JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Nihonmatsu 二本松市
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Sample rock foundation unearthed from the Niwa clan's residence.May 15, 2012
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Soseki foundation rock in front of Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館May 15, 2012
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Site of Nihonmatsu Castle's Otemon Gate.May 15, 2012
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Portrait studio in Nihonmatsu.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu is proud of its lantern float festival in autumn.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu ShrineMay 15, 2012
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About Nihonmatsu Shrine.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Shrine is near Nihonmatsu Station.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu manhole, Fukushima Pref.May 15, 2012
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Shuttle busMay 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Kanko (Tourist) Center has statues of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Kanko (Tourist) Center across the street from Dairinji temple is a gift shop, restaurant, and tourist office.May 15, 2012
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Kannon statueMay 15, 2012
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About the Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Map of Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji Hondo Hall.May 15, 2012
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About Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple is the temple for the Niwa Clan who lived in Nihonmatsu Castle. 大隣寺May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple 大隣寺May 15, 2012
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After Nihonmatsu Castle, I got off the bus at Dairinji temple, noted for a weeping cherry tree and the graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai.May 15, 2012
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After visiting this home, I went to Nihonmatsu Castle (photos here).May 15, 2012
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Signature under the samisen.May 15, 2012
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About Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Samisen played by Chieko.May 15, 2012
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Inside poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.May 15, 2012
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Japanese garden at poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Small modern museum next to Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. Exhibits art works by her and her husband Takamura Kotaro.May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu manhole, Fukushima Pref.May 15, 2012
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First I got off to see poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.May 15, 2012
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On April weekends and national holidays during cherry blossom season, a convenient shuttle bus runs from Nihonmatsu Station and goes to the major sights. 500 yen for all day pass.May 15, 2012
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In front of JR Nihonmatsu Station is a bus stop.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station.May 15, 2012
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Statue of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War, in front of Nihonmatsu Station, Fukushima.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station has a castle design and statue of a teenage samurai.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station platform.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station platform.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu StationMay 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu StationMay 15, 2012
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Cherry blossom petals fall in the wind.May 15, 2012
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About the Poetry monument for Takamura Chieko. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poetry monument for poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Many cherry trees in front of the Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu ShōnentaiMay 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu ShōnentaiMay 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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About the Monument.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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View of the mountains.May 15, 2012
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Scenery guide on the stone foundation of Nihonmatsu Castle's central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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The city of Nihonmatsu as seen from Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Panorama of Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Way up to the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Going to the top of the Honmaru stone foundation.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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About Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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About the marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.May 15, 2012
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Marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.May 15, 2012
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Finally at the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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So I took my chances and quickly went up the stairs. Yes, there were signs of a mud slide. I had come all the way here from Tokyo.May 15, 2012
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Steps going to the Honmaru. I noticed that people still were going up to the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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From Karamete-mon Gate are these steps going to the hilltop Honmaru. This was also closed off to visitors due to mudslide.May 15, 2012
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About Karamete-mon Gate.May 15, 2012
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View from atop Karamete-mon Gate.May 15, 2012
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Hilltop Honmaru stone foundation.May 15, 2012
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Steps going up to the top Honmaru keep, but it was roped off since it was deemed hazardous due to rock slides. There was no such warning before you climb up here.May 15, 2012
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Small shrine in front of Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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About Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. It is 16 meters deep. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Path covered with wood chips. No smoking here.May 15, 2012
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Part of the path is covered with wood chips.May 15, 2012
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Greenery area midway up to the top.May 15, 2012
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From Sannomaru, there is a hiking trail going up the hill.May 15, 2012
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Tea ceremony house named Senshintei. 洗心亭May 15, 2012
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Markers for a Famous Cherry Blossom Site.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Sannomaru has these fantastic-looking pine trees and cherry trees.May 15, 2012
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The Sannomaru area is fringed with cherry blossoms.May 15, 2012
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Stone marker indicating that Emperor Meiji came here.May 15, 2012
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About Aioi Waterfall.May 15, 2012
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Aioi Waterfall is a small waterfall flowing into a pond. Built in 1934 using the natural terrain.May 15, 2012
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Cherry blossoms in Sannomaru keep. 三の丸跡May 15, 2012
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Sannomaru keep. 三の丸跡May 15, 2012
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About Yamada Osamu. He even went to New York to sell his silk in 1877.May 15, 2012
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Statue of Nihonmatsu native Yamada Osamu (1841-1921) who built Japan's first mechanized, private-sector silk milling factory on the castle grounds in 1873. 山田脩の銅像May 15, 2012
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About Minowa Gate's Akamatsu pine trees.May 15, 2012
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Large akamatsu pine trees next to Minowa Gate in Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Steps on Minowa Gate. We cannot enter inside the gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Behind Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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About Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Behind Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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An "X" mark is the family crest of the Niwa Clan.May 15, 2012
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The original Minowa Gate burned down during the Boshin War (1868-69). It got its name from Minowa village near the castle where they procured the large logs for the gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate was reconstructed in Aug. 1982 at a cost of 200 million yen. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Map of Kasumigajo Park.May 15, 2012
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Weeping cherry tree and Nihonmatsu Castle's Minowa Gate.May 15, 2012
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The steps lead to Minowa Gate. 箕輪門May 15, 2012
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Main entrance to Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Marker for Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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About the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Statue of poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle, Fukushima. They were age 12 to 17 who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Statue of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps at Nihonmatsu Castle, Fukushima.May 15, 2012
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Near the main castle entrance is a statue of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War. May 15, 2012
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