JAPAN PICS
Nagahama City, Shiga
Ž ‰êŒ§’·•lŽs
Table of Contents

  JR Nagahama Station (JR’·•l‰w)
  Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine (’·•l–L‘_ŽÐ)
  Izutsu-ya Steak-bento (ˆä“›‰® ‘f“K•Ù“–)
  Torikita-honten (’¹Šì‘½–{“X)
  Kurokabe Square (••ÇƒXƒNƒGƒA)
  Otemon-dori Arcade (‘åŽè–å’Ê‚èƒA[ƒP[ƒh)
  Nagahama-Gobo-Omotesando-dori Street (’·•lŒä–V•\ŽQ“¹’Ê‚è)
  Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple (–³âG’qŽR ^@‘å’J”h ’·•l•Ê‰@‘å’ÊŽ›)
  Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine (’·•l”ª”¦‹{)
  Shogun-san Shinhojo-ji Shana-in Temple (ŸŒRŽR V•ú¶Ž› ŽÉ“߉@)
  Nagahama Castle (’·•lé)
  Odani-jo Remains (¬’Jéæä)
  Boat Trip to Chikubu-shima (’|¶“‡‚Ö—V——‘D‚Å)
  Chikubu-shima Island (’|¶“‡)
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Do-o (Hokkaido Central)
  
   Naganuma Town (The Tsuchinotomi Society Tour)
2006
   Otaru City (The Tsuchinotomi Society Tour)
2006
   Sapporo City (The Tsuchinotomi Society Tour)
2006
   Sapporo City ("Nihon-no-Matsuri" 2006)
2006
Iwate of the Tohoku District
  
   Esashi, Oshu City
2004-2011
   Hachimantai City
2006
   Hanamaki City
2005-2007
   Hiraizumi Town
2003-2007
   Ichinoseki City
2004-2010
   Iwaizumi Town
2005
   Kitakami City
2005
   Miyako City
2009-2011
   Mizusawa, Oshu City
2004-2012
   Morioka City
2004-2012
   Ninohe City
2007
   Rikuzentakata City
2008-2011
   Shizukuishi Town
2007
   Tono City
2003
Other Tohoku Regions
  
Aomori
  
   Hachinohe City (The Tsuchinotomi Society Tour)
2006
Miyagi
  
   Matsushima Town
2006
   Tome City
2005
Yamagata
  
   Yamadera, Yamagata City
2005
Kanto District
  
Ibaraki
  
   Joso City
2007
   Kashima City
2006
   Mito City
2008
   Shimotsuma City
2007
Kanagawa
  
   Kamakura City
2005-2007
Tochigi
  
   Nikko City
2002-2007
   Utsunomiya City
2007
Tokyo
  
   Tokyo Central
2002-2012
Yamanashi
  
   Kofu City
2007
Chubu District
  
Aichi
  
   Nagoya City
2008
   Toyokawa City
2009
Fukui
  
   Eiheiji Town
2009
   Fukui City
2009-2011
   Obama City
2009
   Tsuruga City
2009-2011
Gifu
  
   Gujo-Hachiman
2009
   Sekigahara Town
2008
Ishikawa
  
   Kanazawa City
2008
Nagano
  
   Nagano City
2007
   Matsumoto City
2007
Shizuoka
  
   Fuji City
2009-2010
Kansai (Kinki) District
  
Hyogo
  
   Ako City
2008
   Himeji City
2008
   Kobe City
2008-2012
   Nishinomiya City
2012
   Tamba City
2010
Kyoto
  
   Kyoto City Central
2005-2012
   Kyoto City East
2005-2012
   Kyoto City North
2005-2011
   Kyoto City South
2006-2012
   Kyoto City West
2005-2012
   Ayabe City
2010
   Maizuru City
2010
   Miyazu City
2012
   Uji City
2006
   Yahata City
2006
Mie
  
   Iga City
2011
   Ise City
2009
Nara
  
   Asuka Area
2006
   Ikaruga Town
2005
   Nara City Central
2006-2010
   Nishinokyo, Nara City
2005-2010
   Sakurai City
2011
   Tenri City
2011-2012
   Yoshino Town
2010
Osaka
  
