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A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

The Ancient Nakadai Stone Tumulus in Hojo, Tsukuba

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The Nakadai Tumulus as first seen when approacing from the Hirasawa Iriguchi Bus-stop

The 6th century Nakadai Tumulus as first seen when approacing from the Hirasawa Iriguchi Bus-stop

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By Avi Landau

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The hirasawa Iriguchi Bus-stop in Hojo

The hirasawa Iriguchi Bus-stop in Hojo

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A closer look at the bus-stop which in front of an old shuttered up shop. The sign reads: TABAKO (cigarettes)

A closer look at the bus-stop which in front of an old shuttered up shop. The sign reads: TABAKO (cigarettes)

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The view as I approached the tomb from the west - with Mt. Hokkyo looming in the background.

The view as I approached the tomb from the west – with Mt. Hokkyo looming in the background.

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From behind

From behind

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From the eastern side.

From the eastern side.

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Sadly, the mouth of the tomb is filled with trash!

Sadly, the mouth of the tomb is filled with trash!

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This Terra-cota Figurine ( haniwa) unearthed in Tsukuba with what appears to be a hawk on its head, reminded me of one of the more famous Hawk-headed marauding horsemen from the Central Asia- Attila The Hun

This Terra-cota Figurine ( haniwa) unearthed in Nakadai, Tsukuba with what appears to be a hawk on its head, reminded me of one of the more famous Hawk-headed marauding horsemen from the Central Asia- Attila The Hun

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An interesting stone monument behind the house just below the tomb.

An interesting stone monument behind the house just below the tomb.

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Twenty-third night stone

Twenty-third night stone

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Across the street from the bus-stop, adjacent to the road - but part of someones garden - is this monument to a fallen soldier.

Across the street from the bus-stop, adjacent to the road – but part of someones garden – is this monument to a fallen soldier.

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