JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Inside Ritto Station and sign celebrating the decision to build a shinkansen station in Ritto. Celebration has been muted after the new governor was elected in July 2006.
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Dedicated to Susano-O no Mikoto, Daiho Shrine is a short walk from JR Ritto Station. Main torii. MAP
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Entrance road to JRA (Japan Racing Association) Ritto Training Center. MAP
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Kachidoki (Victory) Bridge with race horse motif.
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Bridge sidewalk.
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Kachidoki Bridge
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Map of Ritto Training Center. Horse stables dominate the area.
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Welcome to the JRA office, where the free 90 min. (1 pm - 2:30 pm) tour starts. (Reservations by phone required.)
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24-hour strict security in place. Since 1969, the government-run Japan Racing Association (JRA) has trained jockeys and race horses in Ritto. It offers free tours of this large, impressive facility on Sunday afternoons and early Wednesday mornings.
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Starting gate training ground.
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Starting gates. The left gate has the largest width for beginner horses until they can get used to the narrow gates on the right. Some horses refuse to leave the gate.
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What the horse sees inside the narrow starting gate.
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Site of the proposed shinkansen station in Ritto. Not exacttly convenient.
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Path to shrine
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Practice track
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Practice horse track at JRA Ritto Training Center in Ritto.
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The training track consists of several different tracks with grass, dirt, or wood chips.
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Horse stable model
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Horse feed, mainly grain. No meats.
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Swimming pool for horses. There is a circular pool and straight and narrow pools.
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Horse stables, newly constructed.
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Horse stables.
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Unloaded a horse after a race. Horse trucks often arrived. One truck usually holds up to four horses.
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Ritto Station. MAP
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Side torii
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Uphill training course with wood chips. 坂路調教馬場
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Uphill training course with observation building. The wood chips are soft, making the horse less prone to injury.
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Inside the observation building's press room.
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Nice view of uphill training course. The wood chips, which eventually wear out, are replaced once a year.
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View of track from press room.
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Starting gate on training track.
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The tour includes a ride on a retired race horse.
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This one is named Meisho Ittetsu. メイショウ イッテツ
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Hoof marks on sand.
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Symbol of Ritto and Ritto Station
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Horse ride.
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Horse ride with a guide guiding the horse.
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No need to say giddy-up.
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Washing a horse with warrm water.
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Horse stables.
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Horse stables.
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Horse stables.
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Horses in stable.
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Unusual horse with a white face.
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Gate
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Water fountain in front of Ritto Station
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The left profile is brown.
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Ritto History Museum, accessible by bus from Kusatsu Station. 栗東歴史民俗博物館 MAP
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Ritto Archaeological Center right next to the Wada Tumuli. 栗東市出土文化財センター
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Tehara Station on the JR Kustatsu Line. 手原駅 MAP
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Hi horsey!
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Ritto History Museum, stone buddha replica. 栗東歴史民俗博物館
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Wada Tumuli is the group of nine small tumuli in Ritto. 和田古墳群 MAP
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Kuri-chan bus in front of Tehara Station.
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Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone in Ritto.
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In front of Tehara Station.
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Staff living quarters
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Free gift given at the end of the tour: Pen, stapler, and ruler set. Very interesting tour even though you don't see any horses running on the track. (That's Wednesday's early morning tour.)
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Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone.
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Another Kuri-chan bus.
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Ritto History Museum's buddha statues 栗東歴史民俗博物館
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Tumulus No. 5
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Ritto manhhole
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Ritto History Museum 栗東歴史民俗博物館
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone.
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Sign in front of Ritto City Hall
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone.
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Ritto City Hall. MAP
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.
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Tumulus No. 5 with a reconstructed chamber made of stone (looking out).
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Bus stop in front of city hall with the timetable torn off.
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Ritto History Museum's minka home on display.
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The tumuli in Ritto are estimated to have been built during the 6th to 7th centuries.
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Statue for crossing the street safely.
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Entrance to Ritto Nature Observation Forest. 栗東自然観察の森 MAP
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Tumulus No. 1 at the top of the slope.
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Recycling truck
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Nature Center, also serves as a birdwatching station and nature classroom (mainly for kids).
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Inside Nature Center. Many nature exhibits.
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Most of the tumuli are just dirt mounds with no chamber opened for inspection.
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Stuffed boar.
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Reading room.
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Display of different rocks.
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Nature trail
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Nature trail
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Nature trail into bamboo forest.
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The archeological museum and tumuli on right, at the foot of My. Anyoji.
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View of Ritto from Mt. Anyoji. Marvelous view if it weren't for the trees...
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Inside the Ritto Archaeological Center. 栗東市出土文化財センター
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View of Ritto from Mt. Anyoji.
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Recycling truck
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View Hira mountains from Mt. Anyoji.
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Many items found in and around the tumuli.
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View from Mt. Anyoji in Ritto.
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Inside the Ritto Archaeological Center. 栗東市出土文化財センター
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View from Mt. Anyoji.
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Mt. Anyoji trail sign totally illegible. No map on the mountain to tell you where ypu are either.
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Beads
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Small shrine
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Earrings
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Another broken sign.
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How jewelry was worn.
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View from Mt. Anyoji 安養寺山
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Workers restore unearthed artifacts.
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Power line tower on Mt. Anyoji
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地山古墳
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Mt. Anyoji from afar looks like a tumulus.
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Site of Okamura Castle 岡村城跡
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Main shrine
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Main shrine
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Sumo ring within shrine grounds
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Path back to Ritto Station
 
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