   Hirakata City
2005-2012
   Osaka City Central
2007-2011
   Sakai City
2010
Shiga
  
   Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City
2008-2010
   Hikone City
2008
   Koka City
2011
   Nagahama City
2008-2011
   Otsu City
2006-2009
Wakayama
  
   Koya Town
2009
   Wakayama City
2011
Chugoku District
  
Hiroshima
  
   Hiroshima City
2002-2012
   Miyajima, Hatsukaichi City
2002-2012
   Onomichi City
2002
Okayama
  
   Kurashiki City
2008
   Okayama City
2008
Shimane
  
   Izumo City
2011
   Oda City
2012
   Tsuwano Town
2012
Yamaguchi
  
   Hagi City
2012
   Iwakuni City
2012
   Shimonoseki City
2010-2012
   Yamaguchi City
2010-2012
Shikoku District
  
Ehime
  
   Matsuyama City
2011
Kagawa
  
   Kotohira Town
2011
   Takamatsu City
2011
Kochi
  
   Kochi City
2011
Kyushu District
  
Fukuoka
  
   Dazaifu City
2010
   Fukuoka City
2010
   Kitakyushu City
2010-2012
Kagoshima
  
   Hioki City
2010
   Kagoshima City
2010
Nagasaki
  
   Nagasaki City
2010
Oita
  
   Oita City
2010

Nagahama City, Shiga
2008 - 2011

  Nagahama City is located in the northeast of Shiga Prefecture or Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ).  It was the castle town of Hideyoshi Hashiba (‰HŽÄ G‹g; later Hideyoshi Toyotomi, 1537-1598).  After demolishing the castle in the early seventeenth century, the town has been developed as the temple town of Daitsu-ji Temple (‘å’ÊŽ›) of the Shinshu-Otani-ha Betsu-in (^@‘¾’J”h•Ê‰@) and a choke point of the Hokkoku-kaido Highway (–k‘ŠX“¹).  In 1943 (18th year of Showa) Nagahama Town of Sakata County (â“cŒS’·•l’¬) and other six villages merged to make Nagahama City (’·•lŽs).  In February 2006 or 18th year of Heisei, Nagahama City included the former Asai Town of County Higashi-Asai (‹Œ“ŒóˆäŒSóˆä’¬) and Biwa Town (‚Ñ‚í’¬) of the same county.  It has an area of 680.79 sq. km and the population is 122,555 (February 1, 2011): the density: 180/sq. km.
  
  
  

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JR Nagahama Station
     JR Nagahama Station (JR’·•l‰w), 1-5 Kitafuna-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽs–k‘D’¬1-5)
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(Friday 13 March) JR Nagahama Station, 1-5 Kitafuna-cho, Nagahama City
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(Wednesday 19 March) JR Nagahama Station, 1-5 Kitafuna-cho, Nagahama City
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(Wednesday 19 March) Sculptures of the meeting of Hideyoshi Hashiba (‰HŽÄ G‹g; later Hideyoshi Toyotomi, 1537-1598) and Sakichi (²‹g) the young bonze [later Mitsunari Ishida (Î“c ŽO¬, 1560-1600)] in front of JR Nagahama Station.
  One day Hideyoshi, the lord of Nagahama-jo Castle, dropped in Kannon-ji Temple (ŠÏ‰¹Ž›, now in Asahi-machi, Maibara City [•ÄŒ´Žs’©“ú’¬]).  Sakichi, a young bonze, observed Hideyoshi in a muck of sweat, and brought him a big cup full of tepid tea.  Hideyoshi drank it up and asked another cup.  The bonze fetched a cup of half full of a little warmer tea.  Then Hideyoshi asked one more cup of tea, Sakichi brought a smaller cup of hot tea.  Hideyoshi liked Sakichi who was very careful of making tea, and took him into his service.  Sakichi was later called Mitsunari Ishida who became a high-ranked retainer of Hideyoshi.  This anecdote, known as "San-Kon-no-Cha" (ŽOŒ£‚Ì’ƒ; Offering Three Cups of Tea) has been repeatedly handed down for generations.  Sakichi was born as a child of a powerful clan in Ishida-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽsÎ“c’¬), five kilometer east of JR Nagahama Station.
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(Wednesday 19 March) Sculptures of the meeting of Hideyoshi Hashiba (‰HŽÄ G‹g; later Hideyoshi Toyotomi, 1537-1598) and Sakichi (²‹g) the young bonze [later Mitsunari Ishida (Î“c ŽO¬, 1560-1600)] in front of JR Nagahama Station.
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(Wednesday 19 March) Sculptures of the meeting of Hideyoshi Hashiba (‰HŽÄ G‹g; later Hideyoshi Toyotomi, 1537-1598) and Sakichi (²‹g) the young bonze [later Mitsunari Ishida (Î“c ŽO¬, 1560-1600)] in front of JR Nagahama Station.
  
