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Matthew Haswell | profile | all galleries >> Japan 日本 >> Chūbu 中部 >> Obama 小浜 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Obama 小浜

A small port and fishing town on the rugged western coast of Fukui-ken, Obama was once the capital of the Wakasa domain. Dotted with numerous historic temples and shrines, some dating back over a thousand years, it is often referred to as "Nara by the sea". Its name meaning "small beach" in Japanese, the former castle town has attracted new-found attention thanks to its link to U.S. President Barack Obama - a connection that has been quickly exploited by the local tourist industry.
Obama Station signboard
Obama Station signboard
One of many banners for the U.S. president
One of many banners for the U.S. president
Not a very good likeness. . .
Not a very good likeness. . .
Arcade along Hamakaze-dōri
Arcade along Hamakaze-dōri
Bad pun
Bad pun
Obama paraphernelia
Obama paraphernelia
Drinking hole in the Hamakaze-dōri arcade
Drinking hole in the Hamakaze-dōri arcade
JR Obama Station
JR Obama Station
Obama City Hall
Obama City Hall
Seaside houses near the harbor
Seaside houses near the harbor
More gratuitous Obama marketing
More gratuitous Obama marketing
Traditional Fukui-ken machiya
Traditional Fukui-ken machiya
Obama-jinja
Obama-jinja
Foundations of Obama-jō's former donjon
Foundations of Obama-jō's former donjon
Atop the donjon foundations
Atop the donjon foundations
View towards the harbor from Obama-jō
View towards the harbor from Obama-jō
Squid boats along the harbor
Squid boats along the harbor
Obama's main fish market
Obama's main fish market
Fresh catch for sale
Fresh catch for sale
Higashi-Obama Station
Higashi-Obama Station
Neighborhood backstreet in Higashi-Obama
Neighborhood backstreet in Higashi-Obama
Ebisu fence decoration and nearby kura
Ebisu fence decoration and nearby kura
Decoration beneath the roof an old house
Decoration beneath the roof an old house
Yutani-zan Saikō-ji
Yutani-zan Saikō-ji
Wakasahime-jinja
Wakasahime-jinja
Kaguraden (nō stage) at Wakasahime Shrine
Kaguraden (nō stage) at Wakasahime Shrine
Main hall of Wakasahime-jinja
Main hall of Wakasahime-jinja
Rural scenery in the Higashi-Obama area
Rural scenery in the Higashi-Obama area
Outer torii of Wakasahiko-jinja
Outer torii of Wakasahiko-jinja
Front of the honden (main hall)
Front of the honden (main hall)
Small temizuya and moss-covered tree
Small temizuya and moss-covered tree
Wakasahiko-jinja
Wakasahiko-jinja
Meoto-sugi (twinned Japanese cedar)
Meoto-sugi (twinned Japanese cedar)
Walking along a windswept road
Walking along a windswept road
Steps leading to Mantoku-ji
Steps leading to Mantoku-ji
Sculpted tree and path leading to miniature shrine
Sculpted tree and path leading to miniature shrine
Zen garden at Mantoku-ji
Zen garden at Mantoku-ji
Raked gravel and garden scenery
Raked gravel and garden scenery
Hon-dō (main hall) at Mantoku-ji
Hon-dō (main hall) at Mantoku-ji
View over Mantoku-ji and surrounds
View over Mantoku-ji and surrounds
Stream running through rural Higashi-Obama
Stream running through rural Higashi-Obama
Residential street in Higashi-Obama
Residential street in Higashi-Obama
Obama-line train arriving at Higashi-Obama Station
Obama-line train arriving at Higashi-Obama Station
Obama manjū
Obama manjū
Outer gate of Hachiman-jinja
Outer gate of Hachiman-jinja
Steps leading to Jōkō-ji
Steps leading to Jōkō-ji
Sanchō-machi district
Sanchō-machi district
Old houses in Sanchō-machi
Old houses in Sanchō-machi
Pigeon decoration atop a tiled wall
Pigeon decoration atop a tiled wall
Tsubasa-no-terasu (Wing Terrace)
Tsubasa-no-terasu (Wing Terrace)
Beachfront on Obama Bay
Beachfront on Obama Bay
Waves crashing against the tetrapod barriers
Waves crashing against the tetrapod barriers
Mermaid Terrace
Mermaid Terrace
Late afternoon sun peeking through the clouds
Late afternoon sun peeking through the clouds
Batch of newly-built machiya in central Obama
Batch of newly-built machiya in central Obama
Another Obama banner along Hamagaze-dōri
Another Obama banner along Hamagaze-dōri