Image search results - "tokyo"
000-IMG_7073.jpg
Dai-hiwatari Festival, Mt. TakaoMore pictures here
000k-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of 2016 Koenji Awa Odori (56 troupes) 第60回高円寺阿波おどり 56連の総集編
000l-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2015 第59回高円寺阿波おどり 40連の総集編
000m-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2013 Part 1/3 第57回 東京高円寺阿波おどり 総集編
000n-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2013 Part 2/3 第57回 東京高円寺阿波おどり 総集編
000o-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2013 Part 3/3 第57回 東京高円寺阿波おどり 総集編
000p-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2011 Part 1/2 高円寺阿波おどり
000q-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2011 Part 2/2 高円寺阿波おどり
000r-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2009 Part 1/3 - Kokesaku 苔作
000s-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2009 Part 2/3 - Kikusui-ren 菊水会菊水連
000t-koenjiawaodori.youtube
My video of Koenji Awa Odori 2009 Part 3/3 - Asuka-ren 飛鳥連
001-00IMG_9270.jpg
Sadly, the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri no longer held. It used to be held annually on Nov. 3 (Culture Day) in Asakusa, Tokyo.the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Historical Periods) is a parade tracing the history of Tokyo with over 1,600 people dressed in the respective period's costume. This is the lead float playing music. It took about an hour for the parade to reach Kaminarimon Gate.

Lead Float: Edo festival music played by children. Kodomo Edo-bayashi yatai
先導 子供江戸囃子屋台

001-9596-1KAKUOCT15.jpg
Kiba Park with Kiba Kakunori sign. Traditional folk performances are held on the same day as Koto Ward's Citizen's Festival in mid-Oct. So the park is quite crowded.
001-9923-31.jpg
Haneda to Tokushima
001-9942-21AUG28KOENJIAWA.jpg
Crowd at JR Koenji Station on Awa Odori night.The Koenji Awa Odori is basically a parade of dancers. Many groups of dancers from various parts of Japan participate in the parade that follows the main shopping streets near Koenji Station on the Japan Railways Chuo Line in Tokyo.
001-IMG_0151.jpg
April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, TokyoStarting at 4 pm, this was the third and last show of the day and all 400 seats were sold out.

The performance had two parts separated by a 20-min. intermission. Each part had several different dances.
001-IMG_0335.jpg
Before 8 am: Women do a warm-up lap.It wasn't exactly warm, but they had wet suits. Odaiba's water is not exactly crystal-clear clean either.
001-IMG_0563.jpg
Established in 1617, Tsukiji Hongwanji temple is the Tokyo headquarters of the Nishi Hongwanji Jodo Shinshu sect. The present temple, based on Indian architecture, was built in the 1930s.The temple is the only one in Japan which is under the direct control of the sect. Its head priest is the Monshu Abbot himself. April 8 is observed as Buddha's birthday, called Hana Matsuri ("Flower Festival) in Japan.
001-IMG_0569.jpg
Yasukuni Shrine is Japan's most prominent shrine for the war dead. Near Kudanshita Station on the Tozai Subway Line. This is the first giant torii
001-IMG_4035.jpg
Yasukuni Shrine during the Mitama Matsuri before dark.
001-IMG_6705.jpg
Tokyo TowerThe tower is 333 meters high, with two observatories. The lower one, called the main observatory, is 150 meters high. The higher one, the special observatory, is 250 meters up.
001-img_6762.jpg
Nose Myokenzan Betsuin at a street corner. In Feb., priests at this small temple splash cold water on themselves for 30 min. Near Honjo-Azumabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line or JR Kinshicho Station on the Sobu Line.
001-IMG_6920.jpg
Tokyo Dome on March 3, 2006, the first day of the WBC's Asian Round.
