JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Hamura 羽村市
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct lined with cherry trees. I missed the full bloom period.Apr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct goes on for over 40 km to Yotsuya in Tokyo.Apr 20, 2007
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Materials and technique used for the Tamagawa Josui floodgate in the Edo Period.Apr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct required constant repair and maintenance during the Edo Period. It created new jobs for Hamura residents (mostly farmers).Apr 20, 2007
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Cherry treesApr 20, 2007
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Park adjacent to Tamagawa Josui AqueductApr 20, 2007
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Map of Tamagawa Josui AqueductApr 20, 2007
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Walking path parallel to Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct. These are all cherry trees.Apr 20, 2007
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Statue of the Tamagawa brothersApr 20, 2007
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Floodgate. The position and length is almost the same as the original one built in the 17th century. Only the materials have been replaced with concrete. Water from the Tamagawa River going to Tamagawa Josui canal/Aqueduct.Apr 20, 2007
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Statue of the Tamagawa brothers who were consigned to build the Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct.Apr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct entrance.Apr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa RiverApr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa River is dammed here by Hamura Intake Weir. Some of the diverted water is released back into Tamagawa River on the right.Apr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa Josui floodgate. Hamura is noted as the starting point of the Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct built by the Tamagawa farmer brothers in 1653 to supply water to the growing and thirsty city of Edo.Apr 20, 2007
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Entry point of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct straight ahead. This water has been diverted from the Tamagawa River (on the right).Apr 20, 2007
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Start of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct. The Aqueduct was built in 1653, 50 years after Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu moved to Edo. 玉川上水Apr 20, 2007
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Weeping cherryApr 20, 2007
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Weeping cherry next to the water park.Apr 20, 2007
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Tamagawa River has a good number of cherry trees in Hamura.Apr 20, 2007
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Weeping cherriesApr 20, 2007
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White tulips starting to bloom.Apr 20, 2007
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PR posterApr 20, 2007
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Hamura Tulip Festival, TokyoApr 20, 2007
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Tulips in various stages.Apr 20, 2007
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Food and souvenir stalls. The local tourist association also had a stall where I got maps of Hamura and directions to the nearby Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct.Apr 20, 2007
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Lookout deckApr 20, 2007
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Red and goldApr 20, 2007
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Big, bulbous white ones.Apr 20, 2007
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View from lookout deck.Apr 20, 2007
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Clean water flows through the field.Apr 20, 2007
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View from lookout deck.Apr 20, 2007
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Purple PrinceApr 20, 2007
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Don QuixoteApr 20, 2007
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View from lookout deck.Apr 20, 2007
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Plot with exotic tulips.Apr 20, 2007
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Daytona with frayed edgesApr 20, 2007
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Don Quixote tulip, obviously for lovers. Almost like a rose.Apr 20, 2007
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Greenish tulip.Apr 20, 2007
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Hamura Tulip Festival, TokyoApr 20, 2007
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DaytonaApr 20, 2007
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Lily RosaApr 20, 2007
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Mickey Mouse tulips. Wonder why it's called Mickey Mouse. No big ears...Apr 20, 2007
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Mickey Mouse tulips.Apr 20, 2007
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One plot had more exotic tulips such as this one called Mickey Mouse.Apr 20, 2007
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A bee's eye view.Apr 20, 2007
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Purple PrinceApr 20, 2007
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Red tulipsApr 20, 2007
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Yellow tulipsApr 20, 2007
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Hamura Tulip Festival, TokyoApr 20, 2007
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Quite overwhelming with about 360,000 tulip bulbs.Apr 20, 2007
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The tulip fields cover about 23,000 sq. meters. These are originally rice paddies. The tulips are grown when the rice paddies are not used during Nov.-May.Apr 20, 2007
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Tulips everywhere. The Tulip Festival started in 1988 when a group started a flower and greenery campaign in the city.Apr 20, 2007
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Tulip Festival ahead. Free admission. The Tulip Matsuri Festival comes on the heels of Hamura's Sakura Matsuri held in early April along the Tamagawa River.Apr 20, 2007
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On the weekends, free shuttle bus to the tulip festival from Hamura Station West Exit. It's short bus ride.Apr 20, 2007
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Hamura Station (West Entrance) on the JR Ome Line.Apr 20, 2007
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Tokyo and the Kanto region's largest tulip field attains full bloom every mid-April. The Tulip Matsuri Festival is held for about 10 days, covering two weekends. It comes on the heels of Hamura's Sakura Matsuri held in early April along the Tamagawa River. On the weekend, free shuttle buses from Hamura Station take you to the tulip field. Closest station is Hamura Station (East Entrance) on the JR Ome Line. 羽村駅Apr 20, 2007
   
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