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Fujisawa 藤沢市Pictures of Fujisawa (includes Enoshima island), Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Tenno-sai Festival 天王祭


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A large mikoshi (portable shrine) from Yasaka Shrine on Enoshima is carried from the shrine to Koyuguri Shrine on the mainland. Along the way, the mikoshi is carried into the ocean. On the mainland, the Yasaka mikoshi is met with a mikoshi from Koyuguri Shrine. They then parade together along a shopping street before the Yasaka mikoshi goes back to Enoshima at around 6 pm. Also see the video at YouTube.
八坂神社神幸祭「神輿海中渡御」

40 files, last one added on Jul 12, 2004
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Enoshima 江ノ島


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A small, well-known island near Kamakura.

15 files, last one added on Apr 24, 2011
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Hakone 箱根町Photos of Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession 箱根大名行列


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Held annually on Nov. 3, a national holiday (Culture Day), the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu is a feudal lord procession held at Hakone's Yumoto Onsen hot spring resort. About 170 people dressed in feudal-era costume and other people in marching bands, etc., parade around the town for about 6 km. The procession reenacts the daimyo procession of Okubo Kaga, lod of Odawara on his way to Edo (Tokyo) for the periodic sankin kotai procession.

31 files, last one added on May 31, 2009
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Hiratsuka 平塚市Pictures of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri Festival 湘南ひらつか七夕まつり


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Held for four days from the first Thursday of July, this is one of the largest Tanabata Festivals in the Kanto region. Usually called the Star Festival, about 3,000 colorful streamers hang all around the city center in the shopping district. There is also a parade and nighttime illumination of the streamers. Until 2008, the festival used to be held on and around July 7, but now depending on the year, July 7 might not fall within the festival period.

63 files, last one added on May 31, 2009
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Kamakura 鎌倉市Pictures of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Great Buddha (Daibutsu) 大仏


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The Great Buddha of Kamakura is one of Japan's symbols among the most beautiful Buddha statues. After the Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple in Nara, this is Japan's second largest Buddha statue.

4 files, last one added on Jan 22, 2006
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Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine 鶴岡八幡宮


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One of the top three attractions of Kamakura (besides the Daibutsu and Enoshima), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine is famous for cherry blossoms and peonies in April.

102 files, last one added on Apr 13, 2012
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Meigetsu-in temple 明月院


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Nicknamed the Hydrangea Temple (Ajisai-dera), Meigetsu-in must have one of Japan's highest concentration of ajisai within its grounds. During the first half of June, the Hime-ajisai variety of blue hydrangea bloom all at once. Near Kita-Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line, the temple belongs to the Rinzai Zen Buddhist sect.

54 files, last one added on Jun 20, 2009
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Engakuji Temple 円覚寺


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Huge Zen Buddhist temple complex near Kita-Kamakura Station. Numerous buildings include two structures which are National Treasures. One of them is the Ogane temple bell.

69 files, last one added on Apr 14, 2012
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Myohonji Temple 妙本寺


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Nichiren Buddhist temple founded in 1260. Site was formerly the estate of the Hiki Yoshikazu, a senior retainer of Minamoto Yoritomo. The temple grounds is noted for cherry blossoms and other flowers. 10-min. walk from Kamakura Station.

26 files, last one added on Apr 14, 2012
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Ofuna Kannon Temple Setsubun 大船観音寺 節分会


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The Ofuna Kannon temple is a Zen temple noted for its giant, white Kannon statue near JR Ofuna Station. It's on a hill so the Kannon statue is visible from trains and cars passing by. The temple belongs to the Soto sect. It held a Setsubun bean-throwing ceremony on Feb. 1, 2013. Also see my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYXmGezsrmE

90 files, last one added on Feb 06, 2013
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Kawasaki 川崎市Pictures of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Kanamara Matsuri かなまら祭


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Kanayama Jinja Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine near Kawasaki Daishi Station. On the first Sun. of April, it holds this now-famous Kanamara Festival nicknamed the Phallus or Fertility Festival. The festival has grown from a small local matsuri to a large, international gathering. Also see the video at YouTube. 金山神社 若宮八幡宮

119 files, last one added on Apr 07, 2006
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple 川崎大師


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Member of the Shingon Buddhist sect founded by Kobo Daishi, this temple is one of the Kanto region's Big Three Shingon temples (other two being Narita-san in Chiba and Yakuoin in Mt. Takao).

