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    Go Set

    Go set decorated with maki-e lacquer on wood.

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    Sitting Buddha diagram

    Exlanation of a cross-legged, sitting Buddha sculpture.

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    Four Accomplishments, Left Screen by Yusho, Kaiho (1533-1615)

    This pair of screens offers a novel interpretation of the four accomplishments of calligraphy, painting, music, and go (a board game). Yusho's pictorialization of the four accomplishments is very loose. The art of painting is represented by the trio viewing a scroll on the right screen. The corner of a go board on a red lacquer stand can be seen behind the outcrop of rocks in the lower right corner. Music is suggested by the brightly clad page bearing a zither in its protective covering on the left screen. Calligraphy is implied by the voluptuous beauty leaning against a treereading a folding book, as well as by the books on the low table. - abridged from catalogue entry by Christine Guth.

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    Nirvana of the Buddha

    Sakyamuni entered into final Nirvana just outside the city of Kusinagara lying on his left side, as if asleep, under a pair of Sala trees. The Mahaparinirvana sutra relates the events before and after the historical Buddha's death. In attendance were his disciples, as well as the Eight Classes of Divine Protector of the Buddhist Faith and numerous Bodhisattvas, who sat quietly at the Buddha's side. The Buddha's followers below are the only one's outwardly grieving.

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    Shrine on the Island of Miyajima

    Central to Shinto is the belief in divine begins (kami) which traditionally inhabit heaven and earth. Divine status is attached to anything which is striking, elevated and beautiful or possesses outstanding qualities: in brief, anything which awakens a sense of awe. In this way, things of natural beauty, mountains and seas, human beings, plants and animals can become gods. Symbols of every Shinto shrine are the gateways (torii), which in their simplest form are two pillars topped by a cross beam.

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    Meiji Shrine

    The Meiji Shring is a controversial shrine for many. It is where all of the war dead are entombed, including those who were executed at the end of WWII as war criminals.

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    Nagasaki Shrine

    Not many shrines are lucky enough to have a backdrop as beautiful as the rolling hills of Nagasaki.

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    Kamakura Shrine

    A cat enjoys some sun at a shrine in Kamakura.

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    Old Entrance to Forbidden City

    Photograph of the tower at old entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

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    Forbidden City Lion, View 2

    One of two bronze lions standing guard in Beijing's Forbidden City.

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    A not-so-dormant volcano smokes, giving hikers a warning to keep away.

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    Exit Sign at Night

    Subway exit sign.

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    Hokkaido Train Map

    All the stops of the train system in Hokkaido.

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    Minamoto Yoritomo

    One of the earliest extant examples of formal secular portraiture. The sitter is traditionally identified as Minamoto Yoritomo (1147-1199), the first shogun of Japan. After the death of the retired emperor Go-Shirakawa in 1192, Yoritomo received from the court the coveted title of Seiitaishogun (Great General Who Quells the Barbarians).

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    A St Olaf student being dressed in a kimono by her host family. The host mothers were trying to figure out how to tie the obi when this picture was snapped.

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    Muji Ichien

    Portrait sculpture ["chinso"] of the Zen priest Muji Ichien, born in 1226 in Kamakura. Made of polychromed wood.

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    Nara Shrine

    A wooden trellis at a Nara Shinto shrine being used to hang fortunes on.

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    Hokkaido Train Tickets

    Detailed explanations of the trains in Hokkaido.

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    Koi at Glover Garden in Nagasaki.

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    Engakuji flowers

    A tree blossoms in Engakuji, Kamakura.

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    Hand-set Type

    It could be exasperating when dealing with a language burdened by thousands of kanji.

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    Couple at Coffeehouse

    A couple enjoys their morning coffee and donuts.

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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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    Garden of the Humble Administrator

    Scene from the Humble Administrator's Garden, the largest private garden in Suzhou. Located in the northeastern part of Suzhou city. Suzhou, located on China's coast, is known for its canals as well as its beautiful gardens dating back to the Ming Dynasty.

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    Subway system stairs

    Stairs in a subway system, leading out.