Most viewed - SAITAMA 埼玉県
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Paper plane sculpture1117 views
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)778 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.693 views
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Female princess reigning over the Sakitama Fire Festival in Gyoda, Saitama603 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.558 views
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If you go early in the morning, there are fewer people.553 views
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Mini octopus467 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465 views
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Tekomai415 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404 views
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It is not yet full bloom. A few patches of green.403 views
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Quite spectacular when the flowers are in full bloom.386 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train with shibazakura design.346 views
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Koku-Koen Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line 航空公園駅342 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.337 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316 views
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Another sculpture in the Aviation Memorial Park.284 views
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット283 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.282 views
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション276 views
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Entrance to Honmaru Goten palace, Kawagoe Castle.275 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.275 views
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Chuo University (came in 4th) 中央大学4位273 views
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Psst, wanna know a secret? Kitain Temple, Kawagoe266 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264 views
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Air Nippon YS-11 propeller plane. Donated by All Nippon Airways in 1997.254 views
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Crowd heading for the train station as seen from the train. Also see my YouTube video here.251 views
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Chichibu Night Festival climax248 views
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The map tells you how to walk to the park, but better to just follow the signs.245 views
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Sikorsky H-19244 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.233 views
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Entrance to Hitsujiyama Park. Show your ticket or buy it at the booth nearby.232 views
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Shiga University women rowers231 views
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー231 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.230 views
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Kyoto University 京都大学224 views
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Tekomai geisha lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.224 views
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopter.224 views
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On sunny days, great for taking pictures.215 views
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In front of Koku-Koen Station. Notice the paper plane sculpture and YS-11 prop plane.215 views
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Outside the main entrance is this area full of food and souvenir stalls.207 views
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Children lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.205 views
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Floats at night, Kawagoe Festival.205 views
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Poster203 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms and moss pink.202 views
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A boxy-looking Kita-Urawa Station on the west (nishiguchi) side. Keihin-Tohoku Line. 202 views
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Train station entrance.202 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."198 views
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Statue of Japanese aircraft mechanics who worked at Tokorozawa. This is where the aircraft maintenance hangar was.197 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.196 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms196 views
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YS-11 propeller plane. Open to the public on certain days of the year.196 views
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Marvelous spectacle194 views
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム194 views
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山194 views
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.193 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.191 views
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Kyoto Univ. rowing club and alumni sing Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) at their celebration party.190 views
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Kawagoe Festival190 views
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Eight varieties of moss pink are planted. This is Autumn Rose. オータムローズ186 views
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.184 views
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Nihon University takes the lead (later wins the race) 日本大学183 views
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Model of Japan's first motorized flight.182 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.181 views
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Local fire station designed like a float.179 views
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ178 views
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Helicopter cockpit with glass bottom.177 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.177 views
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Above is a Piper L-21, below is Fuji T-1B.176 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure176 views
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Front of YS-11 propeller plane.174 views
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Part of the original runway at the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園174 views
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In front of Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is a Curtiss-Wright C-46 transport plane.174 views
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Iruma Air Show Blue Impulse video 2010.174 views
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One of two giant kites172 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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Pagoda at Kitain temple, Kawagoe172 views
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Boeing 747 flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)172 views
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Musical battle between floats.171 views
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The C-46 was used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces for cargo transport from the 1950s.171 views
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Stage ceremony170 viewsThe torch bearers gathered in front of the stage where there were speeches and cheers.
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Chichibu Shrine168 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢163 views
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Scarlet Flame161 views
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Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園160 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure, a Frenchman who trained Japanese pilots in 1919.160 views
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Pilot's goggles and cap.160 views
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Poster158 views
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Lion for good luck.158 views
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Inside helicopter156 views
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Propeller155 views
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The race was won by Nihon Univ. who also won the overall title.154 views
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Remains of a Nieuport 81E2.153 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. 152 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 engines152 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢148 views
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Little Dot145 views
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Little Dot. リットルドット144 views
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Very impressive and educational aviation museum. Great for kids too.144 views
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Flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)143 views
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Shiga Univ. cox at Toda Boat Course141 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136 views
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Control tower equipment.133 views
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Hikawa Shrine torii points the way to the shrine. Omiya, Saitama133 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131 views
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Pilots who flew at Tokorozawa.131 views
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Engagement Control Station (ECS) for the Patriot missile system.131 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. 129 viewsMain road where the festival will climax in the evening.
