Most viewed - KANAGAWA 神奈川県
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Pumping (or humping) the...5174 views
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Riding it...4138 viewsObviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing and both arms in the air, but I'm not one to embarass people...

It has been scientifically proven that sex is good for your health and beauty.
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The festival is wildly popular with people from overseas.4041 viewsThe shrine had various phallus props to pose with.
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Ooohhh, ecstasy...3809 viewsNah, just joking. She was actually just embarassed and spontaneously covered her face with a giggle. Obviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing, but I'm not one to embarass people... Boy, I wish I took a video clip of this scene.

Actually, what happened is that a guy sat on this black penis before she did, and she saw that. So she imitated and sat on it too. Her female friend was taking her picture. Later they switched places and her friend, who was wearing a skirt and red net stockings, sat on it and posed for pictures.

Notice the zigzag white paper streamers. They indicate something which is sacred. So this penis is sacred, possessing a divine spirit. I can believe this because it draws so many people to it. It definitely has divine power. I mean it made this girl sit on it right?
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Dickhead hat. Actually, I don't know what they call it, but that's what I call it.3759 views
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Licking it...3755 viewsLook at that tongue...
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Golden Girl3744 views
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Carving daikon. Anybody can join in and carve. 大根削り3650 viewsLater to be auctioned off.
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Now this is a work of art. Bid at least 3,000 yen please...3597 viewsA Japanese woman bought this, but no takers for the mochi phallus (also 3,000 yen minimum).
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Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly-lollipop (pop!)...3565 viewsFrom an old song. These lollipops were selling like hotcakes.
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Carving daikon (old photo). These men were really good at carving the daikon.3500 viewsI went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people. These carved daikon look much more artistic (realistic) than the ones I saw in 2006.
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It sure reminds you of the James Bond movie, "Goldfinger" where a girl was turned into gold.2916 views
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Painting inside Kanayama Shrine2525 views
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Forging a steel phallus (old photo)2308 viewsThe demon living in the vagina of the women bit the man's phallus each time. So one guy made a steel phallus and the demom broke his teeth.

I went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people. They did not have this steel phallus making in 2006.
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Carving daikon. Since some activities are conducted on the ground, the festival is also called Jibeta (Ground) Matsuri.2294 viewsI went to the Kanamara Festival twice. This picture was taken the first time I went in the 1980s, when the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people.
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Otaru, Japan (July 4, 2006) - Fireworks burst off the coast of Otaru, during a 4th of July celebration for the officers and Sailors of the Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group. 2244 viewsOtaru, Japan (July 4, 2006) - Fireworks burst off the coast of Otaru, during a 4th of July celebration for the officers and Sailors of the Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group. Visitors from the Otaru area were invited aboard to join in an Independence Day reception, which included food, drinks and music. While in port Sailors will have a chance to sightsee, shop, enjoy recreational activities and participate in community relation projects. Currently in port, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Thomas J. Holt (RELEASED)
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Standing room only at Wakamiya Shrine2078 views
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Kanayama Jinja Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine near Kawasaki Daishi Station. On the first Sun. of April, it holds this now-famous Kanamara Festival nicknamed the Phallus or Fertility Festival. 2039 viewsFestival starts at 11 am. But a large crowd was already there well before that time. Entrance to shrine on the day of the Kanamara Festival. (If you're below age 18, please leave now.)
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Male and female lollipops (mass produced). Cute, but we all prefer the real thing, right?1996 views
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Prayers to the Kanamara-bune mikoshi かなまら舟神輿1955 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1891 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 23, 2007) - Rear Adm. Jamie Kelly, commander of Naval Forces Japan, speaks to a tour group aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during a Friends and Family Cruise.1816 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 23, 2007) - Rear Adm. Jamie Kelly, commander of Naval Forces Japan, speaks to a tour group aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during a Friends and Family Cruise. Kitty Hawk brought aboard more than 2,200 American and Japanese guests for a day cruise, which included an air demonstration and shipboard tours. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan Butler (RELEASED)
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Male and female made of mochi (1000 yen)1786 views
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Packed path to Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine1762 views
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Prayers to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine かなまら舟神輿 神輿御霊入れ式1737 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Two of the portable shrines ready to go. In Japanese, the festival is nicknamed "Chinko Matsuri" (Phallus Festival) ちんこ祭り.1698 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1691 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1477 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Shrine banners and cherries in full bloom1453 viewsThe red banner says "Kanayama Jinja" with an phallus (erect) logo on the top.
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The shrine's head priest transfers the deity to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) かなまら舟神輿1413 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Elizabeth portable shrine was donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth Kaikan in Kameido, Tokyo.1407 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)1 comments
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Penis prayers1376 viewsThis penis monument (built in 1995 by a steel company) is next to Kanayama Shrine. This person praying is a Caucasian man, not a woman. I was aghast when he stood up and showed his manly face. His long blond hair made me think he was a woman...
