Last additions - OSAKA 大阪府
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Kishiki Shrine's priest conducts a prayer for each float.Sep 22, 2016
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The float pullers enter the shrine grounds for a short prayer.Sep 22, 2016
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There is a rock garden in front.Sep 22, 2016
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Kishiwada Castle tower (donjon). Sep 22, 2016
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The inside of the taiko drums is covered with gold leaf for better sound.Sep 17, 2016
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Large taiko shop (TaikoMasa) near Ashiharabashi Station on the Loop Line. This area has a number of taiko shops. Their quality taiko drums are made of zelkova wood (keyaki). They also make the taiko drums used in the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri.Sep 17, 2016
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Drunken man inside Shin-Osaka Station.Sep 17, 2016
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Bunraku puppet displayed inside Shin-Osaka Station.Sep 17, 2016
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Shin-Osaka Station's shinkansen turnstile.Sep 17, 2016
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Bento to Mixed Plate exhibition in 2001 at National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.Sep 17, 2016
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Osaka subways are more international than in Tokyo. This destination sign is displayed in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. In Tokyo, we only see Japanese and English.Sep 17, 2016
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Honolulu Coffee in Dotonbori, OsakaSep 17, 2016
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HalloweenSep 17, 2016
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Lots of indoor shopping arcades.Sep 17, 2016
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Besides neon signs, shops, restaurants, and boardwalks, there are boat cruises along the canal in Dotonbori.Sep 17, 2016
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Lots of tourists. Dotonbori is quite a spectacle at night.Sep 17, 2016
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Boardwalks along the canal.Sep 17, 2016
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SushiSep 17, 2016
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Gyoza restaurant in this retro area.Sep 17, 2016
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Restaurant row is fun too. Crab restaurant Kani Dōraku's crab sign has been here since 1960.Sep 17, 2016
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So this clown was moved here, not far from its original location.Sep 17, 2016
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Another Dotonbori icon is Kuidaore Taro, a mechanical drum-playing clown that used to be the mascot of a restaurant that has since closed.Sep 17, 2016
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Lots of neon signs, like Ginza in Tokyo.Sep 17, 2016
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Welcome to Dotonbori!Sep 17, 2016
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Ebisubashi Bridge or the "pick-up" bridge. However, it is regularly patrolled by police to prevent solicitations.Sep 17, 2016
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Glico Man at Dotonbori.Sep 17, 2016
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Eiffel Tower and Glico Man.Sep 17, 2016
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Rome's Colosseum and Glico Man.Sep 17, 2016
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Interesting to watch how the background changes. Sep 17, 2016
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The Glico Man is also very famous in Asia, with many Asian tourists posing with it.Sep 17, 2016
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The Glico Man sign uses LED now. The tourists mimic the Glico Man's pose. The area is regularly patrolled by the police so it's less sleazy than before.Sep 17, 2016
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Dotonbori is Osaka's most famous evening entertainment district with neon lights, shops, restaurants, riverside boardwalks, boat rides, and big-city hustle and bustle.Sep 17, 2016
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My video of Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival shot in the Haruki area near Haruki Station on Sept. 20, 2009 in Kishiwada, Osaka.Aug 22, 2014
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My video of Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival, around Nankai Kishiwada Station in Kishiwada, Osaka. Footage shot mainly near Kishiwada Castle.Aug 22, 2014
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The Grand Front Osaka complex next to Osaka Station opened in April 2013.Apr 14, 2014
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Inside Grand Front Osaka, this coffee shop from Hawaii (serving Kona coffee) with a long line of people waiting to get in. We couldn't wait and reluctantly went to Starbucks instead.Apr 14, 2014
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Rooftop garden for rent.Apr 14, 2014
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The new station buildings also have pleasant rooftop parks with a view.Apr 14, 2014
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JR Osaka StationApr 14, 2014
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There are great spots to just sit or meet up with a friend. Apr 14, 2014
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Inside Osaka Station.Apr 14, 2014
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The pedestrian bridge above the train tracks gives a bird's-eye view of all or most of the tracks. I could never figure out Osaka Station until now.Apr 14, 2014
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JR Osaka Station's new terminal building opened on May 4, 2011. Great improvement. It has a simple lean-to roof that creates some space to build bridges and plazas above the train tracks.Very easy to get your bearings and remember which way to go wherever you wanna go. Apr 14, 2014
