Most viewed - SAITAMA 埼玉県
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Paper plane sculpture1108 views
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)774 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.690 views
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Female princess reigning over the Sakitama Fire Festival in Gyoda, Saitama597 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.556 views
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If you go early in the morning, there are fewer people.551 views
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Mini octopus464 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462 views
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Tekomai408 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402 views
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It is not yet full bloom. A few patches of green.401 views
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Quite spectacular when the flowers are in full bloom.384 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train with shibazakura design.343 views
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Koku-Koen Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line 航空公園駅340 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.335 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313 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.280 views
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット279 views
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Another sculpture in the Aviation Memorial Park.278 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.273 views
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション272 views
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Chuo University (came in 4th) 中央大学4位270 views
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Entrance to Honmaru Goten palace, Kawagoe Castle.268 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262 views
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Psst, wanna know a secret? Kitain Temple, Kawagoe258 views
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Air Nippon YS-11 propeller plane. Donated by All Nippon Airways in 1997.250 views
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Crowd heading for the train station as seen from the train. Also see my YouTube video here.249 views
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Chichibu Night Festival climax242 views
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The map tells you how to walk to the park, but better to just follow the signs.242 views
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Sikorsky H-19242 views2 comments
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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.231 views
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Entrance to Hitsujiyama Park. Show your ticket or buy it at the booth nearby.229 views
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Shiga University women rowers227 views
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー227 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.227 views
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopter.222 views
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Kyoto University 京都大学220 views
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Tekomai geisha lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.216 views
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On sunny days, great for taking pictures.213 views
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In front of Koku-Koen Station. Notice the paper plane sculpture and YS-11 prop plane.209 views
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Outside the main entrance is this area full of food and souvenir stalls.205 views
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Poster201 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms and moss pink.200 views
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A boxy-looking Kita-Urawa Station on the west (nishiguchi) side. Keihin-Tohoku Line. 200 views
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Train station entrance.200 views
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Floats at night, Kawagoe Festival.199 views
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Children lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.197 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."196 views
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Statue of Japanese aircraft mechanics who worked at Tokorozawa. This is where the aircraft maintenance hangar was.195 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.194 views
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YS-11 propeller plane. Open to the public on certain days of the year.194 views
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム190 views
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山190 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.189 views
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Marvelous spectacle188 views
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Kyoto Univ. rowing club and alumni sing Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) at their celebration party.188 views
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.188 views
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Eight varieties of moss pink are planted. This is Autumn Rose. オータムローズ184 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms181 views
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Nihon University takes the lead (later wins the race) 日本大学180 views
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Kawagoe Festival180 views
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Model of Japan's first motorized flight.180 views
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.179 views
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Local fire station designed like a float.176 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.175 views
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Helicopter cockpit with glass bottom.175 views
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ174 views
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Above is a Piper L-21, below is Fuji T-1B.174 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure174 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.174 views
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In front of Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is a Curtiss-Wright C-46 transport plane.172 views
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Iruma Air Show Blue Impulse video 2010.172 views
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Front of YS-11 propeller plane.171 views
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Part of the original runway at the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園170 views
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Boeing 747 flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)170 views
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One of two giant kites169 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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The C-46 was used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces for cargo transport from the 1950s.169 views
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Pagoda at Kitain temple, Kawagoe168 views
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Musical battle between floats.165 views
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Stage ceremony164 viewsThe torch bearers gathered in front of the stage where there were speeches and cheers.
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Chichibu Shrine164 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢161 views
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Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園158 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure, a Frenchman who trained Japanese pilots in 1919.158 views
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Pilot's goggles and cap.158 views
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Scarlet Flame157 views
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Poster156 views
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Inside helicopter154 views
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Propeller153 views
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The race was won by Nihon Univ. who also won the overall title.152 views
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Remains of a Nieuport 81E2.151 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. 150 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 engines150 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢146 views
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Lion for good luck.143 views
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Little Dot143 views
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Little Dot. リットルドット142 views
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Very impressive and educational aviation museum. Great for kids too.142 views
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Flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)141 views
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Shiga Univ. cox at Toda Boat Course138 views
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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133 views
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Control tower equipment.131 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129 views
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Pilots who flew at Tokorozawa.129 views
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Hikawa Shrine torii points the way to the shrine. Omiya, Saitama129 views
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Engagement Control Station (ECS) for the Patriot missile system.129 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. 127 viewsMain road where the festival will climax in the evening.