001-IMG_7037.jpg
Odakyu Umegaoka Station 小田急梅ヶ丘駅
001-IMG_7811.jpg
To Tokyo Big Sight
001-IMG_7815.jpg
Sign and entrance to Tokyo Big Sight
001-IMG_7989.jpg
Yoshino Baigo was a valley and hillside covered with ume plum trees. It boasted a wide variety of different plum blossoms. During full bloom as you can see here, the scenery was spectacular. One of the largest plum groves in Japan.Platform of Hinata-Wada Station with welcome banner 日向和田駅. Banner says, "Yokoso, Ume no Sato Yoshino Baigo." Yokoso means "welcome," and Ume no Sato means "plum town."
To get to Hinata-Wada, you have to change trains at Ome Station on the JR Chuo Line.
001-IMG_8395.jpg
JR Nishi-Tachikawa Station, the closest train station to the park.
001-IMG_8479.jpg
JR Tachikawa Station
001-IMG_9253.jpg
Cherry tree forest near the Nishi-guchi (west) gate.
001-IMG_9281.jpg
The outdoor architectural museum is within Koganei Park in Koganei, Tokyo. This is the Visitors Center.
001-IMG_9373.jpg
Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena as seen from Ryogoku Station
001-IMG_9373.jpg
The Kokugikan as seen from JR Ryogoku Station platform.
001-POSTER.jpg
PR poster designed by Tetsuo OshiroPoster for the race.

京都大学ボート部OBの尾城徹雄様に作成したポスター。大学内や大津市石山商店街などで張り出された。
001-S50003.jpg
Starting point: Tokyo Big SightIt was a rainy morning.
001_8139.jpg
"Hana no Kai" Dance by Kagurazaka geishaThe "Hana no Kai" geisha dance is held annually by geisha in Kagurazaka, one of Tokyo's major geisha districts. "Hana" means livley or gaudy. And "Kai" can mean gathering or party.

They held two shows on the same day. This was the second show starting at 3 pm on April 16, 2005. It lasted till about 4:45 pm.
001_8604.jpg
More people than the real tournamentAbout 8,000 people took time out from their Golden Week holidays to see this official sumo practice of all sumo stables.
002-00IMG_9272.jpg
This page is a complete English guide to all the groups that appear in the parade. The parade assembles behind Sensoji Temple and starts at 1:30 pm from Nitenmon gate. The procession then goes down Umamichi-dori street, passes by Matsuya Department Store.先導 子供江戸囃子屋台
002-0356-11OCT19.jpg
Huge crowd at Kakunori pond in Kiba Park.
002-9923-32.jpg
Hi Philbert! Welcome aboard!
002-9943-4.jpg
Each dance troupe starts with a lantern bearer showing the name of the troupe.The dance is quite simple. While bobbing up and down, the dancer holds her hands above the head and shakes the fingers. This hand gesture indicates that the person has gone crazy. It is therefore nicknamed the "fool's dance." The dance is held on the last weekend in August.
002-IMG_0155.jpg
Part 1 - Edo Scenes (江戸風情): 1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) 藤むらさきDancers: 小奴、千佳、由良子、舞子
002-IMG_0345.jpg
Women at the starting line for triathlon
002-IMG_0561.jpg
Tsukiji Hongwanji temple gate with wisteria crest.The emblem is a wisteria flower and symbol of the Jodo Shinshu sect.
002-IMG_0572.jpg
Path to shrine
002-IMG_2910.jpg
Yasukuni Shrine's main torii during Mitama Matsuri
002-IMG_6560.jpg
002-img_6852.jpg
Shrine hall
002-IMG_6923.jpg
Tokyo Dome
002-IMG_7040.jpg
Entrance to Hanegi Park's plum grove
002-IMG_7812.jpg
Entrance to Tokyo Big Sight
002-IMG_7818.jpg
Tokyo Big Sight hallway
002-IMG_8392.jpg
Closest train station is Hinata-Wada Station. To get to Hinata-Wada, you have to change trains at Ome Station on the JR Chuo Line. 日向和田駅Sadly, spring 2014 was the last time we could see these trees. The plum trees were infected by the plum pox virus and the city cut down all the trees in 2014 to wipe it out. These photos were taken in 2006 when the plums were still fully glorious.
