JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Tsuruga 敦賀市
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Line to board the free shuttle bus from Tsuruga Station to Kehi no Matsubara Beach.346 viewsThe waiting time was minimal since buses kept coming often. They chartered buses from numerous bus companies.
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At 6:30 pm, people started releasing their candlelit lanterns into the ocean. Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.276 views
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Toro nagashi at Kehi no Matsubara Beach in Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.267 views
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As it got darker, the scene got prettier.253 views
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Toro nagashi and fireworks at Tsuruga, Fukui Pref.241 views
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Kehi no Matsubara beach, one of Japan's three most famous pine tree beaches.203 viewsThe other two being Miho no Matsubara in Shizuoka and Karatsu in Saga Pref.
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Bright fireworks light up the audience on the beach.195 views
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JR Tsuruga Station188 views
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Line for the free shuttle bus back to Tsuruga Station. They had many shuttle buses so we didn't have to wait long.186 viewsIt was a very efficient and quick operation. Although I did leave early.
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The fireworks were brilliant and world-class, included a few waterborne "half-dome" fireworks.161 views
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By 7:30 pm, it was completely dark.156 views
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The lanterns say "For the Spirits of Past Generations."149 views
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Great match with the lit lanterns and fireworks.142 views
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Crowd on Kehi no Matsubara Beach141 views
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Lanterns along the jetty.138 views
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Whoever thought of combining toro nagashi with fireworks was a genius.138 views
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The crowd stretched to the very far side of the bay.137 views
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You could buy a lantern for 500 yen. Choice of three colors: Red, blue, and yellow.136 views
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Fireworks started at 7:30 pm.132 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.132 views
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A dinosaur waiting for his train at JR Tsuruga Station. Fukui Prefecture is famous for dinosaur digs. This is just a sculpture stealing a valuable place to sit, but it looks like a kid can sit on his lap.122 views
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I was sitting on a jetty where many lanterns got stuck. We could feel the hot air from the candles.120 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.119 views
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15-min. walk from the bus stop to the beach. People everywhere.115 views
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Kehi Pine Beach in Tsuruga from his "Famous Views of the 60 Provinces" series.105 views
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Kehi Jingu's main shrine. Kehi Jingu is dedicated to a number of gods including Emperor Chuai and Empress Jingu. So the Imperial Crest is all over the place.93 views
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Kehi Shrine's torii is 11 m high. One of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.76 views
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Year of the Monkey ema from Kehi Jingu.68 views
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Long line from the torii to the shrine on Jan. 1, 2016.66 views
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Kehi Shrine's torii gate is one of Japan's three most famous wooden toriis. The other two being Miyajima's Istukishima Shrine in Hiroshima Pref. and Kasuga Shrine in Nara.62 views
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Another ema tablet for 2016, the Year of the Monkey62 views
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Kehi Jingu Shrine is a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuruga Station. I visited on New Year's Day 2016 when it was a warm period with no snow.57 views
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Getting closer to the main shrine.52 views
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Inside the main shrine.51 views
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No snow, but a few puddles.51 views
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Established in 702 and nicknamed "Kei-san," Kehi Jingu is a major shrine in the Hokuriku Region.50 views
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Built in 1645, the wooden torii is an Important Cultural Property and World War II survivor. 50 views
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Kehi Shrine50 views
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Brisk business for amulets and omamori.50 views
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Purify your hands and mouth.49 views
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Second torii before the main shrine.49 views
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The place to buy lucky charms.49 views
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Omikuji fortunes49 views
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Statue of Basho, haiku poet48 views
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It took about 35 min. to get here for what would normally be a one-min. walk. Five bell ringers for worshippers.47 views
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Long line.46 views
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Otorii ema from Kehi Jingu.46 views
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Omikuji fortunes46 views
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Japan's first PCCV construction of a nuclear reactor housing.46 views
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Offshore sandbar popular with swimmers.45 views
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Nuclear power plants in Japan.45 views
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Safety of nuclear power plant workers.44 views
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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. All fenced in with security cameras everywhere.43 views
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Another power plant42 views
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Near the plant is their public relations facility and museum called the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion or Tsuruga PR Pavilion. A 40-min. bus ride from JR Tsuruga Station.42 views
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Atomic Theater shows how a nuclear power plant works.42 views
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Playground for kids.42 views
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How a nuclear reactor produces electricity.42 views
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Thermal power generation42 views
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Model trains powered by winding.42 views
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From JR Tsuruga Station, it's a scenic bus ride to the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. 41 views
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Out in the boondocks of Tsuruga is the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. All fenced in.41 views
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Model of Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. On the lower right is the two additional reactors they had planned to build, but shelved after the Tohoku disaster in 2011.41 views
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Fukui Prefecture produces the highest amout of nuclear power in Japan.41 views
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Nuclear waste canister41 views
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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion or Tsuruga PR Pavilion.40 views
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Model of Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant.40 views
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From the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Pavilion, we can view the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant.39 views
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Natural Gallery39 views
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Nuclear waste drum.39 views
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Outside the museum, you can walk around the park-like grounds.39 views
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Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant (敦賀発電所). The cylindrical domed building on the left is the No. 1 reactor, Japan's first light-water reactor that operated from 1970 to 2015. 38 viewsSquare building on the rght is No. 2 reactor, a pressurized water reactor in operation since 1987. Supplies power to Kansai, Hokuriku, and Chubu Regions.
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What's what at the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant. The Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant started operating commercially on March 14, 1970, the same day when Expo '70 opened in Osaka. 38 viewsExpo '70 in Osaka was the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Station's first commercial customer.
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Nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture.38 views
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Natural Gallery37 views
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Held during the Bon season on Aug. 16, toro nagashi is candle-lit paper lanterns floated on the ocean as a Buddhist offering to the spirits of the deceased.14 viewsTsuruga holds its mass toro nagashi (6,000 lanterns) on its famous Kehi no Matsubara beach at 6:30 pm, and then shoots off a grand fireworks display. My video of Toro Nagashi and brilliant marine fireworks taken on Aug. 16, 2017.
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