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Tokyo Geisha 東京の芸者Pictures of geisha in Tokyo. Mainly Kagurazaka, Asakusa, and Shimbashi.
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Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Dochu Procession 一葉桜まつりおいらん道中


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Behind the famous Sensoji temple in Asakusa is a local neighborhood where they hold the annual Ichiyo Sakura Festival in April along the main street lined with Ichiyo cherry blossoms. The festival highlight is the Oiran Dochu courtesan procession and an Oiran Show. The area is near the old Yoshiwara red-light district. I saw this festival twice, in 2007 and 2010. Also see my video at YouTube.

167 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2010
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23rd Asakusa Odori Geisha Dance 第23回 浅草おどり


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The 23rd Asakusa Odori, a dance performed by Asakusa geisha, was held on Oct. 28-29, 2008 at the Asakusa Kokaido Hall in Asakusa, Tokyo. It was a rare opportunity to see this dance performed only once every several years. The dances were stunningly beautiful. These pictures were taken during the final show on Oct. 29, 2008 during 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

132 files, last one added on Oct 31, 2008
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Kagurazaka Geisha Dance 2006 神楽坂芸者 華の会


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The annual "Hana no Kai" dance performance by Kagurazaka geisha was held on April 8, 2006. For the first time, they held three performances on the same day and all three shows sold out.

52 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2006
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Tomioka Hachiman Tekomai Geisha 富岡八幡の手古舞


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The tekomai geisha from Fukagawa/Tatsumi area in Koto Ward, Tokyo wear a colorful costume which is partially masculine with trousers instead of skirts. As they walk, they only sing traditional chant-like songs. They do not dance. You can see them at the Tomioka Hachiman Festival in Aug. and at Koto Ward Citizens' Festival at Kiba Park in mid-Oct. Also see my video at YouTube.

24 files, last one added on Jan 08, 2011, 15 linked files, 39 files total
Album viewed 236 times

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Adachi-ku 足立区Pictures of Adachi Ward, Tokyo.
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Toshi Nogyo Koen Park Cherry Blossoms 都市農業公園の五色桜


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Riverside park along the Arakawa River featuring numerous varieties of cherry blossoms including those from Washington, DC. An old thatched-roof house, exhibition spaces, and a rest house make it a very pleasant spot to visit in spring.

164 files, last one added on Jan 21, 2013
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Goshiki Cherry Blossom Festival 2012 五色桜まつり


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The Goshiki Sakura Matsuri or Cherry Blossom Festival is held for about 2 weeks in April at Toshi Nogyo Park. The park has cherry trees transplanted from Washington, DC whose cherry trees came from Adachi Ward 100 years ago. "Goshiki" literally means "five colors" in reference to a multitude of cherry blossom colors which can be pink, light pink, white, green, or dark pink. These photos were taken on April 22, 2012.

110 files, last one added on Jan 21, 2013
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Toneri Park Cherry Blossom Festival and Reagan Sakura Cherry Tree 舎人公園 千本桜まつり・レーガン桜


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Toneri Park has cherry blossoms including Reagan Sakura, a cherry tree planted in Nov. 1982 from a sapling given to Japan by Nancy Reagan in 1981. The sapling came from the original cherry tree planted in Washington, DC's Tidal Basin by Mrs. Helen Taft, the wife of President Willian Taft, in 1912.
The cherry trees sent to Washington, DC in 1912 came from cherry trees growing along the Arakawa River in the Kohoku area (江北) of Adachi Ward. However, those cherry trees died by the end of WWII. Adachi Ward later undertook a project to regrow the cherry trees with saplings taken from the trees in Washington, DC. In April 2012, they celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Reagan Sakura planting. The park is near Toneri Koen Station on the Nippori-Toneri Liner.

44 files, last one added on Jan 21, 2013
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Adachi Ward's Japan-US Cherry Blossom Centennial 足立区:日米桜寄贈100周年記念式典


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On April 22, 2012, Adachi Ward in Tokyo marked the centennial of its cherry tree gift to the US. The ceremony was held at Toshi Nogyo Park along the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward. The mayor of Adachi and other dignitaries attended and gave speeches. The day's events included tree-plantings, sumo exhibition matches, and slide show talks by people who went to Washington, DC.
The cherry trees sent to Washington, DC in 1912 came from cherry trees growing along the Arakawa River in the Kohoku area (江北) of Adachi Ward. However, those cherry trees died by the end of WWII. Adachi Ward later undertook a project to regrow the cherry trees with saplings taken from the trees in Washington, DC.

98 files, last one added on Jan 21, 2013
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Nishi-Arai Daishi Temple 西新井大師


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Belonging to the Shingon Sect's Buzan school, this is one of Tokyo's major temples. The real name is Sojiji (總持寺), but everyone calls it Nishi-Arai Daishi. The temple grounds feature many flowering trees and plants including an unusual species of cherry blossoms which bloom in winter.

62 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2007
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Shobu-numa Iris Park しょうぶ沼公園


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Shobu-numa Koen Park has five patches of irises that bloom in early June. About 140 varieties of irises and over 8,000 irises bloom. Very impressive for a neighborhood park. Near Kita-Ayase Station on the Chiyoda Line subway.

41 files, last one added on Jun 14, 2013
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Akiruno あきる野市Pictures of Akiruno, Tokyo.
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Akikawa Gorge 秋川渓谷


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Gorge (Akikawa Keikoku) near Musashi-Itsukaichi Station is part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and one of Tokyo's Best 100 Landscapes.

11 files, last one added on Feb 20, 2007
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Other Sights


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Other sights in Akiruno, Tokyo.

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Akishima 昭島市Pictures of Akishima, Tokyo.
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Around JR Akishima Station 昭島駅周辺


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JR Akishima Station has many bicycles and a large shopping mall.

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Arakawa-ku 荒川区Pictures of Arakawa Ward, Tokyo.
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Minowa-bashi 三ノ輪橋


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Tokyo once had 41 streetcar lines. All but one has given way to buses and subways. The Arakawa Line of the Tokyo Toden survived, running between Minowa-bashi and Waseda Stations. Four kilometers of the route runs through Arakawa Ward.

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Arakawa Shizen Koen Park 荒川自然公園


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Arakawa Ward's largest park features a duck pond, kids pool, tennis courts, baseball field, cherry blossoms, and a bicycling path for kids. Rental bicycles, go-karts, and unicycles are available for free. Open 7 am to 5 pm or until 9 pm during the warmer months. Near Arakawa 2-chome Station on the Tokyo Toden streetcar Arakawa Line.

33 files, last one added on Apr 06, 2007
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Asakusa 浅草Pictures of Asakusa in Taito Ward, Tokyo.
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Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) 浅草寺


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Tokyo's most famous and popular Buddhist temple and tourist attraction belongs to the independent Sho-kannon religion 聖観音宗 of which it is the headquarters temple. It worships Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Its trademark is the Kaminarimon Gate with a giant red paper lantern. The temple is lined with a souvenir arcade called Nakamise. The temple is the nucleus of Asakusa.

70 files, last one added on Apr 17, 2014
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Shirasagi-no-Mai White Heron Dance 白鷺の舞


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Asakusa's elegant White Heron Dance is based on Yasaka Shrine's Gion Matsuri in Kyoto where it was originally performed over a thousand years ago. A depiction of it was found in a picture scroll showing a Sensoji temple festival in 1652. In 1968, the local Asakusa tourist association resurrected the dance. It is now performed a few times a year in Asakusa. I saw it on April 13, 2014 and in April 2010. Also see my video at YouTube.

113 files, last one added on Apr 16, 2014
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Asakusa Hana Matsuri 花まつり


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Hana Matsuri is Buddha's birthday on April 8. Sensoji temple in Asakusa also celebrated Hana Matsuri with the local kindergarten. They gave out free sweet tea (ama-cha) and flowers.

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Asakusa Yabusame 浅草流鏑馬


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Yabusame or horseback archery at Sumida Park is held annually in April. Originally an event of Asakusa Jinja Shrine, it is now held as a tourist attraction. The archery course stretches from the Tobu train bridge to Kototoi Bridge in Sumida Park parallel to Sumida River. Near Asakusa Station. Also see my YouTube video here.

37 files, last one added on Apr 22, 2007
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Asakusa Sanja Boat Procession 浅草三社祭斎行700年祭 舟渡御


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To mark the 700th anniversary of Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival in 2012, a boat procession was held on Sumida River on March 18, 2012. The last time they did this was in 1958. The three portable shrines were first carried from Asakusa Shrine to neighboring Sensoji temple on March 17 where it stayed overnight. On the 18th, they were carried outside and a procession around Asakusa was held in 1312. The procession included Asakusa geisha and White Heron Dancers. They reached the pier on Sumida River at 12:30 pm and boarded the boats. They cruised all the way to Ryogoku and back. The boat procession was the original way they held the Sanja Matsuri.

