Most viewed - SAITAMA 埼玉県
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Paper plane sculpture1080 views
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)761 views
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Iruma Air Base is near Inariyama Koen Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line (40-50 min. from Ikebukuro). This is the crowd leaving the train platform at around 9 am.685 views
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Female princess reigning over the Sakitama Fire Festival in Gyoda, Saitama574 viewsShe's 15 years old.
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train station entrance at Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It takes about 90 min. from Ikebukuro to Yokoze Station via Tokkyu express train. Cheaper trains take 2 hours.551 views
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If you go early in the morning, there are fewer people.546 views
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Mini octopus452 views
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Autumn Rose. Moss pink flowers have five petals with notches, looking like miniature cherry blossoms. The flowers are small. オータムローズ449 views
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Tokorozawa Aviation Museum. The building on the left is an IMAX theater, and the larger structure on the right is modeled after a blimp on the inside to show retired planes and helicopters. Looks like jet turbine too. 所沢航空発祥記念館397 views
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It is not yet full bloom. A few patches of green.396 views
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Tekomai391 views
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Quite spectacular when the flowers are in full bloom.378 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train with shibazakura design.338 views
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Koku-Koen Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line 航空公園駅335 views
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Other more modern planes and helicopters are on display in the main exhibition hall. This is a North American T6G.330 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line Yokoze Station. Get off here for an easy walk to Hitsujiyama Park where the Shibazakura moss pink hill is. A tourist info office is on the left. 西武池袋線横瀬駅308 views
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You can buy a park entry ticket (300 yen) at a booth in front of Yokoze Station. Maps also available. Underpass at Yokoze Station.274 views
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The 25th Minami-Koshigaya Awa Odori was held during Aug. 21-23, 2009. I saw it on the 22nd. The 21st was the festival eve when they had dance performances in the community center. The festival's main days were the 22nd and 23rd.268 views
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット266 views
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Another sculpture in the Aviation Memorial Park.264 views
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション259 views
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Chuo University (came in 4th) 中央大学4位258 views
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Inside the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum. You are greeted by a replica of Kai-1, Japan's first military plane developed, produced, and flown at Tokorozawa on April 5, 1911. It flew 10 meters high and 800 meters long for 80 sec. 会式一号機257 views
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Entrance to Honmaru Goten palace, Kawagoe Castle.255 views
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Crowd heading for the train station as seen from the train. Also see my YouTube video here.244 views
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Air Nippon YS-11 propeller plane. Donated by All Nippon Airways in 1997.238 views
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Psst, wanna know a secret? Kitain Temple, Kawagoe237 views
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The map tells you how to walk to the park, but better to just follow the signs.237 views
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Chichibu Night Festival climax228 views
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Well-wishers look on as rowers embark for the race taking place at the same venue where the rowing competition was held at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.226 views
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Entrance to Hitsujiyama Park. Show your ticket or buy it at the booth nearby.224 views
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Map of Koku Ki'nen Koen Park or Aviation Memorial Park. Besides the museum, the large park has a baseball field, ponds, playground, and memorials.222 views
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Sikorsky H-19221 views2 comments
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopter.217 views
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー214 views
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Shiga University women rowers208 views
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On sunny days, great for taking pictures.208 views
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In front of Koku-Koen Station. Notice the paper plane sculpture and YS-11 prop plane.203 views
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Tekomai geisha lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.200 views
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Outside the main entrance is this area full of food and souvenir stalls.200 views
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Poster196 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms and moss pink.195 views
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A boxy-looking Kita-Urawa Station on the west (nishiguchi) side. Keihin-Tohoku Line. 195 views
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Train station entrance.195 views
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Kyoto University 京都大学192 views
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Moss pink is therefore commonly called "shiba-zakura" which can be translated as "grassy cherry blossoms" or "lawn cherry blossoms."191 views
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Statue of Japanese aircraft mechanics who worked at Tokorozawa. This is where the aircraft maintenance hangar was.190 views
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YS-11 propeller plane. Open to the public on certain days of the year.189 views
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Floats at night, Kawagoe Festival.184 views
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Replica of Nieuport 81E2. This was first imported to Japan in 1918 and used to train Japanese pilots by a French mission.184 views
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Kyoto Univ. rowing club and alumni sing Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) at their celebration party.183 views
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Children lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.181 views
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Eight varieties of moss pink are planted. This is Autumn Rose. オータムローズ179 views
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム177 views
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山177 views