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Hawaii spent only one night in Japan. They didn't see much here. Hope they spend more time in Japan next time.Aug 25, 2011
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Group photo. Too bad they didn't face the crowd.Aug 25, 2011
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I wish they at least said "Aloha" to the crowd. After all, they came all the way from Hawaii for the first time.Aug 25, 2011
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My best shot of the day. Joston Thomas.Aug 25, 2011
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Pi`i MinnsAug 25, 2011
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Douglas Kurtz goes for a free throw.Aug 25, 2011
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Douglas Kurtz goes for a free throw.Aug 25, 2011
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Trevor Wiseman for a free throw.Aug 25, 2011
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Trevor WisemanAug 25, 2011
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Pi`i MinnsAug 25, 2011
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Panasonic takes an early lead.Aug 25, 2011
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Hawaii's coaching staff.Aug 25, 2011
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Hawaii Head Coach Gib Arnold.Aug 25, 2011
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Playing basketball while sitting down.Aug 25, 2011
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Panasonic had two American players (former UCLA star Charles O’Bannon, and former Virginia Tech player Adrian Custis) and three college players on loan.Aug 25, 2011
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Panasonic got the ball at tipoff and scored first.Aug 25, 2011
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Tipoff was at 2 pm.Aug 25, 2011
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Panasonic huddle.Aug 25, 2011
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Hawaii huddle.Aug 25, 2011
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There was no MC, and no public announcements. Here they are exchanging gifts. Hawaii gave them something from Hilo Hattie's, a gift shop in Honolulu.Aug 25, 2011
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Hawaii basketball players practicing.Aug 25, 2011
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Hawaii warming up.Aug 25, 2011
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Spectator seats were mainly at the end of one goal.Aug 25, 2011
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Warm-up period.Aug 25, 2011
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The Panasonic Arena is also apparently used as an auditorium. There were three courts. One was for volleyball.Aug 25, 2011
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Only a small crowd of a few hundred attended.Aug 25, 2011
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Panasonic Arena, the venue of the practice game between the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors and Panasonic Trians, a pro team in the Japan Basketball League. Near Hirakata Koen Station.Aug 25, 2011
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Malasada shop at Hirakata Koen Station. Didn't have time to check it out, but it looked more like a doughnut shop.Aug 25, 2011
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At Hirakata Koen Station (Keihan Line), I was surprised to see this Malasada shop on the train platform.Aug 25, 2011
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Kishiwada manhole with castle motif, Osaka.Oct 16, 2009
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The danjiri floats pass by the castle on their way to a shrine to be blessed.Oct 16, 2009
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The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival in Sept. has the danjiri floats pass by Kishiwada Castle.Oct 16, 2009
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Carpet mural of the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival in the Danjiri Matsuri Museum.Oct 16, 2009
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Kishiwada Castle moatOct 16, 2009
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View from the lookout balcony of Kishiwada Castle. Looking toward Kishiwada City Hall.Oct 16, 2009
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View from the lookout balcony of Kishiwada Castle.Oct 16, 2009
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View from the lookout balcony of Kishiwada Castle.Oct 16, 2009
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Kishiwada Castle stone garden.Oct 16, 2009
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Top floor of Kishiwada Castle tower.Oct 16, 2009
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Inside Kishiwada Castle tower is a modern museum.Oct 16, 2009
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Lookout deck on top floor of Kishiwada Castle tower.Oct 16, 2009
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Kishiwada Castle tower (donjon). There is a rock garden in front.Oct 16, 2009
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Giant pot along the way to the castle tower entrance.Oct 16, 2009
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Castle entrance.Oct 16, 2009
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The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival in Sept. has the danjiri floats pass by Kishiwada Castle.Oct 16, 2009
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The main castle tower is surrounded by a moat which in turn is ringed by a park with cherry trees.Oct 16, 2009
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Kishiwada CastleOct 16, 2009
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Haruki StationOct 09, 2009
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Here are two men dancing on the danjiri roof.Oct 09, 2009
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