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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival 浅草三社祭


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Asakusa Shrine holds one of Tokyo's biggest festivals during the weekend of the third Sunday of May. Numerous portable shrines (mikoshi) parade all over Asakusa amid huge crowds. Sanja means "Three Shrines," dedicated to the three fishermen who found the Kannon buddha statue which became the object of worship that founded Sensoji Temple. They are deified by Asakusa Shrine next to Sensoji Temple. The festival's formal name is Asakusa Jinja Reitaisai. Also see my video at YouTube.

156 files, last one added on Sep 04, 2008
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Asakusa Samba Carnival 2008 浅草サンバ


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The 28th Asakusa Samba Carnival was held on Aug. 30, 2008. Despite the heavy rains that fell at the halfway through, the show went on and most people stayed to watch.

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Asakusa Samba Carnival 2006 浅草サンバ


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The 26th Asakusa Samba Carnival was held on Aug. 26, 2006. Some 4,500 members from 33 troupes paraded from 1:30 pm to 6 pm. About 500,000 people were on hand to watch.

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Tokyo Jidai Matsuri Festival 東京時代祭


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Held annually on Nov. 3 (Culture Day) in Asakusa, the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Historical Periods) is a parade tracing the history of Tokyo with over 1,600 people dressed in the respective period's costume. This is a complete guide to all the groups that appear in the parade. Most photos were taken in 2004 and 2005, with a few taken in earlier years. Also see my video at YouTube.

144 files, last one added on Nov 09, 2005
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Hagoita Battledore Fair 羽子板市


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Held during Dec. 17-19, the annual Hagoita-ichi Battledore Fair has numerous battledore stalls within the grounds of Sensoji temple selling all kinds of battledores. These are ornamental paddles with elaborate decorations often depicting geisha, kabuki actors, and celebrities. Also see my YouTube video here.

59 files, last one added on Feb 04, 2008
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Bunkyo-ku 文京区Pictures of Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
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Rikugien Garden 六義園


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One of the nicest Japanese gardens in central Tokyo, and one of two of Edo's famous gardens (other is Koishikawa Korakuen). The garden was built in 1702 by Lord Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu from Kawagoe, who was a favorite ally of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the 5th Tokugawa Shogun. It is a Kaiyu-type Daimyo garden with hills and ponds. It is famous for a large weeping cherry tree which blooms in late March. Also pretty in autumn. Near Komagome Station on the Yamanote Line.

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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden 小石川後楽園


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With Tokyo Dome looming above, Koishikawa Korakuen is another famous Edo-Period Japanese garden originally built by Lord Yorifusa of the Mito Tokugawa Clan in 1629 as part of his Edo estate. The garden was completed under Lord Mitsukuni, the second lord of the Mito clan. The garden is famous for weeping cherry trees and other flowers which can be enjoyed throughout the year. Near Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.

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Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival 文京つつじまつり・根津神社


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The Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri or Azalea Festival is held from April to early May at Nezu Jinja Shrine which has a slope filled with 50 varieties of azaleas. They usually reach full bloom in late April, but there are flowers which bloom later or earlier so there's always something in bloom during the festival period. All that pink and red might overload your color senses. Near Nezu Station on the Chiyoda subway line.

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Bunkyo Ajisai (Hydrangea) Matsuri Festival 文京あじさいまつり


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Held in Hakusan Shrine and the adjacent Hakusan Park, numerous hydrangea bloom during rainy June. The centerpiece is a pile of hydrangea in the shape of Mt. Fuji.

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Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival 湯島天神 梅まつり


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The 54th Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri (Plum Blossom) Festival was held from early Feb. to early March 2011. Every weekend during this period, stage entertainment highlighted the festival. On March 5, 2011, the diverse entertainment included belly dancers, Tsugaru shamisen players, hula dancers, and the Shiraume Taiko women drummers during a four-hour show from noon. Also see my YouTube video here for March 5, 2011 and my more recent Youtube video for Feb. 22, 2014.

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Yushima Tenjin Shrine Chrysanthemum Festival 湯島天神 菊まつり


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Small but popular shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the God of Learning. Many students pray here to pass school entrance exams. The shrine is famous for ume plum blossoms and it also holds a large chrysanthemum festival (Yushima Tenjin Kiku Matsuri) in Nov. Near Yushima Station on the Chiyoda subway line.

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Gokokuji Temple 護国寺


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Belonging to the Buzan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, this temple was built by the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1682. The Gekkoden Hall was moved here from Miidera temple in Otsu, Shiga Pref. The Tahoto Pagoda was modeled after the Tahoto at Ishiyamadera in Otsu, Shiga. Okuma Shigenobu, founder of Waseda Univ., is also buried here.

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Chiyoda-ku 千代田区Pictures of Chiyoda Ward including the Imperial Palace, Chidorigafuchi, and Yasukuni Shrine.
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Imperial Palace and Edo Castle in Tokyo 皇居・江戸城


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Smack dab in the middle of central Tokyo is Japan's most exclusive and expensive piece of real estate. Formerly Edo Castle and the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns, the Imperial Palace is now home to the Emperor and Empress of Japan. A few sections of the palace is open to the public.

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Emperor's Birthday 一般参賀


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Dec. 23 is Emperor Akihito's birthday and a national holiday. The Emperor's birthday and Jan. 2 are the only two days when the general public is allowed to enter the Imperial Palace to greet the Emperor and his family. These pictures were taken on Dec. 23, 2004. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Kanda Myojin Shrine Setsubun Festival 神田明神 節分祭


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On Feb. 3, 2012 to mark the start of spring, Kanda Myojin Shrine near Ochanomizu/Akihabara, Tokyo held its annual Setsubun Festival from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. About 350 people including local politicians and an idol group called Houkago Princess threw good luck fuku-mame beans to a large crowd.

104 files, last one added on Mar 03, 2012
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Chidorigafuchi 千鳥ヶ淵


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Chidorigafuchi is a moat at the Imperial Palace and one of Tokyo's best-known spots for cherry blossoms in late March. At night, the trees are lit up, attracting enormous crowds. In July, it holds the floating lantern festival (Noryo no yube) in the evening. Near Kudanshita Station on the Tozai subway line.

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Akihabara 秋葉原


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Japan's largest cluster of electrical appliance shops has been undergoing a major facelift and transformation since 2005. A number of tall new buildings, a new train line, and the anime invasion is making Akihabara a new hot spot.

94 files, last one added on Dec 11, 2007
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Hibiya Park and Tokyo Chrysanthemum Show 日比谷公園・東京都観光菊花大会


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Hibiya Park is a green and flowery relief from urban Tokyo near the Imperial Palace and Ginza. In Nov., it is the venue for the annual Tokyo-to Kanko Kikka Taikai or Chrysanthemum Show featuring a mind-boggling variety of this revered flower. One of Tokyo's best chrysanthemum shows in autumn.

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Sanno Matsuri Festival 山王まつり


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This is one of Japan's Big Three Festivals and one of Tokyo's Big Three Festivals held in mid-June during several days. The main highlight is the Jinko-sai Procession held every two years. The 600-meter long procession consists of about 500 people parading through central Tokyo near the National Diet, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station, and Ginza. It includes three portable shrines, carriages, and flower floats. Various events are also held at Hie Shrine which holds the festival. Photos were taken in June 2004.

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Hie Jinja Shrine 日枝神社


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Hie Shrine is dedicated to Oyamakui-no-kami 大山咋神, the deity of Mount Hiei in Shiga Prefecture. This deity's common name is Hie-no-kami. The Tokugawa shoguns regarded the shrine as the guardian deity of Edo Castle, now the Imperial Palace. The shrine was first built within Edo Castle by Ota Dokan. The shrine was later moved and it has been in the present location since 1659. The main buildings were National Treasures until they burned down during a bombing raid in 1945. The shrine was rebuilt in 1958. Also see photos of the setsubun festival held on Feb. 3. Near Tameike-Sanno Station on the Ginza and Nanboku Lines. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Yasukuni Shrine 靖國神社


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Founded in 1869 for the worship of those who sacrificed themselves for their country. Japan's most controversial shrine due to its enshrinement of Japan's war criminals and worshipping by Japanese prime ministers, upsetting neighboring Asian countries, especially China. But for most ordinary Japanese and foreign (includng Chinese) tourists, it's just another shrine and military museum. On Aug. 15, the anniversary of WWII's end, some former soldiers and nationalists march in the shrine. Near Kudanshita Station on the Tozai subway line.