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Waving the sacred sakaki branch to bless all of us1340 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar offerings1314 viewsNotice the male and female mochi offering.
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A representative of the shrine parishioners offer prayers.1300 views
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) form the phrase "Hajimemashite," which means "Nice to meet you" in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.1287 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) form the phrase "Hajimemashite," which means "Nice to meet you" in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis (Released)
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Pubic hair not included. Perhaps that's why it doesn't look so obscene.1261 views
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Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) was donated by a steel company. かなまら舟神1228 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Art work on the cart1219 views
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Maid with paws...1218 views
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Male and female made of mochi. Both were offerings at the shrine.1216 views
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Shrine maiden1106 views
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The red cloth is the blood after the demon inside the vagina bit the phallus (Old photo)1104 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Yokosuka, Japan (Sept. 22, 2005) - Students from Ikego Elementary School, Japan, experience first-hand what it is like to live in ship's berthing during a tour aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk.1096 viewsYokosuka, Japan (Sept. 22, 2005) - Students from Ikego Elementary School, Japan, experience first-hand what it is like to live in ship's berthing during a tour aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). During the tour the students visited the flight deck, forecastle, hangar bay and an unoccupied berthing area while learning about the life of Sailors aboard a U.S. Navy ship. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Matthew Reinhardt (RELEASED)
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Panasonic Lumix girl at CP+ 2011 Camera Show.1088 views
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Hula1083 views
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Lollipops (mass produced)1061 viewsThe wrapping is printed with a prayer for conceiving.
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Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) man the rails as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.1059 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) man the rails as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo Kuji Kawabe (Released)
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Sexy model at CP+ photo show in Yokohama1045 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine 金山神社1043 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows (you can see it on the left of the fireplace above), so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Ready for the procession1034 views
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Prayers for a child written on these votive tablets (ema)1026 views1 comments
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The main Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿1012 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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The old Kanayama Shrine1009 views
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She-male (or maybe just a drag queen, I couldn't visually or physically confirm)994 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males988 views
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Yokosuka, Japan (Sept. 15, 2006) - Sailors man the rails of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the ship enters Truman Bay. Kitty Hawk completed a 99-day summer underway period, which including participating in Valiant Shield 2006.979 viewsYokosuka, Japan (Sept. 15, 2006) - Sailors man the rails of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the ship enters Truman Bay. Kitty Hawk completed a 99-day summer underway period, which including participating in Valiant Shield 2006, the largest joint Navy and Air Force exercise conducted since Operation Desert Storm. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is the Navy's only overseas-based aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (RELEASED)
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Inside Kanayama Shrine946 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Blacksmith's tool936 views
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Kanayama Shrine (right next to Wakamiya Hachimangu)930 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of the bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.

Kanayama Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the larger Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine. The Kanayama Shrine was completely rebuilt and reborn in 1999 into a completely unorthodox building which you see here. Modeled after a blacksmith's workshop, it is now a black, eight-sided building with steel paneling. Notice the penis monument on the lower right.
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Also see the video at YouTube.930 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males929 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine928 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar921 viewsFlanked by penis statues on the left and right.
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Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿918 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Taiko drummers in front of Wakamiya Hachimangu913 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine906 viewsPicture was taken in the 1980s.
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The daimyo lord is carried in a palanquin for the Hakone Daimyo Gyoretsu Procession. 大名駕籠904 views
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine895 views
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Not exactly a work of art, but...890 views
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Giving offerings inside Kanayama Shrine871 views
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Another phallus near Kanayama Shrine855 viewsIt was pretty lonely, with no one paying attention to it.
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The 2nd CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show was held during a cold winter of Feb. 9-13, 2011.854 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar848 views
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One of many daruma shops in the town.829 views
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Free amazake (sweet sake). It's a white, creamy liquid served with small dried fish with wiggly tails. Sort of reminds you of something...827 viewsSperm!
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Dance811 views
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka.796 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo Kuji Kawabe (Released)
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Hula and cherry blossoms792 views
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Hula dancing at a phallus festival?? (Click photo to learn why.)789 viewsBecause hula can also be considered as a sexually-suggestive dance. The way they sway the hips, etc., can be sexy enough to stir up your loins...
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Lollipop maker, very popular775 views
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Leggy Ricoh girl772 views
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The crowd awaits the departure of the portable shrines to go on the procession around town.765 views
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Phallus daikon radish auction, minimum bid 200 yen765 viewsAll the daikon they were carving earlier in the day were sold at an auction. Most were sold for a few hundred yen. They even had an English interpreter (woman on left) so foreigners could bid too.
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The outlandish Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males.760 views
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Happi coat with official logo728 views
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Japanese belly dancers at Noge Daidogei in Yokohama.727 views1 comments
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Portable shrine procession. Also see the video at YouTube.713 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine709 views
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Portable shrine procession708 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine698 views
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People could borrow and wear kimono for free, courtesy of the shrine.696 viewsThe portable shrine procession is actually called a "costume parade." You can wear a mask or whatever and also wear a kimono (considered to be a costume) and join in the parade.
