JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.


Last additions - Edogawa-ku 江戸川区
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Current Ginza Line subway train.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway cars today.Jun 17, 2017
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How to drive a subway train.Jun 17, 2017
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Museum gift shopJun 17, 2017
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The first subway car used between Shimbashi and Shibuya in the late 1930s.Jun 17, 2017
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Statue of Noritsugu HayakawaJun 17, 2017
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Noritsugu Hayakawa was the father of Japan's first subway.Jun 17, 2017
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Methods to dig subway tunnels.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway tokensJun 17, 2017
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Planning hsitory of Tokyo's first subway.Jun 17, 2017
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Japanese subway historyJun 17, 2017
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Old and new subway signs. Now the subway lines and stations are coded for people who cannot remember the Japanese names.Jun 17, 2017
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Automatic turnstiles taking subway tickets were introduced from 1974. From 2007, IC cards are used.Jun 17, 2017
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Evolution of subway ticket vending machines from 1956 to 2007. Current ticket vending machines use touchscreen panels.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway historyJun 17, 2017
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Maintenance car.Jun 17, 2017
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New subway line under construction in Tokyo.Jun 17, 2017
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Scale model of a new subway line under construction in Tokyo.Jun 17, 2017
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Different types of Shield boring machines.Jun 17, 2017
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Shield boring machine teethJun 17, 2017
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Shield boring machineJun 17, 2017
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PantographJun 17, 2017
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Old and new subway signs.Jun 17, 2017
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Chiyoda Line subway train simulator.Jun 17, 2017
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Chiyoda Line subway train simulator.Jun 17, 2017
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Chiyoda Line subway train simulator.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway train simulator. Takes practice to stop at the correct position at the station.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway train diorama showing Akasaka Mitsuke Station.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway train dioramaJun 17, 2017
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Subway train dioramaJun 17, 2017
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Emergency lightJun 17, 2017
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Marunouchi Line subway car driver's cab.Jun 17, 2017
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Inside the Marunouchi Line subway car.Jun 17, 2017
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Go inside the Marunouchi Line subway car.Jun 17, 2017
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Marunouchi Line subway carJun 17, 2017
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Marunouchi Line subway carJun 17, 2017
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Marunouchi Line subway carJun 17, 2017
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Marunouchi Line car from the mid-1950s.Jun 17, 2017
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Door latchJun 17, 2017
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Emergency lightJun 17, 2017
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Subway rules for passengers: No smoking, no spitting, and don't stick out your face or hands outside the window.Jun 17, 2017
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Subway driver's cab.Jun 17, 2017
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College studentJun 17, 2017
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Judging from theor clothing, they look to be a well-to-do family.Jun 17, 2017
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Mannequins inside Tokyo's first subway car. Jun 17, 2017
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Inside Tokyo's first subway car. Refurbished.Jun 17, 2017
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We can go inside the first subway car.Jun 17, 2017
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Sumo advertising at recreated Ueno Station subway platform.Jun 17, 2017
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Advertising at recreated Ueno Station subway platform.Jun 17, 2017
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Recreated Ueno Station subway platform.Jun 17, 2017
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Recreated Ueno Station platform.Jun 17, 2017
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Automatic turnstileJun 17, 2017
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It was a fat fare, and passengers put in actual coins to go through the turnstile.Jun 17, 2017
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Automatic turnstile at Ueno Station in 1927Jun 17, 2017
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Japan's first subway station: Ueno StationJun 17, 2017
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Driver's seat in the first subway car.Jun 17, 2017
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About the first subway car.Jun 17, 2017
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The exterior livery of the newest Ginza Line subway cars is based on this first subway car. Jun 17, 2017
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Japan's first subway car used between Ueno and Asakusa. The forerunner of the Ginza Line.Jun 17, 2017
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Japan's first subway opened in Tokyo in Dec. 1927 between Ueno and Asakusa.Jun 17, 2017
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Enter the museum through this subway turnstile.See Japan's first subway cars from 1927, tunnel boring machines, subway history exhibits, and simulators. Jun 17, 2017
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Entrance to the Tokyo subway museum named Tokyo Metro Museum. It's under the elevated Tozai Line tracks. Near Kasai Station on the Tozai subway line.Official website: http://www.chikahaku.jp/en/Jun 17, 2017
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Still a little early for these ones.Mar 04, 2015
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Revisited the garden to see the azalea.Mar 04, 2015
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In the following year, I revisited the garden to see the azalea in late April.Mar 04, 2015
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Gyosen Park officeJun 14, 2013
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Petting zooJun 14, 2013
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PenguinsJun 14, 2013
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Sea lionsJun 14, 2013
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Sea lionsJun 14, 2013
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Spider monkeyJun 14, 2013
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Wallaby from AustraliaJun 14, 2013
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Wallaby from AustraliaJun 14, 2013
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Prairie dogsJun 14, 2013
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Prairie dogsJun 14, 2013
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TurtleJun 14, 2013
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Ant eaterJun 14, 2013
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IbisJun 14, 2013
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StorkJun 14, 2013
