JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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My latest YouTube video of the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri tayu procession held in April 2019.Apr 23, 2021
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Monument for usokae.Apr 02, 2021
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Mitake ShrineApr 02, 2021
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.Apr 02, 2021
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.Apr 02, 2021
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Plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, TokyoApr 02, 2021
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Weeping plum tree.Apr 02, 2021
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Weeping plum tree.Apr 02, 2021
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Memorial for writing brushes and any writing instruments including pens. You can put used pens in the box for disposal.Apr 02, 2021
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Statue of Sugawara Michizane as a child.Apr 02, 2021
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Monument for the man who first manufactured matches in Japan.Apr 02, 2021
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Sacred cow statue. Rub the nose for good luck.Apr 02, 2021
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These plum blossoms are from Dazaifu Shrine in Fukuoka. Feb. 2019.Apr 02, 2021
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2019 was the Year of the Boar.Apr 02, 2021
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Ema tablets with wisteria design for Kameido Tenjin Shrine.Apr 02, 2021
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Many students pray here during January to February to pass school entrance exams or to do well in school. Apr 02, 2021
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall in Feb. 2019.Apr 02, 2021
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Plum trees grew since the last time I took this shot.Apr 02, 2021
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Plum blossoms and Tokyo Sky Tree.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Keikyu Line.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Keikyu Line.Apr 02, 2021
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Ichigo-daifukuApr 02, 2021
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Lots of hard candy.Apr 02, 2021
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Boar daruma and beckoning maneki-neko cat.Apr 02, 2021
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Vegan and halal food.Apr 02, 2021
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Daishi Nakamise shopping path return trip.Apr 02, 2021
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Back to Daishi Nakamise.Apr 02, 2021
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Plum blossoms.Apr 02, 2021
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About the Fudomon Gate.Apr 02, 2021
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Side gate called Fudomon, as seen from outside. 不動門Apr 02, 2021
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Side gate called Fudomon. It used to be the temple's main gate from 1948 to 1977 (when the current main gate was rebuilt) which was lost during World War II. 不動門Apr 02, 2021
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Bell tower rung a few times a year, especially on New Year's Eve. 鐘楼堂Apr 02, 2021
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Looks Korean.Apr 02, 2021
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War Recovery Memorial from 1974.Apr 02, 2021
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Tree planted by Princess Mikasa.Apr 02, 2021
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Iroha Monument on the left and commemorative tree on the right.Apr 02, 2021
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Monument for a poem about Kobo Daishi from Sept. 1986.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple has many monuments. This monument marks Kobo Daishi's 1,150th anniversary of his death.Apr 02, 2021
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Mari-zuka Monument built in May 1960. Festival is held every May 21 when famous enetertainers perform on a stage. まり塚碑Apr 02, 2021
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Ema tablet for 2019, Year of the Boar.Apr 02, 2021
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Used ema tablet and amulet disposal place. They will be burned. 納札殿Apr 02, 2021
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Inside Shotoku Taishi-do Hall dedicated to Prince Shotoku Taishi. 聖徳太子堂Apr 02, 2021
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Shotoku Taishi-do Hall dedicated to Prince Shotoku Taishi. 聖徳太子堂Apr 02, 2021
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Seiryu Gengon-do Hall 清瀧権現堂Apr 02, 2021
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Goma wooden tablets for sale, ¥5,000 to ¥30,000. The Goma kito fire prayer to burn these prayer tablets is held a few times every morning and afternoon in the main hall. 護摩札Apr 02, 2021
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Ogoma Uketsukejo is where you can sign up for a goma tablet burning ceremony in the main hall. お護摩受付所・護持志納受付所Apr 02, 2021
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Ogoma Uketsukejo is where you can sign up for a goma tablet burning ceremony in the main hall. お護摩受付所・護持志納受付所Apr 02, 2021
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Some of the 7,240 books of Kenryuban Daizokyo.Apr 02, 2021
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Inside Kawasaki Daishi's Kyozo Sutra Repository, Buddhist painting on the ceiling.Apr 02, 2021
