JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Mino Station on the old Meitetsu Mino-cho Line in Gifu Prefecture closed in April 1999 and has been preserved as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property (登録有形文化財) since 2005. The train line was abolished in March 1999. However, the charming station building still stands and open to the public, complete with a few trains on display. Mino Station first opened here in Oct. 1923. (Not to be confused with other Mino Stations in Japan.) Short walk from Minoshi Station (美濃市駅) on the Nagaragawa Railway. 名鉄美濃町線
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Monument by Mino city explaining the history of Mino Station. This station has been preserved as a testament to the hard work by forebearers for this old train line.
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Inside Mino Station in Mino, Gifu Prefecture.
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Mino Station ticket office.
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Mino Station waiting room.
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Pop singer Noguchi Goro is from Mino, Gifu.
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Play area for kids.
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Three old trains are on display. You can go inside each one.
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Mo 512 and Mo 601 trains.モ512およびモ601
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モ512
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Driver's cab in モ512.
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Driver's seat in モ512.
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Mino Station, Gifu, with three retired trains on display.
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Mino Station, Gifu. モ601
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モ601
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Inside モ601 train.
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Driver's seat in モ601.
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Old train station sign.
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Mino Station as seen from the platform.
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Inside the Mino Station office is now a shop selling old J-pop records from the 1960s and 1970s.
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Inside the Mino Station office is now a shop selling old J-pop records from the 1960s and 1970s. Huge collection.
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45 rpm single records by J-pop idol singers from the 1970s.
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Pink Lady, Candies, Iwasaki Hiromi, etc.
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1960s J-pop singers.
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Records also on sale.
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Pop singer Noguchi Goro posters.
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Pop singer Noguchi Goro posters. He was a super popular idol singer in the 1970s in Japan along with Go Hiromi and Saijo Hideki.
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Pop singer Noguchi Goro posters.
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