JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Due to COVID-19, traveling to and within Japan is currently being discouraged.

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Kasai Rinkai Park waterfront
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Kasai Rinkai Park waterfront
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Kasai Rinkai Park waterfront
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Kasai Rinkai Park waterfront
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Bridge to swimming beaches at Kasai Kaihin Park.
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Kasai Rinkai Park waterfront. 葛西臨海公園
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Kasai Kaihin Park beach. It's not Hawaii, but better than nothing. 葛西海浜公園
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Baby stingray (dead) beached.
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Swimmers in summer at Kasai Kaihin Park, one of the few places in Tokyo where you can enjoy an ocean beach.
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Kasai Kaihin Park beach
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No swimming sign
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Kasai Kaihin Park beach. In the distance are Tokyo Disneyland hotels.
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In the murky waters.
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Edogawa River mouth next to Kasai Rinkai Park
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Edogawa River mouth next to Kasai Rinkai Park
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Kasai Rinkai Park ferris wheel
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Kasai Rinkai Park ferris wheel. Distorted by wide-angle lens. (It does not lean like that.)
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel.
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Don't ride the ferris wheel if you're afraid of heights. It is very high and the wind blows through.
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View of Kasai Rinkai Park from ferris wheel. Disneyland in the distance.
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The spacious park is an oasis. Lots of greenery, a beach, bicycling roads, birdwatching stations, and an aquarium.
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View of Kasai Kaihin Park
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Tokyo Sea Life Park
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Tokyo Sea Life Park
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Tokyo Sea Life Park aquarium
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Tokyo Sea Life Park's main attraction: Tuna aquarium
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Needless to say, the subway/trains stations were jammed with people by 5 pm. This is when I got off the train at Shinozaki Station on the Toei Shinjuku subway line on Aug.1, 2009.
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Still in Shinozaki Station heading for the exit. Koiwa Station on the JR Sobu Line must also have been crowded.
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Now walking to the Edogawa riverbank.
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Getting to the steps up the riverbank.
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After getting to the top of the riverbank, this is the spectacle I came to see and photograph.
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Some 900,000 of humanity gathered here for the Edogawa-ku Fireworks in Aug.
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And you think your largest soccer stadium can hold a lotta people. Come see here.
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It was a lot more crowded than the last time I saw these fireworks years ago.
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The Edogawa Ward Fireworks display is one of Tokyo's largest with a massive attendance of 900,000 people in both Edogawa Ward and neighboring Ichikawa city in Chiba. .
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People are spread out along the riverbank of Edogawa River. Held on the first Sat. of Aug. at 7:15 pm to 8:25 pm. If weather is bad, it is held on the next day
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The fireworks started exactly at 7:15 pm.
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Mt. Fuji
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I'm definitely not a good fireworks photographer. To avoid the crowds, I left the scene about 30 min. before the fireworks ended.
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Back at Shinozaki Station, it was quite quick to get on a train. "Keep walking slowly and do not stop."
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I shuddered to think how crowded the station would become in about 30-40 min.
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JR Koiwa Station, north exit
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JR Koiwa Station, north exit sculpture
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JR Koiwa Station, south exit
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JR Koiwa Station, south side
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JR Koiwa Station has this statue of Yokozuna Tochinishiki, a famous sumo wrestler who was from Koiwa.
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Statue of Yokozuna Tochinishiki (1925-1990) inside JR Koiwa Station. The statue is now a popular meeting place inside the station.
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Statue of Yokozuna Tochinishiki inside JR Koiwa Station. He was the 44th yokozuna and head of the Japan Sumo Association during 1974-1988. The new and current Kokugikan was built under his watch.
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It's a very good likeness, and almost life-size. After retiring as an active wrestler, he became Kasugano oyakata.
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Very well done, and wise to put it inside the station where birds cannot sully it.
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Back view.
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Showa-dori shopping street near Koiwa Station.
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Shopping street near Koiwa Station.
