JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Yasu 野洲市
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This garden is also beautiful in fall when they light up the autumn leaves at night (see photos below).31 views
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Dotaku Museum sign. The museum is open 9 am to 5 pm, closed Mon. (open if national holiday). From JR Yasu Station’s South exit (Minami-guchi), take a bus going to Karyoku Koen (花緑公園) or Murata Seisakusho (via Nishi Gate 西ゲート経由 村田31 viewsGet off at Dotaku Hakubutsukan-mae (銅鐸博物館前). Bus ride is only a few minutes. From bus stop, cross the road to get to the museum.
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Sign for the homecoming exhibition of Japan's largest dotaku bronze bell during autumn 2013.31 views
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Museum entrance with a sign indicating the Homecoming Exhibition for Japan’s Largest Bronze Bell to mark the museum's 25th anniversary.31 views
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Haiden worship hall 拝殿30 views
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Giant balls were tossed to the audience. They slapped the balls toward the front, but many of them popped like a balloon.30 views
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There were various health-related booths. Free shoulder/head massages here.30 views
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Exit. The booths and other festivities were held at Kibogaoka Park only during Oct. 18-19, 2008. While the sports tournaments were held at various venues until Oct. 21st. Official site here.30 views
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Wakamiya Shrine on the left of the Honden. 若宮社29 views
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Miyazaki Governor Higashikokubaru is a celebrity and Miyazaki's top salesman. Unfortunately, this is only a cardboard cutout of him.29 views
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Ayu sweetfish29 views
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Rear view of Honden28 views
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Jamie and Megan Thompson sing "Lake Biwa Rowing Song" at Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 on Oct. 18, 2008 in Kibogaoka Park, Yasu, Shiga Pref.28 views
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The opening ceremony started at 12:30 pm with a line of Caffy flags each representing a different sport.28 views
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Gunma28 views
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Over 20,000 people competed in the sports tournaments held all over Shiga. They included soccer, softball, badminton, bowling, track, gate ball, folk dancing, aerobics, and trampoline.28 views
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Another activity for the sky...28 views
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Sculpture for the Sky.28 views
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Jumping rope en masse.28 views
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Ryukoku University band entertains.28 views
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Caffy-yaki sweet bean buns were popular.28 views
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The city of Maibara hosted the Sports Recreation aerobics tournament on Oct. 19-20, 2008. These are women in their 80s and 90s dancing. They were one of the winners.28 views
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Path to Osasahara Shrine.28 views
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Buses going back to Yasu Station run only once an hour. The bus stop to go back to Yasu Station is up the slope on the other side of the road where you got off. You can ask the museum about the bus times to go back.28 views
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Rear view of Honden27 views
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Tokyo27 views
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Sculpture for Water.27 views
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Earthquake simulator27 views
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Booth for the city of Yasu.27 views
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Most people tried to stay out of the hot sun.27 views
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There were these large tents for resting and eating.27 views
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The west side of the park had food and souvenir booths.27 views
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Ibuki goodies (Maibara)27 views
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Kibogaoka Park27 views
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Joint session.27 views
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Osasahara Shrine torii. MAP27 views
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About Osasahara Shrine and Shinohara Shrine (in Japanese).27 views
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Front torii gate of Hyozu Taisha Shrine. MAP27 views
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Front entrance and torii gate of Mikami Shrine26 views
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Figure in gate26 views
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Abbreviated "Spo-rec," this event was a very big deal for Shiga with over 20,000 visiting Shiga. Kibogaoka Park is a huge grassy park. There was an entertainment stage called Kenmin Yume Stage which can be seen at the center of this photo.26 views
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A duo called Mellow Pair also performed. The keyboard player is from Shiga, while the singer on the right is from Miyazaki Prefecture which is the host of next year's Sports Recreation event in 2009.26 views
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Site of the opening ceremony held on Oct. 18, 2008 at the center part of Kibogaoka Park.26 views
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Mt. Mikami (Shiga's Mt. Fuji) overlooks the park.26 views
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Athletes from Miyazaki Prefecture hold a sign saying "See you next year in Miyazaki!"26 views
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Shiga26 views
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Large monitor shows Governor Kada declaring the opening of the Spo-rec event.26 views
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Then they tossed these small balls onto the sheet where they bounced all over.26 views
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Soon you'll see this fork in the road. Go right.26 views
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Beyond the Haiden Hall is the Honden Hall (right) and the small Shinohara Jinja Shrine on the left which happens to be an Important Cultural Property. A fence prevents you from getting closer.26 views
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After the front torii, there is a 300-meter gravel path lined with pine trees.26 views
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Then turn left to see the Taikobashi Bridge and red torii.26 views
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Hyozu Taisha Shrine. It worships the same god as Izumo Taisha in Shimane Prefecture. Yachihoko is known as the god of military strength. Japan's famous warriors desired this god's blessings and so patronized this shrine.26 views
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Front torii of Mikami Shrine25 views
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Honden25 views
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On the first day Oct. 18, 2008, this stage featured an entertainment program from 9:30 am to 11:15 am. It included this balloon session for kids.25 views
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What are these large balls for? We'll find out soon.25 views
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Each flag had the name of the prefecture. This is Miyazaki.25 views
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Food booths25 views
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From the Oshinohara intersection, turn right into the road and walk. Cross the river. It's a quiet rural neighborhood.25 views
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Pass through the Romon Gate and this 100-meter path goes straight to the shrine's Haiden Hall. 25 views
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Then at 10:20 am, Jamie and Megan Thompson from Illinois, USA appeared and sang "Lake Biwa Rowing Song" (Biwako Shuko no Uta in English). スポレク滋賀、県民「夢」ステージ24 views
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Athletes from Shiga at the opening ceremony.24 views
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This sports meet is designed for adults of all ages. You can be 95 years old and still participate. They call it a "life-long sports meet."24 views
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This giant kite is actually an old one, from several years ago. They took it down after the opening ceremony was over.24 views
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Flags24 views
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Toward the east side of the park was an area where you could try various new sports.24 views
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Throwing Bingo24 views
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Osasahara Shrine's Honden Hall. The shrine dates from the mid-Heian Period. It is dedicated to a god named Susano-o.24 views
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Yasu City Hall24 views
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A tall crane hoists up the Yokaichi giant kite.23 views
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Spo-rec flags23 views
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Caffy mascot dolls23 views
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For the finale, they released these little balloons shaped like doves. This was to represent the sky.22 views
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Sculpture for Humans.22 views
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Blow darts22 views
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Monument for used and broken needles.22 views
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Flags for all the prefectures.21 views
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Dove balloons in the sky.19 views
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The next activity, representing water, was having a huge blue sheet covering the spectators. The opening ceremony had a theme based on water, humans, and the sky.18 views
 
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