2009 Japan Travel Photos
Genkou-ji temple in Suma-ku, Kobe
Quiet place (except noisy cicada).
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Suma-dera temple in Suma-ku, Kobe
Chinese dragon decorating the door
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Another photo of Suma-dera temple
Suma-dera temple has more than 1100 year-long history and appeared in several pieces of Japanese classical literature.
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Suma-ku, Kobe
jizou-bon festival ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizou|Jizou]] )
This is the day for kids. The lady is handing out a bag of sweets.
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Kids are lining up waiting their turn
Kids are visiting multiple locations to accumulate his/her share
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They need only to 'pay respect to Jizou'
This is more civilized than saying 'Trick or Treat'
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My mother's 85-th birthday
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My mother with staffs of the Home
(They provide 24-hr a day attention care)
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Yamamoto-tei in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
The house was built around 80 years ago with beautiful garden
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Impressive Fusuma-e painting
(Siberian Iris)
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The view from the inside
This was something only very rich people in Japan could enjoy 80 years ago.
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The first peak we climbed was Jo-nen peak (9373 feet) (Northern Alps)
We were climbing along a stream
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Green and water everywhere …
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The trail continues …
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We arrived at the hut where we were staying, but the day was not over yet. A peak to climb.
The hut is on the shoulder of the mountain.
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The trail to the summit was a rocky one.
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We reached the summit, finally.
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Ready to descend to the hut
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Early in the next morning (6AM) just after leaving the hut.
(Many hikers left before dawn while we were waiting for breakfast)
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flowering Komakusa
This flower is called the Queen of the alpine plants in Japan.
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Beautiful alpine plant (but don't know the name)
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Tsubakuro Peak (9065 feet) from the hut where we were staying
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The decending trail to the Nakabusa Hot Springs, from where bus service was available, was an easy one.
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The second peak to climb was Akadake peak (9511 feet) (Yatsugatake mountains)
The trail also runs along a stream
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The Akadake peak is the highest peak in the Yatsugatake Mountains
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The trail to the summit was a comfortable one until the last leg of the ascent.
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The last part of the climb was quite steep
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We reached the summit, but the summit was covered by thick fog. The sky was clear minutes before.
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We originally planned to stay at the hut on the top of the Akadake mountain (a shack on the top)
We decided to stay at a hut on the shoulder of the mountain because of possible morning rain
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We occasionally needed to climb steep rocky slopes
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Wonderful alpine flowers were found on such inaccessible slopes
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Looking back at the trail we walked
We were above the clouds
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I was saying that we could see Mt. Fuji and
presto, Mt Fuji was there above the clouds.
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++++A portion magnified
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The view was magnificent when the fog lifted
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The biggest challenge for mountain huts on a ridge is access to fresh water.
The hut where we stayed relied on rainfall.
The hut in the picture can fortunately get fresh water from a spring (probably deep down to right)
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The trail on the ridge is not difficult, but if the weather turns bad it is very easy for hikers to get lost
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We were descending to Honzawa Hot Springs.
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I originally planned to use an outdoor hot spring but decided to take indoor one because of the rain
The hot water was continuously flowing into the tub
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This is the last hut in which we were staying
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It was more rustic than other huts where we stayed
We were the only guests for the day
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Next morning, we headed to the bus depot going over the TENGU DAKE peak
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As we descended, the trail was surrounded by more vegetation
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The trail was a series of large rocks and very difficult to hike.
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A hut (The Kuroyuri hut)
Kuroyuri means Black Lily
It is nicer because it is at lower elevation (easier access to civilization)
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We thought our hardship of going over rocky trails was over …
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Unfortuntely, the remaining trail to the bus depot was like this …
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Osaka
Water Lily (Lotus flower)
In Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. (Wikipedia)
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The entrance to the Zen temple (the TOURIN-IN temple)
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Kurama-dera, Kyoto
A pleasant day
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto
This temple is full of people no matter when you visit
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Impressive gate
Chion-in temple, Kyoto
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Kamo river bank
Couples were sitting together spending a romantic moment (or just trying to get fresh breeze escaping from scorching heat)
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Shoji with early morning Sun ray
mended with Sakura-shape patches
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Faint signs of maple fall foliage
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Golden Pavillion
Picture perfect
We were told that the surfacing material is real gold but the glue (Japanese lacquer) used to place the thin gold plates was more expensive than the gold itself.
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Chinese dragon is a protector of Zen temples
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Another picture perfect photo
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The Zen temple at which we stayed
They used 'Sakura Sakura' music to wake us up
(Sakura Sakura is a Japanese folk song potrating cherry blossom gently drifting)
This temple is known for beautiful gardens and Buddhist cooking
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Morning glory
Big and impressive
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The bridge connecting Kobe and Awaji island
This place is not far from the high school where I graduated more than 30 years ago
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Kobe port, Kobe
It was almost a week of nice fine days after coming back from mountains
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The tower has been a symbol of Kobe
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This is something very Japanese
I like the way the store presented them
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This temple stays open in the night;
nobody around except a security guard at the gate
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The view from inside the temple
(You don't need a tripod to take this kind of shot)
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That's All, Folks
Until next time …

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