Kimono Demonstration, Japan

January 29, 2016 - Kimonos are elegant, beautiful garments but who knew they were so much work to put on. We were given a demonstration of...
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Hiroshima, Japan

January 28, 2016 - On August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM, the USA dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The A-Bomb Dome stood close to ground...
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More Cats in Japan

January 27, 2016 - As a crazy cat lady, I took photos of every cat related thing in Japan. There are cats on trucks too. We even saw a colo...
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Cats in Japan

January 26, 2016 - I LOVE cats! (Yes I am the Crazy Cat Lady! J) Cats statues are everywhere in Japan. I was so happy to find an entire cou...
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Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Japan

January 25, 2016 - A very peaceful Buddhist temple, Daisho-in is nestled into the base of Mount Misen. It was linked with Itsukushima Shrin...
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Omotesando Shopping Arcade, Miyajima, Japan

January 22, 2016 - Even though the whole island is a sacred shrine, it still boasts a nice shopping area. One interesting place was the map...
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Goju-no-tu, Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Japan

January 21, 2016 - High on a hill, overlooking the shrine is Goju-no-tu, a bright red, 5-story pagoda. It is 28 m tall and was built in 140...
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Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Japan

January 20, 2016 - Below are two photos of the main altar at Itsukushima Shrine and two of the other buildings. One is a temple also and th...
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Bugaku Dance of Ranryoo-an, Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, Japan

January 19, 2016 - While at the Itsukushima Shrine, we saw a performance of the Bugaku Dance of Ranryoo-an. The dance tells the story of a...
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Floating Torii of Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Miyajima, Japan

January 18, 2016 - A torii marks the entrance to the sacred ground of a Shinto shrine. Torii are traditionally painted vermillion with blac...
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Toko-ji Temple, Hagi, Japan

January 15, 2016 - The temple was built in 1691 for deceased members of the Mori clan. Over 500 lanterns were donated by Mori vassals. They...
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Merchandise at Kikuya House, Hagi, Japan

January 14, 2016 - The house is now a museum and it showcases many wares that were sold there. I loved all the small statues, toys and piec...
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Kikuya House, Hagi, Japan

January 13, 2016 - Kikuya was a prominent merchant in Hagi. Kikuya helped the Mori clan become the daimyo or feudal lords of Hagi so he was...
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Samurai Quarter, Hagi, Japan

January 12, 2016 - Hagi, Japan was a castle town, fortified by Mori Terumoto in 1604. He was the daimyo (top lord) and surrounded himself w...
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Nosaka-san Pottery Kiln, Hagi, Japan

January 11, 2016 - Japan is famous for its fine ceramics and we got to see them making some. First they mix the different types of clay car...
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Daereungwon Royal Tombs, South Korea

January 08, 2016 - The tumuli are burial mounds for ancient kings and one queen. Most are single huge grass-covered mounds. One is a double...
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Korean Market

January 07, 2016 - We visited a Korean market which had fresh fish, vegetables and herbs. It was somewhat like a farmer’s market. We also s...
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Korean BBQ Lunch and traditional dance performance

January 06, 2016 - We had a delicious lunch! We were served large platters of meat and veggies, which we cooked on a grill right at our tab...
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Four Heavenly Guardian Kings

January 05, 2016 - Statues of the four guardian kings are found in the temple gates of most Buddhist temples in Japan and South Korea. They...
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Bulguksa Temple, Gyeong-ju, South Korea

January 04, 2016 - Kyong-ju was the capital of the Shilla Kingdom from 57 BC – 935 AD and was considered a great city worldwide. Now it is...
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