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Inside Kawasaki Daishi's Kyozo Sutra Repository, Buddhist paintings on four sides on the ceiling. Tells the story of how Buddhism came to Japan from India via China and Korea.Apr 02, 2021
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Statue of Shaka Nyorai in the Kyozo.Apr 02, 2021
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Inside Kyozo Sutra Repository. Stores 7,240 books of Kenryuban Daizokyo. Built in 2004. (経蔵)Apr 02, 2021
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About the Kyozo Sutra Repository. (経蔵)Apr 02, 2021
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On the way to the main hall is this Kyozo Sutra Repository. (経蔵)Apr 02, 2021
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Fudodo Hall dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. 不動堂Apr 02, 2021
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Incense burner in front of Fudodo Hall dedicated to Fudo Myo-o. 不動堂Apr 02, 2021
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Rooftop jewel on Shinto Kaikan (Followers Hall). 信徒会館Apr 02, 2021
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Ahead is the temple office and Shinto Kaikan (Followers Hall) on the right. 信徒会館Apr 02, 2021
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Side of the main hall.Apr 02, 2021
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Japan's 100 Kannon Buddhas in relief. Apr 02, 2021
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Nihon Hyaku Kannon Reijo Osunafumi Sanpaijo (Sand Stepping Worship Field of Hundred Kannon Temple of Japan). Sand from 100 Kannon temples in Japan are here. 日本百観音霊場お砂踏み参拝所Apr 02, 2021
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Yasuragi Bridge over Tsuru-no-Ike Pond. やすらぎ橋Apr 02, 2021
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Yasuragi Bridge over Tsuru-no-Ike Pond. It dispels evil and brings good fortune. やすらぎ橋Apr 02, 2021
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Statue of Gautama Buddha. 降魔成道釈迦如来像Apr 02, 2021
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Tsuru-no-Ike Pond つるの池Apr 02, 2021
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Crossing Yasuragi Bridge over Tsuru-no-Ike Pond. やすらぎ橋Apr 02, 2021
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Yakushiden Hall 薬師殿Apr 02, 2021
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Yakushiden Hall 薬師殿Apr 02, 2021
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Yakushiden Hall dedicated to Yakushi, the Medicine Buddha. Built in Nov. 2008. 薬師殿Apr 02, 2021
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About Kobo Daishi.Apr 02, 2021
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About the Road marker.Apr 02, 2021
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About the Road marker.Apr 02, 2021
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Photo of Kitanoumi as yokozuna.Apr 02, 2021
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About Kitanoumi.Apr 02, 2021
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Statue of the late, great Yokozuna Kitanoumi Toshimitsu. I love sumo, but with the premature deaths of great wrestlers like Kitanoumi and Chiyonofuji in recent years, I've been having ambivalent feelings toward sumo because of how it seriously affects the person's health.Apr 02, 2021
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Statue of the late, great Yokozuna Kitanoumi Toshimitsu at Kawasaki Daishi Temple. Erected on the third anniversary of his death by his family. He was only 62. Kitanoumi was one of the greatest yokozuna. 北の湖銅像Apr 02, 2021
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Statue of the late sumo wrestler Yokozuna Kitanoumi (1953–2015) as the chairman of the Japan Sumo Association. He was a member of Kawasaki Daishi Temple.. Apr 02, 2021
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Straw sandals. near Kobo Daishi statue.Apr 02, 2021
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Kobo Daishi statue built in 1973 for the 1,200th anniversary of his birth. Kawasaki Daishi Temple. 遍路大師尊像Apr 02, 2021
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Kobo Daishi statue (Henro Daishi) depicted as a pilgrim on Shikoku. Pour water on the straw sandals to pray for good health and stamina on long treks. 遍路大師Apr 02, 2021
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Kobo Daishi statue built in 1973 for the 1,200th anniversary of his birth. 遍路大師尊像Apr 02, 2021
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About Prayer and Peace Monument.Apr 02, 2021
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Prayer and Peace Monument 不動門 「祈りと平和」の像Apr 02, 2021
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Prayer and Peace Monument 不動門 「祈りと平和」の像Apr 02, 2021
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About the Power stones (chikara-ishi) 力石Apr 02, 2021
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Power stones (chikara-ishi) 力石Apr 02, 2021
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About the Octagonal 5-story pagoda.Apr 02, 2021
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The sacred statues or images worshipped in the Octagonal 5-story pagoda.Apr 02, 2021
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The pagoda symbolizes Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana).Apr 02, 2021
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It's a ferro-concrete building with no windows nor observation deck or balcony.Apr 02, 2021
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Octagonal 5-story pagoda at Kawasaki Daishi Temple. 八角五重塔 (中興塔)Apr 02, 2021
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Octagonal 5-story pagoda at Kawasaki Daishi Temple. 八角五重塔 (中興塔)Apr 02, 2021
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My lucky setsubun beans. It hit my hand in the air and I caught it. I think one of the priests threw it.Apr 02, 2021