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 8, 2008) A Japanese child holds up his copy of the manga "CVN 73" during the initial distribution of the comic book outside Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka.692 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (June 8, 2008) A Japanese child holds up his copy of the manga "CVN 73" during the initial distribution of the comic book outside Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. The manga follows Jack Ohara, a fictitious Japanese-American stationed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), as he experiences life on the carrier and arrives for the first time in Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (Released)
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Sexy model at CP+ photo show in Yokohama692 views
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A woman waves an American flag to greet a family member assigned to the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it pulls into its new operating base Fleet Activities Yokosuka.686 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) A woman waves an American flag to greet a family member assigned to the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it pulls into its new operating base Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
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Kanamara boat mikoshi678 views
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Even a rock band played...676 viewsThey played '70s rock.
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave.674 views
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Roof ridge emblem672 views
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Handmade male/female lollipops for 600 yen each668 views
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Items for the auction's climax...661 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms655 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms642 views
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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival was held on April 24-25, 2010 in Yokohama, near JR Sakuragicho Station. "Daidogei" means street performance.642 views
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Japanese belly dancer.641 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave. 神輿の巡幸636 views
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Shack for votive tablets632 views
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The Elizabeth mikoshi pumping up and down as it makes it way to town629 views
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Amulets, votive tablets, etc., for sale by the shrine.628 views
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Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as balloons are released from the flight deck. Kitty Hawk is returning to the United States for decommissioning after 10 years of service in Fleet Activities Yokosuka.627 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (May 28, 2008) Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as balloons are released from the flight deck. Kitty Hawk is returning to the United States for decommissioning after 10 years of service in Fleet Activities Yokosuka and will soon be relieved by the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Morgan (Released)
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Pacific Ocean (Jan. 13, 2005) - Crash-and-salvage personnel rig a training skeleton of an F-14 Tomcat to "Tilly," a mobile crane used aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).618 viewsPacific Ocean (Jan. 13, 2005) - Crash-and-salvage personnel rig a training skeleton of an F-14 Tomcat to "Tilly," a mobile crane used aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Tilly is used to move damaged aircraft off the flight line during crash and salvage operations. Kitty Hawk's crash-and-salvage team serves as the ship's flight deck firefighting crew. Currently conducting sea trials in the western Pacific Ocean, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo Flannigan (RELEASED)
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The main Kanamara mikoshi leaves last.616 views
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Look, this one even has wrinkles (probably flaccid).616 viewsYes, he actually said that.
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Tengu (nose is not shaped like a phallus)612 views
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Head of the portable shrine procession608 viewsTengu, shrine priest, and a little girl with an offertory tray. I put in 10 yen, and a shrine maiden came up to me and waved the sacred branch over my head as a blessing. She also gave me an amulet made of paper. I guess I'm fertile now...
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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 7, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) moves past the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), in background, as Kitty Hawk prepares to moor at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.589 viewsSAN DIEGO (Aug. 7, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) moves past the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), in background, as Kitty Hawk prepares to moor at Naval Air Station North Island upon her return to San Diego Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008. Kitty Hawk will be decommissioned next year in Bremerton, Wash. The 46- year-old carrier is the oldest active-duty warship in the Navy and will be replaced this summer George Washington as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau/Released)
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Phallus in the Kanamara boat mikoshi587 views
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Keikyu Yokosuka-Chuo Station platform, arrival from Tokyo. 京急横須賀中央駅584 views
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Yokosuka, Japan (Dec. 12, 2005) – Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Port Operations, stand by as the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) arrives after completing a regularly scheduled underway period.581 viewsYokosuka, Japan (Dec. 12, 2005) – Sailors assigned to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Port Operations, stand by as the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) arrives after completing a regularly scheduled underway period. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Yesenia Rosas (RELEASED)
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Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) man the rails while the ship arrives in its new home port in Japan.579 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) man the rails while the ship arrives in its new home port in Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will now operate from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)
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Kanamara mikoshi565 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms558 views
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Back at the shrine555 views
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Kanayama Shrine's head priest551 views
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These aircraft carrier photos are by the US Navy.541 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) form the phrase "Hajimemashite," which means "Nice to meet you" in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis (Released)
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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."530 views
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Kanamara mikoshi529 views
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Long line at the lollipop stand...529 views
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Ceremony back at the shrine523 views
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Taiko drummers welcome the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.521 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Taiko drummers welcome the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and as centerpiece of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group Five. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari Bergman/Released)
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Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.520 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and as centerpiece of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group Five. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari Bergman/Released)
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine516 views
