The Streets Reach Out

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Osaka Monument

Monument

Not sure what this monument stood for; but it was really cool to see. Stood right next to the Osaka Castle, and had a bunch of kids standing around doing chants that day.  NOt sure why (everyone else thought it was weird too–the Japanese people were giving them a wide berth), but they were hollering chants and what sounded like pig-calling noises (Suey…Suey).  You can see two of them at the bottom.

Pearl Button Capital

Pearl Button Capital

My best picture of the pearl diver statue in Muscatine Iowa. For those who don’t know, Muscatine was the Pearl Button capital of the world. You may actually still have pearl buttons on some blouses, they are the whitish buttons with rainbow pastel colors. Usually very thin. This is where they gathered the pearls and made the buttons.

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

The Monument at the War Memorial of Korean. Funny thing, I thought it was supposed to be the Korean War Museum (i.e. just that war), but it is actually dedicated to all the wars they’ve fought in. So it included stuff clear back to the ancient days. This monument though was their big dedication to the Korean War.

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate

This Dragon helps hold up and ward the gates to the Yonggungsa Temple in Busan. Isn’t he darling!