002-IMG_8396.jpg
Park entrance (admission charged)
002-IMG_8474.jpg
JR Tachikawa Station entrance
002-IMG_9247.jpg
Koganei Park sakura
002-IMG_9350.jpg
Going to visitors center
002-IMG_9375.jpg
Crowd outside the Kokugikan await their favorite wrestlers.
002-S50011.jpg
Dignitaries at the torch relay starting ceremony.
002_8115.jpg
"Blue Ocean Waves" (青海波)They performed four numbers. This first one was called "Blue Ocean Waves" performed by five geisha.
002_8645.jpg
003-00IMG_9276.jpg
From Matsuya Department Store, the procession turns right into Kaminarimon-dori street which passes in front of the famous, giant red lantern called Kaminarimon Gate. Lead float with Edo festival music played by children. 先導 子供江戸囃子屋台
003-9944-15.jpg
The troupe can consist of children (as young as age 2 or 3), women, and men.The Awa Odori originated 400 years ago in Tokushima Prefecture (in Shikoku) where it is one of Japan's most famous festivals. Although it is not as large as the one in Tokushima, the Koenji Awa Odori in Tokyo has become a major summer festival in Tokyo.
003-IMG_0156.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
003-IMG_0553.jpg
Temple gate and flag
003-IMG_0574.jpg
003-IMG_2917.jpg
Promenade to the shrine
003-IMG_3791.jpg
Karahashi Bridge as the starting point for alumni races
003-img_6766.jpg
Barrels of cold water in front of shrine
003-IMG_6932.jpg
Front entrance to Tokyo Dome. Japan plays its first WBC game and the opponent is China.
003-IMG_7049.jpg
The plum trees are on a small hill.
003-IMG_7813.jpg
Photo Imaging Expo 2006 sign
003-IMG_7896.jpg
Corridor to anime fair
003-IMG_7990.jpg
Yoshino Baigo poster. Yoshino Baigo is a small town in Ome city near Hinata-Wada Station.
003-IMG_8397.jpg
Waterfowl Pond and boats
003-IMG_8471.jpg
JR Tachikawa Station walkways
003-IMG_9236.jpg
Huge trees shower you with cherry blossoms.
003-IMG_9361.jpg
Visitors Center entrance courtyard
003-IMG_9377.jpg
Crowd enters the Kokugikan for Musashimaru's retirement ceremony on Oct. 2, 2004.
003-IMG_9407.jpg
It starts at 11 am, so if you want a good view, go there early.
003-IMG_9425.jpg
Starting line
003-S50012.jpg
Nagashima Kazushige substitues for his father, baseball hero Nagashima Shigeo, who was hospitalized.
003_8123.jpg
Notice that the kimono design shows waves.
003_8638.jpg
Yokozuna Deliberation Council membersIn the middle is Kitanoumi.
004-00IMG_0843.jpg
Lead float with Edo festival music played by children. The names of the children playing are written on the red lanterns hanging above. Kodomo Edo-bayashi yatai 先導 子供江戸囃子屋台
004-9943-0AUG28.jpg
The Koenji Awa Odori has become a major summer festival in Tokyo. It had a humble beginning in 1957 when it was originally called the Koenji Baka Odori. "Baka" means fool.
004-IMG_0121.jpg
Kiba Sqaure Log Rolling is performed by the Kiba Kakunori Hozon-kai or Preservation Society. 木場角乗保存会
004-IMG_0161.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
004-IMG_0348.jpg
8:10 am: And they're off, taking about 30 min. to swim 1.5 km.
004-IMG_0474.jpg
Play room for kids on Hanamatsuri
004-IMG_0578.jpg
Statue of Omura Masujiro (1824-1869) 大村益次郎, founder of Japan's modern army. Also pushed for the establishment of Yasukuni Shrine.
