2012 Photo Sketch Page 4

Photos from Osaka, Kyoto, and and Kobe

Well, everybody in Osaka seemed a wanna-be show-man in some degree. That is not the case in Kyoto.
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Very finely maintained straw-roof ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatching|Kayabuki]]).
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In my last trip to Japan I have noticed a similar one in front of a traditional liquor store but couldn't figure out what it meant for. This time I asked a stuff in the museum what it meant. His replied was that the decoration was given from a Shrine when the brewery went to the Shrine to report that they had brewed a batch of Sake from that year's new rice. The Sake brewery put the decoration under their store front roof indicating that Sake from new rice became available. This is more like "Beaujolais nouveau" marketing.

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Gion at night
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Steam Locomotives in Japan were retired from commercial operations in 1975, when I was a high-school student. This steam locomotive type was called "D51", which was most popular type in Japan and was built to over one thousand engines.

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A suspension bridge connecting the main land and Awaji island. The total length of the bridge was 3,911 meters (12,831 ft). Somehow it reminds us our Golden Gate bridge.

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