JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Last additions - Tsuwano 津和野町
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Mori Ogai Memorial Museum 森鴎外記念館Aug 02, 2018
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Kitchen of Mori Ogai's birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Statue of Mori Ogai at his birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Statue of Mori Ogai at his birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Mori Ogai's birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Mori Ogai's birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Mori Ogai's birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Mori Ogai's birth home. 森鴎外旧宅Aug 02, 2018
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Tsuwano has signs in English.Aug 02, 2018
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Taikodani Inari shrine can be seen.Aug 02, 2018
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Tsuwano Castle ruins in Shimane.Aug 02, 2018
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Tsuwano Castle ruins on this mountain.Aug 02, 2018
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Walked along the river...Aug 02, 2018
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This torii leads to Taikodani Inari shrine, Tsuwano's main attraction. (See the separate album).Aug 02, 2018
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End of Tonomachi road.Aug 02, 2018
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Beautiful restrooms in Tsuwano.Aug 02, 2018
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Sagimai statue in Tsuwano, Shimane.Aug 02, 2018
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Sagimai statueAug 02, 2018
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This traditional builing was being renovated.Aug 02, 2018
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The famous koi carp in the roadside stream along Tono-machi road.Aug 02, 2018
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Inside Tsuwano Catholic Church. 津和野カトリック教会Aug 02, 2018
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Inside Tsuwano Catholic Church. 津和野カトリック教会Aug 02, 2018
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Stained glass inside Tsuwano Catholic Church. 津和野カトリック教会Aug 02, 2018
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Tsuwano Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier who visited Japan as a Christian missionary in 1549–50. 津和野カトリック教会Aug 02, 2018
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Another sight along Tono-machi road is the Tsuwano Catholic Church. 津和野カトリック教会Aug 02, 2018
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Tono-machi roadAug 02, 2018
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Red roof tiles are common in the San'in Region.Aug 02, 2018
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Tsuwano manhole Aug 02, 2018
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More traditional Japanese buildings on Tono-machi road.Aug 02, 2018
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White Heron is a symbol of Tsuwano.Aug 02, 2018
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About Sagimai White Heron Dance costumes.Aug 02, 2018
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Second floor of Tsuwano's Japan Heritage Center explained the local Sagimai White Heron Dance.Aug 02, 2018
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Inside Tsuwano's Japan Heritage Center.Aug 02, 2018
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Tsuwano's Japan Heritage Center is a small local museum.Aug 02, 2018
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Tono-machi road in early morning.Aug 02, 2018
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Even the Tsuwano Post Office looks fancy.Aug 02, 2018
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Entrance to Tono-machi road lined with traditional buildings. 殿町通りAug 02, 2018
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Library at Anno Art Museum.Aug 02, 2018
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Other parts of Anno Art Museum include an old-style classroom (from 1920s design) and planetarium.Aug 02, 2018
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First floor is the main exhibition space of Anno Art Museum. 安野光雅美術館Aug 02, 2018
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Lobby of Anno Art Museum.Aug 02, 2018
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Entrance to Anno Art Museum during New Year's.Aug 02, 2018
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Right across the street from the photo museum is another art museum dedicated to another local artist (illustrator) named Mitsumasa Anno.Anno Art Museum (opened in 2001), shows artworks by Mitsumasa Anno who was born and raised in Tsuwano. 安野光雅美術館Aug 02, 2018
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Shisei Kuwabara (b. 1936) is still alive and is originally from Tsuwano. He's a documentary photographer most famous for his Minamata disease photos (like W. Eugene Smith).Aug 02, 2018
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Inside Shisei Kuwabara Photographics Museum. It's a nice museum, but only one exhibition room, not huge, but it's large enough. Aug 02, 2018
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Inside Shisei Kuwabara Photographics Museum. The museum was originally a documentary photo museum and they asked Kuwabara if they could rename it in 2004. So it exhibits mainly his photos, although it does not preserve or possess his photos. So it's Aug 02, 2018
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Entrance to the photo museum in Tsuwano. The museum also houses the local tourist information office. 桑原史成写真美術館Aug 02, 2018
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In front of JR Tsuwano Station is the Shisei Kuwabara Photographics Museum that exhibits photos by documentary photographer Shisei Kuwabara who is from Tsuwano. Aug 02, 2018
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I really liked Tsuwano. It's a small town surrounded by steep mountains. It feels like a Swiss resort in the Alps. It has traditional buildings and the famous Inari Shrine. Photogenic place.JR Tsuwano StationAug 02, 2018