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Arabian Gulf (Mar. 1, 2003) -- Vice Adm. Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Force Central Command, tours the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while meeting with Sailors aboard ship.491 viewsArabian Gulf (Mar. 1, 2003) -- Vice Adm. Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Force Central Command, tours the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while meeting with Sailors aboard ship. Kitty Hawk and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are conducting missions in support Operation Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. Kitty Hawk and its embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) is the world’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class William H. Ramsey. (RELEASED)
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NORFOLK, Va. (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka.487 viewsNORFOLK, Va. (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the only forward deployed aircraft-carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L.H. Davis (Released)
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Portable shrine procession483 views
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Exterior of Great Buddha, Kamakura478 views
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And it leaves the shrine.469 views
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Old photo464 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸461 views
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Kanamara mikoshi461 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸459 views
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Entering the main shopping street458 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine457 views
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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)456 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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George Washington is en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier.456 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits off the coast of Southern California conducting its combat operations efficiency evaluation with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. George Washington is en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class Clifford L. H. Davis/Released)
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Two for the price of one!!455 views
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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter delivers remarks at the arrival ceremony for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).450 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter delivers remarks at the arrival ceremony for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and as centerpiece of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group Five. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Charles Oki/Released)
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Portable shrine procession448 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males448 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi443 views
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438 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josh Cassatt (Released)
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At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Dec. 10, 2002 -- Sailors aboard the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship Chokai (DDF 176) come along side the Kitty Hawk to receive fuel during a replenishment at sea (RAS).437 viewsAt sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Dec. 10, 2002 -- Sailors aboard the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship Chokai (DDF 176) come along side the Kitty Hawk to receive fuel during a replenishment at sea (RAS). Kitty Hawk had the opportunity to work with the JMSDF during exercises conducted earlier in the deployment. Kitty Hawk is the U. S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom. (RELEASED)
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Kanamara mikoshi435 views
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Turning around at the end of the route.424 views
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 2, 2008) An EA-6B Prowler from the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks" of Attack Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launch nearly simultaneously.415 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 2, 2008) An EA-6B Prowler from the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks" of Attack Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launch nearly simultaneously off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is sailing off the coast of Southern California where the crew is conducting training evolutions with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. George Washington departed San Diego Aug. 21, en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan L. Guimont/Released)
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Bridge to Enoshima410 viewsTwo bridges, one for vehicles and the other for pedestrians, enable access to this small and charming island.
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.410 views
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SAN DIEGO (May 31, 2008) A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) caused damage to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration shop.400 viewsSAN DIEGO (May 31, 2008) A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) caused damage to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration shop. George Washington is in San Diego for damage assessment and repairs following an at sea fire on May 22. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Phillip Pavlovich (Released)
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Yamato Awa Odori398 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.396 views
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Friends and family members welcome the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.395 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Friends and family members welcome the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and as centerpiece of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group Five. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari Bergman/Released)
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The famous Dobuita Street with military shops, bars, etc. "Dobu" means sewer, and "ita" is plank. They once had wooden planks covering a sewer gutter running down the street.393 views
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A sailor salutes as the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.386 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) A sailor salutes as the Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josh Cassatt (Released)
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Sailors man the rails of The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).382 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) Sailors man the rails of The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the carrier pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Heidi McCormick/released)
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Matsuda Sakura Festival brochure.381 views
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A family embraces the Japanese culture and wears yukatas as they wait for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to pull into its new operating base Fleet Activities Yokosuka.368 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) A family embraces the Japanese culture and wears yukatas as they wait for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to pull into its new operating base Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2008) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 perform a fly-by maneuver over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CV 73).363 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2008) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 perform a fly-by maneuver over the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CV 73) as crew members and distinguished visitors watch from the flight deck. George Washington is en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where she will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis (Released)
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Local protestors put up signs opposing the deployment of the USS George Washington.354 views
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Keikyu Yokosuka-Chuo Station. This is Yokosuka's main train station. The major shopping areas as well as the US Navy Base are nearest to this train station.344 views
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Children's sumo340 viewsZama had a variety of side events.
