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ToKyo & Nikko JAPAN Spring 2004

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朝巣四湯  

4:00 PM The Yokozuna Ring Entering Ceremony

  One of the high points of any tournament day, the yokozuna dohyo-iri or ring entering ceremony is performed with a combination of dignity and strength by each competing yokozuna. Flanked by his sword barer on the right and his usher on the left, the yokozuna goes through a series of motions rich in both tradition and meaning.
Nihon Sumo Kyokai

朝巣四湯  

4:00 PM The Yokozuna Ring Entering Ceremony

One of the high points of any tournament day, the yokozuna dohyo-iri or ring entering ceremony is performed with a combination of dignity and strength by each competing yokozuna. Flanked by his sword barer on the right and his usher on the left, the yokozuna goes through a series of motions rich in both tradition and meaning.

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Japan_217_032004.jpg
Oldest Temple in Nikko, up the hill
Oldest Temple in Nikko, up the hill
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Japan_249_032004.jpg
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Japan_263_032004.jpg
Sugawara Michizane/Tenjin sama
 born 845, Japan
died March 26, 903, Dazaifu

Japanese scholar of Chinese literature during the Heian period, later deified as Tenjin, patron of scholarship and literature.

He was given important government posts by the emperor Uda, who saw him as a counterbalance to the powerful Fujiwara family. When Uda's son took the throne, Michizane's fortunes were reversed, and he was sent into exile when the new emperor was persuaded that Michizane was plotting against him. Following his death in exile, calamities in the capital were attributed to his vengeful spirit, and he was posthumously reinstated. At shrines dedicated to Tenjin, schoolchildren often buy amulets for good luck on school entrance exams.
The education shrine

Sugawara Michizane/Tenjin sama
born 845, Japan
died March 26, 903, Dazaifu

Japanese scholar of Chinese literature during the Heian period, later deified as Tenjin, patron of scholarship and literature.

He was given important government posts by the emperor Uda, who saw him as a counterbalance to the powerful Fujiwara family. When Uda's son took the throne, Michizane's fortunes were reversed, and he was sent into exile when the new emperor was persuaded that Michizane was plotting against him. Following his death in exile, calamities in the capital were attributed to his vengeful spirit, and he was posthumously reinstated. At shrines dedicated to Tenjin, schoolchildren often buy amulets for good luck on school entrance exams.

The Powerful Kegon Notaki, Dragon Falls from Lake Chuzenji
The Powerful Kegon Notaki, Dragon Falls from Lake Chuzenji
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Japan_210_032004.jpg
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Japan_218_032004.jpg
Musashimori, One of 2 retired Hawaiian Yokozunas
Musashimori, One of 2 retired Hawaiian Yokozunas
12th and 13th Yokozunas, Grand Champions
12th and 13th Yokozunas, Grand Champions
National Kabuki Theater, Ginza Area
National Kabuki Theater, Ginza Area
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Japan_252_032004.jpg
Plastic Pizza, Yum!
Plastic Pizza, Yum!
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Japan_104_032004.jpg
East Shinjuku, near Kabukichoe
East Shinjuku, near Kabukichoe
Sakura
Sakura
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Japan_111_032004.jpg
Shinjuku Youth
Shinjuku Youth
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Japan_307_032004.jpg
Basement Shinjuku Station Monk with Staff with Bell for donation
Basement Shinjuku Station Monk with Staff with Bell for donation
Asahi Heavy Flame so sideways, aka 'Golden Turd'
Asahi Heavy Flame so sideways, aka 'Golden Turd'
Sakura Hama Rikyu Park
Sakura Hama Rikyu Park
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Japan_116_032004.jpg
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