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Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山126 views
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Exhibits on Tokorozawa's aviation history.126 views
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Kitain Main hall, Kawagoe125 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124 views
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.120 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms and Mt. Bukosan. 羊山公園119 views
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Exhausted rowers at finish line.118 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 Station118 views
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McDaniel's Cushion マックダニエルクッション117 views
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Bokusui Falls (I think...) 牧水の滝115 views
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Festival's focal point114 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.114 views
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A symbol of Chichibu, Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山114 views
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Saitama Stadium 2002113 views
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine112 views
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Uphill climb for Shibazakura.111 views
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.110 views
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.110 views
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McDaniel's Cushion110 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.110 views
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JR Omiya Station 大宮駅110 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms combine well with moss pink.109 views
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Floats parked along the main drag.108 views
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Torii108 views
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Hikawa Shrine gate, Omiya, Saitama 楼門108 views
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MInami-Koshigaya Awa Odori Dance, indoor performance. 南越谷阿波踊り108 views
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Housing for visiting rowing teams whose school flags are displayed.107 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.107 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106 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren, Kita-Urawa Awa Odori in Saitama. 畑中亀甲連105 views
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Good place to pick up something to eat at the food court.104 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art.104 views
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Park map102 viewsThe park has numerous tumuli as well as an archeological museum.
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Finish line end of the 2000-meter Toda Boat Course.101 views
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Main street crowd100 views
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.100 views
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.100 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade at Chichibu Station 仲見世100 views
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Postcards100 views
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Torch bearers enter99 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori poster for 2009. Gooddesign.99 views
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One of the picturesque streets of the city.98 views
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団子坂98 views
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Hosei Univ. cheering section on the first day (Aug. 24, 2006) of the 33rd All-Japan Intercollegiate Rowing Championships.97 views
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For more info about this doll festival, see the official site.97 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.96 views
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Waseda University (came in 3rd) 早稲田大学3位96 views
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station95 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art. Saitama.95 views
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End of the Toda Boat Course, near the 2000-meter finish line.94 views
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.94 views
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Urawa-misono Station with soccer fans going home. Also see the video at YouTube.94 views
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Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri doll festival in Konosu, Saitama.94 views
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Festival participants93 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 tumulus93 views
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Inariyama Tumulus93 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93 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.92 views
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Fireworks91 viewsThe festival ended at 7:30 pm.
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Maruhaka-yama Tumulus91 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91 views
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The flower patterns don't look like anything.91 views
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Start of 8-man final race 男子8+決勝のスタート90 views
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Nihon Univ. 日本大学90 views
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Children's kabuki90 views
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Tulip and moss pink90 views
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Ride'em cowboy89 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.89 views
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Tumulus88 viewsCherry trees are at the top.
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Inariyama Tumulus88 views
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Sporty police car.88 views
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Oakington Blue88 views
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Boat landing near finish line.87 views
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Starting line staff must have strong back muscles.87 views
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Cheering/coaching horde on bicycles.87 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine86 views
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.86 views
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Turning the corner85 views
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin85 views
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Kyoto Univ.84 views
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine84 views
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Vodafone Cup with the Urawa Reds vs. Manchester United on July 30, 2005.84 views
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Benches offer visitors a rest.84 views
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This Tack Cross has one jet flying straight while the other is spiraling around it. Quite spectacular.84 views
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Konosu Hina Matsuri Doll Festival84 views
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Festival site83 viewsThey did not allow people go enter the launch area at all times. Spectators were kept far away.
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Giant Kite Museum83 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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Festival site83 viewsIt is a circular site with people sitting along the perimeter.
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Nihon Univ. in foreground and Kyoto Univ. in background83 views
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