25 files, last one added on Apr 16, 2006
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Nihon Minkaen (Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum) 日本民家園


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Outdoor museum of traditional farm and merchant houses with thatched roofs. They have 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation. If you're interested in traditional Japanese architecture, visit this park. Near Mukogaoka-yuen Station on the Odakyu Line. Closed Mon. Admission 500 yen. 横須賀市

34 files, last one added on Dec 10, 2007
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Matsuda-machi 松田町Photos of Matsuda town, Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Matsuda Cherry Blossom Festival まつだ桜まつり


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On a hillside near Odakyu Shin-Matsuda and JR Matsuda Stations, a large patch of cherry blossoms bloom in mid-February to late March. These are early-blooming (hayasaki) sakura. The place is spectacular when the cherries are in full bloom. There are rape blossoms and views of Mt. Fuji and the ocean. Free admission.

105 files, last one added on Mar 22, 2012
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Odawara 小田原市Pictures of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Odawara Castle 小田原城


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Odawara Castle was the base for the Hojo Clan during the feudal era. It is one of Japan's 100 Best Cherry Blossoms Spots. They have been reconstructing a few castle buildings while the main tower is a local samurai history museum. It is within a park including a small zoo and cherry trees. The present castle tower was rebuilt in 1960. A short walk from Odawara Station.

179 files, last one added on Apr 20, 2013
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Odawara-juku Post Town 小田原宿


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Odawara-juku was the 9th post town on the old Tokaido Road. Today, there is nothing left of the old post town except for a few stone markers. A short walk from Odawara Castle and close to the beach.

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Other Odawara Sights


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Odawara Station, shopping areas, and the beach are among the other sights in the city.

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Sagamihara 相模原市Pictures of Sagamihara, Kanagawa.
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Sagami Giant Kite Festival 2005 相模の大凧まつり


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Giant Kite festival held on May 5, 2005 along the Sagami River bank. There was enough wind for the smaller kites, but not enough for the giant one. Also see the video at YouTube.

27 files, last one added on May 07, 2005
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Sagami River Koi-nobori 泳げ鯉のぼり相模川


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From late April to early May, five long strings of giant carp streamers swim in the air high above the Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.

15 files, last one added on May 06, 2005
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Sagami Giant Kite Festival 2004 相模の大凧まつり


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Sagamihara has had a long tradition with giant kite flying. This festival is held annually in spring along the Sagami River bank. These photos were taken on April 25, 2004.

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Yamato 大和市Pictures of Yamato, Kanagawa Pref.
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Yamato Awa Odori 大和阿波おどり


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Kanagawa Prefecture's largest Awa Odori is held annually during the last weekend in July in this city of Yamato. It is not so crowded so it is easy to watch and photograph. These pictures were taken in 2005. Also see the video at YouTube.

68 files, last one added on Jul 17, 2006
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Yokohama 横浜市Pictures of Yokohama, the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture.
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Yokohama Chinatown Chinese New Year 2013 横浜中華街春節


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Feb. 10, 2013 was the Chinese New Year's Day in Japan's largest Chinatown in Yokohama. Lion dances and firecrackers abound during the late afternoon and early evening. My first Chinese New Year in Japan, called "shunsetsu" in Japanese (春節). Glad to see that China-Japan relations are alive and well here, regardless of political differences.

77 files, last one added on Mar 09, 2013
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Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival 2010 野毛大道芸


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The annual Noge Daidogei street performance festival was held on April 24-25, 2010 near Sakuragicho Station. Street performers included topless butoh dancers painted in gold, incredible Chinese acrobats, street jugglers, and Japanese belly dancers.

152 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2010
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Kamonyama Park 掃部山公園


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Near Sakuragicho Station, Kamonyama Park features a statue of Lord Ii Naosuke of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. He was the Chief Minister in the Tokugawa Government and the key person to open up Japan to the world in the late 19th century. Yokohama was one of the ports opened to foreign trade as a result.

22 files, last one added on Jun 08, 2010
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EXPO Y150: Yokohama Port Opening 150th Anniversary 開国博Y150


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Yokohama Port was opened to the world in 1859, making 2009 the 150th anniversary of the port's opening. To celebrate, Yokohama held EXPO Y150 during April 28 to Sept. 27, 2009, a modest-scale expo featuring pavilions, theaters, and performances. The expo has three areas, with the Bayside Area being the main one at the waterfront area next to the Red Brick Warehouses. Also see my video at YouTube.

