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Kumagai-shuku was the 8th station on the old Nakasendo Road. Today, it's near JR Kumagaya Station. Hardly nothing is left of the shukuba, but it is interesting to see the old Nakasendo Road going through a department store named Yagihashi.Kami-Kumagaya Station
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Kami-Kumagaya Station platform
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Kami-Kumagaya Station
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Kami-Kumagaya Station
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Kami-Kumagaya Station
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Yagihashi Dept. Store in Kumagaya, Saitama.
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The old Nakasendo Road going through a department store named Yagihashi.
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Going out the other end of Nakasendo Road in Yagihashi Dept. Store.
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Nakasendo Road exiting Yagihashi Dept. Store
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Nakasendo Road marker
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Nakasendo Road continuing after Yagihashi Dept. Store.
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Went to see the final evening and climax of the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival on July 22, 2013 featuring ornate floats paraded in central Kumagaya.
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Kumagaya is famous for its hot summer temperatures. Luckily, it wasn't that hot this day.
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My video of the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival on July 22, 2013.
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Twelve floats with noisy musicians paraded around central Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan from 5:30 pm and gathered at the main festival plaza for the climax at 8:45 pm.
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I followed the floats from Nakasendo Road near Yagihashi Dept. Store to the main festival plaza. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama
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Nakasendo road crowded.
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Entertainment stage at the main plaza.
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Hula dancers at Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri Festival.
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For sale
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At certain spots, multiple floats would gather together and jam together.
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A real spectacle, but it doesn't last long as they soon break up and go on their way to the main plaza.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama
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Great that they posed for us. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama
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As it got darker, they lit the lanterns on the floats. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama
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Yukata women/girls were a common sight.
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After 30 min. of useless speeches (not recorded in the video) by local politicians, etc., the 12 floats converged at the plaza at around 8:45 pm.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama
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The floats have mannequins depicting legendary figures like as emperor, samurai, etc.
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The climax included a ceremony to transfer the Nenban job (festival chairman) to the next group for next year's festival.
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Festival organizers and local politicians sit on a platform.
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Kumagaya Station
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple is Saitama Prefecture's sole building designated as a National Treasure. The main Honden Hall is a magnificent work of art with numerous wooden sculptures.
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple features the colorful Gongen-style of architecture which is also found in Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Tochigi.
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Mural near the bus stop at Menuma Shoden.
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Way to Kisomon Gate, the main gate to Shodenzan.
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Kisomon Gate is an Important Cultural Property. 貴惣門
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Kisomon Gate was built in 1855. 貴惣門
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About Kisomon Gate
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Jizo statue near Kisomon Gate
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Jizo statue near Kisomon Gate
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Kisomon Gate
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Kisomon Gate
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.
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Both sides of Kisomon Gate has three gables called "sanhafu." Very unusual.
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Kisomon Gate is very unusual for its triple gables.
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Kisomon Gate is very unusual for its triple gables.
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Menuma Shodenzan's Kisomon Gate has three gables called "sanhafu." Very unusual. Kumagaya, Saitama
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Way to the main temple.
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Statue of Lord Saito Sanemori, Heian Period warrior who lived in Kumagaya. 斎藤実盛
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Kannon statue
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Map of Shodenzan grounds.
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Gomado Hall 護摩堂
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Nakamon Gate 中門
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Niomon Gate 仁王門
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Niomon Gate 仁王門
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Niomon Gate 仁王門
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Niomon Gate 仁王門
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Bell at Niomon Gate 仁王門
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Looking toward the front of the Honden Hall.
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In front of the Honden Hall is this stone stage.
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About the Stone Stage.
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Daishi-do Hall and sumo ring
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Suigyo-do has a water well.
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Suigyo-do has a water well for water ablutions.
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Daishi-do Hall 大師堂
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Inside Daishi-do Hall 大師堂
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Kannon inside Daishi-do Hall 大師堂
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Daishi-do Hall 大師堂
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Sumo ring 相撲場
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Incense burner in front of Honden Hall
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall, front side 本殿
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿
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ABout Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿
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Fire extinguisher
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Entrance to view the rear part of the Honden Hall. Admission is 700 yen. Open 10 am - 4 pm
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Front part of the Honden Hall.
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The back part of the Honden is surrounded by this fence, but you can enter the fence and look at the colorful exterior up close.
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However, you cannot enter the building.
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Guided tours are provided at certain times. Only in Japanese though.
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Menuma Shodenzan temple
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple was built during 1735 to 1760, taking 25 years.
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These colorful woodcarvings were once all faded to bare wood after 250 years under the weather.
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Taking seven years from 2003 to 2010, the temple was painstakingly restored to its former splendor. The magnificent result was open for public viewing from June 1, 2011. In May 2012, it was designated as a National Treasure.
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple, a National Treasure in Kumagaya, Saitama. 歓喜院聖天堂 奥殿の彫刻
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Numerous woodcarvings depict a variety of scenes.
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Playing go.
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Monkeys supporting the building on all three sides.
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Name of a donor.
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This monkey has a child.
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Sumo wrestling
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