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Mitama Festival みたままつり


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Held annually since 1947, the Mitama Matsuri is held in mid-July at Yasukuni Shrine. It is for the repose of over 2.4 million souls of the war dead honored at the shrine. The main feature are the many lanterns decorating the shrine grounds (over 29,000 in 2006). Various events and entertainment are also held during the four-day festival period. In 2006, a Nebuta float also paraded into the shrine. Also see the Nebuta video at YouTube.

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Tokyo Station 東京駅


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One of Japan's largest and busiest train stations is undergoing a major redevelopment on all sides. The Marunouchi side with the red brick building is being dwarfed by modern high-rises. Tokyo Station unveiled its fully-restored Marunouchi building on Oct. 1, 2012 after taking several years. To appreciate the extent of this splendid restoration, I've included photos of what it looked like before. On the Yaesu side, twin towers loom above while the station building (Daimaru Dept. Store) will give way to a low, swathing structure.

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Other Sights in Chiyoda


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Other places of interest in Chiyoda Ward including the National Diet, Akasaka, The New Otani Hotel, and the defunct Tokyo Millenario light sculptures mounted over a street in Marunouchi near Tokyo Station during 1999-2005.

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Chofu 調布市Pictures of Chofu, Tokyo.
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Jindaiji 深大寺


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Jindaiji is the name of a temple as well as the surrounding area which is full of soba noodle shops.

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Other sights in Chofu, Tokyo.

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Chuo-ku 中央区Pictures of Chuo Ward, Tokyo.
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Tsukiji Fish Market 築地市場


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What I would call one of the major sightseeing attractions in the world, this world-famous fish market is an unbelievable place to behold. Giant tuna auctions, giant tuna carving, fish preparation, and the sale (and scale) of all kinds of fish in a huge and bustling market takes place almost every morning. See the best action from 5:30 am to 8 am. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Nihonbashi Bridge 日本橋


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Japan's most famous bridge is unfortunately one of the least outstanding, largely due to a huge expressway running right over it. It hardly receives any skylight. It used to be where all of Japan's major roads originated. Also see photos of Nihonbashi, a bustling area of dept. stores and company offices.

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Tsukiji Hongwanji Hanamatsuri 築地本願寺 花まつり


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Established in 1617, Tsukiji Hongwanji temple is the Tokyo headquarters of the Nishi Hongwanji Jodo Shinshu sect. The present temple, based on Indian architecture, was built in the 1930s. April 8 is observed as Buddha's birthday, called Hana Matsuri ("Flower Festival) in Japan.

62 files, last one added on Apr 10, 2006
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Hama-rikyu Gardens 浜離宮恩賜庭園


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Waterfront garden built by the Tokugawa shoguns in the 17th century. During the Meiji Period, it became a Detached Palace for the Imperial family who gave the garden to the Tokyo in 1945. It used to have duck-hunting grounds. It was also the site of the Enryokan State Guesthouse where foreign dignitaries stayed such as former US president Ulysses Grant and Hawaii's King David Kalakaua.

74 files, last one added on Dec 11, 2007
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Teppozu Inari Shrine Kanchu Suiyoku 鉄砲洲稲荷神社 寒中水浴


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Held on the second Sunday of Jan., in the middle of winter, this shrine invites people to take a freezing-cold bath while wearing only a loincloth (or swimsuit for women). Kanchu means "during the cold," and suiyoku means "water bathing." The shrine is a 7-min. walk from Hatchobori Station on the Hibiya subway line.

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Edogawa-ku 江戸川区Pictures of Edogawa Ward, Tokyo.
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Kasai Rinkai Park 葛西臨海公園


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Waterfront park which provides Tokyo with an ocean beach. Opened in 1989, this large park also has a bird sanctuary built in 1994, a large Ferris wheel built in 2001, and Tokyo Sea Life Park, an aquarium. Great for bicycling and roller skating. Near Kasai Rinkai Koen Station on the JR Keiyo Line.

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Koiwa Iris Garden 小岩菖蒲園まつり


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A large patch along the Edogawa River comes alive with purple, white, and pink irises in late May and June. The Koiwa Iris Garden provides some excitement and eye candy during the drab rainy season. The irises were mainly donated by residents and the garden was opened in June 1982. It has about 50,000 iris plants. The garden is a 5-min. walk from Edogawa Station on the Keisei Line or 25 min. walk from Koiwa Station on the JR Sobu Line. Free admission.

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Gyosen Park + Edogawa Heisei Garden + Shizen Zoo 行船公園・江戸川平成庭園・自然動物園


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Gyosen Park consists of a Japanese garden called Edogawa Heisei Garden and a small zoo called Shizen Zoo. Nice pocket of greenery and cute animals for the kids. Near Kasai Station on the Tozai subway line. Free admission. Zoo open 10 am - 4:30 pm (Open 9:30 am on weekends and national holidays, closed at 4 pm from Nov. to Feb.). Closed on Mon. (open if a national holiday).

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Edogawa-ku Fireworks 江戸川区花火大会


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The Edogawa Ward Fireworks display is one of Tokyo's largest with a massive attendance of 900,000 people in both Edogawa Ward and neighboring Ichikawa city in Chiba. They are spread out along the riverbank of Edogawa River. Held on the first Sat. of Aug. at 7:15 pm to 8:25 pm. If weather is bad, it is held on the next day.

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Other Sights


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Other photos of Edogawa Ward including Koiwa Station.

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Fuchu 府中市Pictures of Fuchu, Tokyo.
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Kurayami Matsuri Festival くらやみ祭り


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The Kurayami Matsuri is Okunitama Shrine's most important festival held annually on April 30-May 6 in Fuchu, Tokyo. The main festival days are May 4 and 5 when I saw it in 2014. Kurayami means "pitch dark" in reference to it originally being a night festival. On May 4, it is a procession of giant taiko drums and ornate floats with dancers and musicians. On May 5, there are gang taiko drums and mikoshi portable shrines.

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Tama Cemetery 多摩霊園


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One of Tokyo's major cemeteries with the graves of celebrated figures including politicians, scholars, and novelists. Also a noted cherry blossom spot in spring. Five-minute walk from Tama Station on the Seibu Tamagawa Line or a 2-minute walk from Reien Omotemon bus stop via Keio Bus from JR Musashi-koganei Station.

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Fuchu Sakura Matsuri 府中市民桜まつり


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Fuchu has Sakura-dori road lined with cherry blossoms in early April. Near Fuchu Station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku.

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Tokyo Race Course 東京競馬場


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Very spacious and modern, the Tokyo Race Course is a huge facility not only for horse racing and betting, but also for family recreation and amusement. The Japan Racing Association's flagship horse-racing course in Fuchu, Tokyo got a makeover in April 2007 with a new grandstand called Fuji View Stand. Impressive, and entertaining even for non-gamblers. The JRA Keiba (Horseracing) Museum is also open to the public. These photos were taken on June 14, 2009 when the Grade III Epsom Cup races were held. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Kyodo no Mori Museum 郷土の森博物館


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Impressive open-air museum in a spacious park featuring historical buildings and flowers, especially the hydrangea. Near Bubaigawara Station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku. Take a bus or walk 25 min. from the station.

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Fussa 福生市Pictures of Fussa, Tokyo.
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Fussa Tanabata Matsuri Festival 2009 福生七夕まつり


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Fussa's biggest event is the Fussa Tanabata Matsuri. The 59th festival was held during Aug. 6-9, 2009. I visited on Aug. 9, 2009. Besides the colorful streamers decorating the west side of JR Fussa Station, there were mini parades by local school children, samba dancers, and military band. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Yokota Air Base Japanese-American Friendship Festival 2009 横田基地日米友好祭


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During a weekend every Aug., Yokota Air Base opens the base to the public as a gesture of friendship with the host country. Military planes from the US Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defence Forces are on display, as well as food booths and stage entertainment. Airborne demonstrations are also a crowd favorite with parachuting and flybys by planes on the second day. These photos were taken on Aug. 23, 2009. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Other sights in Fussa, including Fussa Station and Tamagawa River.

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Hachioji 八王子市Pictures of Hachioji, Tokyo.
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Hachioji Matsuri Festival 八王子まつり


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Hachioji's biggest event of the year is the Hachioji Matsuri held annually during the first weekend (Fri.-Sun.) of August near JR Hachioji Station. Featuring ornate floats, music, masked men dancing, taiko drumming, and portable shrine processions. Also held at night with the floats lit up. Also see my video at YouTube.