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After several minutes, everyone ran out beans. They waved goodbye and left.Apr 02, 2021
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Kanda Uno and Dewi Sukarno throwing Setsubun beans at Kawasaki Daishi. 川崎大師節分会 豆まきApr 02, 2021
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Kanda Uno and Dewi Sukarno throwing Setsubun beans at Kawasaki Daishi on Feb. 3, 2019. 神田うの デヴィ夫人 川崎大師節分会 豆まきApr 02, 2021
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Kanda Uno and Dewi Sukarno throwing Setsubun beans. 川崎大師節分会 豆まきApr 02, 2021
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Kanda Uno and Dewi Sukarno throwing Setsubun beans.Apr 02, 2021
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Kanda Uno and Dewi Sukarno throwing Setsubun beans at Kawasaki Daishi on Feb. 3, 2019. Dewi was one of the wives of the first President of Indonesia, Sukarno. She's now a popular celebrity in Japan. 神田うの デヴィ夫人Apr 02, 2021
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All hands in the air. Setsubun bean-throwing at Kawasaki Daishi Temple on Feb. 3, 2019. 川崎大師節分会 豆まきApr 02, 2021
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Setsubun at Kawasaki Daishi Temple. They threw small plastic bags of beans, so they were easy to catch.Apr 02, 2021
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At 2 pm, the fun began when they started throwing the beans.Apr 02, 2021
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Front and center are the Kawasaki Daishi Temple priests.Apr 02, 2021
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Kanda Uno (center) and Dewi Sukarno (right) were the main celebrities throwing beans. They weren't born in the Year of the Boar, but Uno is a native of Kawasaki. Dewi must also have some connection with this temple or Kawasaki. Apr 02, 2021
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Everyone is filled with anticipation to catch lucky beans.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi has about 70 people throwing beans each time, so a total of 210 people for the day. ¥70,000 x 210 = ¥14,700,000 income for the temple this day.Apr 02, 2021
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Of course, the temple needs to take care of some expenses such as those gifts and constructing this platform for the bean throwers. 節分会・豆まきApr 02, 2021
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Led by priests, the bean throwers entered the site on an elevated platform. 節分会・豆まきApr 02, 2021
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About 7,000 people gathered for each of the three bean-throwing ceremonies. It's free for people to catch the beans.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple grounds is quite large. It has this large field near the main worship hall. Perfect for bean throwing. Apr 02, 2021
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On Feb. 3, 2019, Kawasaki Daishi held the Setsubun bean-throwing three times at 11:30 am, 2 pm, and 4:30 pm. I went at 2 pm. This is the temple's lawn named Yasuragi Hiroba. やすらぎ広場Apr 02, 2021
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After the picture-taking, everyone walked to the bean-throwing area.Apr 02, 2021
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Group photo of Setsubun bean throwers on Feb. 3, 2019 at Kawasaki Daishi. The head priest is in orange in the middle.Apr 02, 2021
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To be a Setsubun bean thrower, you have to pay money to the temple. Kawasaki Daishi charges ¥70,000.It includes a nice lunch and a few auspicious souvenirs like a wooden goma prayer tablet, wooden box of lucky beans, folding fan, and sake.Apr 02, 2021
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After the religious ceremony, group photo of the priests (head priest in the middle wearing orange) and bean throwers. Apr 02, 2021
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Names of the Setsubun bean throwers on Feb. 3, 2019 at Kawasaki Daishi.Apr 02, 2021
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They did the goma fire ritual inside the temple where they burn wooden tablets to cleanse your soul.Apr 02, 2021
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Priests proceed to the main temple. Apr 02, 2021
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Temple priests standing by to enter the temple.Apr 02, 2021
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This is actress Kanda Uno waving. Setsubun at major temples usually have a few celebrities. 神田うのApr 02, 2021
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節分会Apr 02, 2021
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Setsubun started with a religious ceremony inside the main temple at about 1:15 pm. The priests and bean throwers paraded into the temple.Apr 02, 2021
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Feb. 3, 2019 was Setsubun, the traditional day marking the start of spring even though it's still cold as winter. Apr 02, 2021
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View from the Dai-hondo main hall.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂Apr 02, 2021
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Incense burnerApr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall and incense burner in front. 大本堂Apr 02, 2021
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Belonging to the Shingon Buddhist sect founded by Kobo Daishi, Kawasaki Daishi Temple is one of the Kanto Region's Big Three Shingon temples (other two being Narita-san in Chiba and Yakuoin in Mt. Takao).Officially named Heikenji Temple, Kawasaki Daishi worships Kobo Daishi (弘法大師), the founder of the Shingon Sect.Apr 02, 2021
