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Omihachiman Culture & Craft Tour

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Emma Maruska (USA)
黄 丹 (China)
張 萌 (China)
趙 佳 易 (China)

Date
Sep 17, 2011

Spend a day exploring Omihachiman’s hidden treasures: a historical merchant village; several craft/ art museums; canal and cable car rides; and traditional lantern festival.

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    Meet your guides at Omihachiman train station.

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    Pick up bikes at the station.

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    Hakuunkan Building is a central point for exploring.

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    Omihachiman passport.

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    A stroll through the merchant village.

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    Shinmachi-dori is a well-known merchant street.

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    Large merchant house, Kyu-Nishikawa, is open everyday for tours and volunteers are dressed in traditional costume.

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    Inside Kyu-Nishikawa.

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    Beautiful garden at Kyu-Nishikawa.

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    Tour group and Kyu-Nishikawa volunteers.

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    Having fun on Shinmachi-dori.

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    Cultural History Museum contains ancient tools and crafts.

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    Omihachiman's post office, designed by William Vories.

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    Statue of William Vories, legendary missionary and architect for Omihachiman.

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    Entrance to NO-MA.

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    NO-MA: Borderless Art Museum - has fantastic collection of outsider art.

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    Works by artists Katsube Shota and BOME.

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    Exploring BOME collection.

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    Katsube Shota makes superhero warriors out of twisty ties.

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    Work by Kono Sakiko titled Naked Dolls.

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    Work by Ishino Keisuke. This artist creates 400 unique pieces every year!

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    Resource room at NO-MA.

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    Oga-shoten, originally a sugar shop, is now 150 years old.

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    Oga-shoten.

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    Oga-shoten, a beautiful handmade craft gallery with a small restaurant built in.

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    Bird's eye view of Oga-shoten.

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    Handmade ceramics at Oga-shoten.

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    Restaurant seating nestled among craft gallery.

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    Hanko stamp artist Saito.

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    Carving hanko from bamboo.

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    Upstairs seating at Oga-shoten, a relaxing break.

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    Restaurant Suiran's traditional set meal at Oga-shoten.

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    Enjoying miso from Suiran.

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    Lunch at Oga-shoten's restaurant Suiran.

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    Rain falls on street of Oga-shoten.

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    Enjoying the cool rain after lunch at Oga-shoten.

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    Bridge over Hachimanbori, ancient moat.

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    Board river boat for guided tour of the town's moat.

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    Group enjoying boat ride.

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    Beautiful rainy afternoon on the river.

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    Traditional river boat used to carry the merchant goods and omihachiman's mass produced tiles.

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    Gentle river ride.

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    Fantastic view of Omihachiman from River Boat.

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    Traditional merchant building now serves refreshments.

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    Just beyond the greenery is an amphitheater where locals perform for Lantern Festival.

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    Traditional buildings along river.

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    Checking out the sights by boat.

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    Group enjoying the beautiful Hachimanbori.

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    View of river from Hakuun bridge.

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    Hachimanyama cable car.

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    Lodge at the top of Hachimanyama.

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    Enjoying the panoramic view from lodge.

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    View from Hachimanyama - You can see Nishinoko (Lake Nishino) in the night.

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    Omihachiman from Hachimanyama.

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    Dusk on Hachimanbori.

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    Tourists and locals come out to enjoy the evenings festivities.

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    Night falls and 2,000 lanterns are lit along Hachimanbori.

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    Paper lanterns along river light up the town.

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    A walk along the river is beautiful and mystical.

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    Lanterns at Kawara Tile Museum.

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    3-D glasses make lanterns come to life!

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    Inside 3-D glasses, lanterns transform into colored faces.

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    Thousands of lanterns are a remarkable sights!

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    Lanterns arranged in beautiful display.

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    Wooden lanterns hanging from bamboo posts.

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    What a gorgeous night!

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    Handmade paper lanterns along Omihachiman street.

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    Shinmachi-dori's nighttime colors celebrate Lantern Festival.

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