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Takao-san Dai-hiwatari Festival 高尾山 大火渡り祭


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Yakuoin temple on Mt. Takao holds its biggest festival on the second Sunday of March. The fire-walking festival at the foot of Mt. Takao features a dramatic bon fire followed by priests and numerous people walking over the embers (cooled). Also see the video at YouTube.

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Hamura 羽村市Pictures of Hamura, Tokyo.
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Tulip Festival チューリップまつり


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Tokyo and the Kanto region's largest tulip field attains full bloom every mid-April. The Tulip Matsuri Festival is held for about 10 days, covering two weekends. It comes on the heels of Hamura's Sakura Matsuri held in early April along the Tamagawa River. On the weekend, free shuttle buses from Hamura Station take you to the tulip field.

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Tamagawa Josui Canal 玉川上水


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Besides tulips, Hamura is noted as the starting point of the Tamagawa Josui canal built by the Tamagawa farmer brothers in 1653 to supply water to the growing and thirsty city of Edo.

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Higashi-Kurume 東久留米市Pictures of Higashi-Kurume, Tokyo.
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Takebayashi Park 竹林公園


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A small park with a bamboo forest and one of Tokyo's Famous Water Springs. Near Higashi-Kurume Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.

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Other sights in Higashikurume.

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Higashi-Murayama 東村山市Pictures of Higashi-Murayama, Tokyo.
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Shofukuji temple 正福寺


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Shofukuji temple's Jizo-do Hall (地蔵堂) is one of only two buildings in Tokyo designated as a National Treasure. Built in 1407, the Jizo-do Hall is a rare and excellent example of Kamakura-Period architecture. The Zen temple belongs to the Rinzai Sect. About a 15-min. walk from Higashi-Murayama Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Address: 東京都東村山市野口町4-6-1

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Kitayama Park 北山公園


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A large park noted for irises blooming in June. It boasts 170 varieties of irises and about 100,000 flowers. About a 20-min. walk from Higashi-Murayama Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Near Shofukuji temple.

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Higashi-Yamato 東大和市Pictures of Higashi-Yamato, Tokyo.
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Higashi-Yamato Minami Park 南公園


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Large park with greenery and sports facilities. One interesting edifice is the former Hitachi Aircraft Transformer Substation pockmarked with bullet holes from World War II. The park was formerly the US Air Force's Yamato Air Station. Before that from 1938 and during World War II, it was the site of a military aircraft engine factory. Near Tamagawa Josui Station on the Seibu Haijima Line.

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Hino 日野市Pictures of Hino, Tokyo.
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Takahata Fudoson Setsubun & Daruma Fair 高幡不動尊 節分会・だるま市


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Feb. 3 is bean-throwing day by minor celebrities at this big temple. They threw beans several times during the day. The Daruma Fair is also held on the same day, attracting a large crowd.

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Takahata Fudoson Temple 高幡不動尊


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One of the Big Three Fudoson temples in the Kanto region, the Takahata Fudoson temple is also famous for ties with Shinsengumi leader Hijikata Toshizo who was from Hino, Tokyo.

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Takahata Fudoson Ajisai Matsuri and Takahata Castle 高幡不動尊あじさい まつり・高幡城跡


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A hill behind the Takahata Fudoson temple is covered with hydrangea (ajisai) which bloom in June. It is one of Tokyo's most famous places for ajisai. Numerous varieties of hydrangea are planted. The top of the hill was also the site of the medieval Takahata Castle of which little is known. The hill is dotted with 88 stone statues of Kobo Daishi (founder of Shingon Sect), mimicking the 88 pilgrimage temples in Shikoku.

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Tama Zoo 多摩動物公園


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Opened in 1958, Tama Zoo is one of Japan's largest zoos on par with Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Officially named the Tama Zoological Park, the zoo is spread over a very large and spacious area. What the panda is to Ueno Zoo is what the koala bear is to Tama Zoo. Three cute koala bears are on display in the Koala House. A baby koala was born on Oct. 25, 2008 and by June 2009 when these photos were taken, the baby koala grew large enough to be cute and recognizable as it clinged to its mother's belly. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Mogusaen Garden 百草園


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Another major sight in Hino, this garden is famous for plum blossoms. About 800 plum trees are in the garden. Near Mogusaen Station on the Keio Line. Keio Railways operate the garden. Small admission charged.

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Hinode 日の出町Pictures of Hinode-machi town, Tokyo.
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Mt. Hinode-yama 日の出山


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Mt. Hinode or Hinode-yama offers super panoramic views of Tokyo. I climbed it from Mt. Mitake in neighboring Ome. On the way down, I took the trail to see the waterfalls. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Hinohara-mura 檜原村Pictures of Hinohara village, Tokyo.
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Hossawa Falls 払沢の滝


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Out of Hinohara's many waterfalls, this is probably the most famous. Not only the falls are beautiful, but also the nice nature trail that leads to the falls. Located close to the center of town. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Kichijoji and Nakayama Falls 吉祥寺滝・中山の滝


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Two more waterfalls near central Hinohara village. Kichijoji Falls is a series of small waterfalls in a nice gorge. Nakayama Falls is not very visible. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Central Hinohara


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The center of the village has the tourist info office, village office (with a nice coffee shop), and tourist shops.

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Inagi 稲城市Pictures of Inagi, Tokyo.
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Inagi Awa Odori Dance 稲城阿波おどり大会


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Another neighborhood Awa Odori festival held in the outskirts of Tokyo. These are photos of the 7th Inagi Awa Odori Taikai held on Sept. 6, 2008. Near Keio Yomiuriland Station on the Keio Sagamihara Line, not too far from Shinjuku. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Itabashi-ku 板橋区Pictures of Itabashi Ward, Tokyo.
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Itabashi-shuku Post Town 板橋宿


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Itabashi-shuku (or Itabashi-juku) was the first post town on the Nakasendo Road from Nihonbashi to Kyoto. It was where travelers lodged and arranged travel logistics. Today, Itabashi-shuku is totally modern, basically a shopping and residential area. But I was able to find a few remnants of the old post town or at least stone markers. Itabashi-juku had three sections, Hirao-shuku, Naka-shuku, and Kami-shuku. Naka-shuku was in the middle and the busiest part of the town. There is also Itabashi Bridge after which Itabashi Ward takes its name. You can walk along Itabashi-juku from Shin-Itabashi Station to Itabashi-Honcho Station on the Mita subway line.

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Shakujii River Cherry Blossoms 石神井川の桜並木


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Near Shin-Itabashi Station on the Mita subway line is the Shakujii River lined with 1,000 cherry trees.

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Katsushika-ku 葛飾区Pictures of Katsushika Ward, Tokyo.
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Shibamata Taishakuten 柴又帝釈天


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Thanks to movie director Yamada Yoji and Atsumi Kiyoshi, alias Tora-san, Shibamata has become famous throughout Japan. Its anchor is the Shibamata Taishakuten Temple which served as a recurrent backdrop in the Tora-san series. The temple's priest was played by the humorous Ryu Chishu. However, even without its movie fame, its exquisite wooden sculpture walls make it a major attraction by itself.

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Tora-san Museum 寅さん


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"Watakushi, umare mo sodachi mo Katsushika, Shibamata desu..." (I was born and raised in Shibamata, Katsushika Ward) If this opening line sounds familiar, you must be one of the many ardent fans of the Tora-san "Otoko wa Tsurai Yo" (It's Tough Being a Man) movie series. Played by the late Atsumi Kiyoshi, Tora-san is Japan's most lovable drifter and lovelorn on the silver screen. Forty-eight movies in this series were produced from 1969 to 1995. Katsushika-ku is where the Tora-san Museum is. Also see my video at YouTube.

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Horikiri Iris Garden 堀切菖蒲園


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Since centuries ago, this is one of Japan's most famous iris gardens. Often depicted in woodblock prints and in vintage postcards, this iris garden was purchased by Tokyo and became a metropolitan garden in 1960. In April 1975, it was transferred to Katsushika Ward. Although it is smaller than its original area, the garden today is still quite large with numerous iris paddies. Near Horikiri Shobuen Station on the Keisei Main Line.

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Mizumoto Park 水元公園


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Besides Horikiri Iris Garden, Katsushika Ward boasts another large iris garden in Mizumoto Park.

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Other sights in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo, including Kameari.

