JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono

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Keihan Ishiyama Station with a sign showing Lady Murasaki Shikubu saying "Welcome to Otsu, Lake Capital."
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Keihan Ishiyama-dera Station with Genji Millenium banners. Tale of Genji Millennium was held in 2008 in Otsu. 源氏物語千年紀
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Path to Ishiyama-dera temple with Genji Millenium banners. In Otsu, the Genji Millenium event will be held from March 18 to Dec. 14, 2008.
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Genji Millenium sign with "Genji Yume" (Genji Dream) kanji logo on the right. Otsu is not the only place celebrating the Genji Millenium. Kyoto and other places are also celebrating.
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Otsu Hikaru-kun, official mascot of Otsu. He is based on the Hikaru Genji character in the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji) novel. おおつ光ルくん
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Official mascot greets visitors on the main path to Ishiyama-dera temple.
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The main path to Ishiyama-dera temple has been converted to the Genji Yume Kairo (Genji Dream Path). Along the way are a few buildings open to the public. 源氏夢回廊
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Entrance to Cafe de Genji, an open-air garden where you can sit and have tea.
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Cafe de Genji, which is actually a Japanese-style garden called Kofuen 公風園.
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Walk further down the Yume Kairo path and see the gate to another garden called 拾翠園.
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The garden has a building called 淳浄館 which is an exhibition space. Buildings like this are usually not open to the public.
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Inside 淳浄館. A collection of hanging scrolls written with waka love poems from Genji Monogatari. Free admission.
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There's also the 金龍社 shrine in a pond.
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Continuing on the Yume Kairo path.
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Soon you see the gate to Daikokudendo temple on the right.
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Daikokudendo temple dedicated to Daikokuten. 大黒天堂
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Inside Daikokudo temple.
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Further along the Yume Kairo path.
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Walls with excerpts from the novel.
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Entrance gate to Genji Millennium exhibitions. Admission 1000 yen to see both the exhibitions and temple.
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First you enter this building called 世尊院.
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Entrance to 世尊院.
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Inside 世尊院. When I was there, beautiful embroidery showing scenes from the Tale of Genji was displayed.
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Closeup of embroidery.
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Another room in the 世尊院 showed more embroidery, mainly of flowers. The exhibition here will change a few times during 2008.
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There's also a fine view of a rock garden outside.
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Next, we go out and head for the 明王院.
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Souvenir shop and rest space.
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Next is the 明王院, another temple building.
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Entering 明王院.
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Inside 明王院 is an exhibition space showing works by award-winning novelist Tanabe Seiko 田辺聖子 who wrote a new version of Genji Monogatari.
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View of 明王院.
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Well
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明王院
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Gate to 密蔵院.
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Steps to 密蔵院.
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密蔵院 is another building with an exhibition.
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密蔵院.
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Inside 密蔵院 was a robot exhibition. Only two robots on display, no resemblance to anything.
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密蔵院
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Waterwheel
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Near the entrance to the Hondo main hall is this Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.
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Genji Monogatari folding screen replica.
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂
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Ishiyama-dera temple Hondo main hall 本堂
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Room of Murasaki Shikibu and Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Inside the room of Murasaki Shikibu is a mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Mannequin of Lady Murasaki Shikibu writing Tale of Genji. 紫式部源氏の間
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Path to 豊浄院
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豊浄院
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Inside 豊浄院 is more Genji-related exhibits.
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Inside 豊浄院
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Painting of a scene from Tale of Genji on square paper.
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's diary.
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Lady Murasaki Shikibu's inkstone case.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu at Ishiyama-dera, Otsu, Shiga.
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Sculpture of Lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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PR poster
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Heading back through the Yume Kairo path.
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The first panel explaining the famous Bunbuku Chagama (分福茶釜) folktale about a tanuki raccoon dog which turned into a tea pot. Morinji temple is where the folktale originated. There are multiple versions of the story.
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A few statues shows a tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Based on the Bunbuku Chagama folktale.
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Another tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture. Based on the Bunbuku Chagama folktale.
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In folklore, tanuki is a mischievous shapeshifter so it is often depicted in many different costumes.
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Tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture.
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Tanuki morphed into a steel tea pot at Morinji temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture.
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Morinji temple's Hondo main hall can be entered through the reception window on the right. 300 yen admission charged (150 yen for kids). Open 9 am-4 pm. Closed Thu.
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Then there's a showroom of many tanuki sculptures, both wooden and stuffed.
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Tanuki sculptures
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Tanuki statues in the showcase looked very old.
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Old Tanuki statues at Morinji temple,
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Tanuki hibachi
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Room exhibiting the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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Room exhibiting the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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The legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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The legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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About the the legendary chagama tea pot in Morinj temple, Tatebayashi, Gunma. There are other versions of the folktale.
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Painting of a tanuki chagama.
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