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Bird's eye view of Shirakawa-go from Ogimachi Castle ruins.
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Side view of Wada-ke House
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Path to Wada House entrance
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Close-up of Ogimachi
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Main house on left and latrine on right with large vats to gather fertilizer.
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Looks like Suganuma, another village in Gokayama area.
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Main house with a recently rethatched roof, making it look very smooth.
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷
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Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Entry road to Ainokura village. Bus stop shelter on right.
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Way to Ainokura.
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Gable openings let light and air come through the attic to foster silkworms.
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What you see first is a big parking lot for tour buses. Then you see the hordes of tourists.
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A small stream beside the house helps to melt the snow falling off the roof.
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Ainokura monument
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Underside of roof made of an A-frame truss structure
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The thatched roof is replaced every 30 years. Every spring, 6 or 7 thatched roofs are replaced in Shirakawa-go.
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View of Ainokura
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Sugawara house from Tsuruoka city, Yamagata Prefecture. In heavy snow, the front window was used as the door.
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Takahata Fudo Station, Keio Line 高幡不動駅
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People coming to Takahata Fudoson temple on Feb. 3, Setsubun day.
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The bottom ends of these beams are pegged into a point (komajiri) resting on another cross beam. Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Former Hatano residence and birth home of Yoshida Togo 旧旗野邸 (吉田東伍生家)
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It costs several million yen and a small army of workers to replace the thatch. The cost is subsidized by the town, prefecture, and national government.
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View of Ainokura from a hill
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Where silkworms were raised to make silk cocoons.
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Ceiling
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Sando path to temple from train station. 参道
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Takahata Fudoson temple entrance 高幡不動尊
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Rear view of birth home of Yoshida Togo who was a famous geographer of Japan who compiled an encylopedia of Japanese place names. His son was Yoshida Chiaki who composed the melody of the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowing Song).1 comments
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Kitamura house brought from Hadano, Kanagawa
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Entrance to Takahata Fudoson Kongoji temple
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The setsubun bean-throwing starts with a memorial service, then a procession of the bean throwers and priests.
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Slats on the attic floor to enable smoke and soot from the hearth to reach the attic.
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A room in the birth home of Yoshida Togo
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Bird's eye view of Ainokura 相倉展望台
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Kitamura house
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Takahata Fudoson Kongoji temple, Hino, Tokyo 高幡不動尊金剛寺
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Priests in setsubun procession within the temple grounds.
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Straw rope tie the large beams to form a truss for the roof.
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Garden of the birth home of Yoshida Togo
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷
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Nihon Minkaen is an outdoor museum of traditional farm and merchant houses with thatched roofs. They have 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation.
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Niomon Gate, Important Cultural Property from the Muromachi Period 仁王門 (重要文化財)
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Priests in setsubun procession within the temple grounds.
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Another rope made of a crushed tree branch to tie smaller beams. It tightens as it dries.
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Entrance to the Yoshida Togo Memorial Museum which exhibits various documents and personal effects of Yoshida Togo. Museum admission 300 yen. Closed Mon.
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Ainokura
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Photo gallery
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Niomon Gate
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Priests in setsubun procession coming through Niomon Gate
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Inside Yoshida Togo Memorial Museum. The 2nd floor also has a display panel about his son Yoshida Chiaki who composed the song "Hitsuji-gusa" whose melody was used in the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowing Song).
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Fudo Hall on left and Horinkaku on the right, Takahata Fudoson Kongoji temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Priest blowing a conch shell
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Implements to raise silkworms.
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Restaurant
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Rethatching a small storehouse.
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Thatched roof
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Priests in setsubun procession coming through Niomon Gate
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Incense burner 大香炉
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Foundation and pillars rest on stones. The beam is shaped to fit the stone.
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Ainokura
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Water nozzles aimed at the house. No smoking.
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Festival beauties included.
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Putting smoke on one's head.
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Two foundation beams interlock.
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Ainokura is smaller than Shirakawa-go, but still tourist-driven.
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Temple priest
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Fudo Hall from the 14th century, Important Cultural Property 不動堂 (重要文化財)
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Thatch repair work.
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Names of the bean throwers.
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Fudo Hall
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Start of setsubun bean throwing (mamemaki) by minor celebrities. 豆まき
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Fudo Hall offertory box and worshippers
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Yamada house
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Offertory box
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Miss Nippon
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Miss Nippon throw beans, but not very far.