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Kita-ku 北区Pictures of Kita Ward, Tokyo.
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Asukayama Park 飛鳥山公園


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Near Oji Station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line is this slender park noted for cherry blossoms.

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Kyu-Furukawa Gardens 旧古河庭園


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Blending Western and Japanese-style gardens and famous for roses and azaleas. Also pretty in fall. Near Komagome Station (Yamanote Line) and Kami-Nakazato Station (Keihin-Tohoku Line)

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Other sights in Kita Ward, Tokyo.

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Kiyose 清瀬市Pictures of Kiyose, Tokyo.
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Japanese Dog's Tooth Violet きよせカタクリまつり


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Kiyose is noted for a few areas where these woodland flowers (called katakuri in Japanese or Erythronium japonicum) grow in early spring (late March). While they are in bloom usually the last week of March, they hold the Katakuri Matsuri festival where they have maps and human guides to show you where the flowers are.

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Other sights in Kiyose.

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Kodaira 小平市Pictures of Kodaira, Tokyo.
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Kodaira Green Road 小平グリーンロード


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Kodaira Green Road is a 21-km pedestrian and bike path lined with trees, flowers, and some old houses. Very pleasant. I walked 2.6 km of it from Kodaira Station to Hana-Koganei Station. I found a flowerful Kodaira Station, Japan's largest round mailbox, and the Kodaira Furusato-mura Village of thatched-roof homes.

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Koganei 小金井市Pictures of Koganei, Tokyo.
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Koganei Park 小金井公園


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Opened in 1954, Koganei Park is a huge public park run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Besides 1,800 cherry trees, it includes an outdoor architectural museum, bird sanctuary, tennis courts, baseball diamond, and more. Near Musashi-Koganei Station on the Chuo Line.

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Edo-Tokyo Open-Air Architectural Museum 江戸東京たてもの園


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Located within the huge Koganei Park, this museum opened in March 1993 to show the architecture of 27 reconstructed buildings originally from the Edo Period and up to the 1930s. From thatched-roof houses to the elegant mansions of business tycoons, you can see the building inside and out.

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Kokubunji 国分寺市Pictures of Kokubunji, Tokyo.
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Tonogayato Garden 殿ヶ谷戸庭園


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Medium-size Japanese garden with flowers, bamboo grove, pond, and tea ceremony pavilion. The garden was originally built in 1915 as part of the second home of Eguchi Sadamine, vice president of Manchuria Railroad in China. In 1929, it became the villa of the Iwasaki family who operated the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu group. Tokyo bought the estate from Iwasaki family in 1974 and opened it to the public. Two-minute walk from Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line, Seibu Kokubunji Line and Seibu Tamako Line.

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Other sights in Kokubunji.

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Komae 狛江市Pictures of Komae, Tokyo.
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Senryuji Temple 泉竜寺


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Komae's most prominent temple belongs to the Soto School of the Zen Sect near Komae Station. Affiliated with Eiheiji temple in Fukui and Sojiji temple. Official Web site.

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Tamagawa River 多摩川


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Komae fronts the Tama River along the border with neighboring Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture. In spring, the cherry blossoms bloom along the riverside.

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Other Komae Sights


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Also in Komae: Muikara Minka-en むいから民家園, Kabuto-zuka Tumulus 兜塚古墳, Izumi Jinja Shrine 伊豆美神社, and JR Komae Station.

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Koto-ku 江東区Pictures of Koto Ward, Tokyo.
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Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine 富岡八幡宮


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Near Monzen-Nakacho Station on the Tozai subway line, the shrine is the heart of Fukagawa. The shrine is said to have had its beginnings in 1627 when a prince from Kyoto enshrined a statue of the deity Hachiman on a small island called Eitai-jima near Fukagawa. The local Fukagawa community soon started worshipping this deity. By 1651, it became a major shrine in Edo's shitamachi or merchant's quarters. The shrine also has historical ties to sumo, makred by the Yokozuna Rikishi Monument (Yokozuna Rikishi-hi) and the Ozeki Rikishi Monument (Ozeki Rikishi-hi).

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Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Festival 深川八幡祭り


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The full-scale version (Hon-matsuri) of this festival is held every three years by Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine near Monzen-Nakacho Station on the Tozai Line. These photos show the festival's climax on the last day of the festival when over 50 portable shrines are paraded along the streets amid splashing water. It is the Rengo Togyo or Joint Procession of Portable Shrines. More photos are at PhotoExposure. Also see the video at YouTube and water truck video at YouTube.

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Kiba Kakunori Log Rolling 木場の角乗


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In mid-Oct. at Kiba Park, the local traditional folk entertainment is performed. Kiba Kakunori is square log rolling. They do all kinds of tricks while rolling on square (not round) logs. This is followed by Kiba Kiyari which is a workman's chant, the Fukagawa Tekomai Geisha, and Fukagawa Chikara-mochi which are strongman stunts using bales of rice. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Kameido Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossom Festival 亀戸天満宮 梅まつり


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Made famous by woodblock prints from the Edo Period, Kameido Tenmangu Shrine (also called Kameido Tenjin Shrine or Kameido Tenjinja) is in Kameido, Koto Ward, Tokyo. It is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar of the Heian Period (794-1185) and now worshipped as a god of learning. Many students hoping to pass school entrance exams come to pray here. In Feb. and March, numerous plum blossoms bloom in white, red, and pink.

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Kameido Wisteria Festival 亀戸藤まつり


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Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo is most famous for wisteria which bloom during late April to early May. These pictures were taken in various years, mainly in 1997, 2005, and 2014. This is also the first album created for the PHOTOGUIDE.JP/pix/ Website.

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Kameido Tenjin Chrysanthemum Festival 亀戸天神菊まつり


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Held every autumn, the Chrysanthemum Festival (Kiku Matsuri) at Kameido Tenjin Shrine displays many exotic and pretty varieties of this flower. They can be shaped and trimmed in fantastic ways. Very nice when you go and see them during shichi-go-san in Nov. when 7-year-old and 3-year-old girls and 5-year-old boys come to shrine in kimono.

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Kiyosumi Teien Gardens 清澄庭園


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Opened to the public in 1932, the garden was built and developed by several owners starting with Kinokuniya Bunzaemon, a successful Edo-Period merchant. Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, acquired the estate in 1878 and developed the garden with a pond and famous stones brought from all over Japan. It is a very green garden. Near Kiyosimi-Shirakawa Station on the Oedo and Hanzomon subway lines.

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Fukagawa-Edo Museum 深川江戸資料館


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The Fukagawa-Edo Shiryokan Museum recreates an Edo-Period neighborhood in Saga-cho, Fukagawa with life-size buildings from that period. You can enter the rooms and see various furniture and implements used in those days by the common people.

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Haiku Poet Matsuo Basho 松尾 芭蕉のゆかり


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Japan's most famous haiku poet, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), lived in Koto Ward from 1680 in his Basho-an Hut. He also embarked on his famous Okuno Hosomichi journey from Koto Ward. Statues of Basho and the Basho Memorial Museum have been built in Koto.

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Miraikan Museum 日本科学未来館


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Nicknamed Miraikan, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation is a science and technology museum in the Odaiba area in Koto, Tokyo. Since the museum director is Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri, there are a good number of space-related exhibits. Website

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Other Koto Ward Sights


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Wasen Japanese boat rides, cherry blossoms, and other sights in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

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Kunitachi 国立市Pictures of Kunitachi, Tokyo.
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Kunitachi Daigaku-dori Cherry Blossoms 国立大学通り〜さくら通り


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Between JR Kunitachi Station (Chuo Line) and Yaho Station (JR Nanbu Line) is a straight road called Daigaku-dori famous for cherry blossoms. Intersecting it is another sakura-lined road called Sakura-dori. Daigaku-dori is so-named due to Hitotsubashi University which is along this road.

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Machida 町田市Pictures of Machida, Tokyo.
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Yakushi Ike Park 薬師池公園


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Nice garden with a pond and flowers for all seasons, including plum blossoms, irises, camellia, and lotus. About 15-min. bus ride from bus stop 21 at Machida Station.

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Meguro-ku 目黒区Pictures of Meguro Ward, Tokyo.
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Meguro River Cherry Blossoms 目黒川桜まつり


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Meguro Ward's most famous spot for cherry blossoms is along the Megurogawa River near Naka-Meguro Station on the Hibiya Line. However, flower-viewing picnics are not allowed, and cars keep whipping by to make it annoying and dangerous.

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University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus 東京大学駒場地区キャンパス


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Japan's most prestigious university has a large campus in Komaba where all freshman and sophomores study. It is a mixture of old and new buildings. Near Komaba-Todaimae Station on the Inokashira Line from Shibuya.

