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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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    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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    Exit Sign 2

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

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    Ocha

    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.

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    Posing at Tiananmen

    Following a longstanding tradition, the women from St. Olaf's 2003 Interim class, National Identity in China and Japan pose at Tiananmen in Beijing. Two rows, left to right: Sitting row: Emily Wiedenhoeft, Andrea Ritland, Aiko Guevara, Annie Woudenberg. Standing Row: Professor Heather Klopchin, Angie Lau, Lauren McClain, Silje Reksnes, Sarah Rotschafer, Stephanie Johnson, Annie Haugen.

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    Pu Yi

    Pu Yi, last of the Chinese emperors, was installed on a puppet throne in Manchuria (renamed Manchukuo) in an attempt by the Japanese to convince the world that Manchuria was independent and that an agreement between the two countries was in effect.

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    Sumo Champion

    Futabayam Sadaji (1912-1968) remains a magic name in sumo. The 35th Yokozuna, his record of 69 straight wins still stands. This is a picture of him after he won the summer tournament in 1936.

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    Gifted Novelist

    Natsume Soseki, professor of English and later employee of the Asahi Shinbun, produced fine literature with liberal and original themes. He first achieved success with his novel, I Am A Cat.

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    Shanghai Bund, 1925

    A Keystone stereo view of the Bund in Shanghai, circa 1925.

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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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    Kimono Store Display

    A beautiful kimono featuring a cherry blossom (sakura) pattern.