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The Matsuda Sakura Matsuri is held from mid-February to mid or late March. The cherry blossoms bloom in mid-March or later if it's a cold winter like in 2012. Near Odakyu Shin-Matsuda Station (80 min. from Shinjuku).339 views
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Sagami River Koi-nobori334 views
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) Capt. J.R. Haley, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), addresses the family, friends, and media in attendance for George Washington's arrival at Fleet Activities Yokosu334 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) Capt. J.R. Haley, commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), addresses the family, friends, and media in attendance for George Washington's arrival at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
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CORONADO, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2008) The crew of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) mans the rails as the ship departs Naval Air Station North Island.332 viewsCORONADO, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2008) The crew of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) mans the rails as the ship departs Naval Air Station North Island. George Washington will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Tigner (Released)
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From late April to early May, five long strings of giant carp streamers swim in the air high above the Sagami River in Sagamihara, Kanagawa. This event was started in 1988.331 views
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Sailors watch the pier while manning the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during the ship's final departure from Fleet Activities Yokosuka.331 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (May 28, 2008) Sailors watch the pier while manning the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during the ship's final departure from Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Kitty Hawk is returning to the United States for decommissioning after 10 years of service in Fleet Activities Yokosuka and will soon be relieved by the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brendan Morgan (Released)
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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2008) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks to Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in San Diego.329 viewsSAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2008) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks to Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in San Diego. CNO spoke about the importance of the upcoming forward deployment of George Washington to the western Pacific and the role of Sailors as ambassadors for the Navy and the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones/Released)
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The manga follows Jack Ohara, a fictitious Japanese-American stationed aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), as he experiences life on the carrier and arrives for the first time in Japan.328 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (June 8, 2008) Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Verton hands a copy of the manga "CVN 73" to a Japanese citizen during the initial distribution of the comic book outside Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. The manga follows Jack Ohara, a fictitious Japanese-American stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), as he experiences life on the carrier and arrives for the first time in Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew R. White (Released)
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Chief Aviation Machinist Mate David Lyman gives his newborn daughter Emily a kiss during a ceremony for the arrival of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to its new home port in Japan.327 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Chief Aviation Machinist Mate David Lyman gives his newborn daughter Emily a kiss during a ceremony for the arrival of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to its new home port in Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will now operate from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)
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Family and friends gather at the pier to greet Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it pulls into its new operating base Fleet Activities Yokosuka.327 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) Family and friends gather at the pier to greet Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it pulls into its new operating base Fleet Activities Yokosuka. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
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SAN DIEGO (May 25, 2008) A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) caused cable damage in a shipboard training classroom.322 viewsSAN DIEGO (May 25, 2008) A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) caused cable damage in a shipboard training classroom. George Washington is in San Diego for damage assessment and repairs following an at sea fire on May 22. U.S. Navy photo (Released)
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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 21, 2008) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the ship's departure from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.319 viewsSAN DIEGO (Aug. 21, 2008) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the ship's departure from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. George Washington departed San Diego en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony R. Martinez/Released)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) give a "good-to-go" sign before an F/A-18F Super Hornet.315 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 23, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) give a "good-to-go" sign before an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is sailing off the coast of southern California conducting flight deck qualifications with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 for the first time. George Washington departed San Diego Aug. 21 en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony R. Martinez/Released)
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Fire Team Leader, Machinery Repairman 2nd Class William Neault, guides his team into Hangar Bay 3 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).314 viewsPACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Fire Team Leader, Machinery Repairman 2nd Class William Neault, guides his team into Hangar Bay 3 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73). The comprehensive firefighting effort extinguished all fires while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries for the crew. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation as the ship continues on course for San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Delano (Released)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2008) An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 to a catapult.306 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2008) An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs an F/A-18C Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 to a catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is sailing off the coast of Southern California where the crew is working on its Combat Operations Efficiency evaluation with Carrier Air Wing 5 before continuing to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phillip Pavlovich/Released)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) run to the foul line after securing an F/A-18C Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192, to the catapult.304 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 29, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mates (Equipment) run to the foul line after securing an F/A-18C Hornet from the "Golden Dragons" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192, to the catapult aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is sailing off the coast of Southern California where the crew is working on its Combat Operations Efficiency evaluation with Carrier Air Wing 5 before continuing to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Phillip Pavlovich/Released)
