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Kyushu Pilgrimage Temple 26 Fukuju-in

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan The 26th temple on the 108 temple Shingon Pilgrimage around Kyushu, Fukuju-in, is located near the ruins of Funai castle in Oita City. In the 17th Century is was moved inside the...
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Ikuchi Bridge

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan The sun was getting low as I approached Ikuchi Bridge on the first day of my walk from Honshu to Shikoku along the Shimanami Kaido. Connecting Innoshima with Ikuchijima, it is a...
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Inside Art Plaza

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan The former Prefectural Library in Oita City, originally constructed in 1966, was converted, under the direction of the original architect Arata Isozaki, in 1996 to the Art Plaza....
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Iwami Kannon Pilgrimage Temple 4 Anrakuji

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan The sun was close to setting at the end of my second day walking the Iwami Kannon Pilgrimage when I arrived at Anrakuji. I did not expect to see many grand temples on this...
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Arata Isozaki Art Plaza

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan One of my favorite Japanese architects is Arata Isozaki. He was born in Oita in 1931 and after graduating worked under Kenzo Tange. The first building he completed after becoming...
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Some Unusual Ema

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan Ema, votive plaques, can be found at many shrines and temples and nowadays are usually a standard size and shape, though variations abound. The heart shape is becoming more common...
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Funai Castle

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan The ruins of Funai Castle are in downtown Oita City, though when it was built this was the coast. Some form of catle was here in the mid 16th Century, but its current form...
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Saba Daishi Honbon

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan At the end of the tenth day of my walk along the Shikoku pilgrimage I was at Saba Daishi, a small temple on the coast near Mugi. I spent the night in their tsuyado, a free room...
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24 Paragons of Filial Piety

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan The Great South Gate, located halfway up the stepped slope leading to Yusuhara Hachimangu Shrine in the mountains outside of Oita City was built in the 17th Century and rebuilt in...
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Manholes by Children

RSS News from: More glimpses of unfamiliar Japan On some recent travels I came across a couple of towns that have their manholes designs designed by children. The first was Takamatsu in Kagawa on Shikoku. These first three...