JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Northern Lake Toya 北洞爺湖(洞爺湖町)
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With buckets and water testing kits, they do their testing.517 views1 comments
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After bicycling through eastern Lake Toya, I continue my trip around Lake Toya as I head north, entering Toyako town.296 views
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Near the Toya Mizunoeki is Toya High School whose Environment Club regularly take water samples from Lake Toya to test the lake's water quality. They go behind the Toya Mozunoeki and take water samples with plastic buckets.220 views
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Sculpture: by Aiko Miyawaki, 宮脇 愛子「うつろひ」 This is at the western edge of Toyako Onsen. It was past 5 pm when I got back to Toyako Onsen by bicycle.192 views
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Sculpture: Recovery, by Rei Nibe 二部 黎「復活」184 views
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Ukimido pagoda, Lake Toya, Hokkaido 浮見堂161 views
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Lake Toya and swan, Hokkaido160 views
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Right side of Ukimido pagoda, Lake Toya.152 views
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Lake Toya and swans, Hokkaido127 views
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Nakajima islands and swan, Lake Toya, Hokkaido126 views
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Inside the refrigerated warehouse. There are two large rooms, one is filled with snow (seen in the back wall) and the other has the produce.91 views
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Well-placed sculpture at Ukimido: Dream Toya, by Mitsuaki Sora, 空 充秋「夢洞爺」84 views
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Toya Mizunoeki, a local shopping place and rest house in northern Lake Toya. A good place to rest, eat, and inquire at the tourist info counter. とうや水の駅82 views
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Sculpture: I was…I will, by Masaru Bando 坂東 優「I was(過去)…I will(未来)」82 views
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Vinyl house81 views
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The Matsuhashi family later moved away from Toya village and entrusted the statue to a local temple.80 views
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Cherry blossoms and Toyako Onsen in the distance.79 views
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Sculpture: Dreamy Lake View, by Masafumi Maita 眞板 雅文「湖景夢想」77 views
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Inside Toya Mizunoeki, they sell local produce, tourist souvenirs, etc.75 views
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Upon the wishes of the local people, they built the Ukimido pagoda in 1937 and put the Shotoku Taishi statue on the altar inside. They also started the annual Shotoku Taishi Festival every July.75 views
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Sculpture: Alveolus, by Goro Kakei 掛井 五郎「胞」75 views
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The sculpture on the right: Wave Play, by Kyuzaemon Orihara 折原 久左ェ門「波遊」74 views
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Around 1912, a Buddhist priest traveling north reached Toya village and rested at the Matsuhashi home. He gave a statue of Prince Shotoku Taishi to the family and said that they and the village shall prosper by taking care of it.74 views
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Silo Lookout Point in western Lake Toya is not on the lakeside road. It is on a highway running almost parallel to the lakeside road. Not really accessible by bicycle.74 views
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One girl takes notes as the others give her their test results.74 views
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Toya Shonen Shizen no Ie (Toya Nature House for Youth) is a lodging and seminar facility. 道立洞爺少年自然の家73 views
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit welcome sign on entrance of Toya Mizunoeki.73 views
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The Ukimido houses a small statue of Prince Shotoku Taishi. Inside, it still looks quite new.73 views
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Nakajima islands as seen from northern Lake Toya.72 views
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How the lake was formed.72 views
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Personal computers for public use inside Toya Mizunoeki in northern Lake Toya. Notice the G8 Summit flags.72 views
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Behind Ukimido pagoda, Lake Toya72 views
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Nakajima islands70 views
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A path of stones lead to the Ukimido.70 views
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Left side of Ukimido pagoda, Lake Toya70 views
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Ukimido70 views
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Ukimido Park69 views
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Silo Lookout Point69 views
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Northern Lake Toya includes the Takarada Nature Footpath along the lake shore. 財田自然観察道68 views
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View from the Ukimido's tiny balcony.68 views
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Snow in the refrigerated warehouse. In winter, they use a snow plow/blower to shoot the snow into the room. The temperature is adjusted by ceiling fans and the wall shutters which can open or close.68 views
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Take home your trash!67 views
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Color charts are used to assess the water quality. This is for phosphoric acid.67 views
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Takarada Nature Footpath along the lake shore. 財田自然観察道66 views
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Inside Toya Mizunoeki66 views
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Northern Lake Toya66 views
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Cherry blossoms and Ukimido pagoda.66 views
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Northern Lake Toya65 views
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Nakajima islands as seen from northern Lake Toya. They seem to look the same from whichever direction. Totally conical islands.65 views
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Inside Toya Mizunoeki65 views
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome sign on window of Toya Mizunoeki in northern Lake Toya.65 views
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Outside Toya Mizunoeki fronting Lake Toya.65 views
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Ukimido pagoda juts out into the lake on a narrow islet connected by a stone bridge.65 views
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However, on Oct. 15, 2003, the Ukimido was struck by lightning and both the building and Shotoku Taishi statue were lost in the fire.65 views
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Local residents then launched a project to rebuild the Ukimido and through numerous donations, a new Ukimido and Shotoku Taishi altar statue was completed in July 2004.65 views
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The Ukimido is the focal point of the lakeside Ukimido Park.65 views
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Silo Lookout Point65 views
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The students do various tests, each one does a specific task. 洞爺高等学校65 views
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For Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD).65 views
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For nitrate.65 views
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This refrigerated warehouse for vegetables uses winter snow as the coolant, reducing the electricity bill.65 views
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Reeds barely grow here.64 views
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Pier64 views
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View of Lake Toya behind Toya Mizunoeki.64 views
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit welcome banner at a gas station in northern Lake Toya.64 views
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Nakajima islands as seen from western Lake Toya.64 views
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Near the Silo Lookput Point is this large refrigerated warehouse for vegetables operated by the Toya JA agricultural cooperative. 野菜貯蔵用雪蔵(雪エネルギー利用)64 views
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Takarada Nature Footpath along the lake shore.63 views
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The lake shore behind the Toya Mizunoeki also has swans.63 views
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Ukimido means "floating view temple."63 views
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View behind the Ukimido pagoda, with the Nakajima islands.63 views
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Another nesting swan.63 views
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More cherry trees.63 views
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Cherry blossoms and Nakajima islands63 views
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After the water testing is done, they throw back the water into the lake.63 views
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Kannon hut in Tsukiura. Here and there in Lake Toya are Kannon statues.62 views
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Balcony facing the lake on the upper floor of Toya Mizunoeki.61 views
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Another major sight in Lake Toya is the Ukimido pagoda in northern Lake Toya.61 views
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Nesting swan61 views
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Lakeside road in western Lake Toya.60 views
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Mt. Usu and Toyako Onsen in the distance.60 views
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Takarada Nature Footpath along the lake shore. 財田自然観察道59 views
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Inside Toya Mizunoeki, fresh vegetables for sale.59 views
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Inside Kannon hut.57 views
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Nakajima islands as seen from western Lake Toya.57 views
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