga.May 19, 2009
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Gate (closed).May 19, 2009
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The site is now occupied by a school.May 19, 2009
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Former Honjin moved building from Kashiwabara-juku in Maibara, Shiga during the mid-Meiji Period to serve as the residence for Nangu Shrine's priest.May 19, 2009
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On the left is the Jodan-no-Ma where the daimyo lord stayed.May 19, 2009
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Former Honjin building moved from Kashiwabara-juku in Maibara, Shiga.May 19, 2009
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Tarui manhole depicting koinobori carp streamers and cherry blossoms. Gifu Pref.May 19, 2009
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It was more like a castle than a palace. The actual castle was on a mountaintop some distance from here. It proved to be inconvenient, so the palace was built here.May 19, 2009
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Behind the gate.May 19, 2009
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The are steps to go to the top of the moat wall.May 19, 2009
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Site of Nakasendo Tarui-juku post townMay 19, 2009
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JR Tarui Station, south side 垂井駅May 19, 2009
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Aikawa River and koinobori streamers in Tarui, Gifu. 相川May 19, 2009
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Former Honjin moved building from Kashiwabara-juku in Maibara, Shiga.May 19, 2009
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JR Tarui StationMay 19, 2009
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Nakasendo Tarui-juku marker.May 19, 2009
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JR Tarui Station, north sideMay 19, 2009
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Cherry blossoms abound on both riverbanks.May 19, 2009
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Along the Aikawa River are koinobori carp streamers and cherry blossoms which come out in early April. 相川May 19, 2009
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The place name "Tarui" got its name from this famous well spewing crystal-clear water. Haiku poet Basho also once sat here and composed a poem.May 19, 2009
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Site of the palace of the Takenaka clan. The palace was the actual residence of the castle lord in the Takenaka clan. 竹中氏陣屋May 19, 2009
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Nakasendo Tarui-juku. This building, a ryokan, is one of the few remaining from the post town.May 19, 2009
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The spring of Tarui.May 19, 2009
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One place where we can walk across the river.May 19, 2009
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Lots of carp swim in the spring water.May 19, 2009
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JR Tarui Station on the JR Tokaido Line, south side 垂井駅May 19, 2009
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Haiku poem by Basho who once sat in front of this spring.May 19, 2009
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Basho monumentMay 19, 2009
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In early May.May 19, 2009
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Statue of Takenaka Hanbei (1544-1579). 竹中重治(竹中半兵衛)May 19, 2009
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The palace was built by Takenaka Hanbei's son Takenaka Shigekado (1573-1631) 竹中 重門.May 19, 2009
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Tarui town's official tree, the zelkova keyaki tree.May 19, 2009
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Nakasendo Tarui-juku marker.May 19, 2009
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