     
Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya
     Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine (’·•l–L‘_ŽÐ) was located at 6-37 Minami-Gofuku-machi, Nagahama City (’·•lŽs“ìŒà•ž’¬6-37).  It enshrines Hideyoshi Toyotomi (–Lb G‹g, 1537-1598), Kiyomasa Kato (‰Á“¡ ´³, 1562-1611), Nagato-no-kami Shigenari Kimura (–Ø‘º ’·–åŽç d¬, ?-1615) and "Kotoshironushi-no-o-kami" (Ž–‘ãŽå‘å_; or Ebisu [Œb”äŽõ]), the god of commerce.
  Hideyoshi was the lord of Nagahama-jo Castle between 1573-1576.  This shrine was made in the 5th year of Keicho (Œc’·5”N) or AD 1600, 3rd anniversary of his death, by the local people.  During the Edo Period (1603-1867) when the Tokugawa Shogunate forbid people to worship Hideyoshi and demolished the shrine building, the image of Hideyoshi was moved to the head townsman's house and worshipped by people in secret with "Kotoshironushi-no-o-kami" (Ž–‘ãŽå‘å_).  After the Meiji Restoration, Emperor Meiji (–¾Ž¡“Vc) issued an Imperial edict of restoring Hokoku-jinjya shrines across the country, this Hokoku-jinjya shrine was restored in the 31st year of Meiji or AD 1898, the 300th anniversary of Hideyoshi's death.
  As for other Hokoku-jinjya Shrines, refer to the Osaka page and the Kyoto East page.
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(Wednesday 19 March) Information Board of the relationship between Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) List of Gods enshrined, Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine.  It enshrines Hideyoshi Toyotomi (–Lb G‹g, 1537-1598), Kiyomasa Kato (‰Á“¡ ´³, 1562-1611), Nagato-no-kami Shigenari Kimura (–Ø‘º ’·–åŽç d¬, ?-1615) and "Kotoshironushi-no-o-kami" (Ž–‘ãŽå‘å_; or Ebisu [Œb”äŽõ]), the god of commerce.
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(Wednesday 19 March) "Ishi-dorii" (Î’¹‹; Stone Shrine Gate) to Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) "Ishi-dorii" (Î’¹‹; Stone Shrine Gate) to Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) "Hai-den" (”q“a; Worshippers' Hall), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) "Hai-den" (”q“a; Worshippers' Hall), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Interior of the "Hai-den" (”q“a; Worshippers' Hall), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) "Ishi-dorii" (Î’¹‹; Stone Shrine Gate) to Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) The other "Ishi-dorii" (Î’¹‹; Stone Shrine Gate) to Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Statue of the Horse, Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Statue of the Horse, Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Statue of Kiyomasa Kato (‰Á“¡ ´³, 1562-1611), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Statue of Kiyomasa Kato (‰Á“¡ ´³, 1562-1611), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Tenman-gu Shrine (“V–ž‹{; a shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane [›Œ´“¹^, 845-903] or the Japanese God of Learning), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Inari-jinjya Shrine (ˆî‰×_ŽÐ; a shrine dedicated to the God of Harvests; the fox deity), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Inari-jinjya Shrine (ˆî‰×_ŽÐ; a shrine dedicated to the God of Harvests; the fox deity), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
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(Wednesday 19 March) Inari-jinjya Shrine (ˆî‰×_ŽÐ; a shrine dedicated to the God of Harvests; the fox deity), Nagahama Hokoku-jinjya Shrine
  
