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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.

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    Kimono Fabric Display

    Beautiful fabrics on display for kimonos.

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    Noh Mask: Koomote

    One of the earliest Noh masks to be developed, Koomote represents the countenance of a calm young woman, her neatly arranged hair parted in the middle, with three loose, but not overlapping, strands on either side. Ko (small), the first Japaanese character of the two that form the word koomote, suggests the youth, freshness and charm embodied in this mask. Reflecting the standard of beauty from the Heian period on, the oval face is full, with eyebrows shaved and repainted high on the wide forehead. The teeth are blackened (ohaguro), with a paste made of powdered iron filings and gall nuts steeped in vinegar or tea; this was a cosmetic fashion adopted by young women on coming of age. Although Koomote represents a general character type, subtle differences among masks are apparent. Some emphasize youthful freshness, some refinement, some a delicately erotic charm. - Matshushima Ken

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    Miyajima Torii

    This picture is of the famous torii at Miyajima. Miyajima island has been occupied for hundreds of years by emperors and shogun because of it`s beauty and purity. In fact, the government, wanting to maintain the purity of Miyajima, has made it illegal to be born or die on Miyajima. Every day the tide comes in and goes out, allowing the throngs of tourists to poke around on the beach near the base of the gigantic torii. These children were making use of stepping stones, pulling their parents with them.

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    Kotsuzumi Drum and Storage Box

    The kotsuzumi is a percussion instrument shaped much like an hourglass, with a thin middle and two flaring ends. Drumheads of leather mounted on iron rings are fitted on either end with the two drumheads connected by hemp cords. It is held with the left hand, placed on the right shoulder, and struck with the fingers of the right hand. This set is decorated with a spring design of rafts with cherry blossoms in gold maki-e on a black lacquered ground. This kotsuzumi is accompanied by a storage box decorated witha design in maki-e on black lacquer of running water and maple leaves. The design allude to many poems from the Heian period regarding the Tatsuta Riber, famous for the autumn foliage along its banks." - Kawakami Shigeki

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    Japanese Street Scene

    These classically designed Japanese buildings speak of older times. They could be found in any city in Japan, although these happen to stand on the famous island of Miyajima. The building in the middle is a restaurant that I ended up eating a fantastic meal of cold ramen, boiled eggs, and fresh vegetables.

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    Hosoe-cho Princess Parade: Make-up Preparation

    During the annual Hosoe-cho Princess Parade, or "Himesama Dohchuu," over a hundred participants dress in traditional costumes and parade through the small town of Hosoe-cho in western Shizuoka prefecture. At left, a woman applies white makeup to the face and throat of a parade participant.

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    Noh

    The actor Umewaka Rokuro leads a busy life, reviving ancient Noh plays, presenting new Noh productions and performing overseas.

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    Noh Costume

    Embroidery with glued-on gold or silver leaf. In Noh, costumes decorated in this technique are known themselves as nuihaku.

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    Vishnu

    Modern Poster style rendition of Vishnu as Maha-Vishnu. The peacock feather in the crown is a reference to his incarnation as Krishna.