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An Oita Shopping Arcade

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan On my way out of town to walk upriver to Bungo Ono I passed through one of Oita’s covered arcades. This one had a huge model of what I believe is a Portuguese sailing ship....
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Shodoshima Pilgrimage Temple 6 Tanoura-an

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Early morning on my first day walking the Shodoshima Pilgrimage  and I came down out of the bamboo forest into the upper part of the little, but famous, fishing village of...
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Kyushu Pilgrimage Day 12 Oita to Bungo Ono

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Day 12 was going to be a long day, but I kept my room in Oita and would come back by train so I could walk the day without a heavy pack. My route was inland following...
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Yukie Shrine, Osafune

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Coming to the end of my first day walking along the Chugoku Kannon Pilgrimage and after spending a few hours walking down the banks of the Yoshii River in Okayama, I arrived at the...
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Samurai carvings at Yasaka Shrine in Oita

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Unlike the carvings on the gate at Yusuhara Hachimangu, the carvings on the Yasaka Shrine gate are cruder. Another big difference is that are they painted quite brightly. The...
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Dai Sekirinzan

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Dai Sekirinzan is at the northernmost point of the main island of Okinawa. It is a karst and geologists believe it to be the oldest part of Okinawa. Being a karst it has many...
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Yasaka Shrine, Motomachi, Oita

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Located on the hilltop above the stone buddhas of Motomachi and among several old temples is Yasaka Shrine. A branch of the famous Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto. As a Yasaka Shrine the...
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Senpukuji, Kunisaki

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Founded in the 14th Century as a training monastery for Zen monks, Senpukuji is located on the west side of the Kunisaki peninsula. With advance bookings it is possible to take...
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Stone Buddhas of Oita City

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan While not as impressive nor numerous as the stone Buddhas to the south of Oita City in Usuki or to the north in the Kunisaki Penisula, There are some example of stone buddhas, ie...
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Utsu Shrine

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Utsu Shrine is located in the little fishing port of Ocho on Osaki Shimozima Island in the Aki Nada chain of islands in the Inland Sea between Hiroshima and Shikoku. It was founded...