Hikone with Shuji and Keiko - June 28th, 2003

(23 photos)

Minori, U-chan, and I went up to Hikone to hang out with Keiko and Shuji. We got to see some really interesting temples, and sing Karaoke of course. I met a friend of mine form college totally at random in the karaoke place, it was really cool!

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Minori and Shuji pose in front of this good luck wreath as U-chan looks on from the side

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The bridge to Taga-taisha, a Shinto shrine in Taga, near Hikone.

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When we got to Taga-taisha, a Japanese traditional wedding ceremony was just finishing.

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Taga-taisha

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The next place we went was Eigen-ji, a Buddhist temple. It is on a mountain side, so you have to climb up a bunch of stairs to get there. On the way up, we found this statue, we thought it was cute because not a lot of Buddhist statues have glasses on.

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It's hard to make out due to the angle and the image quality, but there were a bunch of statues carved into the rock of the mountain.

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Looking down on the river and some buildings on the other side. It was raining, by the way.

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Nobody could figure out what this little structure was doing standing inside the temple grounds. I still wonder what they use it for.

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Getting out of the rain ... to pose for photojournal!

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A shot of the temple grounds.

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The Eigen-ji temple bell.

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This is a huge pot of ash. For 100 yen, you can burn a stick of incense in it. If you write on the incense with black marker, whatever you write will show up in the ash. Pretty cool!


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