004-IMG_4276.jpg
Spotlights create a silhouette of the statue of Omura Masujiro (1824-1869) 大村益次郎, founder of Japan's modern army.
004-IMG_6569.jpg
Tokyo Tower
004-img_6804.jpg
Barrels of cold water
004-IMG_6941.jpg
Chinese team is introduced.
004-IMG_7057.jpg
004-IMG_7817.jpg
Hallway
004-IMG_7916.jpg
PR poster
004-IMG_7994.jpg
Road to Yoshino Baigo. Almost the entire town is lined with plum trees.
004-IMG_8400.jpg
Boat pier
004-IMG_8476.jpg
Walkway sculpture
004-IMG_9249.jpg
004-IMG_9362.jpg
004-IMG_9383.jpg
Passing out programs
004-S50016.jpg
An Olympic torch attendant stands by to hand over the torch. In his right hand, he holds a small lantern housing a little flame in case the main torch is snuffed out.
004_8164.jpg
004_8631.jpg
005-01IMG_9278.jpg
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
005-20151121_0232.jpg
Bird's eye view of Asakusa with Kaminarimon Gate (big red lantern) and Nakamise arcade.
005-IMG_0127.jpg
Kiba used to be where wood and lumber were stored and produced. 相乗り
005-IMG_0164.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
005-IMG_0349.jpg
Also see the video at YouTube.
005-IMG_0385.jpg
Hanamatsuri altar
005-IMG_0581.jpg
005-IMG_2930.jpg
A bon dance around the base of the statue.
005-IMG_3805.jpg
Kyoto Univ. in dark blue T-shirts
005-IMG_6571.jpg
Foot of tower
005-img_6767.jpg
The congregation gather on the steps and beat fan-shaped drums.
005-IMG_6943.jpg
Japan's National Anthem is played.
005-IMG_7047.jpg
005-IMG_7819.jpg
To PIE 2006 held in late March.
005-IMG_7915.jpg
The crowds
005-IMG_7996.jpg
Tamagawa River as seen from the bridge.
005-IMG_8401.jpg
005-IMG_8480.jpg
Street
005-IMG_8688.jpg
One trademark of the dancers is the crescent-shaped straw hats.
005-IMG_9232.jpg
005-IMG_9364.jpg
005-IMG_9381.jpg
Musashimaru at the entrance
005-S50018.jpg
The Greek ambassador to Japan gives the torch to Kazushige.
005_8086.jpg
Rear view
005_8609.jpg
Sumo elders in the front row
006-01IMG_9279.jpg
Tekomai geisha existed since the Edo Period. They served as side entertainment at festivals. They only sing traditional chant-like songs called kiyari originally sung by lumberers hauling wood. 手古舞These tekomai did not sing, so they might not be real. When they sing, they hold a fan to their mouth.

手古舞
006-01_Nihombashi.jpg
Hiroshige's woodblock print of Nihonbashi from his "Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series.
006-20151121_0240.jpg
Green roofed Nakamise path to Sensoji temple in Asakusa.
006-IMG_0131.jpg
Men managing the logs in the river eventually developed their own log tricks while on the job.
006-IMG_0165.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
006-IMG_0350.jpg
006-IMG_0458.jpg
Pouring sweet tea over the BuddhaWhen the Buddha was born in Lumbini Garden in Nepal, sweet rain is said to have fallen. Thus, sweet tea is poured over the baby Buddha statue in the Hanamatsuri altar.
006-IMG_0582.jpg
Second torii
006-IMG_2933.jpg
006-IMG_3811.jpg
006-IMG_6573.jpg
Foot of tower
006-img_6768.jpg
Priests appear
006-IMG_6946.jpg
Tommy Lasorda after throwing the flubbed first pitch.He just threw the ball right on the ground like he wanted to throw it away. It wasn't a pitch at all. What was his problem?
