Last additions - Katsuura 勝浦市
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View from Kangun-zuka.Mar 04, 2010
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Kangun-zuka Memorial. During the Boshin War between the forces of the shogun and Emperor Meiji, a ship carrying the Kumamoto clan to Hakodate's Goryokaku fortress sank off this shore. This memorial is for the 135 people who died on the ship. 官軍塚Mar 04, 2010
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A tsunami trap if I ever saw one.1 commentsMar 04, 2010
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About the Kangun-zuka.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura Lighthouse and cherry blossomsMar 04, 2010
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Katsuura Lighthouse and cherry blossomsMar 04, 2010
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The lookout point on Hachiman Misaki Park can be seen.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura Lighthouse was not open to the public.Mar 04, 2010
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Nice costal views as you walk from Hachiman Misaki to Katsuura Lighthouse.Mar 04, 2010
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When Oman-no-kata was 14, Katsuura Castle was beseiged by Hideyoshi's forces and she, her mother and little brother escaped near here by using a white sheet to go down the cliff to a small boat which took them to Tateyama.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura LighthouseMar 04, 2010
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Statue of Oman-no-kata, daughter of Katsuura Castle lord Masaki Yoritada. She became Tokugawa Ieyasu's concubine at age 17 and gave birth to Tokugawa Yorinobu (clan in Kishu) and Yorifusa (clan in Mito).Mar 04, 2010
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Lookout pointMar 04, 2010
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Hachiman Misaki Park was the former site of Katsuura Castle. Masaki Yoritada was the castle lord until 1590.Mar 04, 2010
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Torii islandMar 04, 2010
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Map of Hachiman Misaki Park, an easy walk from central Katsuura.Mar 04, 2010
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SquidMar 04, 2010
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That white tower is the Katsuura Underwater Marine Tower for observing fish.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura has a scenic coastline. This is the Pacific Ocean.Mar 04, 2010
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Drying fish in the sun.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura fish marketMar 04, 2010
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Katsuura port with fishing boats.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura Big Hina Matsuri festival poster for 2010. Official Web site hereMar 04, 2010
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So, I think I saw most of the 25,000 hina dolls on display at Katsuura.Mar 04, 2010
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Back in central Katsuura, a house with an elaborate display of hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Hina matsuri dolls at Katsuura City Hall. About 500 dolls here, displayed from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm during the festival period.Mar 04, 2010
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Inside Katsuura City HallMar 04, 2010
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As soon as you step into Katsuura City Hall, you see this large stand of hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Katsuura City HallMar 04, 2010
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One more place to see hina dolls is at Katsuura City Hall. Walkable from the public library.Mar 04, 2010
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Edo Period hina dollsMar 04, 2010
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Dolls in a bottleMar 04, 2010
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Meiji PeriodMar 04, 2010
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From the Taisho Period.Mar 04, 2010
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Older dolls are also displayed.Mar 04, 2010
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Hina dolls made of quilt material.Mar 04, 2010
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Are those ping-pong ball heads?Mar 04, 2010
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The 2nd floor of the public library also displays handmade hina dolls made by local nursery school kids.Mar 04, 2010
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They use simple, everyday materials to make these hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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These hanging decorations called tsurushi kazari (つるし飾り) often flank the hina dolls. Hanging on the strings are various decorations such as goldfish. Each decoration is significant for something, usually related to prosperity, good health and foMar 04, 2010
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The 2nd floor of the public library exhibits hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Next to the temple is the public library, another venue for doll displays.Mar 04, 2010
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Kakuoji temple 覚翁寺(かくおうじ)山門前Mar 04, 2010
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Hina dolls in bamboo.Mar 04, 2010
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Doll display at Kakuoji temple's Sanmon Gate. About 600 dolls here. Displayed from 8 am to 6:30 pm and lit up at 5 pm. Accented by nanohana rape blossoms.Mar 04, 2010
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Doll display at Kakuoji temple's Sanmon Gate. This is at the end of the Chuo Shotengai shopping street. 覚翁寺(かくおうじ)山門前Mar 04, 2010
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Tourist informationMar 04, 2010
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Hina dolls outside the ryokan.Mar 04, 2010
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This Matsu no Ie ryokan is an Important Cultural Property. 松の家Mar 04, 2010
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Inside the ryokan are hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Doll exhibit for a photo op. Sit there to take a picture with the dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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This is the Katsuura Chuo Shotengai shopping street, the festival's main street. It leads to Kakuoji temple and the public library where there are more dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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This shop decorated its stairway and 2nd floor.Mar 04, 2010
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Sushi (my lunch) with a hina doll and sakura flower design. The head is made of cheese.Mar 04, 2010
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Morning market gets really crowded later in the afternoon when more tourists arrive.Mar 04, 2010
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Each vendor at the morning market also displays hina dolls along with their wares. Very nice touch.Mar 04, 2010
