Last additions - Tsutsujigaoka Park つつじが岡公園
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Tatebayashi Station platformMay 23, 2014
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Edge of Tsutsuji-en Garden.May 23, 2014
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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I was going to overdose on azalea. Had never seen so much azalea in my life. Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Now this is an entrance to Tsutsuji-en, a long, slim azalea garden. I walked through this on the way back.May 23, 2014
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The occasional white azalea give your eyes a break from all the bright colors.May 23, 2014
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Poplar tree and azaleaMay 23, 2014
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My friend in Tatebayashi tells me, "The legend of the azalea park is that the lord of Tatebayashi, Sakakibara Yasumasa, had a mistress named Otsuji.The wife was jealous of her and gave her such a hard time that Otsuji threw herself into Lake Jonuma and died. Since her name sounded like tsutsuji, the lord planted the garden to console her soul."May 23, 2014
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The hill also has a few azalea tunnels.May 23, 2014
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A few azalea bushes had passed their peak.May 23, 2014
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Tanuki sighting near Lake JonumaMay 23, 2014
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Rest house on Tsutsujigaoka.May 23, 2014
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Tsutsujigaoka Park, TatebayashiMay 23, 2014
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Shopping street for tourists next to Tsutsujigaoka.May 23, 2014
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Tourist information officeMay 23, 2014
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Tanuki and azalea, a good match? I prefer women and flowers. TsutsujigaokaMay 23, 2014
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Mind-blowing just to see so many azalea along the edges. But much, much more was waiting on this hill.May 23, 2014
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Even the edges are incredibly colorful. This edge had group photo stands.May 23, 2014
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a lakeside park featuring this low hill almost 200 meters long and 80 meters wide.May 23, 2014
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Map of Tsutsujigaoka, a National Scenic Site. It's a low, flat hill full of azalea bushes. There is a maze of foot paths going through the azalea. 名勝May 23, 2014
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Boat dock for Tsutsujigaoka Park. Other boats offered cruises.May 23, 2014
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Approaching Tsutsujigaoka ParkMay 23, 2014
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Relaxing ride, only me and a mother and child.May 23, 2014
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Koinobori at a lakeside house.May 23, 2014
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Boat ride was pleasant enough.May 23, 2014
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Obiki ferry takes only several minutes to reach Tsutsujigaoka Park. Fare was cheap, includes admission to the park. It's also possible to walk to the park.May 23, 2014
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Obiki ferry dock is on the left above the bridge on this map.May 23, 2014
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Way to Obiki ferry boatMay 23, 2014
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View from Fureai Bridge in Tatebayashi.May 23, 2014
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View from Fureai Bridge. These carp were once registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the most koinobori (over 6,000).May 23, 2014
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In April and May, thousands of flying carp streamers grace the Tsuruudogawa River connected to Lake Jonuma.May 23, 2014
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The koinobori are strung from late March to mid-May. Especially spectacular when the cherries are in bloom during late March to mid-April.May 23, 2014
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The length of most of the koinobori is shorter than usual. Unlike the giant ones at Kannamachi also in Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Koinobori and azaleas in Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Along Tsuruudagawa River were koinobori carp streamers flanked by cherry trees and azaleas.May 23, 2014
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WisteriaMay 23, 2014
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Entrance to Tatebayashi City Hall is also decorated with azaleas.May 23, 2014
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Tanuki in Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Street corner with another tanuki. These tanuki are made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.May 23, 2014
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Azaleas continue to lead the way to the park.May 23, 2014
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There were these flower racks too.May 23, 2014
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It's a pleasant walk with azalea decorating the sidewalk.May 23, 2014
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a 15-20-min. walk from Tatebayashi Station.May 23, 2014
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I visited Tatabayashi again in early May 2014 to see the azaleas at Tsutsujigaoka Park. May 23, 2014
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.May 23, 2014
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Manhole with tanuki design in Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Lake JonumaJun 01, 2012
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Sights in Jonuma area, dominated by Lake Jonuma.Jun 01, 2012
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"Pon-chan" goods sold at tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station.Jun 01, 2012
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City mascot "Pon-chan" goods sold at tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station. "Pon" refers to the character's pot belly.Jun 01, 2012
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Tourist information office in front of Tatebayashi Station.Jun 01, 2012
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Flower fountain in front of Tatebayashi Station.Jun 01, 2012
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Flower fountain in front of Tatebayashi Station.Jun 01, 2012
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About Bunbuku Chagma folktale, explaining why all the tanuki in Tatebayashi. Click here for the story.Jun 01, 2012
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Tanuki raccoon dogs in front of Tatebayashi Station.Jun 01, 2012
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Tatebayashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line (connects to Hanzomon subway line in Tokyo), east side. Takes almost 90 min. from central Tokyo by regular train. Costs only about 1100 yen.Jun 01, 2012
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.Jun 01, 2012
 
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