006-IMG_7051.jpg
006-IMG_7821.jpg
PIE 2006 ticket booth
006-IMG_7914.jpg
Character balloons
006-IMG_7998.jpg
Plum trees line the streets
006-IMG_8405.jpg
Putter golf course
006-IMG_8483.jpg
Sidewalk
006-IMG_8782.jpg
The men look more like the "fools."
006-IMG_9240.jpg
Low branches are common
006-IMG_9386.jpg
Musashimaru greets the crowd
006-IMG_9402.jpg
Jisho-in Mausoleum
006-S50021.jpg
006_8086.jpg
Shimada hairstyleStandard hairstyle for geisha. This a wig.
006_8608.jpg
Former yokozuna Taiho, Takanosato, Kotozakura, and Wakanohana watch intently.
007-0149-14.jpg
The parade route centers on JR Koenji Station. There are wide and narrow portions of the route.If it rains, they may stop the festival early.
007-01IMG_9284.jpg
Tekomai geisha costume is partially masculine with trousers instead of skirts. Their right shoulder is "exposed" showing a flower design. They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names and use their right hand to drag a wand."Asakusa" is written on her lantern. 手古舞
007-01_Nihon_Bashi_.jpg
Eisen's woodblock print of Nihonbashi from his Kisokaido series.
007-20151121_0226.jpg
Kaminarimon Gate (big red lantern) and intersection in Asakusa.
007-IMG_0138.jpg
A long bamboo pole is used for balance.
007-IMG_0168.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria) by Kagurazaka geisha
007-IMG_0352.jpg
007-IMG_0549.jpg
Hanamatsuri celebrates the Buddha's birthday on April 8. This is Tsukiji Honganji in Tokyo.The flowers symbolize Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born in present-day Nepal.
007-IMG_0736.jpg
You wash your mouth hands here. Built in 1940 by Japanese living in the US. 大手水舎
007-IMG_3008.jpg
007-IMG_3813.jpg
Finish line 300 meters later
007-IMG_5880.jpg
Way to Kokugikan. The guarded side gate on the right is for sumo wrestlers.
007-IMG_6563.jpg
Memorial to the dogs who served in Antartica.1 comments
007-img_6809.jpg
007-IMG_6964.jpg
Crowd behind homeplate. 16,000 yen seats.
007-IMG_7058.jpg
007-IMG_7894.jpg
Ticket booth
007-IMG_7935.jpg
Pretty CureKids could have their picture taken with these characters.
007-IMG_8002.jpg
Yoshino Baigo's main attraction is the Ume no Koen plum park. This is an entrance leading to the park.
007-IMG_8407.jpg
Transportation
007-IMG_8465.jpg
Monorail
007-IMG_9242.jpg
007-IMG_9366.jpg
Mansion of Mitsui Hachiroemon, one of the museum's must-see buildingsFounder of the Mitsui zaibatsu.
007-IMG_9388.jpg
Hawaii's last sumo wrestler shakes hands.If he were married, his wife would be beside him.
007-S50025.jpg
007_8053.jpg
Music and singing accompanimentAll numbers was accompanied by live music and singing.
007_8629.jpg
Asashoryu greets the council upon entry
008-01IMG_9286.jpg
Tekomai geisha
008-20151121_0239.jpg
Nakamise
008-IMG_0141.jpg
008-IMG_0176.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
008-IMG_0355.jpg
008-IMG_0550.jpg
Baby Buddha statueLadles are provided for pouring the sweet tea over the Buddha. Sweet tea is also provided to worshippers. It symbolizes the sweet rain that fell when the Buddha was born.
008-IMG_0591.jpg
Gate built in 1934. 神門
008-IMG_3786.jpg
Tokyo Univ. (Todai) crew return to land after a race
008-IMG_4195.jpg
Chuo-dori avenue looking toward Nihonbashi Bridge.
008-IMG_4296.jpg
Spotlights hit the torii.