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Minato-ku 港区Pictures of Minato-ku, Tokyo.
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Zojoji Temple & Setsubun 増上寺・節分


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The head temple of the Jodo-shu Buddhist sect and best known as the temple of the Tokugawa shoguns. On Feb. 3, it holds the annual Setsubun bean throwing ceremony where celebrities throw the beans.

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Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin Setsubun 豊川稲荷東京別院 節分会追儺式


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For setsubun, mamemaki (bean-throwing) at this temple was held on Feb. 3, 2010. A few celebrities like Ohbayashi Motoko (former volleyball player) participated.

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Tokyo Tower 東京タワー


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Constructed in 1958, the 333-meter-high Tokyo Tower has been a prominent Tokyo landmark for as long as we can remember. Although it's not as beautiful as the Eiffel Tower, it serves its purpose well. Not recommended for people allergic to radio waves or afraid of heights.

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Sengakuji Temple & Gishisai 泉岳寺・義士祭


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This temple is famous for the graves of the 47 ronin or masterless samurai from Ako Province who avenged their master, Lord Asano, by capturing and beheading Kira at his estate in Ryogoku on Dec. 14, 1702. On Dec. 14, the Gishisai ceremony reenacts the 47 samurai who march to the temple carrying Kira's head. Read story here. The temple belongs to the Zen sect's Soto school. Near Sengakuji Station on the Toei Asakusa subway line. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens and World Trade Center Hamamatsucho 旧芝離宮恩賜庭園


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A real oasis in an urban jungle. Another waterfront garden with classic Japanese-style elements with a pond, pine trees, rocks, and stone lanterns. First built in the 17th century and used as the residence of a number of nobles. Purchased from the Arisugawa family in 1875 by the Imperial Household Agency which made it the Shiba Detached Palace. The buildings were destroyed in the Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the property was donated to Tokyo in 1924 to commemorate the start of Emperor Showa's reign.

Next to the garden is the World Trade Center building in Hamamatsucho. Once Japan's highest building in 1970. Great views of Tokyo.

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Aoyama Cemetery 青山霊園


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Japan's first public cemetery is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Famous for cherry trees lining the main throughfare and for the graves of many statesmen, company founders, foreigners, and celebrities. Several former Japanese prime ministers such as Yoshida Shigeru, Miyazawa Kiichi, Ikeda Hayato, and Hashimoto Ryutaro are buried here. The loyal dog Hachiko (famous in Shibuya) is also buried along with his master.

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Other sights in Minato Ward


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Other sights in Minato-ku include Shiba Park, Toshogu Shrine, Maruyama Tumulus, and Shiodome.

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Mitaka 三鷹市Pictures of Mitaka, Tokyo including Inokashira Park and International Christian University.
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Inokashira Park 井の頭公園


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One of Tokyo's major parks noted for cherry blossoms. A nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Kichijoji's shopping district nearby. Although this park is near Kichijoji Station which is in Musashino city, the park is actually within Mitaka city.

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International Christian University 国際基督教大学


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The ICU Mitaka campus has a straight, wide road lined with cherry trees. I'll never forget how spectacular it was when I first saw them in full bloom. A cherry blossom tunnel.

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Mitaka Awa Odori 三鷹阿波おどり


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On Aug. 22-23, 2009, the 42nd Mitaka Awa Odori dance was held near JR Mitaka Station's south side. The dance is held annually on the third weekend of Aug. Thirty awa odori troupes participated along the shopping street. The quality of the dance troupes are excellent. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Mizuho 瑞穂町Pictures of Mizuho-machi town, Tokyo.
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Mizuho Hina Matsuri at Koshinkan 瑞穂のつるし飾り


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Mizuho, a small town in western Tokyo, holds its annual Hina Matsuri Doll Festival called Mizuho no Tsurushi Kazari, or Hanging Decorations of Mizuho from mid-February to March 3. The venue is an old Japanese house called Koshinkan (耕心館), originally built in the late Edo Period by a rich farmer. Later it was occupied by a shoyu maker (soy sauce) and then a silk grower. It's now owned and used by Mizuho as an event space.

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Sayama Ike Park 狭山池公園


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Near Hakonegasaki Station, Sayama Ike Park is a small park with a pond.

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Musashimurayama 武蔵村山市Pictures of Musashi-Murayama, Tokyo.
Musashino 武蔵野市Pictures of Musashino, Tokyo.
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Kichijoji 吉祥寺


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Kichijoji is popular for shopping and eateries near JR Kichijoji Station on the Chuo Line. Also near to Inokashira Park (which is actually in neighboring Mitaka).

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Kichijoji Autumn Festival 吉祥寺秋まつり


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The 36th Kichijoji Autumn Festival (Aki Matsuri) was held on Sept. 13-14, 2008 by Musashino Hachimangu Shrine. Ten mikoshi portable shrines were paraded around the streets of Kichijoji on both days. On the second day, all the mikoshi gathered in front of Kichijoji Station at 3 pm. At 4:30 pm, a parade went through the Sunroad shopping arcade. Kichijoji's biggest event of the year. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Nakano-ku 中野区Pictures of Nakano Ward, Tokyo.
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Hosenji Setsubun 宝仙寺 節分追儺会


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Belonging to the Shingon Sect, Buzan School, Hosenji temple holds an unusual setsubun bean-throwing ceremony on Feb. 3. It includes a procession of warrior monks and throwing mikan tangerines besides beans. The temple is near Nakano-Sakue Station on the Marunouchi Line subway. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Other sights in Nakano Ward, Tokyo including cherry blossoms along Nakano-dori street and Nakano Station.

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Nerima-ku 練馬区Pictures of Nerima Ward, Tokyo.
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance 2009 中村橋阿波おどり


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The 34th Nakamurabashi Awa Odori folk dance was held on September 6, 2009 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm near Nakamurabashi Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, Japan. A total of 12 awa odori troupes participated. I photographed all the groups, with emphasis on Narimasu Child-ren (成増チルド連) and Okame-ren (女華夢連). Also see my YouTube video here.

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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance 2008 中村橋阿波おどり


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The 33rd Nakamurabashi Awa Odori festival was held on Sept. 7, 2008. The rain did not stop the dance festival nor dampen the enthusiasm of the dancers and spectators. The dance parade was held along the Santsu Nakamurabashi shopping street that intersects with Nakamurabashi Station. Nakamurabashi is a short train ride from Ikebukuro Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Kitamachi Awa Odori Dance 2008 きたまち阿波おどり


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Kitamachi is a small neighborhood near Tobu-Nerima Station on the Tobu Tojo Line coming from Ikebukuro Station. The Kitamachi Awa Odori is one of many Awa Odori dances held in the Tokyo area. Twenty-seven dance teams participated on July 26, 2008 when these are pictures were taken. It was the 16th Kitamachi Awa Odori held during 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Shakujii Park 石神井公園


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Features a large pond with rowboats and swan boats for rent. Cherry trees are everywhere, but not clustered together. Near Shakujii-Koen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.

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Nishi-Tokyo 西東京市Pictures of Nishi-Tokyo city, Tokyo. (Formerly Tanashi and Hoya cities.)
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Higashi Fushimi Inari Shrine 東伏見稲荷神社


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Branch shrine of Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Near Seibu Yanagisawa Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.

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Tanashi 田無


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Major sights near Tanashi Station include Sojiji temple and Tanashi Shrine.

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Okutama 奥多摩町Pictures of Okutama-machi town, Tokyo.
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Lake Okutama 奥多摩湖


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Lake Okutama in western Tokyo is a man-made lake supplying water to Tokyo.

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Other sights in Okutama town, Tokyo.

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Ome 青梅市Pictures of Ome (Oume), Tokyo.
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Yoshino Baigo 吉野梅郷


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Yoshino Baigo is a valley and hillside covered with ume plum trees. It boasts a wide variety of different plum blossoms. During full bloom as you can see here, the scenery is spectacular. One of the largest plum groves in Japan. Sadly, spring 2014 will be the last time we can see these trees. The plum trees have been infected by the plum pox virus and the city has decided to cut down all the trees in 2014 to wipe it out.

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Ome Taisai Festival 青梅大祭


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Held annually on May 2 and 3 in Ome, Tokyo, Ome Taisai has 12 ornate floats pulled along the main street near JR Ome Station. About 150,000 people come to see Ome's largest festival. This float festival has been held since 1872. These photos were taken on May 3, 2014.

