JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - TOTTORI 鳥取県
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Song monument for the Misasa Kouta folk song composed by Composed impromptu in 1927 by famous poet and minyo composer Noguchi Ujo (野口雨情) who was visiting the onsen and drinking beer in a ryokan while writing the lyrics. Jun 07, 2019
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Bus back to Kurayoshi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Inside Hot Plaza tourist facility and bus stop.Oct 06, 2018
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Hot Plaza tourist facility and bus stop.Oct 06, 2018
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One of the main streets of Misasa Onsen.Oct 06, 2018
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Song monument for Misasa Kouta folk song composed in 1927. Inscribed with the song's first two lines. 三朝小唄 歌碑The monument is near the river.Oct 06, 2018
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This statue shows a famous scene from the "Misasa Kouta" silent movie that was made for the song in 1929.Oct 06, 2018
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Misasa Onsen's free outdoor bath next to the river. KawaraburoOct 06, 2018
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The river has a nice outdoor bath for mixed bathing. (Probably no women.) KawaraburoOct 06, 2018
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The river has a nice outdoor bath.Oct 06, 2018
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At the spur of the moment, just decided to hop on the bus and take a casual look at Misasa Onsen. Nothing serious. Maybe next time.Oct 06, 2018
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Tottori Prefecture's second most popular hot spring. 25-min. bus ride from JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 06, 2018
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Mt. Daisen in winter as seen from the train. Tottori Prefecture.Oct 03, 2018
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Mt. Daisen in winter as seen from the train. Tottori Prefecture.Oct 03, 2018
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Mt. Daisen in winter as seen from the train. Tottori Prefecture.Oct 03, 2018
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"Hawai" branch of this shop.Oct 03, 2018
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Yurihama posterOct 03, 2018
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Local souvenirs.Oct 03, 2018
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Autographed daruma.Oct 03, 2018
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Inside the Gift shop.Oct 03, 2018
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Gift shop near the bus stop back to Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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This onsen had several name changes. In 1927, "Asozu Onsen" was renamed "Shin-Togo Onsen" (新東郷温泉). In 1978, it was renamed "Hawai Onsen" (羽合温泉). In 1998, they changed the Japanese name to はわい温泉 replacing the "hawai" kanji with hiragana.Oct 03, 2018
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Another large inn at Hawai Onsen is Bokoro. 望湖楼Oct 03, 2018
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Gift shop at Sennentei sells Hawaiian chocolate.Oct 03, 2018
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Gift shop at Sennentei.Oct 03, 2018
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Men's outdoor bath at Sennentei. Nice view of the lake. Hawai Onsen, Tottori. 千年亭Oct 03, 2018
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Men's outdoor bath at Sennentei. (Segregated) Hawai Onsen, Tottori. 千年亭Oct 03, 2018
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Bathing fees for non-staying guests. ¥1,000 for adults. Towels for rent too.Oct 03, 2018
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Sennentei lobby.Oct 03, 2018
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Inside, Sennentei had a nice flower arrangement.Oct 03, 2018
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Sennentei had a nice New Year's decoration with kadomatsu and tanuki. 千年亭Oct 03, 2018
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Sennentei had a nice New Year's decoration with kadomatsu and tanuki. 千年亭Oct 03, 2018
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Bridge to Sennentei. I decided to bathe in their outdoor bath. Most of the inns have baths for visitors costing up to ¥1,000. 千年亭Oct 03, 2018
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In 1866, a former samurai stuck bamboo pipes into the lake bottom and was able to extract the hot spring water into a barrel on a boat above. It was an open-air spring bath on the rocking boat. This continued for some years until they finally reclaimed some land offshore in 1886 and drew the hot spring water directly below and even built a ryokan inn above. This was the start of commercial operations as "Asozu Onsen" (浅津温泉). Oct 03, 2018
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Hawai Onsen got its start in 1843 when local fishermen noticed warm spring water gushing out the lake bottom. The local Tottori lord gave them permission to utilize the hot spring water to make it easier to boil water, etc. Oct 03, 2018
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At the tip of the Hawai Onsen's reclaimed land jutting into the lake is an inn named Sennentei, one of the major inns.Oct 03, 2018
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This lakefront space is used for the Hawaiian festival held in July.Oct 03, 2018
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Manhole for Yurihama town, Tottori Prefecture. Famous for Hawai Onsen, Togo Onsen, and Lake Togo.Oct 03, 2018
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Walking path around Lake Togo.Oct 03, 2018
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Lake Togo on an overcast, winter day.Oct 03, 2018
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Near Hawai Onsen is a nice lakeside park.Oct 03, 2018
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Hawai Onsen was built on reclaimed land jutting over the lake where the natural hot spring water gushed out of the lake bottom. This reclaimed land now has a number of inns where guests can enjoy the hot spring water. Since "Hawai" sounds the same as "Hawaii", it has associated itself with Hawaii by holding a hula festival in July. Oct 03, 2018
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Hawai Onsen bus stop has this foot bath.Oct 03, 2018
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Directional sign seen from the bus to Hawai Onsen.Oct 03, 2018
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The lake has Togo Onsen on the south shore, while the smaller Hawai Onsen is on the western shore. The lake has been in its current shape since at least the 13th century. Oct 03, 2018