     
Izutsu-ya Suteki-bento
     "Izutsu-ya Steak-bento" (ˆä“›‰® ‘f“K•Ù“–) was my packed lunch on March 19, 2008 on the way to Kanazawa.  I bought this at JR Nagahama Station but it was made in Izutsu-ya, Maibara City (•ÄŒ´Žs).  It has a unique heating system at the bottom, so you can eat the hot meal anytime and anywhere.  It costs 1,500 yen.
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(Wednesday 19 March) Package of "Izutsu-ya Steak-bento" on the way to Kanazawa from Tsuruga
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(Wednesday 19 March) "Izutsu-ya Steak-bento" after heating.  It was a courageous behavior to heat it on a local train.  The taste was not so bad.  You just need a little courage, although some unforgiving passengers might think "What a shame to do that!" (which probably implies "Please allow me to bite it!").
  
     
Torikita-honten
     Torikita-honten (’¹Šì‘½–{“X), 8-26 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽsŒ³•l’¬8-26).  Famous for "Oyako-don" (eŽq˜¥; a bowl of rice with chicken and eggs) and "Kashiwa-nabe" (‚©‚µ‚í“ç; chicken soup).
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(Friday 13 March) Torikita-honten (’¹Šì‘½–{“X), 8-26 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽsŒ³•l’¬8-26)
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(Friday 13 March) "Oyako-don" (eŽq˜¥; a bowl of rice with chicken and eggs) and "Kashiwa-nabe" (‚©‚µ‚í“ç; chicken soup), Torikita-honten (’¹Šì‘½–{“X), 8-26 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Oyako-don" (eŽq˜¥; a bowl of rice with chicken and eggs) and "Kashiwa-nabe" (‚©‚µ‚í“ç; chicken soup), Torikita-honten (’¹Šì‘½–{“X), 8-26 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
  
     
Kurokabe Square
     Kurokabe Square (••ÇƒXƒNƒGƒA) of Hokkoku-kaido Road (–k‘ŠX“¹), Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Memorial stone of Hokkoku-kaido Road, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Ando's old house (ˆÀ“¡‰Æ), Kurokabe Square (••ÇŠX“¹) of Hokkoku-kaido Road (–k‘ŠX“¹), Nagahama City.  this is the place where the famous artist Rosanjin Kitaoji (–k‘å˜H ˜DŽRl, 1883-1959) often stayed.
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(Friday 13 March) Signposts of Hokkoku-kaido Road, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Kyodo-shiryo-kan (‹½“yŽ‘—¿ŠÙ) or Nagahama Folk Museum, 8-22 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽsŒ³•l’¬8-22).
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(Friday 13 March) Kurokabe Square of Hokkoku-kaido Road, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Kurokabe Square of Hokkoku-kaido Road, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Kurokabe Square of Hokkoku-kaido Road, Nagahama City
  
     
Otemon-dori Arcade
     Otemon-dori Arcade (‘åŽè–å’Ê‚èƒA[ƒP[ƒh), Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Otemon-dori Arcade, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Otemon-dori Arcade, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Enjyu-jizo-son" (‰„šæ’n‘ ‘¸), Otemon-dori Arcade, Nagahama City.  Although the exact foundation date is unknown, the local people have long worshipped this jizo (Skt. Ksitigarbha-bodhisattva) statue praying for longevity.
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(Friday 13 March) A canal across the Otemon-dori Arcade, Nagahama City
  
