JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Shinkawa River Senbonzakura Cherry Blossoms 新川千本桜
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2019 was the last year of the Heisei Period.Mar 31, 2021
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Pine tree amid cherry blossoms.Mar 31, 2021
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A short walk to Ukita Bridge where I turned left to walk to Funabori Station (Toei Shinjuku Line).Mar 31, 2021
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Sculpture of a riverboat. Looks like a cargo boat for salt.Mar 31, 2021
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Sculpture of a riverboat.Mar 31, 2021
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Sculpture of a riverboat.Mar 31, 2021
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Now walking on the other side of the river for the return trip. This side of the river is also very nice.Mar 31, 2021
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Going back along the river to the nearest subway station.Mar 31, 2021
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Fire Watchtower and sakura.Mar 31, 2021
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The area around the Fire Watchtower is like a park named Nishi-Suimon Hiroba (西水門広場).Mar 31, 2021
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About the old floodgate and Fire Watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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Remains of the old Shinkawa Nishi Suimon floodgate. 新川西水門跡Mar 31, 2021
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Remains of the old Shinkawa Nishi Suimon floodgate. 新川西水門跡Mar 31, 2021
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Map of the area. The top right is Funabori Station.Mar 31, 2021
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Sluice gate.Mar 31, 2021
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Going down the Fire Watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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Looking north.Mar 31, 2021
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In the forefront is Naka River, and beyond the divider is Arakawa River as seen from the Fire Watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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In the forefront is Naka River, and beyond the divider is Arakawa River as seen from the Fire Watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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Floodgate pool.Mar 31, 2021
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Nearby floodgate to Arakawa River.Mar 31, 2021
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View of Shinkawa River from the Hinomi Yagura Fire Watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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View of Shinkawa River from the Hinomi Yagura Fire Watchtower. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Top of the Fire Watchtower. Great views from the open-air windows. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Stairs up to the top of the Fire Watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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We can enter and go up the Fire Watchtower. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Traditional Japanese fire lookout tower and cherry blossoms. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Fire Watchtower and cherry blossoms.Mar 31, 2021
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Fire Watchtower and cherry blossoms.Mar 31, 2021
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Fire Watchtower and cherry blossoms.Mar 31, 2021
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After the city of Edo suffered a major fire in the 7th century, fire watchtowers similar to this one were built. The towers also had a bell to sound a fire alarm and direct firefighters to any fire.Mar 31, 2021
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Fire Watchtower at the end of Shinkawa River in Edogawa-ku City in Tokyo. There originally was no such fire tower. Built here only as a tourist attraction. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Top of the Hinomi Yagura Fire Watchtower. It's wooden and 15 meters high. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Fire Watchtower at the end of Shinkawa River in Edogawa-ku Ward in Tokyo. 火の見やぐらMar 31, 2021
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Traditional-looking restrooms.Mar 31, 2021
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Traditional-looking wall.Mar 31, 2021
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The west end of Shinkawa River has a Edo-style fire watchtower. To give an Edo-Period riverscape.Mar 31, 2021
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The west end of Shinkawa River emptying into Arakawa River has a Edo-style fire watchtower.Mar 31, 2021
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So many great sakura shots here.Mar 31, 2021
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Shin River Senbonzakura Cherry Blossoms, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo. Such a photogenic riverside walk in spring.Mar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa Kyuyo Park. Riverside pocket park. 新川休養公園Mar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River Cherry Blossoms, Edogawa-ku, TokyoMar 31, 2021
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Ukita Daiichi Park. Riverside pocket park. 宇喜田第一公園Mar 31, 2021
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Weeping cherry tree. Mar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River Senbonzakura Cherry Blossoms, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.Mar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River Senbonzakura Cherry Blossoms, Edogawa-ku, TokyoMar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River Senbonzakura Cherry Blossoms, Edogawa-ku, TokyoMar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River Senbonzakura Cherry Blossoms, Edogawa-ku, TokyoMar 31, 2021
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The cherry blossoms are mostly Somei-Yoshino, but I also saw weeping cherries.Mar 31, 2021
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I started walking along the river from Shin-Wataribashi Bridge near the middle of the 3km river.Mar 31, 2021
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From April 2007, a new project called the "Shinkawa Senbonzakura Plan" was started to plant cherry blossoms on both sides of the river to create an Edo Period look. The river walk was also made earthquake resistant.Mar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River cuts across Edogawa Ward east to west for 3 km between Kyu-Edo River and Arakawa River. The entire length has a nice riverside walkway on both sides.In late March to early April, over 700 cherry trees bloom (20 varieties, mainly Somei-Yoshino). It's a very pleasant walk with no crowds, no tourists. Not well-known yet.Mar 31, 2021
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Shinkawa River (新川) was first excavated in 1590 by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu for cargo boats to transport salt from neighboring Gyotoku (in Chiba Prefecture) to Edo. The river was lined with miso shops, shoyu shops, and eateries. The salt boats have long been replaced by trains and motor vehicles. Today the river is very quiet in a residential area.Mar 31, 2021
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