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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) The Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter speaks with Sailors, families and honored guests during a ceremony for the arrival of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to its new home port in Japan. 300 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) The Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter speaks with Sailors, families and honored guests during a ceremony for the arrival of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) to its new home port in Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will now operate from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien/Released)
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I gladly gave them a coin, even though they deserve a lot more. Hopefully there were people who gave bills.292 views
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PACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Crew members aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) conduct comprehensive firefighting efforts to extinguish a fire that spread to several spaces via cableways, creating extreme heat and smoke.291 viewsPACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Crew members aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) conduct comprehensive firefighting efforts to extinguish a fire that spread to several spaces via cableways, creating extreme heat and smoke. The crew was able to contain the fire while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries to the crew. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation as the ship continues on course for San Diego. U.S. Navy photo (Released)
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Yokosuka, Japan (Jul. 3, 2003) -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) sits in dry dock undergoing repairs at Naval Base Yokosuka ensuring its ability, to continue to maintain a responsible defensive posture in the Western Pacific region.289 viewsYokosuka, Japan (Jul. 3, 2003) -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) sits in dry dock undergoing repairs at Naval Base Yokosuka ensuring its ability, to continue to maintain a responsible defensive posture in the Western Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Jerry Woller. (RELEASED)
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George Washington will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier operating from Yokosuka, Japan.284 viewsCORONADO, Calif. (Aug. 21, 2008) Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as it departs Naval Air Station North Island. George Washington will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier operating from Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephanie Tigner/Released)
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283 viewsPACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Crew members aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) conduct comprehensive firefighting efforts to extinguish a fire that spread to several spaces via cableways, creating extreme heat and smoke. The crew was able to contain the fire while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries to the crew. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation as the ship continues on course for San Diego. U.S. Navy photo (Released)
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The longest carp is 10 meters.282 views
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PACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Command Master Chief Jeffrey R. Clark Sr. addresses the assembled crew in the hangar bay of USS George Washington (CVN 73). Enlisted Sailors, regardless of rank, worked together to remove debris from the main decks.279 viewsPACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Command Master Chief Jeffrey R. Clark Sr. addresses the assembled crew in the hangar bay of USS George Washington (CVN 73). Enlisted Sailors, regardless of rank, worked together to remove debris from the main decks. The clean-up evaluation commenced this morning following yesterday's fire. The comprehensive firefighting effort extinguished all fires while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries for the crew. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation as the ship continues on course for San Diego. U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Katrin Albritton (Released)
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A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) damaged cables near the exhaust and supply ventilation trunk for the auxiliary boiler.274 viewsSAN DIEGO (May 29, 2008) A fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) damaged cables near the exhaust and supply ventilation trunk for the auxiliary boiler. George Washington is in San Diego for damage assessment and repairs following an at sea fire on May 22. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ted Green (Released)
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Old porn theater in Yokosuka. Pretty amazing to see one these days, in the age of DVD/video rentals and Internet. It's almost a cultural icon.273 views
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In the day the USS George Washington arrived at Yokosuka, demonstrators were on hand to protest. They were kept far out of view of the big boat.271 views
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NORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 7, 2008) A USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailor waves goodbye to his family on the pier as the aircraft carrier departs Naval Station Norfolk.268 viewsNORFOLK, Va. (Feb. 7, 2008) A USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailor waves goodbye to his family on the pier as the aircraft carrier departs Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington departed Norfolk en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Schoeneberg (Released)
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The festival is actually held from the first to second Sunday in July. Eighth day is the main day.266 viewsThe festival procession comes toward Enoshima's gateway which is the Seido no Torii (青銅の鳥居) gate.
This day-long festival starts at 9:30 am at Enoshima's Hetsunomiya Shrine. A large mikoshi (portable shrine) from Yasaka Shrine is carried from the shrine to Koyuguri Shrine on the mainland. Along the way, the mikoshi is carried into the ocean. On the mainland, the Yasaka mikoshi is met with a mikoshi from Koyuguri Shrine. They then parade together along a shopping street before the Yasaka mikoshi goes back to Enoshima at around 6 pm.
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Following the USS Midway, the USS Independence was the second forward-deployed US aircraft carrier in Japan. It was based in Yokosuka during 1991-98.265 views
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Bashamichi Station on the MInato Mirai Line is one of the stations closest to the expo site. It has an info counter.264 views
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262 viewsPACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Crew members aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) conduct comprehensive firefighting efforts to extinguish a fire that spread to several spaces via cableways, creating extreme heat and smoke. The crew was able to contain the fire while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries to the crew. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation as the ship continues on course for San Diego. U.S. Navy photo (Released)
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Yokosuka jackets260 views
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Kita-Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka Line. The train platform is still too small for the hordes of tourists that arrive.259 views
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Yokosuka, Japan (Sept. 17, 2006) - Japanese guests and family members gather on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to watch Sailors prepare for a flight demonstration during a family day cruise.256 viewsYokosuka, Japan (Sept. 17, 2006) - Japanese guests and family members gather on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to watch Sailors prepare for a flight demonstration during a family day cruise. More than 2,200 family members and guests embarked aboard Kitty Hawk for a day cruise, which included an air power demonstration, shipboard tours and ship maneuvers by three warships of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (RELEASED)
