Directly in front of the Golden Hall, on the south side, is an open area, which is used for ceremonies. The Mirokudo is on the western side of the open area, facing to the east. The small building in this image is on the eastern side of the open area. It is a building for worship, used to honor the dragon of Ryuketsu Shrine, which is directly to the east of Muroji. One of two straw dragons constructed as part of the Autumn Ryuketsu Shrine Festival is hung from a tree in the open area here at Muroji, while the other is hung by the river in front of the shrine, part of an interesting intermingling of rituals between the temple and the shrine.
Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.
Various roots, mushrooms, and vegetables.
The colonel gets into the spirit on Chldren's Day in Japan by dressing up samurai style.
A closer look at a Japanese ATM.
Diagram showing how a bronze food cauldron is cast using the piece mold method during the Shang dynasty.
A shelf of soda and juices.
A close-up of some cheeses in a Japanese grocery store.
The sign outside of the post-office, wearing a cap of snow.
Three boys enjoying their time between classes.
Most Japanese schools have classrooms connected by outdoor hallways.
Ram cards usher in the new year.
Coffee Jelly, "Purin", and "Banana Purin", different types of jello in Japan.
Some people peruse the book selections at the store "And You"
Example prices at a flower shop .
Actor Okochi Denjiro playing Tange Sazen, the one-eyed and one-armed killer, made a tremendous hit on movie-going audiences.
Mochi (rice cakes) looking very delicious.
A vending machine offering hot and cold drinks in a subway station.
During my homestay I snapped a picture of my room for posterity. Note the tatami mats, futon, space heater, and "desk".
A day in the life of the Diet. The House of Representatives meets in Japan.
Andy Bernard and Brendan Eagan take some time out from their hike to pose with a dormant volcano in the background.
A multiple-armed Kannon Bosatsu image, ready to aid those who leave offerings. Found in Kamakura.
A pagoda rises up majestically from the shops in Asakusa.
Pachinko, a Japanese cousin of the American slot machine, has a wide appeal. The pachinko machines of today are much flashier than the ones shown here from the 60's.
Nagasaki has been described as the San Francisco of Japan, and looking at the way the houses are built into the mountains all around the city, it's easy to tell why.