JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Tatebayashi 館林市
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Tatebayashi Station platformMay 23, 2014
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Edge of Tsutsuji-en Garden.May 23, 2014
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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I was going to overdose on azalea. Had never seen so much azalea in my life. Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Now this is an entrance to Tsutsuji-en, a long, slim azalea garden. I walked through this on the way back.May 23, 2014
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The occasional white azalea give your eyes a break from all the bright colors.May 23, 2014
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Poplar tree and azaleaMay 23, 2014
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My friend in Tatebayashi tells me, "The legend of the azalea park is that the lord of Tatebayashi, Sakakibara Yasumasa, had a mistress named Otsuji.The wife was jealous of her and gave her such a hard time that Otsuji threw herself into Lake Jonuma and died. Since her name sounded like tsutsuji, the lord planted the garden to console her soul."May 23, 2014
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The hill also has a few azalea tunnels.May 23, 2014
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A few azalea bushes had passed their peak.May 23, 2014
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Tanuki sighting near Lake JonumaMay 23, 2014
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Rest house on Tsutsujigaoka.May 23, 2014
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Tsutsujigaoka Park, TatebayashiMay 23, 2014
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Shopping street for tourists next to Tsutsujigaoka.May 23, 2014
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Tourist information officeMay 23, 2014
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Tanuki and azalea, a good match? I prefer women and flowers. TsutsujigaokaMay 23, 2014
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Mind-blowing just to see so many azalea along the edges. But much, much more was waiting on this hill.May 23, 2014
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Even the edges are incredibly colorful. This edge had group photo stands.May 23, 2014
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a lakeside park featuring this low hill almost 200 meters long and 80 meters wide.May 23, 2014
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Map of Tsutsujigaoka, a National Scenic Site. It's a low, flat hill full of azalea bushes. There is a maze of foot paths going through the azalea. 名勝May 23, 2014
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Boat dock for Tsutsujigaoka Park. Other boats offered cruises.May 23, 2014
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Approaching Tsutsujigaoka ParkMay 23, 2014
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Relaxing ride, only me and a mother and child.May 23, 2014
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Koinobori at a lakeside house.May 23, 2014
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Boat ride was pleasant enough.May 23, 2014
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Obiki ferry takes only several minutes to reach Tsutsujigaoka Park. Fare was cheap, includes admission to the park. It's also possible to walk to the park.May 23, 2014
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Obiki ferry dock is on the left above the bridge on this map.May 23, 2014
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Way to Obiki ferry boatMay 23, 2014
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View from Fureai Bridge in Tatebayashi.May 23, 2014
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View from Fureai Bridge. These carp were once registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the most koinobori (over 6,000).May 23, 2014
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In April and May, thousands of flying carp streamers grace the Tsuruudogawa River connected to Lake Jonuma.May 23, 2014
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The koinobori are strung from late March to mid-May. Especially spectacular when the cherries are in bloom during late March to mid-April.May 23, 2014
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The length of most of the koinobori is shorter than usual. Unlike the giant ones at Kannamachi also in Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Koinobori and azaleas in Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Along Tsuruudagawa River were koinobori carp streamers flanked by cherry trees and azaleas.May 23, 2014
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WisteriaMay 23, 2014
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Entrance to Tatebayashi City Hall is also decorated with azaleas.May 23, 2014
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Tanuki in Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Street corner with another tanuki. These tanuki are made in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture.May 23, 2014
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Azaleas continue to lead the way to the park.May 23, 2014
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There were these flower racks too.May 23, 2014
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It's a pleasant walk with azalea decorating the sidewalk.May 23, 2014
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a 15-20-min. walk from Tatebayashi Station.May 23, 2014
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I visited Tatabayashi again in early May 2014 to see the azaleas at Tsutsujigaoka Park. May 23, 2014
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Tanuki raccoon dog in front of Tatebayashi Station, east side.May 23, 2014
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Manhole with tanuki design in Tatebayashi, Gunma.May 23, 2014
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Inside the wedding chapel brought here from Bristol, UK. Jun 01, 2012
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Wedding chapel brought here from Bristol, UK. Jun 01, 2012
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Wedding chapel brought here from Bristol, UK. Jun 01, 2012
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In the background is a wedding chapel brought here from Bristol, UK. Jun 01, 2012
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These tall rose bushes were most outstanding.Jun 01, 2012
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In the background are cherry blossom trees. The moss pink (shiba-zakura) are gone already.Jun 01, 2012
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Moss pink (shibazakura) hills.Jun 01, 2012
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The garden also has a nice restaurant. No outdoor vendors of food or plants.Jun 01, 2012
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Rose at The Treasures Garden, Tatebayashi, Gunma.Jun 01, 2012
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There are a number of rose-lined paths.Jun 01, 2012
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If you missed the azaleas at the famous Tsutsujigaoka Park, you can visit The Treasures Garden as consolation. This is the Long Border Garden.Jun 01, 2012
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The garden changed its name from Yachonomori Garden (野鳥の森ガーデン) to The Treasures Garden. They have been expanding the garden to make it more attractive to tourists. So far, they've been doing a good job, the Tobu Group.Jun 01, 2012
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Tatebayashi The Treasures Garden is a fairly large garden with various flowers, especially roses and moss pink. It is open from April to Nov. from 8 am to 6 pm (till 5 pm in autumn).Jun 01, 2012
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Admission during peak flower season is 1,500 yen. Otherwise, it's 500 yen. I went in May when the roses were in bloom. The garden is near Morinji temple.Jun 01, 2012
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Near Tataranuma Park is Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi. Closed Mondays.Jun 01, 2012
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About the old castle site.Jun 01, 2012
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Tataranuma Park's wisteria trellis about 130 meters long.Jun 01, 2012
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Site of a former castle called Uzura Kojo which closed in 1590. 鶉古城Jun 01, 2012
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Tataranuma Park also has a long wisteria trellis about 130 meters long.Jun 01, 2012
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Wisteria tree in front of the shrine.Jun 01, 2012
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Benzaiten is a goddess worshiped for household safety, business prosperity, and transportation safety.Jun 01, 2012
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Another little monument for Benzaiten.Jun 01, 2012
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Ukishima Benzaiten Shrine in Tataranuma Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma. Part of the spirit of Benzaiten at Enoshima island in Kanagawa was transferred here. 浮島弁財天Jun 01, 2012
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Wisteria tree behind the torii and in front of the shrine.Jun 01, 2012
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Torii in front of Ukishima Benzaiten Shrine.Jun 01, 2012
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Swan in Tatatranuma park, Tatebayashi.Jun 01, 2012
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Path to Ukishima island. Fishing for carp and bass is allowed here for a fee.Jun 01, 2012
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Ukishima island in Tataranuma Park.Jun 01, 2012
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A shrine on a small island called Ukishima is dedicated to Benzaiten. The pleasant lakeside park also has lots of cherry blossoms and picnic space.Jun 01, 2012
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Tataranuma Park is a prefectural park with cherry blossoms, wisteria, and a marshy lake with enough reed fields to attract swans migrating from Siberia every winter. Jun 01, 2012
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Tataranuma is the only place in Gunma where migrating swans come to winter. An abundance of reeds makes it ideal for wildlife.Jun 01, 2012
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Also see my photos of Shigaraki tanuki in Shiga Prefecture here.Jun 01, 2012
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On the way back out, passing by the 21 tanuki raccoon dog statues again.Jun 01, 2012
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A stone marker for Morinji temple, designating it as one of Tatebayashi's 100 Famous Sites.Jun 01, 2012
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