JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Practice horse track at JRA Ritto Training Center in Ritto.
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View of Ryuo-cho town from Mt. Yukinoyama.
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View of central Ryuo-cho town from Mt. Yukinoyama.
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View of Ritto from Mt. Anyoji.
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View from Mt. Anyoji in Ritto.
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View of Lake Biwa from Nishinomaru on Mt. Hachimanyama in Omi-Hachiman.
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Nishi-no-ko Lake as seen from Kitanomaru atop Mt. Hachiman-yama.
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View of Omi-Hachiman city center from Mt. Hachiman-yama.
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View of Mt. Mikami-yama amid rice paddies in Yasu. Elevation 432 meters.
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Lookout point on Mt. Mikami in Yasu.
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View from Mt. Mikami, Yasu. Ishibe is toward the left.
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View from Mt. Mikami, Yasu.
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Nagahama Castle tower, local history museum.
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A local non-proft group called Harie Shozu-no-Sato Committee conducts tours of Harie. For 1,000 yen, they will spend 90 min. to take you to see numerous kabata in private homes. Call 090-3168-8400 to make reservations. hariekabata.com
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Most kabata have two water sinks (ike), the one on the right (tsubo-ike) is for washing summer vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, and cucumber. The one on the left (hata-ike) is for washing dirty root vegetables like daikon, carrots, and spinach. 川端
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Imagine having a spring in your own home spewing drinkable water 24/7 for free. This kabata has a few baskets. The oblong one is used for fish, and the ones on the right were used to dry bowls.
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Nakajima is really nice. But right behind this scene is a neighborhood of summer homes. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Soon after we got to Nakajima, this black kite flew above. I tracked it with my camera. 「ピーヒョロロロロ…」
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It then swooped down to the water and I started clicking away whether it would catch a fish or not. I was delighted to see it catch this large fish and captured the moment.
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What a catch. It was my first time to capture a shot like this. I love these graceful and elegant birds which have a distinct cry.
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Here's a close-up of the bird's claws grasping the gills of the fish. The bird sure knows where to grab a fish. The fish had no way to escape this grip.
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Hyozu Taisha Shrine's Japanese garden at night in fall. It's really beautiful. Like someone painted colorful autumn leaves on a black canvas.
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Camellias and Mt. Ibuki, Maibara, Shiga Prefecture.
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Snowcapped Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond in winter in Maibara.
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Mishima Pond with Mt. Ibuki and cherry blossoms.
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Mishima Pond with Mt. Ibuki and cherry blossoms.
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Notogawa giant water wheel in Higashi-Omi, Shiga. Map
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Symbol of Notogawa
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The famous Karasaki pine tree as seen from Lake Biwa.
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Karasaki Shrine has numerous pine trees, including the famous century-old pine tree.
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Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Omi) marker at Karasaki. Omi was the old name for Shiga. A woodblock print artist depicted the Eight Views of Omi. One of them was titled, "Night Rain at Karasaki" showing the big pine in the rain at night.
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Karasaki Pine Tree
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Mt. Mikami across Lake Biwa from Karasaki.
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Mt. Mikami + Pine Tree at Karasaki.
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Mt. Ibuki summit area with pretty patches of summer flowers.
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But the scenery is great atop Mt. Ibuki in summer. 東遊歩道
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Built in 1894 (Meiji 27), the Jizo statue is Japan's largest Jizo statue. 地蔵大銅像
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Base of giant Jizo statue covered with frogs which help people receive divine blessings from the Jizo. 身代わり蛙
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Kaizu-Osaki and Chikubushima.
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Moon-viewing stage 勧月舞台 and cherry blossoms at Miidera with Lake Biwa in the background.
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Huge lotus pond at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu, Shiga. Used to bloom in summer.
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Lotus pond at Karasuma Peninsula.
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Mt. Mikami in background of lotus pond in Kusatsu.
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Lotus at Karasuma Peninsula in Kusatsu.
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Nagisa Park in Moriyama, Shiga has this beautiful field of nano-hana rape blossoms blooming in winter from early-Jan. to mid-March at this lakeside park. なぎさ公園 MAP
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Yomeien Garden, Adogawa, Shiga 陽明園 MAP
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The focal point of the Kurokabe Square shopping area is this "black wall" Kurokabe Glass Shop in a former bank building. MAP
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Plum blossoms and Nagahama Castle.
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Lake Yogo as seen from Mt. Shizugatake in Nagahama, Shiga. This is in May.
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Lake Yogo as seen from the hiking trail on Mt. Shizugatake in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.
   
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