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Marathon vacation in Japan (part 1)

June 30, 2005

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1. Part of Ninomaru Palace, Nijo Castle
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2. Inner moat looking down from Honmaru part of Nijo Castle
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3. Inner moat looking from outside of Honmaru part of Nijo Castle
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4. Greg and Yoko at the Microbial Mound in Kyoto, which honors bacteria sacrificed to research
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5. Garden with waterless pond, Manshuin Temple, Kyoto
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6. Crane tree in garden at Manshuin Temple
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7. Carved wooden flowers above a door in Manshuin Temple
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8. Waterfall rock in the shade to the right of tall stone lantern
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9. Tiger room, Manshuin Temple; paintings by Kano Eitoku from the Momoyama Period
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10. Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto, established in 1482; view from observatory
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11. Greg and Yoko on the Walk of Philosophy, named for a philosopher who walked here often
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12. View from Nanzen-ji Gate, one of 3 biggest gates in Japan; built in 1296, last rebuilt in 1628
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13. View toward downtown Kyoto from Kiyomizu Temple
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14. View above Kiyomizu Temple
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15. Kiyomizu fountain; the 3 streams signify male-female relationships, education, and health
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16. Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion), popular name for Rokuon-ji Temple, in Kyoto
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17. Making a wish and ringing the gong at the Kinkaku belfry
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18. Rock Garden at Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto; you cannot see all 15 rocks from any one spot
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19. Stone lantern and moss, Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto
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20. Inner room at Ryoan-ji Temple, Kyoto
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21. Kyoyochi Pond at Ryoan-ji Temple; made in the late 12th century
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22. Room in Koryu-ji Temple, Kyoto; at this temple is a Lecture Hall built in 1165
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23. Lunch at the Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto (Westerners are given little chairs for comfort)
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24. Large bamboo trees at Tenryu-ji Temple
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25. Inside a building at Tenryu-ji Temple
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26. One of the ubiquitous vending machines selling Pocari Sweat sports drink
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27. Greg sings to Yoko as a thank-you for being such a great host
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28. Mosaic mural from the gardens surrounding the Imperial Palace, Tokyo
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