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Map of Gyosen park zoo. Free admission.Jun 14, 2013
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Gyosen Park also has a small zoo. Open 10 am - 4:30 pm (Open 9:30 am on weekends and national holidays, closed at 4 pm from Nov. to Feb.). Closed on Mon. (open if a national holiday).Jun 14, 2013
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Stone lantern donated by Shogun Tokugawa IemitsuJun 14, 2013
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Stone lantern donated by Shogun Tokugawa IemitsuJun 14, 2013
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Cone-shaped Hydrangea at Gyosen Park Heisei Garden, Edogawa, TokyoJun 14, 2013
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Cone-shaped HydrangeaJun 14, 2013
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HydrangeaJun 14, 2013
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Irises in full bloom in early June.Jun 14, 2013
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Pine tree planted to mark the 20th anniversary of the Heisei Era.Jun 14, 2013
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Azalea bushes before they bloomed.Jun 14, 2013
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Small waterfallsJun 14, 2013
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Large stepping stones.Jun 14, 2013
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Large koi carp in the pond.Jun 14, 2013
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Pond at Heisei Garden. Genshinan (源心庵) Tea ceremony room on the left. Edogawa, TokyoJun 14, 2013
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Marker next to the weeping cherry tree planted to mark the 1st anniversary of Edogawa's sister city relationship with Gosford, Australia.Jun 14, 2013
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Pond at Heisei Garden. Tea ceremony room on the left.Jun 14, 2013
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Weeping cherry tree planted to mark the 1st anniversary of Edogawa's sister city relationship with Gosford, Australia.Jun 14, 2013
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Little too early for lotus in June.Jun 14, 2013
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Gyosen Park was donated to Tokyo in 1933 by a local politician whose had a business named "Gyosen." In 1950, Edogawa Ward took over the park's management. In 1983, a small zoo opened.Jun 14, 2013
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Edogawa Heisei Garden was built in 1989, the first year of the Heisei Period. It occupies the northern part of Gyosen Park.Jun 14, 2013
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Map of Heisei Garden.There's the man pond in the middle, fronted by the Genshinan tea ceremony room and event space.Jun 14, 2013
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Gyosen Park consists of the Heisei Garden and Shizen Zoo. Nice pocket of greenery and cute animals including a petting zoo. Free admission, near Kasai Station on the Tozai subway line. Park entrance.Jun 14, 2013
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I shuddered to think how crowded the station would become in about 30-40 min.Aug 14, 2009
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I'm definitely not a good fireworks photographer. To avoid the crowds, I left the scene about 30 min. before the fireworks ended.Aug 14, 2009
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Back at Shinozaki Station, it was quite quick to get on a train. "Keep walking slowly and do not stop."Aug 14, 2009
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Mt. FujiAug 14, 2009
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The fireworks started exactly at 7:15 pm.Aug 14, 2009
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The Edogawa Ward Fireworks display is one of Tokyo's largest with a massive attendance of 900,000 people in both Edogawa Ward and neighboring Ichikawa city in Chiba. .Aug 14, 2009
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People are spread out along the riverbank of Edogawa River. Held on the first Sat. of Aug. at 7:15 pm to 8:25 pm. If weather is bad, it is held on the next dayAug 14, 2009
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And you think your largest soccer stadium can hold a lotta people. Come see here.Aug 14, 2009
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It was a lot more crowded than the last time I saw these fireworks years ago.Aug 14, 2009
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Some 900,000 of humanity gathered here for the Edogawa-ku Fireworks in Aug.Aug 14, 2009
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Getting to the steps up the riverbank.Aug 14, 2009
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After getting to the top of the riverbank, this is the spectacle I came to see and photograph. Aug 14, 2009
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Needless to say, the subway/trains stations were jammed with people by 5 pm. This is when I got off the train at Shinozaki Station on the Toei Shinjuku subway line on Aug.1, 2009.Aug 14, 2009
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Now walking to the Edogawa riverbank.Aug 14, 2009
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Still in Shinozaki Station heading for the exit. Koiwa Station on the JR Sobu Line must also have been crowded.Aug 14, 2009
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JR Koiwa Station has this statue of Yokozuna Tochinishiki, a famous sumo wrestler who was from Koiwa.Jun 22, 2009
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Showa-dori shopping street near Koiwa Station.Jun 22, 2009
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Statue of Yokozuna Tochinishiki inside JR Koiwa Station. He was the 44th yokozuna and head of the Japan Sumo Association during 1974-1988. The new and current Kokugikan was built under his watch.Jun 22, 2009
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Shopping street near Koiwa Station.Jun 22, 2009
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Back view. Jun 22, 2009
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Very well done, and wise to put it inside the station where birds cannot sully it.Jun 22, 2009
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Statue of Yokozuna Tochinishiki (1925-1990) inside JR Koiwa Station. The statue is now a popular meeting place inside the station.Jun 22, 2009
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It's a very good likeness, and almost life-size. After retiring as an active wrestler, he became Kasugano oyakata.Jun 22, 2009
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JR Koiwa Station, south sideJun 22, 2009
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JR Koiwa Station, south exitJun 22, 2009
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JR Koiwa Station, north exitJun 22, 2009
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JR Koiwa Station, north exit sculptureJun 22, 2009
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The iris garden also has some hydrangea, but they were withered by the time I visited the garden in mid-June.Jun 21, 2009
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Steepled Ripples from the USA.Jun 21, 2009
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Poster for Koiwa Iris Garden Festival.Jun 21, 2009
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The Keisei train line straddles the garden.Jun 21, 2009
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Enter here.Jun 21, 2009
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Kanji characters read "Koiwa Shobu-en."Jun 21, 2009
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The garden has walking paths and a few rest houses. Wheelchair-friendly as well.Jun 21, 2009
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Shobu (Irises)Jun 21, 2009
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Pink Frost from the USA.Jun 21, 2009
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One large patch has nameplates for various irises.Jun 21, 2009
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Gate to the Koiwa Iris Garden. Free admission. Open Jun 21, 2009
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