Also known as Yunyan Temple Pagoda, this pagoda on Tiger Hill is the oldest pagoda in Suzhou and is composed of seven stories.
Andy Bernard and Brendan Eagan take some time out from their hike to pose with a dormant volcano in the background.
A lacquer likeness of Mt. Fuji at a Fuji shrine
A string instrument almost always used in performance of Okinawan traditional music. Said to be the prototype of the shamisen.
St. Olaf student Phong Do (Class of 2005) enjoys a sweet-and-sour-fish tail in China, Interim 2003.
A turnstyle, ready to take your ticket.
Portrait sculpture of Toyotomi Sutemaru (1589-1591), the first son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), died when he was just two years old. Hideyoshi built Shounji in eastern Kyoto as the child's memorial temple. This portrait was enshrined there. Made of polychromed wood.
Depiction of Sakuma Shogen Sanekatsu (1570-1642) sitting in front of a bamboo screen facing his boy attendant. A warrior who first served Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), Sakuma then seved three successive generations of Tokugawa shoguns: Ieyasu, Hidetada, and Iemitsu.
In the three letters mounted together in this handscroll, which opens with an anonymous portrait of Wang Yangming, his calligraphy is sharp and angular, and the characters are vertically elongated. The brushwork appears rapid and agitated. Wang's calligraphy may reflect anxieties expressed in the content of the letters, which were addressed to his nephew Zheng Bangrui and can be dated to between 1523 and 1525. Wang writes of the burden of managing his family's affairs after the death of his father in 1522, the illness of his wife (who died in 1525) and his obligation to arrange the marriage of a niece. Together, these letters in Wang's own hand provide a rare glimpse into the everyday life of the noted philosopher.
An example of a train-line map in Japan, complete with "you are here" arrow.
Japanese subway ticket machines.
The always busy Machida Subway Station.
Photo of the huge red-light district in Tokyo known as Yoshiwara, which flourished for more than three hundred years.
A beautifully crafted scale model of the main temple at Todai-ji.
Boats docked at Suzhou, nicknamed the "Venice of China" for its many canals.
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.
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.
Koi at Glover Garden in Nagasaki.
A bride and groom on their happy wedding day, posing with Brendan Eagan. (Don't worry, he knows them.) Taken at the Meiji Shrine.
Keeping with tradition, this shrine building has a roof made of hay or thatch.
A tree blossoms in Engakuji, Kamakura.
Fingernail polish and lipstick for sale.
A statue of a Jizo and child stand surrounded by several other statues.
A wooden trellis at a Nara Shinto shrine being used to hang fortunes on.