JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Held on Dec. 2-3 by Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of Japan's Big Three Hikiyama Float Festivals. Ornate floats are pulled along the city's main streets until they reach a large plaza at night where they are lit with lanterns. Fireworks then serve as the climax. Photo: Seibu Chichibu Station
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station
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Main street crowd
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Floats parked along the main drag.
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine
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Chichibu Shrine
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train station entrance at Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It takes about 90 min. from Ikebukuro to Yokoze Station via Tokkyu express train. Cheaper trains take 2 hours.
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train with shibazakura design.
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line Yokoze Station. Get off here for an easy walk to Hitsujiyama Park where the Shibazakura moss pink hill is. A tourist info office is on the left. 西武池袋線横瀬駅
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You can buy a park entry ticket (300 yen) at a booth in front of Yokoze Station. Maps also available. Underpass at Yokoze Station.
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Float at Chichibu Shrine
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The map tells you how to walk to the park, but better to just follow the signs.
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Entrance to Hitsujiyama Park. Show your ticket or buy it at the booth nearby.
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Float at Chichibu Shrine
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If you go early in the morning, there are fewer people.
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Quite spectacular when the flowers are in full bloom.
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Main drag
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)
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Mini octopus
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It is not yet full bloom. A few patches of green.
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Storehouse for a float
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On sunny days, great for taking pictures.
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Local fire station designed like a float.
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Chichibu Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line 西武池袋線 秩父駅
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train at Chichibu Station
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Eight varieties of moss pink are planted. This is Autumn Rose. オータムローズ
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How to turn the float.
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Chichibu Station platform on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line
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Autumn Rose. Moss pink flowers have five petals with notches, looking like miniature cherry blossoms. The flowers are small. オータムローズ
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Children's kabuki
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Nakamise shopping arcade at Chichibu Station 仲見世
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Moss pink is therefore commonly called "shiba-zakura" which can be translated as "grassy cherry blossoms" or "lawn cherry blossoms."
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Chichibu Station
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A symbol of Chichibu, Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山
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Little Dot. リットルドット
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms and Mt. Bukosan. 羊山公園
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.
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Little Dot
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.
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McDaniel's Cushion マックダニエルクッション
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Torii
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション
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Bokusui Falls (I think...) 牧水の滝
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団子坂
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McDaniel's Cushion
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Uphill climb for Shibazakura.
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Oakington Blue オーキントンブルー
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー
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Oakington Blue
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Scarlet Flame スカーレットフレーム
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム
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Scarlet Flame
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.
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Tama-no-Nagare. Means "Flow of Tama." Tama is a river. 多摩の流れ
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ
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Tama-no-Nagare look light pink from afar.
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Chichibu Night Festival climax
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The top of one slope provides a grand view of the flower carpet and Mt. Bukosan, one symbol of Chichibu. 武甲山
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Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山
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武甲山
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武甲山
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Benches offer visitors a rest.
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I found an almost infinite number of image combinations of the flowers and mountain.
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Mt. Bukosan and moss pink. 武甲山
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山
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Are your eyes getting tired of seeing this mountain and flowers?
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Tulip and moss pink
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Tricot
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The flower patterns don't look like anything.
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The park allows dogs, but they bark and ruin the peace. They should ban dogs from the park.
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Corner work
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Circular rainbow
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The shadowy areas bloom much later.
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Scarlet Flame before full bloom.
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms combine well with moss pink.
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms and moss pink.
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Outside the main entrance is this area full of food and souvenir stalls.
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Poster
 
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