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Train tracks cross over the path to the Inari Shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Yasaka Jinja's centuries old zelkova keyaki tree.Feb 15, 2018
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About Yasaka Jinja.Feb 15, 2018
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Lion dancer was at Yasaka Jinja for New Year's.Feb 15, 2018
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Yasaka Jinja in Tsuwano.Feb 15, 2018
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Near Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine is anotjer Shinto shine named Yasaka Jinja.Feb 15, 2018
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Way to Inari Shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Shrine's first torii in town.Feb 15, 2018
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Stone lantern near the shrine entrance.Feb 15, 2018
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From a distance, you see the shrine halfway up the mountain.Feb 15, 2018
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Shrine gateFeb 15, 2018
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Fried tofu, a good snack.Feb 15, 2018
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Walking back down from the shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Shrine gateFeb 15, 2018
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Shrine gateFeb 15, 2018
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Inside the shrine's old worship hall called Motomiya.Feb 15, 2018
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The shrine's old worship hall called Motomiya. Used before the current shrine Haiden worship hall was built in 1969.Feb 15, 2018
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View from the parking lot.Feb 15, 2018
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The shrine's parking lot is downstairs. If you have a car, you can skip hiking through the torii gates and drive up here. There's also a trail to Tsuwano Castle.Feb 15, 2018
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New Year's charms.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet for 2018, Year of the Dog.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's ema prayer tablet for 2018, Year of the Dog.Feb 15, 2018
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Ema prayer tablets.Feb 15, 2018
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Shrine office and souvenirs.Feb 15, 2018
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Shrine offices and souvenir stand.Feb 15, 2018
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Inside Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Since it was New Year's 2018, a kadomatsu decorated the Haiden.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Finally reached the shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's Haiden worship hall.Feb 15, 2018
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Gate to Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Wash basin to purify yourself before praying at the shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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This is what the torii looks like up close. It's a giant torii next to the mountain highway on the way to Tsuwano. Donated by someone for the shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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A closer look at the torii in the mountains.Feb 15, 2018
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On the mountain in the distance, you can see a vermillion torii.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine toriisFeb 15, 2018
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View of the adjacent valley.Feb 15, 2018
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Makeshift roof over a bunch of toriis.Feb 15, 2018
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Torii peg.Feb 15, 2018
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Another switchback.Feb 15, 2018
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Map of the torii path and shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Small shrine on the way up.Feb 15, 2018
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Nice view as you go up. Lower left shows the entrance torii.Feb 15, 2018
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One of the torii switchbacks on the way up.Feb 15, 2018
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Moss growing on the top.Feb 15, 2018
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Inside the torii tunnel at Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Inside the torii tunnel at Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine in Tsuwano, Shimane PrefectureFeb 15, 2018
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Many of the toriis are very old like this one from 1926.Feb 15, 2018
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Entering Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's many toriis going up the mountain.Feb 15, 2018
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Entrance to Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's many toriis going up the mountain.Feb 15, 2018
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine's many toriis going up the mountain.Feb 15, 2018
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In Tsuwano, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine is on a hilltop with its many toriis clearly visible from the nearby river.Feb 15, 2018
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Nicknamed Tsuwano O-Inarisan, Taikodani Inari Jinja is one of Japan's Top Five Inari shrines noted for many vermillion torii gates along the path to the shrine.The shrine worships Uka-no-Mitama, a deity associated with food and agriculture, and the goddess Izanami. It is Shimane Prefecture's second most popular shrine after Izumo Taisha. About a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuwano Station.Feb 15, 2018
 
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