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Mt. Mitake 御岳山


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One of Tokyo's easily accessible peaks via cable car still requires a good deal of climbing up slopes and steps. You can also hike to adjacent Mt. Hinode-yama. Great daytrip getaway from Tokyo's concrete jungle.

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Other sights in Ome


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Includes Mitake Gorge and Ome Station.

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Ota-ku 大田区Pictures of Ota Ward, Tokyo.
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Ikegami Honmonji Temple 池上本門寺


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Belonging to the Nichiren Sect, this is one of Tokyo's major temples. Spread over a wide area with an impressive Hondo hall, 400-year-old pagoda, and other buildings, the temple also has the grave of Rikidozan, the famous wrestler. It also celebrates Hanamatsuri (Buddha's Birthday) on April 8.

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Ikegami Baien Plum Garden 池上梅園


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Excellent sloping garden boasting over 360 plum blossom trees amid numerous azalea bushes. Near Nishi-Magome Station on the Toei Asakusa Line.

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Senzoku-ike Pond 洗足池


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Pleasant pond for rowboats and pedal boats. Noted for cherry blossoms. Near Senzoku-Ike Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line from Gotanda.

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Ontakesan 御嶽山


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Near Ontakesan Station on the Tokyo Ikegami Line is Ontake Jinja Shrine and Tenso Jinja Shrine which holds the Negi-no-Mai Dance in April.

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Setagaya-ku 世田谷区Pictures of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.
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Gotokuji Temple 豪徳寺


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Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya, Tokyo is known as the Ii Clan's family temple. Over 300 lords, wives, concubines, and children related to the Ii Clan from Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture, are buried here. Six Hikone Castle lords, including Ii Naosuke, have graves here. The temple is also where the maneki neko, or beckoning cat, is said to have originated. Near Gotokuji Station on the Odakyu Line.

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Hanegi Park 羽根木公園


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Near Odakyu Umegaoka Station ("Umegaoka" means plum hill), this park is noted for plum blossoms in Feb.-Mar. It has about 700 plum trees and also sports facilities and public library.

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Shibuya-ku 渋谷区Pictures of Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.
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Shibuya Station & Hachiko Square 渋谷駅・ハチ公


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Gateway to Japan's youth culture.

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Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival 渋谷・鹿児島おはら祭


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The Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival is a Kagoshima dance parade held annually near Shibuya Station in Tokyo in May. About 2,200 dancers in 63 troupes dance along the Dogenzaka and Bunkamura-dori main roads for almost 3 hours from 1:20 pm to 4 pm.

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Yoyogi Park 代々木公園


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Adjacent to Meiji Shrine and near Harajuku, this park is noted for cherry blossoms.

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Shinagawa-ku 品川区Pictures of Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo.
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Tokaido Shinagawa-juku 東海道 品川宿


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During the Edo Period, the Tokaido Road connecting Tokyo (Edo) and Kyoto was the most important travel corridor which had 53 post towns to lodge travelers. Shinagawa-juku was the first such stage town on the route. Numerous inns, teahouses, and entertainment quarters were on this waterfront town. Today, the road still remains, but everything is totally modern. No traditional-looking buildings except for shrines and temples.

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Shinagawa Jinja Shrine 品川神社


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One of Shinagawa Ward's major shrines. Dedicated to Amenohirinome-no-Mikoto, Susano-o-no-Mikoto, and Uganome-no-Mikoto. Near Shin-Bamba Station North Exit on the Keihin Kyuko Line from Shinagawa Station.

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Gotanda 五反田


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Gotanda is on the Yamanote Line between Osaki and Shinagawa Stations, and on the Toei Asakusa Line.

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Shinjuku-ku 新宿区Pictures of Shinjuku Ward, the capital of Tokyo Prefecture.
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden 新宿御苑


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If you look at any map of central Tokyo, you'll see that Shinjuku Gyoen is one big blotch of green. This huge urban oasis delights you with something blooming every month, especially the cherry blossoms in late March to early April. Open 9 am to 4 pm, closed Mon. except in late March till April 24 and Nov. 1-15 when it is open every day. Admission 200 yen for adults.

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Kagurazaka Geisha Dance 2005 神楽坂芸者 華の会


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Colorful "Hana no Kai" dance performed by by geisha in Kagurazaka, Tokyo on April 16, 2005 at the Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall.

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Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance 神楽坂阿波踊り


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The 37th Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance was held during July 25-26, 2008 from 7 pm to 9 pm. These pictures were taken on the 25th. About 15 dance troupes danced along the main Kagurazaka-dori road. The dance is actually the climax of the annual Kagurazaka Matsuri Festival. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri 新宿エイサーまつり


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In late July, the east side of Shinjuku Station becomes like Okinawa for a day with many Okinawans performing the Eisa taiko drumming dance which is like a Bon dance. Photos were taken on July 30, 2005. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Sotobori Canal 外濠


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Formerly a moat of Edo Castle, this canal stretching from Iidabashi Station to Ichigaya Station along the Chuo Line is noted for cherry blossoms. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Suginami-ku 杉並区Pictures of Suginami Ward, including the Koenji Awa Odori.
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Koenji Awa Odori 2009 高円寺阿波おどり


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The 53rd Koenji Awa Odori folk dance festival was held on Aug. 29-30, 2009 during 6 pm to 9 pm. I went on the 29th, right after Asakusa Samba. This time I went to Shin-Koenji Station on the Marunouchi subway line. Much less crowded than JR Koenji Station. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri Festival 2009 阿佐谷七夕まつり


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For five days centering on Aug. 7, a shopping arcade called Asagaya Pearl Center holds the Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri featuring colorful streamers and popular characters festooning the shops. These photos were taken in Aug. 2009. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Koenji Awa Odori Dance 高円寺阿波おどり


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Held on the last weekend in Aug., Koenji's Awa Odori dance festival is perhaps the biggest one outside Tokushima, where it originated. In the evenig, over 50 dance troupes parade along the route around JR Koenji Station. These photos were taken mainly in 2005 and a few in 2004. Also see the dance formation video at YouTube and the taiko drum video at YouTube.

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Koenji Awa Odori 2006 高円寺阿波おどり


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This is the 50th Koenji Awa Odori Dance held on Aug. 26-27, 2006 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

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Sumida-ku 墨田区Pictures of Sumida-ku, Tokyo.
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Tokyo Sky Tree 東京スカイツリー


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Tokyo's latest, tallest, and mega-popular attraction opened in May 2012, forever changing Tokyo's landscape. In April 2010, it became taller than the old Tokyo Tower at 338 meters. The Solamachi shopping complex is also a great place to eat and shop. Near Oshiage Station and Tokyo Sky Tree Station (renamed from Narihirabashi), the tower is instantly recognizable and an awesome sight to behold.

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Omurai Katori Shrine Plum Garden 小村井香取神社 香梅園


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This small neighborhood shrine happens to have one of Tokyo's best plum blossom gardens. There are 120 plum trees in 85 colorful varieties. The shrine was historically famous for plum trees where even Hiroshige created a woodblock print. However, in 1910, a great flood ruined the garden. The current garden was built in 1994. Free admission. Near Omurai Station on the Tobu Kameido Line.

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Ryogoku Kokugikan and Grand Sumo 両国国技館


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The Kokugikan arena is where three of the six grand sumo tournaments are held. Built in 1985, it is a spacious, well-designed arena. See photos of what's inside as well as a sumo tournament. More sumo photos here.

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Ryogoku 両国


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Adjacent to Sumida River, Ryogoku is best known for sumo with the Kokugikan, Eko-in temple where sumo started, Lord Kira's estate, and other places of interest.

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Nose Myokenzan Betsuin 能勢妙見山別院


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In Feb., priests at this small temple splash cold water on themselves for 30 min. Near Honjo-Azumabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line or JR Kinshicho Station on the Sobu Line.

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Tachikawa 立川市Pictures of Tachikawa, Tokyo.
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Showa Kinen Park 昭和記念公園


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Huge park in western Tokyo with wide-open spaces, pond with rowboats, a variety of flowers including cherry blossoms, a Japanese garden, and museum. Used to be part of Tachikawa Air Force Base. Park established in 1975 to commemorate Emperor Showa's 50th year of his reign.

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With a population of over 170,000, Tachikawa is an art town with many public art works in the open.

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Taito-ku 台東区Pictures of Taito Ward, Tokyo. Includes Ueno Park.
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Asakusa 浅草


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One of Tokyo's crown jewels for tourism, the ever-popular Asakusa district still retains the old-style atmosphere of Tokyo. It is blessed with Tokyo's most famous temple, major festivals, and convenient publicc transportation. Asakusa Station is the nearest subway station on the Ginza and Toei Asakusa Lines. These photos are taken from various Asakusa albums.