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Yokosuka, Japan (May 20, 2003) -- The USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) hull inspection team, assembled by the ship’s chief engineer, walks toward the screws of the Kitty Hawk.251 viewsYokosuka, Japan (May 20, 2003) -- The USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) hull inspection team, assembled by the ship’s chief engineer, walks toward the screws of the Kitty Hawk. The team inspects the hull to assess how much maintenance may be required. Kitty Hawk is conducting scheduled maintenance at her forward-deployed operating location in Yokosuka, Japan. The carrier recently returned from operations with coalition forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Bo Flannigan. (RELEASED)
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Shiva251 views
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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 21, 2008) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the ship's departure from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.250 viewsSAN DIEGO (Aug. 21, 2008) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during the ship's departure from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. George Washington departed San Diego en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where it will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony R. Martinez/Released)
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MOUNT FUJI, Japan (April 12, 2007) - Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 perform a formation flight in front of Mount Fuji.250 viewsMOUNT FUJI, Japan (April 12, 2007) - Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 perform a formation flight in front of Mount Fuji. CVW-5 is embarked aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jarod Hodge (RELEASED)
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Entrance to Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade 大師仲見世247 views
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The crew was able to contain the fire while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries to the crew.247 viewsPACIFIC (May 22, 2008) Crew members aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) conduct comprehensive firefighting efforts to extinguish a fire that spread to several spaces via cableways, creating extreme heat and smoke. The crew was able to contain the fire while limiting shipboard damage and preventing any serious injuries to the crew. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently under investigation as the ship continues on course for San Diego. U.S. Navy photo (Released)
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At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) November 27, 2001 – After 58 days of sustained round the clock combat operations, crewmembers let off some steam and enjoy a “swim-call” during a break in flight operations.246 viewsAt sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) November 27, 2001 – After 58 days of sustained round the clock combat operations, crewmembers let off some steam and enjoy a “swim-call” during a break in flight operations. Kitty Hawk and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Kitty Hawk operates out of Yokosuka, Japan, as America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Christopher S. Borgren II (Released)
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Sugawara house from Tsuruoka city, Yamagata Prefecture. In heavy snow, the front window was used as the door.244 views
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June 9, 2007. Hula dancers rush to Pukari Sanbashi Pier where the Hokule'a canoe is to dock. ぷかりさん橋243 views
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SAN DIEGO (May 29, 2008) Mr. Bret Haskins assess fire damage aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is currently in San Diego for damage assessment and repairs following an at sea fire May 22, 2008.243 viewsSAN DIEGO (May 29, 2008) Mr. Bret Haskins assess fire damage aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is currently in San Diego for damage assessment and repairs following an at sea fire May 22, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Phillip Pavlovich (Released)
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SAN DIEGO (May 29, 2008) Mr. Micheal Brown conducts an assessment of the fiber optic cable plan aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).240 viewsSAN DIEGO (May 29, 2008) Mr. Micheal Brown conducts an assessment of the fiber optic cable plan aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is currently in San Diego for damage assessment and repairs following an at sea fire May 22, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Phillip Pavlovich (Released)
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CORAL SEA (July 26, 2007) - Yeoman Seaman Jessica Gardner and Yeoman Seaman Whitney Utter throw flowers overboard as USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) passes the final resting place of USS Lexington.240 viewsCORAL SEA (July 26, 2007) - Yeoman Seaman Jessica Gardner and Yeoman Seaman Whitney Utter throw flowers overboard as USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) passes the final resting place of USS Lexington (CV 2). The ship passed the spot where 216 Lexington Sailors lost their lives after their ship on was attacked by Japanese forces on May 8, 1942, during the battle of Coral Sea. Kitty Hawk is two months into her summer deployment from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kyle D. Gahlau (RELEASED)
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (May 28, 2008) Sailors spell out "Sayonara" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the ship departs Yokosuka, Japan for the final time.239 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (May 28, 2008) Sailors spell out "Sayonara" on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the ship departs Yokosuka, Japan for the final time. Sayonara is Japanese for "goodbye." Kitty Hawk will be replaced by the nuclear-powered aircraft carier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released
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Yokosuka, Japan (Sept. 17, 2006) - Friends and family of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group Sailors watch as an EA-6B Prowler from Electronic Warfare Squadron One three Six (VAQ-136), lands during a "Friends and Family Day" cruise.238 viewsYokosuka, Japan (Sept. 17, 2006) - Friends and family of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group Sailors watch as an EA-6B Prowler from Electronic Warfare Squadron One three Six (VAQ-136), lands during a "Friends and Family Day" cruise. More than 2,200 family members and guests embarked aboard Kitty Hawk for a day cruise, which included an air power demonstration, shipboard tours and ship maneuvers by three warships of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Thomas J. Holt (RELEASED)
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Inside Mikasa Plaza, an indoor shopping arcade along Yokosuka Chuo Street.231 views
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Sea of Japan (Mar. 20, 2005) - Flight Deck Officer, Lt. Adrian Turner, center, monitors the movement of aircraft from Flight Deck Control during night flight operations.227 viewsSea of Japan (Mar. 20, 2005) - Flight Deck Officer, Lt. Adrian Turner, center, monitors the movement of aircraft from Flight Deck Control during night flight operations aboard the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in the joint exercises Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration (RSO&I) and Foal Eagle. RSO&I is a complex multi-phase exercise conducted annually, tailored to train, test, and demonstrate United States and Republic of Korea force projection and deployment capabilities. Foal Eagle exercise runs simultaneously and trains in all aspects of Combined Forces Command's mission. The defensive Naval Foal Eagle exercises began Mar. 19, 2005 with eight U.S. Navy ships from the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group. Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo Flannigan (RELEASED)
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Club Alliance and gate to the US Navy Base.227 views
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A few kimono ladies on their way to worship at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura.223 views
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Profanity is bad for the children...222 views
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Other lighthouse monuments222 views
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遍路大師尊像220 viewsBuilt in 1973 on Kobo Daishi's 1,200th anniversary of his birth.