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The Koiwa Iris Garden is a large patch along the Edogawa River. With about 50,000 iris plants, the garden comes alive with purple, white, and pink irises in late May and June.With irises mainly donated by residents, the garden opened in June 1982. A 5-min. walk from Edogawa Station on the Keisei Line or 25 min. walk from Koiwa Station on the JR Sobu Line. Free admission. I walked from Koiwa Station and saw this sign for the Koiwa Iris Garden (Koiwa Shobu-en).
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Walk further along the Edogawa River and you see this. The iris garden occupies a good-sized area along the river.
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The irises are in full bloom during mid-June.
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Enter here.
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Kanji characters read "Koiwa Shobu-en."
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Shobu (Irises)
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Gate to the Koiwa Iris Garden. Free admission. Open
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The garden has walking paths and a few rest houses. Wheelchair-friendly as well.
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The Keisei train line straddles the garden.
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One large patch has nameplates for various irises.
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Steepled Ripples from the USA.
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Pink Frost from the USA.
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The iris garden also has some hydrangea, but they were withered by the time I visited the garden in mid-June.
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Poster for Koiwa Iris Garden Festival.
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Entrance to the Tokyo subway museum named Tokyo Metro Museum. It's under the elevated Tozai Line tracks. Near Kasai Station on the Tozai subway line.Official website: http://www.chikahaku.jp/en/
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Enter the museum through this subway turnstile.See Japan's first subway cars from 1927, tunnel boring machines, subway history exhibits, and simulators.
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Japan's first subway opened in Tokyo in Dec. 1927 between Ueno and Asakusa.
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Japan's first subway car used between Ueno and Asakusa. The forerunner of the Ginza Line.
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The exterior livery of the newest Ginza Line subway cars is based on this first subway car.
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About the first subway car.
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Driver's seat in the first subway car.
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Japan's first subway station: Ueno Station
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Automatic turnstile at Ueno Station in 1927
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It was a fat fare, and passengers put in actual coins to go through the turnstile.
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Automatic turnstile
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Recreated Ueno Station platform.
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Recreated Ueno Station subway platform.
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Advertising at recreated Ueno Station subway platform.
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Sumo advertising at recreated Ueno Station subway platform.
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We can go inside the first subway car.
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Inside Tokyo's first subway car. Refurbished.
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Mannequins inside Tokyo's first subway car.
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Judging from theor clothing, they look to be a well-to-do family.
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College student
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Subway driver's cab.
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Subway rules for passengers: No smoking, no spitting, and don't stick out your face or hands outside the window.
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Emergency light
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Door latch
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Marunouchi Line car from the mid-1950s.
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Marunouchi Line subway car
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Marunouchi Line subway car
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Marunouchi Line subway car
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Go inside the Marunouchi Line subway car.
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Inside the Marunouchi Line subway car.
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Marunouchi Line subway car driver's cab.
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Emergency light
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Subway train diorama
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Subway train diorama
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Subway train diorama showing Akasaka Mitsuke Station.
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Subway train simulator. Takes practice to stop at the correct position at the station.
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Chiyoda Line subway train simulator.
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Chiyoda Line subway train simulator.
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Chiyoda Line subway train simulator.
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Old and new subway signs.
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Pantograph
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Shield boring machine
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Shield boring machine teeth
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Different types of Shield boring machines.
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Scale model of a new subway line under construction in Tokyo.
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New subway line under construction in Tokyo.
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Maintenance car.
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Subway history
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Evolution of subway ticket vending machines from 1956 to 2007. Current ticket vending machines use touchscreen panels.
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Automatic turnstiles taking subway tickets were introduced from 1974. From 2007, IC cards are used.
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Old and new subway signs. Now the subway lines and stations are coded for people who cannot remember the Japanese names.
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Japanese subway history
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Planning hsitory of Tokyo's first subway.
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Subway tokens
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Methods to dig subway tunnels.
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Noritsugu Hayakawa was the father of Japan's first subway.
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Statue of Noritsugu Hayakawa
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The first subway car used between Shimbashi and Shibuya in the late 1930s.
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Museum gift shop
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How to drive a subway train.
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Subway cars today.
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Current Ginza Line subway train.
 
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