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    Thanks for letting us join you on this! Great photos!
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    O-mikuji strips of paper at Suwa shrine, 6:40 am:




    Rooftops of some of the many buildings at Suwa shrine, 6:40 am:

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    At a shrine a few blocks from Suwa, there is a giant oak tree, maybe 6 feet in diameter at the base. It and Suwa and adjacent shrines survived the atomic bomb because they are in the lee of the other side of Mt. Konpira. The early morning light, 7 am, peaks through the leaves and shines on a specific spot on a wall of the shrine:

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    I read up a bit about Suwa. Did you put some string on the legs of a "Stop Lion"?

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    Those rooftops...wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Taylor View Post
    I read up a bit about Suwa. Did you put some string on the legs of a "Stop Lion"?
    I've read about the Stop Lion, and the string, but I haven't seen it at Suwa, nor any place else. Tomorrow or Saturday I will look for it.
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    I found the Stop Lions! There are two, facing each other. The Suwa shrine is on my way to work and so I walked through it at 6:30 am, searching for the Stop Lion. You drop a donation into the box, 100 Yen maybe, and take a string to tie around the Stop Lion, asking for a blessing to stop some habit, smoking say. I suppose that it is formally possible that all the strings are from one person, who is trying to stop their addiction to tying strings around the Stop Lion.



    The pieces of string:



    The Suwa jinja (shrine) has lots of lions, but only two Stop Lions. This one is quite old, perhaps hundreds of years old, and its teeth are so worn down that it has taken to feeding on easy to catch villagers:



    Triumph, the Insult Lion:



    There are basins of water everywhere:





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    The guy with the pipe in his mouth is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    Those rooftops...wow
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    If only bobbys wuz here...

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    Detail of a street sign map showing locations of shelters:

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    Neko-chan:




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    I really like the Pyracantha photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    Thanks Steve! That's all for today, hopefully some more tomorrow.
    Great! Thank you.

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    Neko-chan:



    This kitten looked sick:



    This one annoyed me, too smug:




    There are neko-chan everywhere in Japan. I think because people don't spay their cats, and vets or the city don't participate in feral cat spaying programs. Which means a lot of waking up at 3 am because of a howling cat in heat.

    Most of the cats have distorted, shortened tails, due to genes introduce from Portugal, or something like that.
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    The recent Scorsese movie, Silence, was based upon the experiences of Christians and Jesuit missionaries in 1600's Japan. The movie was filmed largely in Taiwan, but based upon locations within and around Nagasaki, such as a fishing village to the north of the city, and the Goto Islands off the coast.

    The Suwa shrine, and the Kunchi harvest festival, were designed to counter Christianity, in part.

    The scene in the film showing Christians locked up in cages within a walled compound was likely based upon the Nagasaki magistrate compound, which was a few blocks from Suwa and has been recreated, as a museum of history and culture. The darker colored rocks in the wall below are restored from the original compound:




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    Decades before the events of the movie Silence, on a single day February 5th, 1597, twenty-six Christians were crucified on a hill on the lower slope of Mt. Konpira. The horror of it is difficult to imagine. Near the present day Nagasaki train station. Here is the monument to the martyrs, with a strange Gaudi-esque church behind:




    At the time the location probably had a great view of the Nagasaki harbour, if you always look on the bright side of life (I kid!). The scenes in the movie showing hot springs and torture with boiling water were set at the base of the volcano Mt. Unzen, on a peninsula near Nagasaki. Mt. Unzen has erupted several times in human history, with great loss of life. The market at the end of the movie was likely based upon Dejima, the walled, artificial island built in the Nagasaki harbour to segregate interactions with Portugese traders.
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    Thank you for this photo essay. I lived in Hiroshima for three years, and another two years up around the Fujigoko. Once in a while we trained down to Nagasaki for some reason or other. I am impressed by the everyday life type photos you have taken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    Decades before the events of the movie Silence, on a single day February 5th, 1597, twenty-six Christians were crucified on a hill on the lower slope of Mt. Konpira. The horror of it is difficult to imagine. Near the present day Nagasaki train station. Here is the monument to the martyrs, with a strange Gaudi-esque church behind:




    At the time the location probably had a great view of the Nagasaki harbour, if you always look on the bright side of life (I kid!). The scenes in the movie showing hot springs and torture with boiling water were set at the base of the volcano Mt. Unzen, on a peninsula near Nagasaki. Mt. Unzen has erupted several times in human history, with great loss of life. The market at the end of the movie was likely based upon Dejima, the walled, artificial island built in the Nagasaki harbour to segregate interactions with Portugese traders.
    I mentioned this book https://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Willi.../dp/0142003786
    It contains an account of an execution by burning at the stake. Not so much burning on a fire, but roasting in a ring of fire. The Japanese of that time employed some very cruel sanctions against their criminals.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    I mentioned this book https://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Willi.../dp/0142003786
    It contains an account of an execution by burning at the stake. Not so much burning on a fire, but roasting in a ring of fire. The Japanese of that time employed some very cruel sanctions against their criminals.
    I will get that book next time that I am in the USA.
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    Neko-chan:

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    For Jake, details, the front gate of the guest house in which I am currently staying:



    The purpose of this notch becomes clear in the photo following it:





    The wall that goes with the gate:

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    For Jake, details, the front gate of the guest house in which I am currently staying:


    If I am seeing what I think I am looking at, that is a toenail breaker.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    If I am seeing what I think I am looking at, that is a toenail breaker.
    Here is the gate stepping back a bit. It has an auxiliary door for smaller folk:


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    OK, I think that I have got it.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Some more photos of Suwa-jinja. Morning light on the topmost shrine:




    Kitsune, fox. The first one is carrying a scroll with a message for the spirits, and the second one appears to have a yellow golf ball in its mouth:






    This kitsune is in fine condition. His paw is burnished from people touching it:



    Torii:

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    Details of a small shrine:








    Joint in post, note the end is decorative, since it is wider than the beam:

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    The wall of my guesthouse:

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    Thank You...

    It seems odd that those joints in the post are purely decorative, could they be locking wedges shaped to appear as through tenons? What is going on there?

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    Udon cafe. They make their own noodles, the machine is to the right in the first photo. Good udon noodle soup is sublime, it ranks right up with pho in the pantheon of heavenly foods. I like udon better than ramen, but the latter has made it big in NYC, 15 bucks a bowl.




    Tempura toppings and side dishes for the udon:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    It seems odd that those joints in the post are purely decorative, could they be locking wedges shaped to appear as through tenons? What is going on there?
    Yeah, I think that you are right, they are both decorative and functional. Here is another one, of the post just to the left of the one in the above photo:

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    I love Udon noodles, and Soba...

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    Yesterday went to the Nagasaki museum of history and culture, shown above in post #52. I have posted details of it before, because the architecture is superb.

    Demonstration of a shoji screen, in the classic weaving technique. Very few shoji screens are made in this laborious method:



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    A wall in a courtyard, a recreation of the Rashomon-like courtroom where the governor would hear cases, the accused kneeling on a mat in the courtyard. The bracing against on the wall I noticed in paintings from the Edo period.

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