134 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2011
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Hokule'a Canoe in Yokohama ホクレア号横浜港入港・乗船見学会


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Hawaii's most famous canoe named Hokule'a departed Hawaii in Jan. 2007 and sailed to Micronesia and arrived in Japan in April. It visited Okinawa, Kyushu, Shikoku, Hiroshima, and other places until arriving in Yokohama on June 9, 2007, the final stop. I went to see the Hokulea canoe arrive in Yokohama. Like at its other stops in Japan, Hokule'a offered free onboard canoe tours to the public during its one-week stay in Yokohama. We could see the top deck, rudder, masts, cramped sleeping quarters, food pantry, and more of this legendary canoe named after a star named Hokulea in Hawaiian.

167 files, last one added on Jun 15, 2007
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Japanese Overseas Migration Museum 海外移住資料館


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Japan's largest museum dedicated to the nikkei experience. There are permanent exhibitions explaining the immigration to Hawai'i, continental USA, and other countries especially South America. There are also changing or special exhibitions so it's worth visiting more than once. Besides exhibition rooms, the museum has a reference library (closed on Sun.) with a collection of 20,000 books and materials about Japan's immigration. It even has kami-shibai (picture card stories). You can browse through recent Japanese novels such as "Japanese-Americans 99 Years of Love." The museum also has a restaurant with an outdoor terrace (open 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9 pm). The museum is operated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which is Japan's version of the Peace Corps.

50 files, last one added on Apr 16, 2014
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Yokohama Hawai'i Festival 2008 ヨコハマ・ハワイイ・フェスティバル


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What may be Japan's largest Hawaiian festival was held in two locations in Yokohama during July 25-27, 2008. The main venue was at the huge Osanbashi Pier normally used to receive large passenger ships. It is cavernous hall used by the three-day festival to set up four stages and numerous booths selling Hawaiian goods and food. The other location was Landmark Plaza in Minato Mirai.

22 files, last one added on Aug 18, 2008
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CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2011 and 2010


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Photos of the 1st and 2nd CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show held in Yokohama. The 1st CP+ was held during March 11-14, 2010. The 2nd CP+ was held on Feb. 9-13, 2011. It replaces the old photo expo held in Tokyo called Photo Imaging Expo (PIE). Over 41,000 people attended CP+ in 2010.

74 files, last one added on Feb 12, 2011
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Yokosuka 横須賀市Pictures of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, including US aircraft carriers in port.
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Central Yokosuka 横須賀市街


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Sights near Keikyu Yokosuka Chuo Station and JR Yokosuka Station include Mikasa Park, Verny Park, Dobuita Street, and Cape Kannonzaki where numerous ships pass through the narrow Uraga Channel at the mouth of Tokyo Bay.

110 files, last one added on Sep 29, 2008
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Kurihama 久里浜


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Kurihama is in southeastern Yokosuka, a small bay with a beach. Famous as the landing place of Commodore Mathew Perry who arrived on July 8, 1853 and landed ashore on July 14. A monument to this historic landing is near the beach, as well as the Perry Memorial Hall.

40 files, last one added on Sep 30, 2008
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USS George Washington (CVN-73)


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The USS George Washington aircraft carrier arrived at her new home port in Yokosuka on Sept. 25, 2008. Replacing the retiring USS Kitty Hawk, the GW is the first nuclear-powered carrier to be deployed in Japan. The usual protesters also showed up. Aircraft carrier photos by the US Navy.

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USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)


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The USS Kitty Hawk was home-ported in Yokosuka from Aug. 11, 1998 to May 2008. These photos by the US Navy shows some of the good times and drama aboard the carrier, as well as the Sayonara day when the ship left Yokosuka for good.

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USS Independence (CV-62)


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Yokosuka is the home port to the only US aircraft carrier based outside the US. First it was the USS Midway, then the Independence, Kitty Hawk, and now the George Washington. These are photos of the USS Independence (CV-62) and USS Midway taken in the early 1990s when I was with a group touring the aircraft carriers.

42 files, last one added on Sep 28, 2008
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Zama 座間市Pictures of Zama, Kanagawa.
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Zama Giant Kite Festival 座間大凧まつり


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Held annually in early May along the Sagami River right next to the Sagamihara kite festival on the same days. Unfortunately, the wind was not strong enough for a prolonged flight. Photos were taken on May 5, 2005.

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