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    Bhajan singing 3

    As noted in Bhajan singing 1 and 2, the warmly dressed singers from the Rama Temple are singing songs of praise to Vaishnava deities. Women and men sing together in these groups.

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    Khuldabad Jalal al-Din Dargah, tree branch, close-up

    The saint, Jalal al-Din, is said to have thrown a stick which stuck in the ground and began growing into a tree. As this now magnificent tree is associated with the saint and his healing powers, pilgrims tie colored fabric to its branches as a symbol of their petitions. In particular, women who have been infertile come to this shrine to pray for the blessing of children.

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    Jade Flower Vase

    A fish-shaped, carved white jade vase with dark edging and detail.

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    Grocery Store Display: Chilled Coffee and Tea

    Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.

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    Nap Time

    A number of middle-schoolers have trouble staying awake in class.

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    Vending machines: alcoholic beverages

    With the variety of vending machines on the street, to live in Japan you'd never have to step foot inside of a store. Here is a row of vending machines offering beer and liquor.

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    Kailash Cave Temple, inner sanctum doorway

    This doorway leads into a small shrine room with a lingam carved in a yoni, symbol of the union of Shiva and Shakti, the divine male and female. The light of the candle, the only illumination in this inner shrine room, is visible through the doorway.

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    Kailash Cave Temple, Ramayana scenes

    Familiar scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana, cover one outer wall of the main temple. The parallel wall on the other side tells the story of the Mahabharata in carved vignettes of well-known episodes.

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    Ellora, Jain Caves, elephant

    This majestic and huge elephant stands at the entrance to the most complex of the Jain caves. Elephants are associated with royalty and power.

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    Grocery Store Display: Instant Ramen

    Instant Ramen, always a popular item, is shown here, pre-packaged with bowls.

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    Kailash Cave Temple, Manu Stambha

    The Manu Stambha stands just inside the temple courtyard.

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    ATM, close-up 1

    A closer look at a Japanese ATM.

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    Sushi menu

    A variety of popular sushi is seen on this advert.

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    Kids Day KFC Style

    The colonel gets into the spirit on Chldren's Day in Japan by dressing up samurai style.

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    Mail Counter

    Counters in a Japanese post-office

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    Boys on Stairs

    A group of Japanese school boys show off for the camera.

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    School

    Most Japanese schools have classrooms connected by outdoor hallways.

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    Ceremonial Axe

    Bronze axe with man and beast motif. May have been a token of rank and an instrument in conducting human sacrifices. "The innocent face, flanked by a pair of animals, usually identified as tigers, seems blissfully unaware of any unhappy outcome, and the tigers, most ferocious of beasts, are surprisingly benign." [as quoted from Robert Thorpe]

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    Whatever Chairman Mao Tells Me to Do, I Shall Do | Mao zhuxi zenyang shuo de, wo jiu zenyang zuo

    Whatever Chairman Mao tells me to do, I shall do--Learn from Chairman Mao's works like Comrade Wang Jie. Illustration shows Wang Jie, a model PLA soldier who was used to promote the cult of Chairman Mao in the early 1960s, amidst grinning workers and peasants.

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    Map of Regions of Japan

    A poster with maps of regions in Japan at the Hokkaido post office.

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    Boys at School

    Three boys enjoying their time between classes.

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    New Year's Cards

    A sheep announces it's a new year, the year of the Sheep.

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    Mail Box

    A mail-drop box at the Hokkaido Post Office

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    School Children's Poster

    Children's drawings adorn this poster.

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    Tibetan Skull Drum

    As described in the pamphlet, this is a "skull hand-drum, dating from Qing dynasty. Made from the skull caps of a boy and girl joined together at the tops and covered with lamb or monkey skin."