     
Nagahama-Gobo-Omotesando-dori
     Nagahama-Gobo-Omotesando-dori Street (’·•lŒä–V•\ŽQ“¹’Ê‚è) is the temple town before the San-mon Gate (ŽR–å) of Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple (–³âG’qŽR ^@‘å’J”h ’·•l•Ê‰@‘å’ÊŽ›) (see below).
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(Friday 13 March) Nagahama-Gobo-Omotesando-dori Street, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Nagahama-Gobo-Omotesando-dori Street, Nagahama City
  
     
Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple
     Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple (–³âG’qŽR ^@‘å’J”h ’·•l•Ê‰@‘å’ÊŽ›) is widely known as Nagahama-Gobo (’·•lŒä–V).  As the name indicates, it belongs to the Jodo-shinshu-sect of Buddhism.  The address is 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽsŒ³•l’¬32-9).  It was founded by Kyonyo (‹³”@, 1558-1614), the sect founder of Jodo-shinshu Otani-ha (ò“y^@‘å’J”h) in the 7th year of Keicho (Œc’·7”N) or AD 1602.  It enshrines "Amida-nyorai" (ˆ¢–í‘É”@—ˆ; Skt Amitabha Tathagata) as the main image of worship.
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(Friday 13 March) San-mon Gate (ŽR–å) of Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) San-mon Gate (ŽR–å) of Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) San-mon Gate (ŽR–å) of Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Hon-do" (–{“°; the main hall) through San-mon Gate (ŽR–å) of Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Hon-do" (–{“°; the main hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "O-hiroma" (‘åLŠÔ; the great hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "O-hiroma" (‘åLŠÔ; the great hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Hon-do" (–{“°; the main hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Interior of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) The inner garden of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) The inner garden of "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "San-mon" Gate (ŽR–å), viewed from "Kyaku-den" (‹q“a; the reception hall), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Shoro" (à˜O; the belfry), Mugechi-san Shinshu-Otani-ha Nagahama Betsu-in Daitsu-ji Temple, 32-9 Motohama-cho, Nagahama City
  
     
Nagahama Hachiman-gu
     Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine (’·•l”ª”¦‹{) is located at 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽs‹{‘O’¬13-55).  Yoshiie Minamoto (Œ¹ ‹`‰Æ, 1039-1106) founded the shrine, asking 71th Emperor Gosanjo (ŒãŽOð“Vc; or Takahito [‘¸m], 1034-1073; r.1068-1073) to make a branch shrine of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine (Î´…”ª”¦‹{), Yahata, Kyoto in the 2nd year of Jokan (’åŠÏ2”N) or AD 860.  It enshrines Homutawake-no-mikoto (—_“c•Ê‘¸; 15th Emperor Ojin [‰ž_“Vc], 201-310; r.270-310), Tarashinakatsuhiko-no-mikoto (‘«’‡•F‘¸; 14th Emperor Chuai [’‡ˆ£“Vc], ?-?; r.192-200) and Okinagatarashi-hime-no-mikoto (‘§’·‘«•P–½; wife of Emperor Chuai; also known as Empress Jingu [_Œ÷c@], 170-269).  It has an annual festival called "Hikiyama-matsuri" (‰gŽRÕ) between April 13 and April 17.
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(Friday 13 March) Stone Shrine Gate to Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Stone approach to the main shrine of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Basho Matsuo (¼”ö”mÔ)'s haiku monument of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City.
  Woriwori ni (‚ð‚è‚ð‚è‚É)
  Ibuki wo miteya (ˆÉ‚ðŒ©‚Ä‚â)
  Fuyu-gomori (“~˜U)
      Hasegoe (‚Í‚¹‰z)
  (On occasion
  I observe Mt. Ibuki
  For hibernation.
         By Hasegoe (Basho)
    (trans. Eishiro Ito)
  
