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    Sushi menu

    A variety of popular sushi is seen on this advert.

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    Sushi bar

    At a rolling sushi restaurant there's no need to order. The food passes each table on a conveyor belt. Afterwords, you pay by the number of plates on your table.

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    Tea bowl

    Konoha Tenmoku tea bowl. A leaf has been baked into the glaze. A popularization of the tea ceremony in the 16th century in Japan led to the covetization of finely made Chinese tea bowls.

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    Subway customer service

    Customer Service, always ready to help.

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    Subway system store

    A store in the subway system in Tokyo selling "creme puffs".

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    Sumo throws 4

    Examples of the sumo throws Makiotoshi, Katasukashi, Amiuchi, Sotomuso, Uchimuso, Zubuneri, Sabaori, Kainabineri, Hatakikomi, and Hikiotoshi.

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    Vending machine: beverages

    A vending machine offering hot and cold drinks in a subway station.

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    Sho

    A cluster of 17 narrow bamboo pipes (two are decorative only). A type of flute. Has reeds, and can make a variety of chords with up to six different notes. Used mainly in gagaku.

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    Wedding

    A bride and groom on their happy wedding day, posing with Brendan Eagan. (Don't worry, he knows them.) Taken at the Meiji Shrine.

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    St. Olaf interim 2003 students at Tiananmen

    The men from St. Olaf's 2003 National Identity in China and Japan class, at Tiananmen Square. Two rows, left to right: Front: Kou Vang, Carl Gellert, Robert Crawford, Naoya Nishino, Bin Xue, Phong Do Back: Brendan Eagan, Andy Bernard, Professor Bob Entenmann, Sam Lee, Max Bunge, tourguide 'Henry.'

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    Vending machine: ice cream

    Subway stations aren't safe from the presence of vending machines - even ice-cream vending machines.

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    Subway ticket machine

    Examples of different kinds of tickets offered at a Japanese subway station.

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    Hawaii statehood

    Political cartoon commenting on Hawaii's admittance into the Union. The caption reads: "Please ma'am, may I come in?" and is delivered by a timid chubby child representing Hawaii. Behind the kindly woman, "Miss Columbia," a motley assortment of people is running wild, including a "Chinaman" with a queue being pummeled by another immigrant.

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    Vishnu

    Modern Poster style rendition of Vishnu as Maha-Vishnu. The peacock feather in the crown is a reference to his incarnation as Krishna.

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    Brahma and swan

    Miniature of Brahma riding on his sacred vehicle, the swan.

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    Toilet

    Sometimes the buttons on a toilet in Japan can be overwhelming, and this is no exception.

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    Sushi: chirashi

    Chirashi sushi is unlike all other kinds of sushi. Even though it consists of rice with fish and vegetables, the preparation and presentation is different. All other types of sushi are somehow pressed together, either by hand, with a rolling mat, or in a mold. All other types are also served in individual pieces, usually meant to be eaten in a single bite. Chirashi on the other hand is never squeezed or pressed; the sushi meshi is scooped into a bowl. The fish and vegetables are spread out on top of the rice. Chirashi means to scatter, and the first time someone outside of Japan sees chirashizushi he or she will likely think it is a rice salad. Chirashi can be served in individual bowls (most common at a restaurant), or in one large bowl to be shared by everyone at the table (more common at home). To eat chirashi, you may either dip the pieces of fish in shoyu and eat as sashimi or put the fish back in the bowl, scooping up some rice to eat it together with the fish. This is an easier way to serve sushi to a group of people, as the cook doesn't have to take the time to make individual pieces for everyone.

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    Street sign: exit only

    An exit ramp carries a warning.

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    Tea ceremony bowl: full moon

    With the rise in popularity of the tea ceremony in the 15th century, artistic style was utilized in many aspects. The most cherished tea-ceremony utensils were celadon porcelains and tenmoku (tea bowls) from China. Later, various kinds of dazzling tenmoku came to be valued.

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    Subway platform

    A subway platform in Tokyo.

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    St. Olaf Interim 2003: Brendan at Confucian temple

    St. Olaf student Brendan Eagan (class of 2005) makes friends with a stone statue in a Confucian temple in China.

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    Trolley ride

    During our stay in Nagasaki, we often rode the trolleys to get around. After spending some time at the Atomic Bomb Museum, Annie Haugen ('05) took some time during our ride to contemplate.

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    Train map

    An example of a train-line map in Japan, complete with "you are here" arrow.

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    Sumo match

    After the establishment of the first Shogunate in Kamakura from 1185 to 1392, Sumo came to be practiced by the warrior class. Minamoto no Yoritomo, the most famous Shogun of the era, was a huge Sumo fan. Oda Nobunga (1534-82) was particularly fond of Sumo. In February of 1578, he assembled 1,500 wrestlers from across Japan for a tournament held at his castle. Until then, there were no boundaries to the area in which Sumo matches were held. The space was previously designated by the people waiting for their turn to compete. Nobunga was the first person to draw circular boundaries on the ground for the first time. In the Edo period (1603-1867) several Daimyo (Feudal Lords) began sponsoring the strongest wrestlers. Those sponsored by the Daimyo got a big paycheck and Samurai status.

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    Tanabata

    Tanabata is a mid-summer Japanese festival.