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Horinkaku and Niomon on right.
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Center of Ainokura and souvenir shop.
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Horinkaku 宝輪閣(お札所)
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Kimono beauties and beans do mix well.
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Thatched roofs
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Tourist Information Office in the center of town.
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Emukai house brought from Nanto, Toyama. In the gasshi-zukuri style with steep roof. Kawasaki Nihon Minkaen
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Women in kimono is a must on Setsubun day.
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Roof of Horinkaku 宝輪閣
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Ainenji temple 相念寺
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Tourist Information Office
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Restroom behind the Tourist Information Office
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Minor female idols also on hand to throw beans.
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Statue of Hijikata Toshizo from Shinsengumi. 土方歳三像
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These pictures were taken in the fall.
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Cooling system
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Inside Emukai house
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節分会に吉井怜、三津谷葉子、福下恵美が豆まく
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Statue of Hijikata Toshizo. 土方歳三像
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Bikini idols Yoshii Rei, Mitsuya Yoko, and Fukushita Megumi throwing beans on Setsubun
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Rear view of Hijikata Toshizo statue
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Parking lot along the main road through the village.
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Spare thatch, Ainokura
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Shinsengumi monument 新選組両雄の碑
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After the first bean-throwing session.
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Benten Pond and Hall 弁天池・弁天堂
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Deai Bridge crossing the Shokawa River.
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Center of Ainokura
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Bentendo Hall 弁天堂
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Crowd waits for another bean-throwing session
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Five-story Pagoda 五重塔
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Deai Bridge
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People crowd in front of the Horinkaku
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Took 5 years to build this.
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Shokawa River
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Monument in the center of Ainokura.
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Tourist Info Office near the bus stop.
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
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Bean throwers make speeches.
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Five-story Pagoda 五重塔
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Entrance to the Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum.
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Toilet
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Five-story Pagoda, architecture is based on early Heian Period-style. 五重塔
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Gassho Storehouse 合掌小屋造り
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Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum
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The museum park has 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation. Near Mukogaoka-yuen Station on the Odakyu Line. Closed Mon. Admission 500 yen.
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Miss Nippon somethings
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Stands 45 meters tall
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Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum
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Water mill
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Throw the beans farther!
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Base of pagoda
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Restrooms
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Gassho-zukuri minka houses slated for destruction were moved to this outdoor museum and saved.
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Inside water mill
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Fuku wa uchi!!
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Flags on pagoda
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Looks traditional on the outside, but modern on the inside.
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Hydrangea
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Jizo and pagoda
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Thatched roof and persimmon tree
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Even Hello Kitty threw beans for Setsubun at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Plants for sale
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Yoshii Rei and Mitsuya Yoko
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Fire hydrant
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Fire hydrant
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Many artifacts are on display inside. 奥殿
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Bikini idols Yoshii Rei, Mitsuya Yoko, and Fukushita Megumi throw beans a second time.
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Manhole in Shirakawa-go.
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1 南砺市相倉民俗館1号館Exhibits related to life in Ainokura and the gassho-zukuri houses.

Ainokura Folk Museum 南砺市相倉民俗館
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Sadly, lot of people (especially those way in the back) didn't get any beans.
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奥殿
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Shirakawa Village Office
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Dam reservoir
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Missed beans get crushed on the ground. These are dried soybeans.
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Rear view of Fudo Hall
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Mihoro Dam, made only of rocks and clay. 131 meters high, 405 meters long.
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Entrance to the daruma fair.
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Rear view of Fudo Hall
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Daruma dolls for sale on the same day as Setsubun
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Daruma
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奥殿
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Roof peg
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Large daruma at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Paper lanterns 奥殿
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Old minka house on Mt. Mitake, Tokyo
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Gassho hari
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Daruma
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View of Fudo Hall and Horinkaku
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Silk-making implements
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View of Fudo Hall and Horinkaku
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The path is lined with daruma doll vendors
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Horinkaku
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Thatched roof
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Hair pins
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Daruma dolls
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Kodo Daishi Hall 大師堂
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Mt. Mitake, Tokyo
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Snow coat made of straw.
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Main worship hall 大日堂
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Snow outfit
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Main worship hall 大日堂
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.
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Daruma
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Kannon statue
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.
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