JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Entrance to Ukimido Floating Temple, which is actually Mangetsu-ji temple. Admission is 300 yen. Hours: 8 am - 5 pm. Buses run from Katata Station. Parking available. 満月寺 浮御堂 MAP
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Ukimido floating temple in Katata, one of Shiga's most famous and picturesque buildings. One of the eight Omi Hakkei Views made famous by ukiyoe prints by Hiroshige.
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The scenic Ukimido has been the subject of ukiyoe woodblock prints (see below) by Hiroshige and other artists. You can walk on the short bridge to the Ukimido.
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The Ukimido building itself has been rebuilt a few times over the centuries. It was first built in the 10th century by Priest Eshin (Genshin 源信) from Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei. The current temple building was built in 1937 and renovated in 1982.
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View from the bridge to Ukimido Floating Temple, Katata, Shiga. The building houses altars and 1,000 small Amida Buddha figures supposedly carved by Priest Enshin. Dedicated to transportation safety on the lake.
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View from the balcony.
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Bridge from shore
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Balcony looking toward Lake Biwa
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Concrete stilts reinforce the wooden stilts.
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Balcony facing the lake.
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View of Lake Biwa from Ukimido. The Biwako Ohashi Bridge can be seen in the distance.
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Altar facing the lake.
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Altar facing the lake, with some of the 1,000 Amida Buddha figures.
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Altar facing the shore
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North side of Ukimido. Haiku poet also visited Ukimido and wrote a haiku poem about it, displayed on a stone monument on shore.
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Concrete stilts. Compare this with the next postcard image.
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Vintage postcard of Ukimido floating temple before 1937 when the building was rebuilt. Flimsy stilts in comparison.
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Ukimido as seen from the lake.
 
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