JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Entrance to Tsutsujigaoka Park in Sendai, Miyagi. The park is near Tsutsujigaoka Station on the JR Senseki Line, one stop from Sendai Station.
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It's also possible to walk to the park from Sendai Station, about 20 min.
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These photos were taken in early May 2012.
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The varieties of cherry blossoms in the park.
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Grassy lawn in the center of the park.
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Folk History Museum. Didn't have time to enter.
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A nice long row of weeping cherry trees at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Sendai.
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I was too late for the Somei Yoshino trees.
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Obiki ferry dock is on the left above the bridge on this map.
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Approaching Tsutsujigaoka Park
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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
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Tsutsujigaoka Park is a lakeside park featuring this low hill almost 200 meters long and 80 meters wide.
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Even the edges are incredibly colorful. This edge had group photo stands.
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Mind-blowing just to see so many azalea along the edges. But much, much more was waiting on this hill.
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Tanuki and azalea, a good match? I prefer women and flowers. Tsutsujigaoka
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Tourist information office
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Shopping street for tourists next to Tsutsujigaoka.
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Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi
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Rest house on Tsutsujigaoka.
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Tanuki sighting near Lake Jonuma
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A few azalea bushes had passed their peak.
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The hill also has a few azalea tunnels.
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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."
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Poplar tree and azalea
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The occasional white azalea give your eyes a break from all the bright colors.
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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.
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I was going to overdose on azalea. Had never seen so much azalea in my life. Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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Love red and white flowers at Tsutsujigaoka Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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Edge of Tsutsuji-en Garden.
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