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 23, 2007) - Friends and family of Kitty Hawk Sailors tour the flight deck during a family day cruise. Kitty Hawk brought aboard more than 2,200 American and Japanese guests for a day cruise.219 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 23, 2007) - Friends and family of Kitty Hawk Sailors tour the flight deck during a family day cruise. Kitty Hawk brought aboard more than 2,200 American and Japanese guests for a day cruise, which included an air demonstration and shipboard tours. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan Butler (RELEASED)
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Kitty Hawk tours are often conducted to increase public awareness about the ship’s mission and her crew.218 viewsYokosuka, Japan (April 14, 2006) - USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Terry Dudley, provides an informational ship tour about to Japanese dignitaries. Kitty Hawk tours are often conducted to increase public awareness about the ship’s mission and her crew. Currently in port conducting repairs and maintenance during a ship's restricted availability period, Kitty Hawk demonstrates power projection and sea control as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, operating from Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Adam York (RELEASED)
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At sea with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Jan. 16, 2003 -- F-14 Tomcats assigned to the Black Knights of Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154) fly by Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima Island.216 viewsAt sea with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Jan. 16, 2003 -- F-14 Tomcats assigned to the Black Knights of Fighter Squadron One Five Four (VF-154) fly by Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima Island. VF-154 is part of Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) embarked aboard Kitty Hawk, conducting Carrier Readiness Certifications. Kitty Hawk is the NavyÕs only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Greg Kausner. (RELEASED)
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Dobuita Street wasn't so impressive. Looks very well cleaned up though. I figure most people instead go to Yokohama for night life.215 views
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Yokosuka, Japan (April 21, 2006) - Cmdr. Donald Cuddington, Navigator of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), explains the function of Kitty Hawk's navigation bridge to members of the Japanese American Wives Association (JAWA).214 viewsYokosuka, Japan (April 21, 2006) - Cmdr. Donald Cuddington, Navigator of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), explains the function of Kitty Hawk's navigation bridge to members of the Japanese American Wives Association (JAWA). Tours of Kitty Hawk are conducted to increase public awareness of the aircraft carrier's mission and capabilities. Currently in port, Kitty Hawk demonstrates sea control and power projection as the U.S. Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Jimmy C. Pan (RELEASED)
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The street was likely more raunchy and infamous during the 1960s.213 views
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Tanabata originally had girls write their wishes for romance on strips of paper like these. They hung the paper on bamboo branches. Eventually, they used colored paper and the custom morphed into paper streamer decorations which we see today.213 views
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Blessings at sea212 viewsThe mikoshi and bearers are blessed by a shrine priest on a boat wielding a sacred staff.
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Upper deck ("Y deck") connects the train station with a shopping complex. Central Yokosuka is quite compact, and almost everything is within walking distance.212 views
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Torii on the Dankazura path to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.210 views
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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 8, 2007) Thousands of Japanese visitors wait in line for a chance to tour America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during the Grand Illumination, the first-ever holiday open base event.209 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 8, 2007) Thousands of Japanese visitors wait in line for a chance to tour America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during the Grand Illumination, the first-ever holiday open base event held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Besides ship tours, visitYOKOSUKA, Japan (Dec. 8, 2007) Thousands of Japanese visitors wait in line for a chance to tour America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) during the Grand Illumination, the first-ever holiday open base event held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Besides ship tours, visitors were able to enjoy American fare, view the Festival of Trees and visit a few historical sites located on base, including an iron foundry monument and a few of the oldest dry docks in Japan. Open base events like this are designed to help strengthen the bond between the Japanese and U.S. Navy communities. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio (Released)ors were able to enjoy American fare, view the Festival of Trees and visit a few historical sites located on base, including an iron foundry monument and a few of the oldest dry docks in Japan. Open base events like this are designed to help strengthen the bond between the Japanese and U.S. Navy communities. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nardelito Gervacio (Released)
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The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departs Yokosuka, Japan for the final time. Kitty Hawk, the oldest carrier in the U.S. Navy and the only conventional-powered aircraft carrier, will be replaced this summer by the nuclear-powered GW.209 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (May 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departs Yokosuka, Japan for the final time. Kitty Hawk, the oldest carrier in the U.S. Navy and the only conventional-powered aircraft carrier, will be replaced this summer by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau (Released)
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Yokosuka, Japan (May 20, 2003) -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) is moved into dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for scheduled maintenance.207 viewsYokosuka, Japan (May 20, 2003) -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) is moved into dry dock at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for scheduled maintenance. The carrier recently returned from operations with coalition forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Jacob Taylor. (RELEASED)
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Aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Oct. 13, 2003 -- Boatswain’s Mates from Deck Department’s 3rd division heave in mooring lines during USS Kitty Hawk’s (CV 63) departure for sea trials.207 viewsAboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Oct. 13, 2003 -- Boatswain’s Mates from Deck Department’s 3rd division heave in mooring lines during USS Kitty Hawk’s (CV 63) departure for sea trials. The aircraft carrier recently completed an extensive five-month maintenance period in Yokosuka, Japan, following her deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Jason R. Williams. (RELEASED)
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