Most viewed - SAITAMA 埼玉県
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Paper plane sculpture1073 views
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)754 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.683 views
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Female princess reigning over the Sakitama Fire Festival in Gyoda, Saitama568 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.548 views
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If you go early in the morning, there are fewer people.541 views
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Mini octopus449 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444 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395 views
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It is not yet full bloom. A few patches of green.393 views
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Tekomai386 views
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Quite spectacular when the flowers are in full bloom.375 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train with shibazakura design.335 views
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Koku-Koen Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line 航空公園駅331 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.327 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306 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.272 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.266 views
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット261 views
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Another sculpture in the Aviation Memorial Park.258 views
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Chuo University (came in 4th) 中央大学4位255 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255 views
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション254 views
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Entrance to Honmaru Goten palace, Kawagoe Castle.251 views
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Crowd heading for the train station as seen from the train. Also see my YouTube video here.242 views
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The map tells you how to walk to the park, but better to just follow the signs.235 views
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Air Nippon YS-11 propeller plane. Donated by All Nippon Airways in 1997.233 views
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Psst, wanna know a secret? Kitain Temple, Kawagoe230 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.225 views
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Chichibu Night Festival climax222 views
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Entrance to Hitsujiyama Park. Show your ticket or buy it at the booth nearby.220 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.220 views
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Sikorsky H-19218 views2 comments
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopter.215 views
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー209 views
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On sunny days, great for taking pictures.206 views
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Shiga University women rowers204 views
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In front of Koku-Koen Station. Notice the paper plane sculpture and YS-11 prop plane.199 views
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Outside the main entrance is this area full of food and souvenir stalls.198 views
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Tekomai geisha lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.195 views
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Poster194 views
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A boxy-looking Kita-Urawa Station on the west (nishiguchi) side. Keihin-Tohoku Line. 194 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms and moss pink.193 views
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Train station entrance.193 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."189 views
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Kyoto University 京都大学188 views
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Statue of Japanese aircraft mechanics who worked at Tokorozawa. This is where the aircraft maintenance hangar was.187 views
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YS-11 propeller plane. Open to the public on certain days of the year.186 views
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Kyoto Univ. rowing club and alumni sing Biwako Shuko no Uta (Lake Biwa Rowing Song) at their celebration party.182 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.182 views
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Floats at night, Kawagoe Festival.179 views
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Eight varieties of moss pink are planted. This is Autumn Rose. オータムローズ177 views
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Children lead the way for a float at Kawagoe Festival.176 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.173 views
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム172 views
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山172 views
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Model of Japan's first motorized flight.172 views
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.168 views
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Helicopter cockpit with glass bottom.168 views
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Marvelous spectacle167 views
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Above is a Piper L-21, below is Fuji T-1B.167 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.167 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure166 views
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Nihon University takes the lead (later wins the race) 日本大学165 views
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In front of Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is a Curtiss-Wright C-46 transport plane.165 views
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Iruma Air Show Blue Impulse video 2010.165 views
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Part of the original runway at the Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園163 views
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One of two giant kites162 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.162 views
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Boeing 747 flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)162 views
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Local fire station designed like a float.161 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms160 views
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Kawagoe Festival159 views
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.158 views
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ156 views
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Front of YS-11 propeller plane.155 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.154 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢154 views
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Pagoda at Kitain temple, Kawagoe152 views
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Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park. 所沢航空記念公園150 views
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Pilot's goggles and cap.150 views
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Poster149 views
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Bust of General J.P. Faure, a Frenchman who trained Japanese pilots in 1919.149 views
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Inside helicopter147 views
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The race was won by Nihon Univ. who also won the overall title.146 views
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Propeller146 views
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Musical battle between floats.145 views
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Chichibu Shrine145 views
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Stage ceremony144 viewsThe torch bearers gathered in front of the stage where there were speeches and cheers.