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Model of Japan's first motorized flight.175 views
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.174 views
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Saitama Stadium is a large soccer stadium built for the Soccer World Cup in 2002 and now home of the Urawa Reds. Way to Saitama Stadium 2002 from the train station.174 views
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Marvelous spectacle172 views
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Helicopter cockpit with glass bottom.170 views
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Above is a Piper L-21, below is Fuji T-1B.169 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure169 views
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Crowd going home. It's a good idea to buy a round-trip ticket at Ikebukuro Station so you don't have to buy a return ticket here.169 views
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Nihon University takes the lead (later wins the race) 日本大学168 views
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In front of Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is a Curtiss-Wright C-46 transport plane.167 views
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Iruma Air Show Blue Impulse video 2010.167 views
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.165 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms165 views
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Part of the original runway at the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園165 views
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Boeing 747 flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)165 views
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One of two giant kites164 viewsThis festival has two giant kites and two smaller (but still large) kites. Resting on its side, the kite was scheduled to fly at 2 pm. The kanji characters read "Michi no Eki" in reference to a new train station built in the town.
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Kawagoe Festival164 views
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Local fire station designed like a float.164 views
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The C-46 was used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces for cargo transport from the 1950s.164 views
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ161 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.159 views
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Front of YS-11 propeller plane.159 views
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Pagoda at Kitain temple, Kawagoe156 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢156 views
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Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園153 views
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Pilot's goggles and cap.153 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure, a Frenchman who trained Japanese pilots in 1919.152 views
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Poster151 views
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Musical battle between floats.150 views
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Stage ceremony149 viewsThe torch bearers gathered in front of the stage where there were speeches and cheers.
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Chichibu Shrine149 views
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Inside helicopter149 views
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Propeller148 views
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The race was won by Nihon Univ. who also won the overall title.147 views
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Remains of a Nieuport 81E2.146 views
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Held on Dec. 2-3 by Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of Japan's Big Three Hikiyama Float Festivals. 145 viewsOrnate floats are pulled along the city's main streets until they reach a large plaza at night where they are lit with lanterns. Fireworks then serve as the climax. Photo: Seibu Chichibu Station
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Turbine engines145 views
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Scarlet Flame144 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢141 views
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Little Dot138 views
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Little Dot. リットルドット137 views
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Very impressive and educational aviation museum. Great for kids too.137 views
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Flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)136 views
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Lion for good luck.127 views
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Shiga Univ. cox at Toda Boat Course126 views
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Control tower equipment.126 views
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第33回全日本大学選手権大会・第46回オックスフォード盾レガッタ124 views
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Pilots who flew at Tokorozawa.124 views
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Engagement Control Station (ECS) for the Patriot missile system.124 views
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Kawagoe Matsuri is a parade of ornate floats during the day and evening in the city's old town of traditional buildings. Around 15 floats appear during the festival. Held on the third weekend in Oct. 121 viewsMain road where the festival will climax in the evening.
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Kura-zukuri style architecture. Local merchants built these earthen buildings after the Great Fire of Kawagoe in 1893. 蔵造りの町並み121 views
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Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山121 views
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Exhibits on Tokorozawa's aviation history.121 views
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Back of Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation日本の航空発祥の地・所沢119 views
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Hikawa Shrine torii points the way to the shrine. Omiya, Saitama116 views
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.115 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms and Mt. Bukosan. 羊山公園114 views
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Exhausted rowers at finish line.113 views
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Kitain Main hall, Kawagoe113 views
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One of Japan's biggest Hina Matsuri doll festivals is held at Konosu, Saitama from mid-February to March 3, Girls' Day. The main site is Konosu City Hall lobby with its huge, 7-meter-high pyramid with over 1,800 hina dolls. Inside Konosu Station113 views
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McDaniel's Cushion マックダニエルクッション112 views
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Bokusui Falls (I think...) 牧水の滝110 views
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Festival's focal point109 viewsThis grass hut is at the center of the festival site which is within the Sakitama Tumuli Park. It will be burned later in the evening for the festival's climax.