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Lake Togo is a small brackish lake connected to the Sea of Japan through a 2 km river. The perimeter is 12 km, and there's a walking path. There are no swimming beaches.It is a rare lake in Japan to have hot spring water gushing out of the center of the lake. The warm water creates a misty lake surface in winter.Oct 03, 2018
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Hawai Onsen hot spring is on the western shore of Lake Togo, a small brackish lake in Yurihama town in central Tottori Prefecture. A 15-min. bus ride from JR Kurayoshi Station at this bus stop.Oct 03, 2018
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Welcome to Tottori! Giant shan shan umbrella inside Tottori Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Turnstile inside Tottori Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Inside Tottori Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Bus stop at JR Kurayoshi Station. Buses go to Hawai Onsen and the Shirakabe Storehouse district.Oct 03, 2018
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Gift shop at JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Statues at JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Statues at JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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It was New Year's at JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station exit/entranceOct 03, 2018
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Going out JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Kokeshi doll at JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Police box in front of JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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Police box in front of JR Kurayoshi Station, Tottori.Oct 03, 2018
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In front of JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station turnstile.Oct 03, 2018
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Inside JR Kurayoshi Station.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station turnstile.Oct 03, 2018
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Inside a San'in Line train.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station with Conan train.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station with Conan train.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station with Conan train.Oct 03, 2018
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JR Kurayoshi Station on the JR San'in Line.Oct 03, 2018
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Komyoji Temple with red roof tiles.Oct 03, 2018
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Earthquake damage on the plaster.Oct 03, 2018
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Kurayoshi, Tottori manhole.Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji TempleOct 03, 2018
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Small BuddhaOct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple bellOct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple bellOct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple in Kurayoshi, Tottori also has graves of local merchants who made it rich and local samurai. 大蓮寺Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple in Kurayoshi, Tottori also has graves of local merchants who made it rich and local samurai. 大蓮寺Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple main hall in Kurayoshi, Tottori. 大蓮寺Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple main hall in Kurayoshi, Tottori. Belongs to the Jodo-shu Buddhist sect. 大蓮寺Oct 03, 2018
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Ring out the old year with the temple bell.Oct 03, 2018
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Old telephone.Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple bell.Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple.Oct 03, 2018
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Dairenji Temple.Oct 03, 2018
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Gate to Dairenji Temple.Oct 03, 2018
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To Dairenji Temple.Oct 03, 2018
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To Benten Hall.Oct 03, 2018
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Benzaitendo Hall Oct 03, 2018
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Benten Hall 弁財天堂Oct 03, 2018
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Benzaiten Hall next to Dairenji Temple. 弁財天堂Oct 03, 2018
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Signs in English.Oct 03, 2018
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Small museum for Yokozuna Kotozakura. Too bad it was closed when I was there. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Monument for Yokozuna Kotozakura. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Monument for Yokozuna Kotozakura. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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About Yokozuna Kotozakura. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Back view of statue of Yokozuna Kotozakura, a grand champion sumo wrestler from Kurayoshi, Tottori.Oct 03, 2018
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Statue of Yokozuna Kotozakura, a grand champion sumo wrestler from Kurayoshi, Tottori. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Statue of Yokozuna Kotozakura, a grand champion sumo wrestler from Kurayoshi, Tottori. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Statue of Yokozuna Kotozakura, a sumo wrestler from Kurayoshi, Tottori. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Statue of Yokozuna Kotozakura, a sumo wrestler from Kurayoshi, Tottori. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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Kotozakura was active in the 1960s-70s and later became a successful sumo stable master training wrestlers like Kotokaze and Kotonowaka. 横綱琴櫻Oct 03, 2018
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This street corner had a large monument for Yokozuna Kotozakura, a sumo wrestler from Kurayoshi.Oct 03, 2018
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Tamagawa River 玉川と研屋町の町並みOct 03, 2018
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Tamagawa RiverOct 03, 2018
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Mt. Utsubuki where there was a castle until 1615. 打吹山Oct 03, 2018
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The main Shirakabe kura warehouse in Kurayoshi, Tottori. 赤瓦二号館Oct 03, 2018
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The main Shirakabe kura warehouse in Kurayoshi, Tottori. 赤瓦二号館Oct 03, 2018
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The main Shirakabe kura warehouse in Kurayoshi, Tottori. 赤瓦二号館Oct 03, 2018
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The main Shirakabe kura storehouse in Kurayoshi, Tottori. 赤瓦二号館Oct 03, 2018
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The main Shirakabe kura storehouses in Kurayoshi, Tottori. 赤瓦二号館Oct 03, 2018
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The main kura storehouses here. 赤瓦二号館Oct 03, 2018
