Last additions - Date 伊達市
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Inside Mitobe house. Web site 旧三戸部家住宅May 20, 2008
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2nd floor of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Behind the Date Kaitaku Kinenkan Museum is the former Mitobe house on display. It is a typical house of the first settlers of Date, Hokkaido. Based on Sendai-style (Miyagi Pref.) architecture. Important Cultural Property. 旧三戸部家住宅May 20, 2008
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Near the Geihinkan is the Date Kaitaku Kinenkan Museum (opened in 1958) displaying swords, lacquerware, etc., from the Date samurai clan, donated to the city by the Date family. Photography is not allowed inside the museum. Closed Dec.-Feb. 伊達市開May 20, 2008
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Samurai armor displayed on the first floor veranda of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Japanese-style room on 2nd floor of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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2nd floor of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Inside Mitobe house with a hearth.May 20, 2008
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The Geihinkan was used to receive high-ranking government officials visiting Date to inspect the development of the town. 迎賓館May 20, 2008
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Western-style room inside the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Samurai armor displayed on the first floor veranda of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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2nd floor corridor of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Samurai armor displayed on the first floor veranda of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Geihinkan Guesthouse and cherry blossoms. 迎賓館May 20, 2008
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Samurai armor displayed on the first floor veranda of the Geihinkan.May 20, 2008
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Geihinkan Guesthouse in Date Rekishi no Mori park, Hokkaido. Two-story wooden structure built in 1892 during the Meiji Period. 迎賓館May 20, 2008
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One of the main attractions of the park is the Geihinkan State Guesthouse. Cherry blossoms were in full bloom.May 20, 2008
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Cherry blossoms next to the Geihinkan were beautiful in early May.May 20, 2008
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On display on the first floor were samurai armor.May 20, 2008
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Rest House windowsMay 20, 2008
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Plum blossoms and cherry blossoms in the background, blooming at the same time.May 20, 2008
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Miyao Tomiko Literature Museum. Admission 120 yen. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to enter it. 宮尾登美子文学記念館May 20, 2008
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Rest HouseMay 20, 2008
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Entrance to the swordsmith and fabric dyeing workshop. You can see a swordsmith making a sword. You have to check when he's doing it though. Free admission. Web site 黎明観May 20, 2008
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Reconstructed castle wall and cherry blossoms.May 20, 2008
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Map of Date Rekishi no Mori. Various festivals and events are also held in the park. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to see everything in the park.May 20, 2008
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The park has a number of buildings. This is the tourist gift shop and hands-on workshop for swordmaking and fabric dyeing.May 20, 2008
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Date Rekishi no Mori is a large park with various public facilities including a Japanese garden. The park was completed in 2000 after about 11 years of construction. This is the castle-like Otemon Gate built when the Crown Prince got married in 1993.May 20, 2008
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The park includes a culture center, public library, sports ground, and the Kaitaku Kinenkan museum.May 20, 2008
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Although the park is designed like a castle grounds with a castle wall and moat, it is not the site of any former castle.May 20, 2008
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Date is pronounced "DAH-tay." The city of 37,000 was founded in 1870 by a samurai named Date Kunishige and his vassals and citizens who migrated from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Thus, you will find occasional references to the samurai in Date. May 20, 2008
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Donan Bus company provides bus service in this area. 道南バスMay 20, 2008
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Date Onsen Spa and cherry blossoms. There is a hot spring lodge with 58 rooms and a sauna. Reasonable rates. Non-guests can bath in the hot spring for 390 yen. Phone: 0142-25-1919May 20, 2008
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Train at JR Date-Mombetsu StationMay 20, 2008
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Bus for Toyako Onsen Spa. They don't run that often, but are more convenient than a train if you want to go to Lake Toya.May 20, 2008
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Bus stop in central Date.May 20, 2008
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Street corner sculpture of a couple in love. Perhaps in reference to a romantic "date."May 20, 2008
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station stairs to the train platform.May 20, 2008
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station stairs have wood.May 20, 2008
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station train platform.May 20, 2008
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station overpass. The station has a certain weathered, rustic charm.May 20, 2008
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Inside JR Date-Mombetsu StationMay 20, 2008
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Date: Town of Bushido. Warrior's helmet on JR Date-Mombetsu Station train platform. The city has a samurai past.May 20, 2008
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station on the Muroran Line. Date's main train station. 伊達紋別駅May 20, 2008
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station overpassMay 20, 2008
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The non-toxic auto exhaust smells like tempura.May 20, 2008
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The plant's control panel.May 20, 2008
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Bottles showing the waste oil conversion process from left to right.May 20, 2008
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Biodiesel fuel tank connected to a gas pump.May 20, 2008
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Filling up the gas tank with biodiesel fuel.May 20, 2008
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The biodiesel fuel goes into this barrel.May 20, 2008
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The waste oil is fed to the conversion plant.May 20, 2008
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Glycerine is removed from the waste oil.May 20, 2008
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Through a chemical process, the waste oil is converted to biodiesel fuel.May 20, 2008
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Waste oil tanks, each holding 1000 liters. The waste oil is first filtered.May 20, 2008
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A worker from Date Cosmos 21 comes to collect the waste oil.May 20, 2008
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Other waste oil containers.May 20, 2008
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This small building next to the Date Cosmos 21 Center is a waste oil conversion plant.May 20, 2008
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One supermarket in Date, Hokkaido which has a waste vegetable oil collection box.May 20, 2008
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Waste vegetable oil collection box sign.May 20, 2008
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Near the entrance of the supermarket is the waste vegetable oil collection box.May 20, 2008
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Waste vegetable oil collection box with a few plastic bottles of waste oil left by customers.May 20, 2008
 
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