  Mt Ibuki (ˆÉŽR, 1377 m) is located on the borderline between Shiga and Gifu prefectures.
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(Friday 13 March) Approach with many stone lanterns to the main shrine of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Sacred Dance Hall (•‘“a) through Second Stone Shrine Gate, Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Sacred Dance Hall (•‘“a) through Second Stone Shrine Gate, Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Sacred Dance Hall (•‘“a), Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Worshippers' Hal (”q“a), Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Worshippers' Hal (”q“a) and the Main Hall (–{“a), Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Kigan-seki" (‹TŠèÎ; the turtle-shaped prayer stone), Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A small shrine in the precinct of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) "Enishi-matsu" (‰¼; the Pine Tree of marriage; Hymen), Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Tenman-gu Shrine (“V–ž‹{) in the precincts of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City.  This small branch shrine enshrines the Japanese God of Learning Michizane Sugawara (›Œ´“¹^, 845-903).
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(Friday 13 March) Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ/ ’|¶“‡_ŽÐ) in the precincts of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City.  This small branch shrine enshrines Ichikishima-hime (Žs‹n“‡”䔄–½) who is identified with Benzai-ten (•Ùà“V; Skt. Sarasvati; the goddess of fortune).
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(Friday 13 March) Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ/ ’|¶“‡_ŽÐ) in the precincts of Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, 13-55 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City.  This small branch shrine enshrines Ichikishima-hime (Žs‹n“‡”䔄–½) who is identified with Benzai-ten (•Ùà“V; Skt. Sarasvati; the goddess of fortune).
  
     
Shana-in Temple
     Shogun-san Shinhojo-ji Shana-in Temple (ŸŒRŽR V•ú¶Ž› ŽÉ“߉@) is located just next to Nagahama Hachiman-gu Shrine, at 13-45 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽs‹{‘O’¬13-45).  It was founded by Kukai (‹óŠC), also known as "Kobo-daishi" (O–@‘åŽt, 774-835) in the 5th year of Konin (Om5”N) or AD 814.  It belongs to the Shingon-shu Buzan-ha sect (^Œ¾@–LŽR”h) of Buddhism.  It was burnt down in the late sixteenth century but it was reconstructed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi (–LbG‹g).
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(Friday 13 March) Information board of Shogun-san Shinhojo-ji Shana-in Temple, 13-45 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Main Hall (–{“°), Shogun-san Shinhojo-ji Shana-in Temple, 13-45 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Seated Statue of "Binzuru" (•o“ªá¸; Skt. Pindola Bharadvaja), Shogun-san Shinhojo-ji Shana-in Temple, 13-45 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City.  Pindola was one of the sixteen arahats, who were disciples of the Buddha.  Pindola is said to have excelled in the mastery of occult powers.  It is commonly believed in Japan that when a person rubs a part of the image of "Binzuru" and then rubs the corresponding part of his/her own body, his/her ailment there will disappear.  Cf. the Asuka Area page and the Nara Central page.
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(Friday 13 March) Shogun-san Shinhojo-ji Shana-in Temple, 13-45 Miyamae-cho, Nagahama City
  
     
Nagahama Castle
     Nagahama Castle (’·•lé), or Imahama Castle (¡•lé), is located in Koen-cho, Nagahama City (’·•lŽsŒö‰€’¬).  It was built by Hideyoshi Hashiba [later Toyotomi] (‰HŽÄ [–Lb] G‹g) in 1573.  It was demolished in 1615 and the materials were used for Hikone Castle (•Fªé).  The present building was reconstructed in 1983.
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(Friday 13 March) Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ) from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ) from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ) from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ) from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ) from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Lake Biwa (”ú”iŒÎ) from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view of Nagahama City from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
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(Friday 13 March) A view from the top of the donjon (“VŽçŠt) of Nagahama Castle, Koen-cho, Nagahama City
  
     
Odani-jo Remains
     Odani-jo Remains (¬’Jéæä), Nagahama City.  It was built by Sukemasa Azai (óˆä —º­, 1491-1542) in 1516 (‰i³13”N).  It was demolished by Nobunaga Oda (D“cM’·) in 1575 (‰i³13”N) after 4 years fighting.
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(Sunday 13 March) Map of Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Miniature of Odani-jo Remains, Nagahama City
  