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Rowers reach the finish line after 2,000 meters.109 views
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A symbol of Chichibu, Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山109 views
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine107 views
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.105 views
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.105 views
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McDaniel's Cushion105 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.105 views
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Uphill climb for Shibazakura.105 views
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JR Omiya Station 大宮駅105 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms combine well with moss pink.104 views
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Floats parked along the main drag.103 views
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Torii103 views
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Housing for visiting rowing teams whose school flags are displayed.102 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.102 views
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The top of one slope provides a grand view of the flower carpet and Mt. Bukosan, one symbol of Chichibu. 武甲山101 views
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Good place to pick up something to eat at the food court.99 views
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Saitama Stadium 200298 views
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Park map97 viewsThe park has numerous tumuli as well as an archeological museum.
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Hikawa Shrine gate, Omiya, Saitama 楼門96 views
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Finish line end of the 2000-meter Toda Boat Course.95 views
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Main street crowd95 views
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.95 views
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.95 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade at Chichibu Station 仲見世95 views
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Postcards95 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori poster for 2009. Gooddesign.94 views
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Torch bearers enter93 views
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MInami-Koshigaya Awa Odori Dance, indoor performance. 南越谷阿波踊り93 views
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Hosei Univ. cheering section on the first day (Aug. 24, 2006) of the 33rd All-Japan Intercollegiate Rowing Championships.92 views
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One of the picturesque streets of the city.92 views
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For more info about this doll festival, see the official site.92 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.91 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren, Kita-Urawa Awa Odori in Saitama. 畑中亀甲連91 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art.91 views
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Waseda University (came in 3rd) 早稲田大学3位90 views
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station90 views
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End of the Toda Boat Course, near the 2000-meter finish line.89 views
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.89 views
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Festival participants88 viewsThey are dressed in the costume of the ancient Kofun (Tumuli) Period of Japan. They will be carrying torches from the nearby tumuli.
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Torch bearers from the tumulus88 views
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Inariyama Tumulus88 viewsPeople are allowed to climb up the tumulus.
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Chichibu Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line 西武池袋線 秩父駅88 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.87 views
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Fireworks86 viewsThe festival ended at 7:30 pm.
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Maruhaka-yama Tumulus86 viewsThis is Japan's largest round tumulus (also used during the Fire Festival).
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Oakington Blue オーキントンブルー86 views
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The flower patterns don't look like anything.86 views
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Start of 8-man final race 男子8+決勝のスタート85 views
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Nihon Univ. 日本大学85 views
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Children's kabuki85 views
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Tulip and moss pink85 views
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Ride'em cowboy84 viewsAs the kite quickly flew up, the forward kite pullers had to release the rope.
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Numerous college and corporate rowing clubs have dormitories along the boat course.84 views
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Tumulus83 viewsCherry trees are at the top.
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Inariyama Tumulus83 views
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Sporty police car.83 views
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Oakington Blue83 views
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Boat landing near finish line.82 views
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Cheering/coaching horde on bicycles.82 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art. Saitama.82 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine81 views
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.81 views
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin80 views
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Kyoto Univ.79 views
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Turning the corner79 views
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine79 views
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Urawa-misono Station with soccer fans going home. Also see the video at YouTube.79 views
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Benches offer visitors a rest.79 views
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Festival site78 viewsThey did not allow people go enter the launch area at all times. Spectators were kept far away.
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Giant Kite Museum78 viewsLocated a short walk from the kite festival site. This is also where you can catch the bus back to Kasukabe Station.
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Float at Chichibu Shrine78 views
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Inside Omiya Station78 views
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Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri doll festival in Konosu, Saitama.78 views
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Moving the kite to launch point77 views
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Offerings77 views
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Festival site77 viewsIt is a circular site with people sitting along the perimeter.
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