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Kitain Main hall, Kawagoe129 views
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Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山128 views
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Exhibits on Tokorozawa's aviation history.128 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126 views
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.122 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 Station122 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms and Mt. Bukosan. 羊山公園121 views
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Exhausted rowers at finish line.120 views
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McDaniel's Cushion マックダニエルクッション119 views
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Bokusui Falls (I think...) 牧水の滝117 views
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Festival's focal point116 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.116 views
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A symbol of Chichibu, Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山116 views
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Saitama Stadium 2002115 views
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine114 views
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MInami-Koshigaya Awa Odori Dance, indoor performance. 南越谷阿波踊り114 views
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Uphill climb for Shibazakura.113 views
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JR Omiya Station 大宮駅113 views
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Hikawa Shrine gate, Omiya, Saitama 楼門113 views
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.112 views
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.112 views
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McDaniel's Cushion112 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.112 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms combine well with moss pink.111 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art.111 views
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Floats parked along the main drag.110 views
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Torii110 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren, Kita-Urawa Awa Odori in Saitama. 畑中亀甲連110 views
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Housing for visiting rowing teams whose school flags are displayed.109 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.109 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108 views
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Good place to pick up something to eat at the food court.106 views
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Park map104 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.103 views
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Main street crowd102 views
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.102 views
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.102 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade at Chichibu Station 仲見世102 views
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Postcards102 views
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Torch bearers enter101 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori poster for 2009. Gooddesign.101 views
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One of the picturesque streets of the city.100 views
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団子坂100 views
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For more info about this doll festival, see the official site.100 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art. Saitama.100 views
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Hosei Univ. cheering section on the first day (Aug. 24, 2006) of the 33rd All-Japan Intercollegiate Rowing Championships.99 views
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Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri doll festival in Konosu, Saitama.99 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.98 views
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Waseda University (came in 3rd) 早稲田大学3位98 views
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station97 views
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End of the Toda Boat Course, near the 2000-meter finish line.96 views
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.96 views
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Urawa-misono Station with soccer fans going home. Also see the video at YouTube.96 views
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Chichibu Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line 西武池袋線 秩父駅96 views
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Festival participants95 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 tumulus95 views
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Inariyama Tumulus95 viewsPeople are allowed to climb up the tumulus.
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Also see my YouTube video here.94 views
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Fireworks93 viewsThe festival ended at 7:30 pm.
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Maruhaka-yama Tumulus93 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93 views
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The flower patterns don't look like anything.93 views
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Start of 8-man final race 男子8+決勝のスタート92 views
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Nihon Univ. 日本大学92 views
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Children's kabuki92 views
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Tulip and moss pink92 views
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Ride'em cowboy91 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.91 views
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Tumulus90 viewsCherry trees are at the top.
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Inariyama Tumulus90 views
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Sporty police car.90 views
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Oakington Blue90 views
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This Tack Cross has one jet flying straight while the other is spiraling around it. Quite spectacular.90 views
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Konosu Hina Matsuri Doll Festival90 views
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Boat landing near finish line.89 views
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Starting line staff must have strong back muscles.89 views
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Cheering/coaching horde on bicycles.89 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren at Kita-Urawa Awa Odori on Sept. 6, 2009.89 views
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama89 views
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin88 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine88 views
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.88 views
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I followed the floats from Nakasendo Road near Yagihashi Dept. Store to the main festival plaza. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama88 views
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Great that they posed for us. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama88 views
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Turning the corner87 views
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Musashi-Aoi-ren at Kita-Urawa Awa Odori on Sept. 6, 2009.87 views
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Kyoto Univ.86 views
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine86 views
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Vodafone Cup with the Urawa Reds vs. Manchester United on July 30, 2005.86 views
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Benches offer visitors a rest.86 views
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