008-IMG_5878.jpg
Taiko drum tower
008-IMG_6576.jpg
Main observatory
008-img_6813.jpg
008-IMG_6958.jpg
China at bat.
008-IMG_7117.jpg
008-IMG_7852.jpg
It is most crowded along the large avenues. The crowd is several rows deep. Those in the front are expected to sit down.
008-IMG_7893.jpg
Entrance hall
008-IMG_7924.jpg
Kids could have their picture taken with these characters.
008-IMG_8006.jpg
Ume no Koen park straight ahead, you can see the hill covered with white.
008-IMG_8410.jpg
Open Field
008-IMG_8490.jpg
50th anniversary park
008-IMG_9243.jpg
008-IMG_9369.jpg
Inside Mitsui Hachiroemon mansion
008-IMG_9392.jpg
Musashimaru right after I shook his hand.
008-S50028.jpg
About 11 am: Here we go folks, the first of 136 runners in Tokyo.
008_8224.jpg
Eight Views of Tatsumi (巽八景)The second number was about the Tatsumi and Monzen-nakacho (Fukagawa) district in Koto Ward, Tokyo. The dance reflects the chic and bravado of the area (in the old days) which was one of Tokyo's gay quarters with geisha as well.
008_8668.jpg
Asashoryu sips water offered by Ozeki ChiyotaikaiAs soon as Asashoryu entered the arena, many wrestlers went up to him to offer water as a show of respect.
009-02IMG_0853.jpg
Magistrate Procession 奉行
009-20151121_0228.jpg
Tokyo Skytree
009-IMG_0143.jpg
Head stand
009-IMG_0178.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
009-IMG_0356.jpg
009-IMG_0382.jpg
Children dressed for the chigo parade, Tsukiji Hongwanji, TokyoIt took a long time before they could get all the kids to settle down for the picture and to get all the mothers out of the picture.
009-IMG_0599.jpg
Back view of second torii
009-IMG_2950.jpg
At night, 30,000 lanterns light up. A real summer spectacle.
009-IMG_3788.jpg
009-IMG_4196.jpg
Nihonbashi Bridge ahead, with the expressway over it.
009-IMG_6324.jpg
Poster for Tokyo Marathon 2007 held on a cold, rainy day on Feb. 18, 2007.
009-IMG_6577.jpg
Zojoji Temple
009-img_6790.jpg
009-IMG_6956.jpg
Pitcher Koji Uehara, originally from the Yomiuri Giants.Unfortunately, Daisuke Matsusaka did not pitch this night.
009-IMG_7061.jpg
009-IMG_7826.jpg
Main hall on 1st floor
009-IMG_7927.jpg
Digimon SaversKids could have their picture taken with these characters.
009-IMG_8032.jpg
Entrance to a temple with a view
009-IMG_8094.jpg
The dancers hop on one leg.So what is Tokushima's Awa Odori doing in Koenji, Tokyo? It was first organized by a youth group of Koenji's retail merchants in 1957. They wanted to hold an event to attract more shoppers to the area. Neighboring town Asagaya had already started the Tanabata Festival in 1954. The Tanabata Matsuri, of course, is from up north in Sendai, Miyagi Pref. So the Koenji folks decided to transplant a southern festival to Koenji. That was the Awa Odori.
009-IMG_8413.jpg
Cherry blossoms
009-IMG_8488.jpg
Sculptures
009-IMG_8879.jpg
Taiko drum tower
009-IMG_9206.jpg
009-IMG_9371.jpg
Tokiwadai Photo Studio, 1937Unfortunately, it was closed for renovations. It has a large frosted glass which brought in daylight for studio lighting.
009-IMG_9789.jpg
Signboard for retirement ceremony at entrance.It reads "Musashimaru, Intai Danpatsu Hiroo Ozumo" which means "Musashimaru Topknot-Cutting and Retirement Sumo Exhibition."
