JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when in crowds.


Last additions - Budokan Kagami-biraki 武道館 鏡開き式・武道始め
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In early Jan., it holds the Kagami-biraki (rice cake cutting ceremony) and Budo-hajime (martial arts demonstrations) New Year's event.This is a kadomatsu New Year's decoration next to the Budokan entrance.Sep 20, 2016
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The Budokan's gift shop. Is there any martial art where they say "Go for Block"? If not, it must mean "Go for broke!!"Sep 20, 2016
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Eating shiruko.Sep 20, 2016
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Everyone ate their shiruko on the Budokan floor.Sep 20, 2016
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Shiruko, a confection of azuki bean soup with a piece of mochi. Served free of charge to everyone at the Budokan, including spectators.Sep 20, 2016
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Serving shiruko.Sep 20, 2016
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Martial artists line up for free shiruko.Sep 20, 2016
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Martial artists line up for free shiruko.Sep 20, 2016
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At the end, they served shiruko, a confection of azuki bean soup with a piece of mochi.Sep 20, 2016
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The Budo Hajime ended at 3:10 pm. What a spectacle it was.Sep 20, 2016
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KendoSep 20, 2016
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KendoSep 20, 2016
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KendoSep 20, 2016
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KendoSep 20, 2016
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Budo Hajime at the Budokan in early Jan. is a real spectacle. Kendo, judo, karate, sumo, naginata, kyudo.Sep 20, 2016
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SumoSep 20, 2016
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Sumo. Even little girls participated in Budo Hajime at Budokan.Sep 20, 2016
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The sumo rikishi were from a college sumo club. I was hoping a Makunouchi wrestler would appear.Sep 20, 2016
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SumoSep 20, 2016
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NaginataSep 20, 2016
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NaginataSep 20, 2016
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NaginataSep 20, 2016
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Naginata (pole sword). Naginata was the traditional weapon for woman warriors.Sep 20, 2016
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NaginataSep 20, 2016
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Karate-doSep 20, 2016
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Kendo people were a noisy lot with their swords hitting each other.Sep 20, 2016
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JudoSep 20, 2016
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AikidoSep 20, 2016
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Then the Budo Hajime started with all the martial arts groups practicing at the same time.Sep 20, 2016
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Sumo wrestlersSep 20, 2016
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Naginata groupSep 20, 2016
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Speech by a sports official.Sep 20, 2016
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They they all gathered and sat to listen to speeches.Sep 20, 2016
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SumoSep 20, 2016
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SumoSep 20, 2016
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Sumo at the Budokan.Sep 20, 2016
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Sumo. A college sumo club. Sumo ring is just a mat (no dirt) for Budo Hajime at the Budokan.Sep 20, 2016
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SumoSep 20, 2016
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KendoSep 20, 2016
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NaginataSep 20, 2016
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A small shrineSep 20, 2016
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Officials and dignitaries watch.Sep 20, 2016
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JudoSep 20, 2016
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It's an annual New Year's ceremony and a joint practice session of all the major martial arts. Admission is free.The Budokan is near Kudanshita Station on the Tozai subway line.Sep 20, 2016
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Shorinji KenpoSep 20, 2016
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KarateSep 20, 2016
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AikidoSep 20, 2016
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JukendoSep 20, 2016
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Martial arts demonstrations start at 1:15 pm and lasts until 2:30 pm. People from each martial art performed in turn. First was kyudo archery.Sep 20, 2016
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The event starts at noon with an opening ceremony until 12:45 pm. Then at 12:45 pm, a procession of armored men appear (yoroi kizome).Sep 20, 2016
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Nippon Budokan is Japan's most famous and prestigious martial arts hall in the grounds of the Imperial Palace. It was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.The Budokan was where the Beatles played in 1966, the first band to play there. The acoustics are not that good for concerts though. Playing at the Budokan is a hallmark of a bonafide rock star in Japan.Sep 20, 2016
   
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