     
Boat Trip to Chikubu-shima (’|¶“‡‚Ö—V——‘D‚Å)
     Boat Trip on Lake Biwa from Nagahama Port (’·•l`) to Chikubu-shima Island (’|¶“‡)
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(Sunday 13 March) Nagahama Port in Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) A lake boat at Nagahama Port, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Boat Trip on Lake Biwa from Nagahama Port (’·•l`) to Chikubu-shima Island (’|¶“‡)
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(Sunday 13 March) Boat Trip on Lake Biwa from Nagahama Port (’·•l`) to Chikubu-shima Island (’|¶“‡)
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(Sunday 13 March) Boat Trip on Lake Biwa from Nagahama Port (’·•l`) to Chikubu-shima Island (’|¶“‡)
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(Sunday 13 March) Boat Trip on Lake Biwa from Nagahama Port (’·•l`) to Chikubu-shima Island (’|¶“‡)
  
     
Chikubu-shima Island
     Chikubu-shima (’|¶“‡) is an island in Lake Biwa in Japan.  The national government has designated it a special historic site.  The island's geographic coordinates are 35‹25Œ24 N, 136‹8Œ37 E.  Its area is 0.14 sq km and its coastline measures 2 km.  The highest point has an elevation of 197 m.  It is under the administration of the city of Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.
  Several works of the Japanese performing arts relate to Chikubu.  They include the Noh play Chikubushima (w’|¶“‡x) and the Heike Biwa work Chikubushima Mode (•½‰Æ”ú”i w’|¶“‡Œwx), two koto melodies named Chikubushima (w’|¶“‡x), a joruri (ò—Ú—ž) itchubushi (ˆê’†ß), a nagauta (’·‰S), and a tokiwazu-bushi (í”֒Ðß) of the same name.  On the island are various places of interest.  In the southern part are the Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), said to have been established in 420 CE, and Hogon-ji (•óŒµŽ›), a Shingon temple said to date from 724 CE.  Formerly known as Chikubu Benzai-ten (•ÙË“V), it ranks with the Enoshima-jinjya Shrine (]“‡_ŽÐ) in Kanagawa and the Itsukushima-jinjya Shrine (Œµ“‡_ŽÐ) in Hiroshima as one of Japan's Three Great Benzaiten Shrines (“ú–{ŽO‘å•Ù“V).  
  During the Sengoku Period (1467-1568), retainers of Nagamasa Azai (óˆä ’·­) confined his father Hisamasa (óˆä ‹v­) to Chikubu Island, forcing him into retirement and establishing Nagamasa as his successor.  (Referred to the site of "Wikipedia.")
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(Sunday 13 March) Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Illustration of Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Illustrated map of Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Ryujin-haisho (—´_”qŠ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Stores of Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) "Tatsuya" (‚½‚‚â), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) My lunch at "Tatsuya" (‚½‚‚â), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Stone Shrine Gate to Chikubu-shima-jinjya Shrine, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Stone steps to the main hall of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Stone Shrine Gate to the main hall of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The main hall of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The main hall of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The main hall of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The three-storied pagoda (ŽOd“ƒ) of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The three-storied pagoda (ŽOd“ƒ) of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The three-storied pagoda (ŽOd“ƒ) of Hogen-ji Temple, Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Stone steps down to the Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The Chinese Gate (“‚–å) of Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The Chinese Gate (“‚–å) of Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Statue of Binzuru (•o“ªá¸; Skt. Piodola-bharadvaja), Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The Ship-shaped Corridor (‘D˜L‰º) between Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°) and Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The Ship-shaped Corridor (‘D˜L‰º) between Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°) and Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The Ship-shaped Corridor (‘D˜L‰º) between Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°) and Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) The Ship-shaped Corridor (‘D˜L‰º) between Kannon-do Hall (ŠÏ‰¹“°) and Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Ryujin-haisho (—´_”qŠ), Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Ryujin-haisho (—´_”qŠ), Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Ryujin-haisho (—´_”qŠ), Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Ryujin-haisho (—´_”qŠ), Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City
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(Sunday 13 March) Ryujin-haisho (—´_”qŠ), Tsukubusuma-jinjya Shrine (“s‹v•v{–ƒ_ŽÐ), Chikubu-shima Island, Nagahama City



        


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