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Remains of a Nieuport 81E2.144 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. 143 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 engines143 views
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Scarlet Flame139 views
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Monument for Japan's Birth of Aviation 日本の航空発祥の地・所沢139 views
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Little Dot136 views
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Little Dot. リットルドット135 views
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Very impressive and educational aviation museum. Great for kids too.135 views
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Flight simulator (Not as good as Microsoft Flight Simulator.)134 views
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Control tower equipment.124 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123 views
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Shiga Univ. cox at Toda Boat Course123 views
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Lion for good luck.122 views
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Pilots who flew at Tokorozawa.122 views
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Engagement Control Station (ECS) for the Patriot missile system.122 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. 119 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119 views
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Exhibits on Tokorozawa's aviation history.119 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118 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117 views
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Exhausted rowers at finish line.113 views
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.113 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms and Mt. Bukosan. 羊山公園113 views
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Hikawa Shrine torii points the way to the shrine. Omiya, Saitama111 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 Station111 views
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McDaniel's Cushion マックダニエルクッション110 views
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Kitain Main hall, Kawagoe109 views
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Bokusui Falls (I think...) 牧水の滝109 views
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Rowers reach the finish line after 2,000 meters.108 views
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A symbol of Chichibu, Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山108 views
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Festival's focal point107 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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Stage at Chichibu Shrine105 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.104 views
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Uphill climb for Shibazakura.104 views
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JR Omiya Station 大宮駅104 views
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.103 views
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.103 views
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McDaniel's Cushion103 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms combine well with moss pink.102 views
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Torii102 views
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Housing for visiting rowing teams whose school flags are displayed.101 views
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Floats parked along the main drag.101 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.101 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99 views
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Saitama Stadium 200297 views
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Good place to pick up something to eat at the food court.97 views
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Park map96 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.94 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade at Chichibu Station 仲見世94 views
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Main street crowd93 views
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.93 views
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Kita-Urawa Awa Odori poster for 2009. Gooddesign.93 views
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Postcards93 views
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.92 views
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Hikawa Shrine gate, Omiya, Saitama 楼門92 views
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Torch bearers enter91 views
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Hosei Univ. cheering section on the first day (Aug. 24, 2006) of the 33rd All-Japan Intercollegiate Rowing Championships.91 views
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団子坂91 views
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One of the picturesque streets of the city.90 views
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For more info about this doll festival, see the official site.90 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.89 views
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Waseda University (came in 3rd) 早稲田大学3位89 views
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End of the Toda Boat Course, near the 2000-meter finish line.88 views
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station88 views
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MInami-Koshigaya Awa Odori Dance, indoor performance. 南越谷阿波踊り88 views
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Inariyama Tumulus87 viewsPeople are allowed to climb up the tumulus.
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.87 views
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Chichibu Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line 西武池袋線 秩父駅87 views
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Festival participants86 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 tumulus86 views
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Hatanaka-kikko-ren, Kita-Urawa Awa Odori in Saitama. 畑中亀甲連86 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art.86 views
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Maruhaka-yama Tumulus85 viewsThis is Japan's largest round tumulus (also used during the Fire Festival).
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Also see my YouTube video here.85 views
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Fireworks84 viewsThe festival ended at 7:30 pm.
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Start of 8-man final race 男子8+決勝のスタート84 views
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Nihon Univ. 日本大学84 views
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Oakington Blue オーキントンブルー84 views
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The flower patterns don't look like anything.84 views
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Numerous college and corporate rowing clubs have dormitories along the boat course.83 views
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Children's kabuki83 views
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Tulip and moss pink83 views
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Ride'em cowboy82 viewsAs the kite quickly flew up, the forward kite pullers had to release the rope.
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Inariyama Tumulus82 views
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Tumulus81 viewsCherry trees are at the top.
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Boat landing near finish line.81 views
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Cheering/coaching horde on bicycles.81 views
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Sporty police car.81 views
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Oakington Blue81 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine79 views
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.79 views
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Kyoto Univ.78 views
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin78 views
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Giant Kite Museum77 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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Turning the corner77 views
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine77 views
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Urawa-misono Station with soccer fans going home. Also see the video at YouTube.77 views
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Benches offer visitors a rest.77 views
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Inside Omiya Station77 views
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Hanno's main street has a few shutter art. Saitama.77 views
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Festival site76 viewsThey did not allow people go enter the launch area at all times. Spectators were kept far away.
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Preliminary heats were held on the first day.76 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine76 views
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Moving the kite to launch point75 views
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Offerings75 views
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