JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Katori 香取市
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My Youtube video of Sawara Autumn Festival taken in Oct. 2015.Dating back 300 years, the festival is held for three days in July (10 floats) and Oct. (14 floats). The float pullers also dance and the main highlight is when they turn the float a few times. The festival is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In fall 2016, it will be one of the 33 Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan to be inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.Sep 07, 2016
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I couldn't stay until the endsince I had to catch mytrain back to Tokyo.Sep 07, 2016
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With great fanfare, the floats turned a few times at the intersection before it proceeded. Sep 07, 2016
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They shout "wasshoi!"Sep 07, 2016
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Ono-no-Tofu 小野道風 float from Shin-Hashimoto 新橋本.Sep 07, 2016
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This float danced at the intersection too.Sep 07, 2016
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Yamato Takeru float arrives at the intersection.Sep 07, 2016
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From 5 pm, the floats came to this intersection to perform the no-no-ji mawashi turn. のの字廻しSep 07, 2016
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Rest place next to supermarket.Sep 07, 2016
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Local supermarket and rest stop.Sep 07, 2016
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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From around 4 pm, they started parking the floats to put on paper lanterns.Sep 07, 2016
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Shrine maidens.Sep 07, 2016
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Marks on the road left by float wheels.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸 trying dodge obstacles.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.Sep 07, 2016
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Suwa Daijin float from Kami Shinmachi 上新町.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Float pullers/dancers shout "wasshoi" at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers also dance and sing (wasshoi!) when the float stops. Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Wooden carvings on Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.Sep 07, 2016
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Food stall areaSep 07, 2016
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.Sep 07, 2016
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Float pullers.Sep 07, 2016
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The Sawara no Taisai Autumn Festival has ornate floats paraded around Sawara in Oct. Floats (called dashi) are about 7 meters high and weigh 3 to 4 tons. The floats have intricate wood carvings and a large doll depicting a historical or legendary Japanese figure. Each float is from a neighborhood in Sawara. Most of the floats and dolls were made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Held near JR Sawara Station (JR Narita Line) and along Ono River's traditional townscape. These photos were taken on Oct. 10, 2015.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara Autumn Festival held in Oct. in Katori, Chiba. Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.Shimowake 下分Sep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka Memorial Hall, a local museum. Photography was not allowed inside.Sep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residenceSep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residence is quite spacious.Sep 07, 2016
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Inside the entrance foyer of Ino Tadataka's former residence. Japanese-style home.Sep 07, 2016
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Statue of Ino Tadataka at his former residence.Sep 07, 2016
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Monument for Ino Tadataka at his former residence.Sep 07, 2016
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Layout of Ino Tadataka's former residence.Sep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka was a geographical surveyor who was the first to use modern scientific surveying methods to produce very accurate maps of Japan known as Inoh maps. Sep 07, 2016
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Open hours of Ino Tadataka's former residence.Sep 07, 2016
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Ino Tadataka's former residence in Sawara, Chiba is open to the public.Sep 07, 2016
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About Sawara's traditional townscape.Sep 07, 2016
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Manhole in Sawara, Katori, Chiba. River fish and irises.Sep 07, 2016
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Boat dock for boat rides on Ono River.Sep 07, 2016
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Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba has a waterfall.Sep 07, 2016
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About Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba.Sep 07, 2016
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Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba.Sep 07, 2016
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About Kinsei Japanese textile shopSep 07, 2016
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Boat dock at the other end of the river.Sep 07, 2016
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Jaja BridgeSep 07, 2016
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Modern phone boothSep 07, 2016
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About the oil merchantSep 07, 2016
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Oil merchantSep 07, 2016
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.Sep 07, 2016
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About the Tobacco and Tea ShopSep 07, 2016
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Tobacco and Tea ShopSep 07, 2016
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About Uedaya Hardware Store founded by a merchant from Gamo, Shiga Prefecture. Still in business.Sep 07, 2016
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Uedaya Hardware StoreSep 07, 2016
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About the Shojo Soy Sauce Shop established in 1800.Sep 07, 2016
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River.Sep 07, 2016
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River.Sep 07, 2016
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Shuttle boats (¥1,300 roundtrip) and tour boats (¥500) are busy on Ono River during the spring and autumn festival time.Sep 07, 2016
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River operated by cute grandmas.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara has some old signs like this one for Fanta soda.Sep 07, 2016
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara, Katori, ChibaSep 07, 2016
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Sake merchantSep 07, 2016
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Sake merchantSep 07, 2016
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A few buildings were in need of repair.Sep 07, 2016
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BenchSep 07, 2016
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Ono River has these little statues of the Gods of Good Fortune. Sawara, Katori, Chiba.Sep 07, 2016
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Leaping carp or maybe sea bream.Sep 07, 2016
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Map of the traditional townscape along the Ono River. I started from the Kaiun Bridge on the right of this map.Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara has a scenic traditional townscape (merchant buildings) along the Ono River near JR Sawara Station (Narita Line).Sep 07, 2016
 
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