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About Rokkakudo.2 views
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Scenery around Rokkakudo.2 views
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Scenery in front of Rokkakudo.2 views
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Tenshin's home on the Izura Coast, near the Rokkakudo Pavilion. 2 views
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Tenshin's home on the Izura Coast, near the Rokkakudo Pavilion. Can't go inside.2 views
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Hina dolls displayed inside Tenshin's home for Girl's Day (March 3).2 views
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About the Tenshin residence.2 views
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Along the path to Rokkakudo is this bust of Harvard professor and art historian Langdon Warner (1881–1955) who once studied under Tenshin and visited here. He is being revered here for supposedly helping to save Kyoto and Nara from World War II bombings2 views
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About the "Asia is One" monument.2 views
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About Langdon Warner.2 views
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Izura Misaki Park on the coast.2 views
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Prop for the movie "Tenshin."2 views
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Izura Misaki Park has this lookout tower. 五浦岬公園 展望慰霊塔2 views
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View from the lookout tower.2 views
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Izura Coast2 views
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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki (茨城県天心記念 五浦美術館). Beautiful art museum in a beautiful place on the coast.2 views
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Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art was named after Okakura Tenshin (aka Okakura Kakuzo 1863–1913 岡倉天心/覚三), a famous art scholar and advocate of Japanese art, especially Nihonga paintings.2 viewsIn 1890, he was one of the founders and the first de facto dean of the forerunner of the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), one of Japan's most prominent art universities.
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Lobby of Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art.2 viewsTenshin is revered in Kita-Ibaraki because he moved his Nihon Bijutsu-in artist group (Art Institute of Japan) here from Tokyo in 1906. His students, prominent Nihonga painters Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958), Hishida Shunso (1874–1911), Shimomura Kanzan (1873–1930), and Kimura Buzan (1876–1942) followed him to this picturesque Izura Coast and built artist studio residences near Tenshin's home. The residences of Tenshin, Taikan, and Buzan still remain.
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Tenshin Memorial Room explained the life and achievements of Tenshin. Founded Nihon Bijutsu-in (Art Institute of Japan) and moved it from Tokyo to Izura coast in Kita-Ibaraki in 1906.2 viewsIncludes exhibits about the time he worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1910 in charge of the Chinese/Japanese art division.
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Tenshin was proficient in English and wrote the classic book, "The Book of Tea" in English.2 views
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Movie poster for the movie, "Tenshin." It was being screened in the city.2 views
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The museum has fine views of the ocean and southern coast of Fukushima (Iwaki). You may also notice a power plant in the distance. That's not the one that had a meltdown in 2011. 2 viewsIt's the Nakoso Power Plant (勿来発電所), a thermal power plant (non-nuclear) operated by Joban Joint Power Co., Ltd.
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Hina Matsuri dolls displayed at the museum entrance.2 views
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Marsala restaurant near the Izura Coast. マルサーラ2 views
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Marsala restaurant has Hawaiian decor.2 views
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Marsala restaurant has Hawaiian decor, but no Hawaiian food. Only tropical drnks in summer.2 views
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Appetizers. The food is good though.2 views
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Kita-Ibaraki also has flat, sandy beaches.2 views
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A sea wall being built. After 8 years, we hardly saw any other remnants of tsunami or quake damage.2 views
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Tourist information center at JR Isohara Station.2 views
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Dai-niku float 第二区1 views
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Mainichi Shimbun mascot. Official marathon site: http://www.lakebiwa-marathon.com/1 views
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The Biwako Marathon or Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon is held annually in March in Otsu. It starts (at 12:30 pm) and finishes at Ojiyama Stadium in central Otsu, near Otsu Shiyakusho-mae Station on the Keihan Ishiyama-Sakamoto Line. 1 viewsKnown as one of Japan'a major marathons for top male runners, the Lake Biwa Marathin's 42.195 km course goes along the lake shore and Seta River. The terrain is mostly flat. Before the start of the marathon, there are PR booths near the stadium entrance.
