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The mythical Emperor Takeru of the Yamato Dynasty lived between approximately AD 70-130. His colossal bronze statue stands sentinel on a hilltop in Kenroko-en Park in Kanazawa. Kenroko-en is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful parks, featuring ponds and plants, and populated by exotic birds. The genuinely beautiful and historic city, Kanazawa, along with the better known Kyoto, was spared the horrific bombing of WWII. (In that sense, it was treated in the same manner as the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge in England and Heidelberg in Germany.) Shrines, temples, pagodas all abound, as do Geisha Women and descendants of the Samurai. I was in Kanazawa this past week in order to give a lecture at a conference. In late July the weather was hot and humid, and a UV-filter helped to filter through the haze.

The brilliant red umbrella of a visitor added a colorful "chop mark" to the scene, one that Lord Takeru must have appreciated from his perch.

I dedicate this photo to another Takero, however, Takero Kawabata (bukitgolfb301, who has been treating us for many years to spectacular photos from festivals in Japan. I also dedicate it to my good friend, Malgorzata Kopczynska (Emka), who also posted photos from this beautiful park.

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