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Tokyo Jidai Matsuri, Nov. 3More pictures here
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Tokyo Jidai Matsuri Banner and Tekomai geisha. From top to bottom, the banner reads, "Tokyo Jidai Matsuri." It marks the official and real start of the festival parade. The first Tokyo Jidai Matsuri was held in 1989. 東京時代祭本旗The first Tokyo Jidai Matsuri was held in 1989. Slight changes in the festival have been made since. Instead of two oiran courtesans, there is only one now. And at the end of the parade, the Asakusa Revue of showgirls used to be the anchor. But they are now gone.

東京時代祭本旗、手古舞
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According to legend, three days after the golden Kannon statue was found, a golden dragon descended from heaven and danced. The mountain name of the temple is Kinryu-zan, meaning Golden Dragon Mountain. (Most temples have a mountain name.)According to legend, three days after the golden Kannon statue was found, a golden dragon descended from heaven and danced. The mountain name of the temple is Kinryu-zan, meaning Golden Dragon Mountain. (Most temples have a mountain name.)1 comments
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Sumo tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Nov.
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White Heron Dance
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Shrine maiden and Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa三社大権現祭礼 船渡御
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Third portable shrine. 三社大権現祭礼 船渡御
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Sankin Kotai Daimyo Gyoretsu 参勤交代 大名行列
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Firemen's Acrobatics大岡越前守と江戸町火消
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Oiran Dochu Procession. Also see the video at YouTube. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession. Her clogs. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Oiran Dochu Procession. This picture was taken in the 1990s when they had two oiran in the festival. Now they have only one. 花の吉原おいらん道中
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Edo Geisha江戸芸者
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Townsend Harris and Commodore Perry 黒船来航・浦賀奉行
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Shinsengumi新撰組
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Hikone Gun Battalion dressed like Ii Clan samurai with their trademark red armor nicknamed "Red Devils."
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Ii clan warriors
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The matchlock guns make a huge bang.
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Fireman's ladder acrobatics
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Tokyo Chrysanthemum Show in Hibiya Park.
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Chrysanthemum Show in Hibiya Park, Tokyo.
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The daimyo lord is carried in a palanquin for the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession. 大名駕籠
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These men are the luggage carriers carrying the hasami-bako boxes containing clothing and other necessities. Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu. 挟み箱
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The daimyo feudal lord in Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession.
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She was definitely the focal point of the procession. Who cares about the daimyo? They past Yumoto Station in the background in the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession.
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Kawasaki C-1 for a parachute drop at Iruma Air Show in Saitama.
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Blue Impulse Kawasaki T-4
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Blue Impulse Aerobatic Team at Iruma Air Show.
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This Tack Cross has one jet flying straight while the other is spiraling around it. Quite spectacular.
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Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka at Sumpu Park
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Sakamoto Ryoma chrysanthemum doll at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.
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Very well done, and it makes this chrysanthemum festival unique. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.
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Chrysanthemums shaped like Mt. Fuji. Capped by white flowers for snow. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.
     
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