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    Oyoroi Samurai Armor

    Oyoroi (literally "great armor") was the loose-fitting defensive armor of mounted archers that was developed late in the Heian period. It is made chiefly of leather and iron bound together to form horizontal tiers.

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    Rural Kannon Statue

    A multiple-armed Kannon Bosatsu image, ready to aid those who leave offerings. Found in Kamakura.

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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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    China Shop

    This picture was taken by Prof. Edward S. Morse of Harvard, who came to Japan in 1877 at the invitation of Tokyo Imperial University to teach zoology.

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    Asakusa Pagoda

    A pagoda rises up majestically from the shops in Asakusa.

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    Gambling Mamas

    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.

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    Fan painting of the gods of wealth and long life

    A New Years Haiku. Text: "Shaved up and ready (Sori-tatete)/ Pines by the door and breezes, (kadomatsu kaze-ya)/ Happiness, Wealth, Long Life (Fukurokuju). [Signed] Buson [seal]"

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    Houses in the Mountains of Nagasaki

    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.

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    Japanese Astronomy

    A man sits in his hakama, looking through a turn-of-the-century telescope. This kind of viewing was possible by 1889 at the Astronomical Observatory of Tokyo Imperial University.

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    Nagasaki Skyline

    Nagasaki, sometimes described as the Japanese San Francisco, has rolling hills that help protect its inhabitants from storms.

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    Hokkaido Train Map

    All the stops of the train system in Hokkaido.

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    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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    Exit Sign 2

    A sign in the subway system pointing the way to the JR (Japanese Rail) and the exit.

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    A close-up of a tea vending machine.

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    Exit Sign at Night

    Subway exit sign.

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    Camels in a 'Ger' encampment

    Camels in a 'ger' (yurt) encampment, Outer Mongolia.

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    Nihonbashi Bridge

    Started in 1908, the modern version of the Nihonbashi Bridge took three years to complete. Nihonbashi was the originating station in the old Tokaido line to Kyoto.

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    Advertising Along the Huangpu

    View of some of the tall buildings and advertisements along Shanghai's Huangpu river, glimpsed through the perpetual Shanghai haze.

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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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    Daibutsu Close-up

    A close-up of the daibutsu in Kamakura reveals a goatee, among other things.

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    Freedom of Religion

    The Greek Orthodox Church was constructed in 1891. As long as they professed loyalty to Shintoism first, the Japanese were allowed to worship as they pleased.

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    Post Office: Hoka Mado

    Text: "Hoka no madoguchi o go-riyoo kudasai" ("Please go to the next station")

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    Main Building at Meiji Shrine.

    The main building at the Meiji Shrine on a sunny day.

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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.