009-omifair2014.youtube
Omi Fair video taken on March 2, 2014 at Takashimaya Dept. Store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Funazushi, Omi beef, Biwa pearls, and more. We also saw Hiko-nyan.
009-S50030.jpg
009c-20150502_0219.jpg
009_8196.jpg
009_8662.jpg
Asashoryu and TochiazumaAfter offering water, Tochiazuma shares a laugh with the yokozuna.
01-IMG_9532.jpg
About the Tokyo Motor Show...Makuhari Messe is near Kaihin Makuhari Station on the Keiyo and Musashino Lines. The huge show occupies the entire Makuhari Messe consisting of the North, East, Center, and West Halls, and Event Hall. Admission was 1200 yen. The show sees over 1.4 million visitors.

Although this is called the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in 2005, the first motor show was held in 1954 and called the 1st All-Japan Motor Show. The venue was Hibiya Park in Tokyo. In 1964, the show was renamed "Tokyo Motor Show." The show was held annually until 1973 when the oil shock occurred. It was so severe that organizers decided to hold the show every other year. No show was held in 1974. From 1975, the show was held every other year. 2005 is actually the 50th anniversary of the motor show.

In 1958, the venue changed to Korakuen Bicycle Racing Stadium. Also in 1958, the date was changed from spring (April-May) to fall (Oct.-Nov). In 1959, the venue was switched to Harumi at the domed Tokyo International Trade Center where it would remain until 1987 when it moved to Makuhari Messe in 1989. In 1970, foreign automakers participated in the Tokyo Motor Show for the first time.

In 1999, the show combined passenger cars and motorcycles. Also, in 1999, the show for commercial vehicles was omitted and instead to be held in a separate show in alternating years starting in 2000. The motor show for passenger cars and motorcycles would continue to be held every two years from 1999. So there would be a Tokyo Motor Show every year, but the purpose would alternate between passenger cars/motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

During the 1st motor show in 1954, when most of the vehicles displayed were for commercial use, the attendance was 547,000. In 1963, it exceed 1 million over 16 days. It hovered around 1.4 million in the years following. The record attendance was attained in 1991 with over 2 million visitors during 15 days. In 2003, the total attendance was 1.424 million.

In 2000, at the first Tokyo Motor Show dedicated to commercial vehicles, attendance was a mere 177,900 over 5 days. In 2004, attendance was 248,600 over 6 days.

The ubiquitous female companions, attendants, or models that we see today started appearing at the show from as early as 1957. They do not only decorate the show, but they also reflect the fashion of the times. Their hairstyles, wardrobe, skirt length, make-up, etc. The Tokyo Motor Show is not only a showcase for cars, it is also a fashion showcase. Therefore, in this online photo gallery, you will see not only cars, but also women. Enjoy!
1 comments
010-02IMG_0854.jpg
A magistrate (bugyo) in Edo could be a regional governor or government minister.
010-20151121_0231.jpg
Tokyo Skytree
010-IMG_0145.jpg
Also see the video at YouTube.
010-IMG_0181.jpg
1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)
010-IMG_0357.jpg
010-IMG_0379.jpg
Children dressed for the chigo parade (photo session), Tsukiji Hongwanji, Tokyo
010-IMG_0616.jpg
Tokyo and the Kanto region's largest tulip field attains full bloom every mid-April. The Tulip Matsuri Festival is held for about 10 days, covering two weekends. It comes on the heels of Hamura's Sakura Matsuri held in early April along the Tamagawa River. On the weekend, free shuttle buses from Hamura Station take you to the tulip field. Closest station is Hamura Station (East Entrance) on the JR Ome Line. 羽村駅
010-IMG_0663.jpg
Entrance to Gokokuji Temple, Niomon Gate. It's right next to Gokokuji Station on the Yurakucho subway line. 仁王門
010-IMG_0731.jpg
Imperial crest on gate door
16373 files on 65 page(s) 1