JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono

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Keihan Ishiyama Station with a sign showing Lady Murasaki Shikubu saying "Welcome to Otsu, Lake Capital."
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Keihan Ishiyama-dera Station with Genji Millenium banners. Tale of Genji Millennium was held in 2008 in Otsu. 源氏物語千年紀
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Path to Ishiyama-dera temple with Genji Millenium banners. In Otsu, the Genji Millenium event will be held from March 18 to Dec. 14, 2008.
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Genji Millenium sign with "Genji Yume" (Genji Dream) kanji logo on the right. Otsu is not the only place celebrating the Genji Millenium. Kyoto and other places are also celebrating.
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Otsu Hikaru-kun, official mascot of Otsu. He is based on the Hikaru Genji character in the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji) novel. おおつ光ルくん
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Official mascot greets visitors on the main path to Ishiyama-dera temple.
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The main path to Ishiyama-dera temple has been converted to the Genji Yume Kairo (Genji Dream Path). Along the way are a few buildings open to the public. 源氏夢回廊
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Entrance to Cafe de Genji, an open-air garden where you can sit and have tea.
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Cafe de Genji, which is actually a Japanese-style garden called Kofuen 公風園.
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Walk further down the Yume Kairo path and see the gate to another garden called 拾翠園.
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The garden has a building called 淳浄館 which is an exhibition space. Buildings like this are usually not open to the public.
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Inside 淳浄館. A collection of hanging scrolls written with waka love poems from Genji Monogatari. Free admission.
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There's also the 金龍社 shrine in a pond.
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Continuing on the Yume Kairo path.
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Soon you see the gate to Daikokudendo temple on the right.
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Daikokudendo temple dedicated to Daikokuten. 大黒天堂
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Inside Daikokudo temple.
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Further along the Yume Kairo path.
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Walls with excerpts from the novel.
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Entrance gate to Genji Millennium exhibitions. Admission 1000 yen to see both the exhibitions and temple.
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First you enter this building called 世尊院.
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Entrance to 世尊院.
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Inside 世尊院. When I was there, beautiful embroidery showing scenes from the Tale of Genji was displayed.
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Closeup of embroidery.
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Another room in the 世尊院 showed more embroidery, mainly of flowers. The exhibition here will change a few times during 2008.
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There's also a fine view of a rock garden outside.
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Next, we go out and head for the 明王院.
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Souvenir shop and rest space.
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Next is the 明王院, another temple building.
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Entering 明王院.
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Inside 明王院 is an exhibition space showing works by award-winning novelist Tanabe Seiko 田辺聖子 who wrote a new version of Genji Monogatari.
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View of 明王院.
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Well
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明王院
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Gate to 密蔵院.
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Steps to 密蔵院.
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密蔵院 is another building with an exhibition.
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密蔵院.
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Inside 密蔵院 was a robot exhibition. Only two robots on display, no resemblance to anything.
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密蔵院
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Waterwheel
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Near the entrance to the Hondo main hall is this Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.
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Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂
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Room of Murasaki Shikibu and Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Inside the room of Murasaki Shikibu is a mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Path to 豊浄院
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豊浄院
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Inside 豊浄院 is more Genji-related exhibits.
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Inside 豊浄院
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Painting of a scene from Tale of Genji on square paper.
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's diary.
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's inkstone case.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu at Ishiyama-dera, Otsu, Shiga.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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PR poster
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Heading back through the Yume Kairo path.
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Located in Higashi-Omi and established in 1361, Eigenji is a temple of the Zen Rinzai Buddhist Sect (Eigenji School) and well-known for fall colors with 3,000 maple trees. Touristy entrance to Eigenji. Map
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The temple is built along the Echi River. Admission 500 yen.
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Echi River
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Eigenji is accessible by bus taking 30-40 min. from Yokaichi Station on the Omi Railway Line or from Hyakusaiji Temple.
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Most visitors come from Kansai Region.
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First go up these steps.
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For the elderly, these many, but not impossible, steps might be difficult. Enjoy the fall colors in Nov.
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Boy monk with eyeglasses at Eigenji Temple, Shiga.
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Although not part of the Koto Sanzan Temple Trio (all Tendai Buddhist temples), most visitors also visit Eigenji together with the Koto Sanzan temples. Accessible by bus taking 30-40 min. from Yokaichi Station on the Omi Railway Line or from Hyakusaiji. 4 comments
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Stone statues
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Came a little too early.
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Entrance Gate. This is where you pay admission. 総門
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Autumn foilage greets you in Nov.
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Lit up at night.
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San-mon Gate. Built in 1802. 三門
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San-mon Gate
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About Sanmon Gate.
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Eigenji Hondo temple hall. Built in 1765. Higashi-Omi, Shiga
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Eigenji Hondo temple hall. Built in 1765. Higashi-Omi, Shiga
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Eigenji Hondo temple hall. Built in 1765.
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Facing the altar in Eigeonji's main hall. Looks surprisingly modern.
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Inside Hondo temple hall, Eigenji
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In Nov. 2016, Eigenji temple in Higashi-Omi showed its hidden Kannon for the 1st time in 30 years. Serene, golden face.
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Fusuma sliding doors.
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Inside Hondo temple hall
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Inside Hondo temple hall
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Bell tower and offertory box. In front of the temple hall. 鐘楼
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Gingko leaves.
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Bell tower 鐘楼
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Sutra Repository 経堂
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Sutra Repository 経堂
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Eigenji Dam
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Echibashi Bridge over Echi River. Nice views of the river can be had from this bridge.
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Echigawa River empties into Lake Biwa.
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Visit a Koto Sanzan Temple at Hyakusaiji.
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Eigenji Temple
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Bus stop to Yokaichi Station.
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Bus stop to Hyakusaiji Temple.
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Bus to Yokaichi Station.
     
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