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Minka (民家)

shirakawago gasshozukuri

Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri

The gassho-zukuri (合掌造) style minka houses have vast roofs. The name gassho zukuri comes from the similarity of the roof shape to two hands in prayer.

Animal Coaster @ Yomiuri Land

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tokyo marathon wheelchair 車いすマラソン


My random, desktop image of the day happens to be from 7 years ago today, when I hung out in the rain to watch a bit of the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. Today was the 2017 version.

The wheelchair racers (車いすマラソン) lead the pack.


みやじまの宿 岩惣

View from Miyajima’s Iwaso Inn

Jewel Hall (摩尼殿)

Daishoin's Maniden Hall

A bit of the exterior of Maniden at Daishoin can be seen in this prior post.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Atomic Bomb Dome Genbaku Dōmu

Hiroshima Peace Memorial (AKA Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku Dōmu)

When I visited the Atomic Bomb Dome in 2013, work was being done on it. The construction was not to bring it back to its former, pre WW2 state; instead, it was to keep it from falling to pieces during an earthquake.

hiroshima prefectural industrial promotion hall dome sign

Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall sign


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