JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Scenery along the way to Ainokura from Shirakawa-go.
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Toyama Castle 富山城
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Looks like Suganuma, another village in Gokayama area.
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Reconstructed in 1954, modeled after Hikone and Inuyama Castles. Renovated in Nov. 2005.
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Entry road to Ainokura village. Bus stop shelter on right.
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Toyama Castle
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Way to Ainokura.
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What you see first is a big parking lot for tour buses. Then you see the hordes of tourists.
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Ainokura monument
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View of Ainokura
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One of Japan's three Big Buddhas (after Nara and Kamakura). The statue was built by local coppersmiths in 1932, taking 30 years to complete.
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JR Takaoka Station (north side) 高岡駅
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View of Ainokura from a hill
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The Takaoka Daibutsu stands 15.85 meters high, weighing 65 tons. Japan's largest copper statue. Takaoka, Toyama
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Inside Takaoka Station passage
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In front of JR Takaoka Station (north side)
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In fall 2007, it underwent major renovation.
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Bird's eye view of Ainokura 相倉展望台
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Sculpture in front of Takaoka Station (north side)
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Sculpture in front of Takaoka Station (north side)
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Ainokura
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JR Takaoka Station (south side)
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Castle tower (local history museum) admission is 210 yen. 富山市郷土博物館
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Shopping street near Takaoka Station
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Inside Toyama Castle tower
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Sculpture along a shopping street
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Ainokura
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Ainokura is smaller than Shirakawa-go, but still tourist-driven.
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Center of Ainokura and souvenir shop.
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Top floor of castle tower
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Thatched roofs
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Balcony of Toyama Castle tower
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Ainenji temple 相念寺
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View from Toyama Castle tower
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These pictures were taken in the fall.
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Spare thatch, Ainokura
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Center of Ainokura
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Balcony of Toyama Castle tower
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Toyama Castle tower
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Monument in the center of Ainokura.
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Gassho Storehouse 合掌小屋造り
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Restrooms
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Looks traditional on the outside, but modern on the inside.
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Thatched roof and persimmon tree
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Fire hydrant
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1 南砺市相倉民俗館1号館Exhibits related to life in Ainokura and the gassho-zukuri houses.

Ainokura Folk Museum 南砺市相倉民俗館
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Toyama Castle
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 1
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Roof peg
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Gassho hari
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Silk-making implements
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Hair pins
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Snow coat made of straw.
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Snow outfit
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Spare thatch
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Left side was recently reroofed.
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Ainokura Folk Museum No. 2 南砺市相倉民俗館2号館Exhibits related to the traditional industries of Ainokura such as gunpowder manufacturing and washi paper making.
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Inside Ainokura Folk Museum No. 2
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Implements for making gunpowder used in matchlock guns.
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Traditional musical instruments.
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Kimono
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Washi paper
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Shrine
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Shrine torii
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Shrine
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Monument commemorating the marriage of Crown Prince Hiro (right) and birth of Princess Aiko (left)
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Souvenir of Ainokura
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Road sign showing way to Ainokura.
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Johana Station
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Entrance to Ariake Colosseum for the game between Tokyo Apache and Toyama Grouses on Dec. 27, 2008.
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Sign for Tokyo Apache vs. Toyama Grouses on Dec. 27, 2008.
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Division standings as of Dec. 21, 2008. Tokyo Apache in 1st place, and Grouses in last place among the six teams in the Eastern conference of the bj-league.
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Tip off
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John "Helicopter" Humphrey
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Masashi Joho
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Tokyo Apache Dance Team do their stuff during time outs. They are the cheerleaders who appear on Saturday games.
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Half-time show by Tokyo Apache Dance Team.
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Darin Maki
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A foul by Babacar Camara led to a brief scuffle between him and John Humphrey. After some deliberation by the referees, both were expelled from the game.
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Jun Iwasa
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Cohey Aoki
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Cohey
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Progression of a dunk shot.
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Tip off
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Going up against Babacar Camara.
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Gum Q
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Wow, GumQ were great performers.
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Some footwork by Masashi Joho.
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Nick Davis
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Sponsors
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Skills Challenge was held during halftime. Several contestants try to dribble through a course for shooting and passing a basketball.
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Tokyo Apache team bench.
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Full of pep and vitality. Great for basketball games.
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Dunk shot progression.
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Babacar Camara again as John's nemesis.
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Coach Bryant advises John.
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Cohey for a free throw.
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Team huddle
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Joho for a free throw.
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A sweet victory by the Tokyo Apache following a defeat the day before.
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Joe Bryant
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Toyama Grouses head coach Takatoshi Ishibashi, a former player for the Grouses.
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Tokyo Apache head coach Joe Bryant (Kobe's dad) is upbeat after his win as he talks to the press through an interpreter.
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New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido's main gateway, is the first place you see G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs as we get off the plane.
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New Chitose Airport, another Welcome sign as we head for the baggage claim area.
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New Chitose Airport, another Welcome sign as we head for the baggage claim area.
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Inside New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza, more G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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Inside New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza, more G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza
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New Chitose Airport's beautiful Central Plaza.
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New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza
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New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza
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Inside New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza, G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit countdown.
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Inside New Chitose Airport at the check-in terminal, more G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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The airport has a huge shopping area full of gift shops.
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit merchandise. They all seem to be unofficial goods. They don't bear the official logo.
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On the boarding bridge to the plane. Notice the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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Motoyasu "Musashi" Matsutani showed scenic photos of Kyoto. These photos were also displayed the week before at a martial arts event in in Los Angeles, CA.
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"I LOVE KYOTO" is the title of his photos.
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Photos of Taizo-in temple, festivals, and people.
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The photo of the back of a kimono woman was his favorite.
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Yabusame
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Gion Matsuri
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Motoyasu "Musashi" Matsutani. See his Web site at musashi05.exblog.jp/
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Sightseeing map of Kawajima town in Saitama Prefecture. Looks like it has a lot to see.
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Entrance to Toyama Memorial Museum (遠山記念館).
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About Toyama Memorial Museum (遠山記念館).
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Toyama Memorial Museum (遠山記念館) has this thatched-roof home built in 1936 by Kawajima-native Toyama Gen'ichi (遠山元一 1890–1972), the founder of Nikko Securities. It was a home for his mother.
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The home has three wings, this wing witth a thatched roof is designed like a farmhouse.
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