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Held at the same time as the doll festival is the Asa-ichi morning market along a back street.Mar 04, 2010
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It says, "Katsuura Hina Matsuri."Mar 04, 2010
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These dolls are also lit up at night until 8 pm when they are put away.Mar 04, 2010
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This is by far the biggest hina doll display I had ever seen in Japan. A hina matsuri of similar scale is also held in Katsuura, Tokushima Prefecture.Mar 04, 2010
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If the dolls are displayed and it starts to rain, people in the neighborhood all rush out to put away the dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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The dolls are displayed from 8 am to 7 pm (or 8 pm on weekends). If it rains, the dolls are not displayed.Mar 04, 2010
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About 1,200 hina dolls are sitting on these steps. This doll display is assembled every morning at 7 am and put away every evening during the festival. It takes around 15 people about an hour to set up the dolls every morning during the festival.Mar 04, 2010
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This is the famous display of hina ningyo dolls on 60 steps of Tomisaki Shrine. It is the festival's centerpiece and main attraction.Mar 04, 2010
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Entering Tomisaki Shrine.Mar 04, 2010
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Way to Tomisaki Shrine.Mar 04, 2010
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Even this soft drink vending machine had hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Placing hina dolls in bamboo is common.Mar 04, 2010
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Noren shop curtain with hina doll design.Mar 04, 2010
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Dolls depicting figure skaters Takahashi Daisuke and Ando Miki who appeared at the Vancouver Winter Olympics during the time of the hina matsuri.Mar 04, 2010
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A futon bedding shop has hina dolls made of blankets.Mar 04, 2010
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This neighborhood bookstore has hina dolls under the magazine racks.Mar 04, 2010
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Origami hina dollsMar 04, 2010
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All over central Katsuura, you will see hina dolls displayed, especially at storefronts. It makes it a very charming sight.Mar 04, 2010
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Origami hina dollsMar 04, 2010
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About the Katsuura Hina Matsuri doll festival.Mar 04, 2010
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Walk further and you see this small space exhibiting origami hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Since it's wasteful to throw away these hina dolls, they send them to places like Katsuura to be reused. Katsuura's collection has thus grown to 25,000 as people all over Japan sent their old dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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Each hina doll thus represents a family's hope, prayer, and history.Mar 04, 2010
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The hina dolls are traditionally displayed in a home to pray for the health and growth of the family's children. However, after the kids grow up, the hina dolls are no longer displayed.Mar 04, 2010
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The whole town has become involved in the festival's success. Many owners of shops and homes where tourists pass by decorate their buildings with hina dolls.Mar 04, 2010
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The festival in Katsuura, Chiba has grown to have a whopping 25,000 hina dolls on exhibit during late Feb. to March 3, the traditional Girls Day. It has since become famous in the Tokyo (Kanto) area as the TV news report it in late Feb.Mar 04, 2010
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Since Katsuura town in Tokushima had the same name as Katsuura in Chiba, they lent 7,000 hina dolls to Katsuura in Chiba to start their own "Big Hina Matsuri."Mar 04, 2010
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This Big Hina Matsuri festival started relatively recently. The city of Katsuura got the idea for this festival after the town of Katsuura in Tokushima Prefecture (Shikoku) started its Big Hina Matsuri in 1989.Mar 04, 2010
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If it starts to rain, the surrounding neighbors will come out immediately to put away the dolls. There was no threat of rain this day.Mar 04, 2010
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Hina matsuri dolls at Tona street intersection in Katsuura, Chiba. About 600 dolls are displayed here from 8 am to 5 pm during the festival period.Mar 04, 2010
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It was a nice sunny weekday when I went. On weekends, they have various entertainment. But the weekends were cloudy or rainy this year.Mar 04, 2010
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When planning to visit the hina matsuri in Katsuura, make sure it will not rain. If it rains, the hina dolls will not be displayed outdoors. They are the most impressive ones. This is at the Tona street intersection.Mar 04, 2010
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Central Katsuura is compact, and you can reach most places on foot. Sign points the way to Tomisaki Shrine. There are a few places in Katsuura where you can see giant displays of hina dolls. Tomisaki Shrine is the centerpiece.Mar 04, 2010
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A few minutes walk from Katsuura Station, this Tona street intersection will be the first giant display of hina dolls you will see. 墨名(とな)交差点Mar 04, 2010
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When you arrive at Katsuura Station, you'll see a big display of hina matsuri dolls. Don't be impressed yet though. The Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri festival is held during late Feb. until March 3 which is Girls Day.Mar 04, 2010
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Tourist info office near Katsuura Station. They offer maps of the city and hina matsuri points of interest.Mar 04, 2010
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The small coastal town of Katsuura holds one of Japan's most impressive hina matsuri doll festival during late Feb. to early March. A whopping 25,000 hina ningyo dolls are displayed all over town. Photo: JR Katsuura Station on the Sotobo Line. Katsuura is about 2 hours from Tokyo on non-express trains. Board the Sotobo Line at Chiba Station.Mar 04, 2010
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An early-blooming variety of cherry blossom also bloom in Katsuura during the hina matsuri, making it an added attraction. It was held during Feb. 20 to March 3, 2010 when I went.Mar 04, 2010
   
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