JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Mizuho 瑞穂町
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In front of Hakonegasaki Station on the JR Hachiko Line.Mar 04, 2013
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JR Hakonegasaki Station in Mizuho, Tokyo.Mar 04, 2013
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View from Hakonegasaki Station.Mar 04, 2013
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A blind daruma and a maneki neko beckoning cat with a daruma at Hakonegasaki Station in Mizuho, Tokyo.Mar 04, 2013
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Sayama teaMar 04, 2013
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Sayama tea fields can be seen from the train near Hakonegasaki Station.Mar 04, 2013
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Welcome to Mizuho at Hakonegasaki Station. Display of local products.Mar 04, 2013
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Manhole at Mizuho, Tokyo.Mar 04, 2013
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Map of Mizuho.Mar 04, 2013
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Mizuho slogan.Mar 04, 2013
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Restroom rear view.Mar 04, 2013
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The park's best-looking building is the restroom.Mar 04, 2013
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If you see a stray turtle, call.Mar 04, 2013
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About Sayama Ike Park.Mar 04, 2013
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Benzaiten Shrine at Sayama Ike Park in Hanno, Saitama.Mar 04, 2013
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Quilts from Morgan Hill, California were forwarded to people in Tohoku.Mar 04, 2013
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Koshinkan official WebsiteMar 04, 2013
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Quilt exhibition on the 2nd floor of the Koshinkan in Mizuho, Tokyo, by Morgan Hill, California, Mizuho's sister city.Mar 04, 2013
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On the second floor there was a quilt exhibition by Morgan Hill, California, Mizuho's sister city.Mar 04, 2013
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These dolls were made this past year.Mar 04, 2013
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Little dolls of tea pickers. Mizuho produces Sayama tea.Mar 04, 2013
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RabbitsMar 04, 2013
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GoldfishMar 04, 2013
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HorseMar 04, 2013
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MonkeyMar 04, 2013
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Closeup of hanging decorations. Popular are the Oriental zodiac animals. But they also have other stuff like goldfish, birds, etc. They are made to pray for the safety, healthy growth, and good marriage of girls (usually the oldest daughter).Mar 04, 2013
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The ladies, who love their hometown of Mizuho, decided to make these hina decorations a symbol of their unknown town.Mar 04, 2013
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This hina doll exhibit started eight years ago, so there were eight years worth of hina dolls and hanging decorations today. Every year, the number of decorations increases.Mar 04, 2013
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There are ten ladies who volunteer to make these hanging decorations every year by hand at their own expense. They add many new dolls each year to this hina doll display.Mar 04, 2013
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Top-tier Hina dolls at Koshinkan, Mizuho, Tokyo.Mar 04, 2013
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The other exhibition space on the 1st floor is bigger, with more dolls and hanging decorations.Mar 04, 2013
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Snakes for 2013, Year of the Snake.Mar 04, 2013
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Hina decorations at Koshinkan. Koshinkan's main building has two exhibition rooms filled with hina dolls and hanging decorations.Mar 04, 2013
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The first exhibition space has these hina decorations.Mar 04, 2013
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Hina dolls at the entrance of the Koshinkan's main building. Free admission.Mar 04, 2013
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Bird houseMar 04, 2013
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Little flowersMar 04, 2013
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About the well at Koshinkan.Mar 04, 2013
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Well at KoshinkanMar 04, 2013
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Miniature darumaMar 04, 2013
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Koshinkan also has a small garden.Mar 04, 2013
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SnakesMar 04, 2013
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CicadaMar 04, 2013
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Smaller decorations on the floor.Mar 04, 2013
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Snake created with kimono obi material. 2013 is the Year of the Snake.Mar 04, 2013
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Snake created with kimono obi material. 2013 is the Year of the Snake.Mar 04, 2013
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Kimono complements the hina dolls.Mar 04, 2013
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Hina dolls inside the kura storehouse.Mar 04, 2013
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Kimono Mt. Fuji decoration on the right wall inside the kura.Mar 04, 2013
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Kimono decoration on the left wall inside the kura.Mar 04, 2013
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Inside the kura storehouse, gorgeous hina doll display. Besides the dolls, there is kimono and more stuff on the side walls (not pictured). Notice the snakes in the foreground.Mar 04, 2013
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About the storehouse.Mar 04, 2013
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Koshinkan has this separate kura storehouse housing a hina doll display.Mar 04, 2013
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A small storehouse, converted into an office, is attached to the main building.Mar 04, 2013
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Koshinkan's main building houses a restaurant, gallery spaces, and a small performance space on the 2nd floor for small concerts, etc. It has been beautifully renovated.Mar 04, 2013
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Koshinkan's events.Mar 04, 2013
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Koshinkan is a 20-min. walk from JR Hakonegasaki Station. I rented a bicycle for 200 yen at the train station and rode to Koshinkan. Selling local products outside Koshinkan during Hina Matsuri.Mar 04, 2013
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The venue is an old Japanese house called Koshinkan (耕心館), originally built in the late Edo Period by a rich farmer. Later it was occupied by a shoyu maker (soy sauce) and then a silk grower. It's now owned and used by Mizuho as an event space.Mar 04, 2013
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Mizuho, a small town in western Tokyo, holds its annual Hina Matsuri Doll Festival called Mizuho no Tsurushi Kazari, or Hanging Decorations of Mizuho from mid-February to March 3. Mar 04, 2013
   
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