JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Last additions - Hibiya Park and Tokyo Chrysanthemum Show 日比谷公園・東京都観光菊花大会
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Hawaiian concert at Hibiya Kokaido.Nov 29, 2010
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Hibiya Kokaido, an outdoor concert venue. If it rains, everyone uses an umbrella. 日比谷公会堂Nov 29, 2010
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One corner of Hibiya Park is occupied by the Hibiya Kokaido, an outdoor concert venue. 日比谷公会堂Nov 29, 2010
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Hibiya Kokaido in Hibiya Park. 日比谷公会堂Nov 29, 2010
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This crow was unafraid of humans. It was right in front of me and seemed to wait for food.Nov 28, 2010
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About the former park manager's office.Nov 28, 2010
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Former park manager's office.Nov 28, 2010
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Photo exhibition space which nobody sees.Nov 28, 2010
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Tennis courts in Hibiya Park.Nov 28, 2010
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This event space is actually another garden in Hibiya Park lined with roses.Nov 28, 2010
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This grassy lawn we could walk on.Nov 28, 2010
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On weekends, Hibiya Park often has some event. This was a farmer's market event for kids.Nov 28, 2010
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Outdoor stage in Hibiya Park.Nov 28, 2010
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About the large ginkgo tree.Nov 28, 2010
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Kubi-kake is the name of this large ginkgo tree in Hibiya Park.Nov 28, 2010
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Large ginkgo tree in Hibiya Park in autumn.Nov 28, 2010
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Former watering station for horses.Nov 28, 2010
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Former post used in the old Kyobashi Bridge during the Meiji Period.Nov 28, 2010
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Crane Fountain.Nov 28, 2010
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Crane water fountain at Kumogata Pond in Hibiya Park. This is Japan's third oldest water fountain sculpture.Nov 28, 2010
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Kumogata PondNov 28, 2010
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Kumogata Pond (Cloud-shaped Pond) at Hibiya Park in autumn. 雲形池Nov 28, 2010
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Wisteria vines shade a few benches fronting Kumogata Pond. Nov 28, 2010
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Another area of Hibiya Park is here at Kumogata Pond. Nov 28, 2010
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Bonsai chrysanthemum.Nov 28, 2010
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The original chrysanthemums.Nov 28, 2010
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Golden chrysanthemums.Nov 28, 2010
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Golden chrysanthemums were impressive.Nov 28, 2010
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Chrysanthemum Show in Hibiya Park, Tokyo.Nov 28, 2010
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This looks more like something you would find in a tropical ocean.Nov 28, 2010
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Spikey flower.Nov 28, 2010
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Bonsai chrysanthemum modeled after Hakone.Nov 28, 2010
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Bonsai chrysanthemum.Nov 28, 2010
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Very beautiful and subtle color tones.Nov 28, 2010
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Two-tone flowers are also quite common and very beautiful. Nov 28, 2010
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This is the original species of chrysanthemum. The Imperial family crest is also based on this species of chrysanthemum which was introduced to Japan from China.Nov 28, 2010
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Bonsai chrysanthemums.Nov 28, 2010
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More racks of chrysanthemums.Nov 28, 2010
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Tokyo Chrysanthemum Show in Hibiya Park.Nov 28, 2010
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The shapes, sizes, and colors are so incredibly varied.Nov 28, 2010
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The breeders/growers belong to chrysanthemum clubs or associations which participate in competitions like this one.Nov 28, 2010
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I was told that most breeders are older folk, in their 60s and 70s. Young people are not taking it up.Nov 28, 2010
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The results can be quite spectacular or subtle. Chrysanthemums are called "kiku" in Japanese. The ordinary chrysanthemums sold by your neighborhood flower shop are mainly used for funerals or memorial services.Nov 28, 2010
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There are numerous varieties of the chrysanthemum and breeders create new species each year. It's like orchid breeders.Nov 28, 2010
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The Tokyo Chrysanthemum Show in Hibiya Park was a competition among world-class growers and breeders. The best flowers receive various award ribbons.Nov 28, 2010
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The Chrysanthemum Show was held in this grassy area next to the tennis courts. There were a good number of shacks housing the flowers.Nov 28, 2010
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During most of Nov., the annual Tokyo-to Kanko Kikka Taikai or Chrysanthemum Show is held. An incredible variety of this revered flower is on display. One of Tokyo's best chrysanthemum shows in autumn.Nov 28, 2010
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Roses in Hibiya Park, Tokyo.Nov 28, 2010
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In Nov., a variety of roses bloom in Hibiya Park.Nov 28, 2010
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View of the garden from a bench.Nov 28, 2010
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Nice place to have lunch for nearby office workers.Nov 28, 2010
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There is a flower bed at each of the four corners of the German-style sunken garden.Nov 28, 2010
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Keep off the grass. This is actually a German-style sunken garden.Nov 28, 2010
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Pelican Fountain.Nov 28, 2010
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But you have to keep off the grass.Nov 28, 2010
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The first grassy lawn you'll see in Hibiya Park, called Flower Garden No. 1.Nov 28, 2010
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Shinji Pond as seen from atop the castle stone wall.Nov 28, 2010
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On top of the stone wall are benches overlooking Shinji Pond.Nov 28, 2010
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Stone wall and Shinji-ike Pond.Nov 28, 2010
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Shinji Pond. 心字池Nov 28, 2010
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Stone wall of castle gate.Nov 28, 2010
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Stone wall of a former gate of Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace). There are steps to go to the top of this wall.Nov 28, 2010
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About Hibiya Park in English. Hibiya Park opened in 1903 as Japan's first Western-style (mainly German) park. During the Edo Period, it used to be the Tokyo residence of important daimyos.Nov 28, 2010
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Map of Hibiya Park. It's a medium-size park with different areas with ponds, grassy lawns, benches, outdoor stage and concert amphitheater, and tennis courtsNov 28, 2010
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Entrance to Hibiya Park near the Imperial Palace and Ginze. One of Tokyo's most centrally-located parks. Free admission.Nov 28, 2010
 
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