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Sumida Park 隅田公園


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Along Sumida River near Asakusa is Sumida Park. Most famous for cherry blossoms and a great view of Tokyo Sky Tree. The cherries are also lit up at night. It is not as crowded as Ueno Park. Sumida Park also extends across the river in Sumida Ward with another row of cherries along the river.

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Ueno Park and Shinobazu Pond 上野公園・不忍池


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Ueno Park is one of Japan's most famous parks. Especially famous for cherry blossoms and national museums. Adjacent Shinobazu Pond is also scenic with cherry blossoms and lotus.

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University Art Museum 東京藝術大学大学美術館


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"Art of Gaman" exhibition of art created by internees at the intern camps during World War II Held at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts during Nov 3 - Dec 9, 2012.

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Yanaka Cemetery 谷中霊園


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Yanaka Cemetery (Yanaka Reien in Japanese) is one of Tokyo's major cemeteries where fifteen Tokugawa shoguns (including Yoshinobu, the last shogun), some daimyos, and famous people are buried. It is also famous for cherry blossoms along the main drag in the middle of the cemetery. Near JR Nippori Station.

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Tama 多摩市Pictures of Tama, Tokyo.
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Tama Center 多摩センター


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Tama Center is the heart of a large shopping, residential, museum, amusement, and park area.

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Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center 東京都埋蔵文化財センター


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The Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center has a small museum with archaeological artifacts and the neighboring Jomon Village Historic Garden found on the Tama Newtown No. 57 ruins. Highly recommended if you like Jomon Period history.

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Toshima-ku 豊島区Pictures of Toshima Ward, Tokyo.
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Otsuka Awa Odori Dance 2009 大塚阿波おどり


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The 37th Otsuka Awa Odori folk dance festival was held on Aug. 26, 2009. About 15 awa odori dance troupes, mostly from Otsuka or Toshima Ward, paraded along a short course in front of Otsuka Station on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo. Despite being held for 37 years already, this awa odori is little known in Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Sugamo 巣鴨


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On the northern half of the Yamanote Line, Sugamo is famous for the Jizo-dori arcade where many senior citizens gather, and the Togenuki Jizo temple. It is the Harajuku for the elderly.

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SportsPictures of sports events in Tokyo.
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Tokyo Marathon 2013 東京マラソン


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The 7th Tokyo Marathon was held on Feb. 24, 2013. As usual, many runners wore costumes. These photos were taken at the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight. It was a sunny, but cold and windy day when 96% of the 36,000 marathoners completed the run within 7 hours. A special treat was at the promenade where three-time wrestling gold medalist Saori Yoshida gave a talk and demo to kids.

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Tokyo Marathon 2012 and Expo 東京マラソン


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The 6th Tokyo Marathon was held on Feb. 26, 2012. As usual, many runners wore costumes. Also went to the Tokyo Marathon Expo at Tokyo Big Sight where Olympic gold medalist marathoner Naoko Takahashi was a guest speaker. These photos were taken at the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight.

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Tokyo Marathon 2011 東京マラソン


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The 5th Tokyo Marathon was held on Feb. 27, 2011, a warm, sunny day. Over 33,000 runners (including 2,502 foreigners) from among 330,000 applicants ran the full marathon and over 97% of them completed the marathon. As usual, many runners wore costumes. These photos were taken at the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight.

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Tokyo Marathon 2010 東京マラソン


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The 4th Tokyo Marathon with 32,000 runners was held on Feb. 28, 2010. I watched it at the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight when the winner came in. This is a massive collection costumed runners. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Tokyo Marathon 2008 東京マラソン


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The 2nd Tokyo Marathon and Japan's largest marathon with over 30,000 runners. The majority completed the course within 7 hours between 9:10 am at Shinjuku and 4:10 pm at Tokyo Big Sight. I watched it at the starting line in Shinjuku, the Shinagawa U-turn, Imperial Palace, and the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight. Photographed many great costumes worn by runners. Also see my video at YouTube.

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Tokyo Marathon 2007 東京マラソン


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The 1st Tokyo Marathon and Japan's largest marathon ever with over 30,000 runners. The majority (96.7%) completed the course within 7 hours between 9:10 am at Shinjuku and 4:10 pm at Tokyo Big Sight. Two-time Olympic medalist Arimori Yuko also ran in her last marathon. It was awesome, and I watched it at Ginza, Asakusa, and the finish line at Tokyo Big Sight. Also see the video at YouTube.

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bj league 2010 Final bjリーグ ファイナル 2010


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The bj-league pro basketball league held its final and championship game for the 2009-2010 season on May 23, 2010 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. It was Osaka Evessa vs. Hamamatsu Higashi-Mikawa Phoenix. Special appearance by the Golden State Warrior Girls from California.

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Tokyo Apache vs. Toyama Grouses 東京アパッチ vs 富山グラウジーズ


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During the weekend of Dec. 27-28, 2008, bj-league pro basketball team Tokyo Apache played against the Toyama Grouses at Ariake Colliseum in Koto Ward, Tokyo. The first and last place teams played well. Many of these photos were shot from behind the hoop. Cheerleaders also added to the entertainment.

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Tokyo Apache vs. Ryukyu Golden Kings 東京アパッチ vs 琉球ゴールデンキングス


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Tokyo Apache is Tokyo's pro basketball team in the bj League. One of their home courts is the Ariake Colliseum in Koto Ward. On Nov. 29, 2008, I went to see them play against Ryukyu Golden Kings from Okinawa.

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All-Japan Judo 2005 全日本柔道選手権大会


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All-Japan Judo Championships held on April 29, 2005 at the Budokan in Tokyo. Winner was Keiji Suzuki who was also the Olympic judo champion in Athens in 2004.

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Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay アテネ2004オリンピック聖火リレー


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On June 6, 2004, the Athens Olympic Torch Relay came through Tokyo as it has been doing at all cities in the world which had held a Summer Olympics. I chased the flame for Athens at several points in Tokyo.

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Japan Cup Triathlon 2004


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The Japan Cup Triathlon was held on Oct. 24, 2004 at Odaiba, Tokyo. It started at 8:10 am with the women swimming 1.5 km, cycling 40 km, and running 10 km. Then it was the men's turn. Also see the video at YouTube.

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Trade ShowsPictures of trade shows in Tokyo.
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Tokyo Motor Show 2013 東京モーターショー


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The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show was held at Tokyo Big Sight during Nov. 23-Dec. 1, 2013. No American car makers were there. No Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Ferrari either.

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Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2010


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The Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival 2010 was held during Feb. 13-21, 2010. The world's largest orchid show at Tokyo Dome shows not only flowers, but orchid-related artwork, fragrances, and orchid shops. This was its 20th anniversary.

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Tokyo Motor Show 2005 東京モーターショー


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Held every 2 years at Makuhari Messe in Makuhari, Chiba, the Tokyo Motor Show for passenger cars and motorcycles is one of Japan's largest and most popular trade shows. In 2005, it was held from Oct. 22 to Nov. 6 and over 1.5 million attended.

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Lowrider Car Show Japan Tour 2008 Final


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A lowrider car show is held six times a year in major cities. The Japan Tour starts and ends in Makuhari Messe in Makuhari, Chiba. The show featured numerous lowrider vintage cars as well as an impressive hydraulics competition where cars "hop." These photos were taken at the last show of 2008 in Makuhari Messe on Nov. 23, 2008. Also see my YouTube video here. For the schedule of this year's lowrider show, see their Web site.

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Photo Imaging Expo 2006


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Held at Tokyo Big Sight every March, the Photo Imaging Expo is Asia's largest camera trade show. You can find film and digital cameras and accessories, large-format cameras, photo studio equipment, and minilabs. All the big names are there: Canon, Nikon, Epson, FujiFilm, etc. Some pictures from PIE 2005 are also included.

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Robotics Shows 2007


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Japan is a leading maker of robots of all kinds, humanoid, industrial, and toys. Robotics shows and contests are popular. The Honda showroom in Tokyo offers ASIMO shows every day. In fall 2007, two large robotics fairs also opened. The Great Robot Exhibition was held at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno during Oct. 23, 2007 to Jan. 27, 2008. And the 2007 International Robot Exhibition was held at Tokyo Big Sight during Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2007. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Tokyo Anime Fair 2006


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The 5th Tokyo Anime Fair was held during March 23-26, 2006. It is Japan's largest anime fair with over 220 animation-related companies and organizations showing their stuff at Tokyo Big Sight.

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