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Ema tablet for the Year of the Boar in 2019.Apr 02, 2021
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Water basin with a lotus flower.Apr 02, 2021
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Water basin.Apr 02, 2021
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One of the Four Heavenly Kings inside the Main Gate. 四天王像Apr 02, 2021
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One of the Four Heavenly Kings inside the Main Gate. 四天王像Apr 02, 2021
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Behind the giant paper lantern.Apr 02, 2021
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Under the giant paper lantern.Apr 02, 2021
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Giant paper lantern hangs in the Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate).Apr 02, 2021
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Belonging to the Shingon Buddhist sect, Kawasaki Daishi is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Kanagawa Prefecture. Official name is Heikenji (平間寺). Almost 3 million people worship here during New Year's. It worships Kobo Daishi (弘法大師), the founder of the Shingon Sect.Apr 02, 2021
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Dai-Sanmon Main Gate rebuilt in 1977. 大山門Apr 02, 2021
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Getting closer to Kawasaki Daishi.Apr 02, 2021
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Beckoning cats or maneki-neko.Apr 02, 2021
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Daruma with eyes to be painted in.Apr 02, 2021
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Daishi Nakamise is famous for rock-candy cutting (Tontoko Ame). They use a knive to cut the long sliver of candy on a wooden cutting board to make a loud chopping noise.Apr 02, 2021
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Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade to Kawasaki Daishi has more souvenir shops.Apr 02, 2021
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Entrance to Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade leading to Kawsaki Daishi Temple. 大師仲見世Apr 02, 2021
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Turn right at the intersection.Apr 02, 2021
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Tanuki dressed for Setsubun, complete with beans.Apr 02, 2021
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Many daruma shops along the way. These daruma are designed like a boar since 2019 was the Year of the Boar.Apr 02, 2021
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Daruma dolls.Apr 02, 2021
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The short walk from Kawasaki Daishi Station to Kawasaki Daishi Temple is lined with souvenir shops.Apr 02, 2021
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple is near Kawasaki Daishi Station on the Keikyu Daishi Line that starts from Keikyu Kawasaki Station.Apr 02, 2021
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Funabori StationMar 31, 2021
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Exhibition space inside Tower Hall Funabori.Mar 31, 2021
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In front of Funabori Station. 船堀駅Mar 31, 2021
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Funabori Station 船堀駅Mar 31, 2021
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Looking north.Mar 31, 2021
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The straight road is Funabori Green Road that goes to Shinkawa River.Mar 31, 2021
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Looking toward Tokyo Skytree.Mar 31, 2021
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Funabori Tower has great views of Arakawa River. This is looking west.Mar 31, 2021
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The straight road is Funabori Green Road that goes to Shinkawa River.Mar 31, 2021
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Top view of Funabori Station on the Toei Shinjuku subway line.Mar 31, 2021
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Right in front of Funabori Station on the Toei Shinjuku subway line is this tall tower with a view. It's part of the Tower Hall Funabori building. It's a banquet hall and convention center. タワーホール船堀Mar 31, 2021
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Funabori Tower is 103 meters high and has free admission. The lookout deck has picture windows on all four sides. Take the elevator, open 9 amto 9:30 pm. May be closed in case of high winds.Mar 31, 2021
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.Mar 31, 2021
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.Mar 31, 2021
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.Mar 31, 2021
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.Mar 31, 2021
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.Mar 31, 2021
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Heisei Bridge photographed in 2019, the last year of the Heisei Period.Mar 31, 2021
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Heisei Bridge photographed in 2019, the last year of the Heisei Period.Mar 31, 2021
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Heisei Bridge photographed in 2019, the last year of the Heisei Period.Mar 31, 2021
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Kyu-Nakagawa River from Heisei Bridge. 旧中川Mar 31, 2021
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Some cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River near Heisei Bridge. 旧中川Mar 31, 2021
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Not far from Sendaibori Park is Heisei Bridge on the border with Edogawa-ku. It was built in Dec. 1994 (Heisei 6). 平成橋Mar 31, 2021
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