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Road where I got off the bus.Oct 03, 2018
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Kurayoshi's Shirakabe White-Wall Warehouses are in a nationally-designated Important Traditional Townscape Preservation District (重要伝統的建造物群保存地区) named Utsubuki-Tamagawa (打吹玉川).This used to be a castle town until 1615. It was a commercial district up to the 1920s. About 100 traditional buildings with white walls (kura storehouses) and red roof tiles remain. The Tottori earthquake in Oct. 2016 damaged a few white walls. A short bus ride from JR Kurayoshi Station. Oct 03, 2018
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Map of Shirakabe Warehouse district in Kurayoshi. The district is compact, easy to walk around.Oct 03, 2018
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Tottori manholeApr 03, 2018
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Tottori Post OfficeApr 03, 2018
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Tottori Post Office sand sculptures.Apr 03, 2018
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Dragon bench in Tottori.Apr 03, 2018
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Shopping arcade near Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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Shopping arcade near Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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City street near Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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DragonApr 03, 2018
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Mini bus in Tottori.Apr 03, 2018
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Covered arcade in front of Tottori StationApr 03, 2018
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Street signs in front of Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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Tottori StationApr 03, 2018
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Nude sculpture at Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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Tottori Station roofs with Shan Shan Matsuri umbrella design.Apr 03, 2018
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Tottori Station roofs with Shan Shan Matsuri umbrella design.Apr 03, 2018
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Tottori manhole with Shan Shan Matsuri umbrella design.Apr 03, 2018
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Tottori manhole with Shan Shan Matsuri umbrella design.Apr 03, 2018
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Tottori manhole with Shan Shan Matsuri umbrella design.Apr 03, 2018
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Tourist information office.Apr 03, 2018
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Sand sculptures in the station.Apr 03, 2018
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During the year end, Shan shan matsuri dancers greet people returning home.Apr 03, 2018
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During the year end, people wait for family members returning home.Apr 03, 2018
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Toripy (Trippy), Tottori's official mascot in front of JR Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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JR Tottori StationApr 03, 2018
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JR Tottori StationApr 03, 2018
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Sculpture in front of JR Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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Sculpture in front of JR Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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Sculpture in front of JR Tottori Station.Apr 03, 2018
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JR Tottori Station is on the San'in Line along the Sea of Japan coast.Apr 03, 2018
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View of the sand dunes from the Sand Museum.Feb 03, 2018
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Sand Museum's gift shop also sold Hawaiian goods.Feb 03, 2018
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Sand Museum's 2nd floor has a cafe and gift shop.Feb 03, 2018
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USA sand sculptors.Feb 03, 2018
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President Donald Trump as a sand sculpture in Tottori, Japan.Feb 03, 2018
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President Donald Trump as a sand sculpture in Tottori, Japan.Feb 03, 2018
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President Donald Trump as a sand sculpture in Tottori, Japan.Feb 03, 2018
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Here's another outdoor sand sculpture.Feb 03, 2018
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Nearby was another hula sculpture still in progress. I didn't understand why he was still working on this when this USA sand sculpture exhibition would end a few days after my visit. This USA sand sculpture exhibition ended on Jan. 3, 2018. Feb 03, 2018
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However, the Hawaiian sculpture's explanation was disappointing. As you can see, it doesn't mention Hawaii's special relationship with Japan and the fact that hula is very popular in Japan. Not to mention that Tottori Prefecture also has a hot spring resort named "Hawai Onsen" (羽合温泉) where they hold a hula festival every summer.Feb 03, 2018
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Hawaiian hula sand sculpture in Tottori.Feb 03, 2018
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Complete with tikis.Feb 03, 2018
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Hula dancers. Nice that Hawaii was the only US state that got its own sculpture. Very appropriate since it's the closest one to Japan.Feb 03, 2018
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Hawaiian sand sculpture with a surfer on a wave joined by...Feb 03, 2018
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Outside the museum were a few medium-size sculptures. This was the Hawaiian one protected by a tarp.Feb 03, 2018
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Outside the museum were a few medium-size sculptures. Feb 03, 2018
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About "American Art"Feb 03, 2018
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Andy Warhol sand sculpture complete with cans of Campbell soup.Feb 03, 2018
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American ArtFeb 03, 2018
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About America's Space Program.Feb 03, 2018
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American astronaut.Feb 03, 2018
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American space exploration with the old Space Shuttle.Feb 03, 2018
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About the "The Wild West."Feb 03, 2018
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