JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Kehi Jingu Shrine is a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuruga Station. I visited on New Year's Day 2016 when it was a warm period with no snow.
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Kehi Shrine's torii gate is one of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Itsukishima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.
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Established in 702 and nicknamed "Kei-san," Kehi Jingu is a major shrine in the Hokuriku Region.
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Built in 1645, the wooden torii is an Important Cultural Property and World War II survivor.
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Kehi Shrine's torii is 11 m high. One of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.
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Long line from the torii to the shrine on Jan. 1, 2016.
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Purify your hands and mouth.
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Getting closer to the main shrine.
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Long line.
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Second torii before the main shrine.
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Kehi Shrine
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Kehi Jingu's main shrine. Kehi Jingu is dedicated to a number of gods including Emperor Chuai and Empress Jingu. So the Imperial Crest is all over the place.
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It took about 35 min. to get here for what would normally be a one-min. walk. Five bell ringers for worshippers.
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Inside the main shrine.
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The place to buy lucky charms.
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Brisk business for amulets and omamori.
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Otorii ema from Kehi Jingu.
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Another ema tablet for 2016, the Year of the Monkey
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Year of the Monkey ema from Kehi Jingu.
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Omikuji fortunes
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Omikuji fortunes
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Statue of Basho, haiku poet
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No snow, but a few puddles.
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15-min. walk from the bus stop to the beach. People everywhere.
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Crowd on Kehi no Matsubara Beach
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The crowd stretched to the very far side of the bay.
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At 6:30 pm, people started releasing their candlelit lanterns into the ocean. Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.
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You could buy a lantern for 500 yen. Choice of three colors: Red, blue, and yellow.
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Toro nagashi at Kehi no Matsubara Beach in Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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The lanterns say "For the Spirits of Past Generations."
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I was sitting on a jetty where many lanterns got stuck. We could feel the hot air from the candles.
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As it got darker, the scene got prettier.
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Lanterns along the jetty.
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By 7:30 pm, it was completely dark.
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Fireworks started at 7:30 pm.
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Great match with the lit lanterns and fireworks.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Whoever thought of combining toro nagashi with fireworks was a genius.
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Toro nagashi and fireworks at Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.
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Bright fireworks light up the audience on the beach.
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The fireworks were brilliant and world-class, included a few waterborne "half-dome" fireworks.
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Line for the free shuttle bus back to Tsuruga Station. They had many shuttle buses so we didn't have to wait long.It was a very efficient and quick operation. Although I did leave early.
 
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