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Another mascot.1 views
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PR for National Sports Festival of Japan to be held in Shiga in 2024.1 views
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PR for Expo 2025 in candidate city Osaka. (Osaka won the bid to host Expo 2025.)1 views
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Stats for the top runners in the 73rd Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in 2018.1 views
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Police motorcycles for the marathon.1 views
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Trucks for marathon staff and logistics.1 views
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Ojiyama Stadium's exit and entry gate for the runners.1 views
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Ojiyama Stadium has served as the start and finish line for the Biwako Mainichi Marathon since 1965.1 views
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Abebe Bikila, the legendary marathon gold medalist of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, ran and won the marathon in Shiga in 1965.1 views
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The runners start walking to the start line.1 views
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They paused here first.1 views
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Biwako Mainichi Marathon runners at the start line in Ojiyama Stadium in Otsu, Shiga.1 views
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Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon runners start running after Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi (in red on the far right) fires the starting pistol at 12:30 pm.1 views
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And they are off!! Good luck to them all!!1 views
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Runners pass by Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi (standing in red) after she fired the starting gun at the 73rd Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon on March 4, 2018.1 views
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They first ran a lap around the stadium track.1 views
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Runners at the 2018 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon.1 views
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About 90 min. later, I went to the Lake Biwa Canal here to watch the runners again. This is a few km before the finish.1 views
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Bus to pick up runners.1 views
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Police cars.1 views
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Lead police car.1 views
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NHK TV broadcasts the marathon live nationwide.1 views
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The leaders were two Kenyans, Macharia NDIRANGU (left) and Albert KORIR at Lake Biwa Canal a few km before the finish.1 viewsNo. 8 Jake Robertson (New Zealand) is close behind.
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Macharia NDIRANGU (left) and Albert KORIR.1 views
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No. 5 Daniele Meucci at Lake Biwa Marathin in 2018.1 views
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NHK TV truck tracking the top Japanese runners.1 views
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TV cameraman on motorcycle covering marathon runners.1 views
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No. 270 NAKAMURA Shogo (中村匠吾) came in 7th at 2:10'51".1 views
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I stayed and watched the remaining runners.1 views
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Not much of a crowd. No cosplayer runners. This is a serious marathon for elite runners.1 views
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Leg cramps perhaps...1 views
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The last marathon runner followed by the tailing police car and staff vehicles. I later watched the marathon on my video recorder.1 views
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Pickup van for runners.1 views
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End police car.1 views
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Equipment truck and The End. Official marathon site: http://www.lakebiwa-marathon.com/1 views2018 race results: http://www.lakebiwa-marathon.com/history_e.cgi?biwako_73rd
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Hitachi-Otsu Ofune Matsuri fishing boat festival is Kita-Ibaraki's biggest festival, held only only once every five years on May 2 and 3 as the grand spring festival of Sawawachigi Shrine (佐波波地祇神社) in Otsu-cho, Kita-Ibaraki, Ibaraki Pre1 viewsHeld by local fishermen to pray for abundant fish and maritime safety. These photos were taken on May 3, 2019.
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Unique Shinto festival where they drag a sacred fishing boat across land instead of water. The boat has no wheels. All other boat festivals have the boat sailing on water, but not this one.1 views
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On the May 2 festival eve, the boat is pulled from east to west along 1,200 meters in the center of town without the portable shrine aboard.1 views
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On the May 3 main festival day, the boat is dragged along the same route west to east with the portable shrine and shrine priests aboard.1 viewsThis boat is here at the start point on May 3, 2019.
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Narrow streets make it crowded.1 views
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JR Otsuko Station platform.1 views
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Song monument for the Misasa Kouta folk song composed by Composed impromptu in 1927 by famous poet and minyo composer Noguchi Ujo (野口雨情) who was visiting the onsen and drinking beer in a ryokan while writing the lyrics. 1 views
 
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