JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Bus stop at Tokyo German Village. Return buses are also very few.
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Entrance to Tokyo German Village where you pay admission. Very cheap compared to Tokyo Disneyland, also in Chiba Prefecture.
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They have "Tokyo" in their name, but it's quite far from Tokyo.
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There's wide open lawn to walk across to get to the center of the park.
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Wide open lawn also has LED lights embedded in some areas.
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Small ferris wheel
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This is the center of the park, with German-style buildings. Perhaps modeled after Rothenburg.
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German-style buildings are also covered with LED lights. Go inside and find only gift shops.
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Inside the German-style building is only a gift shop.
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German beer
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No brotchen or German bread.
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Restaurant
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Restaurant hardly served German food.
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Sausage with mochi twist.
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LEDS lights on the facade.
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The lights turn on right after sunset which is 5 pm or later. People waited to see it turn on.
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The lights did not disappoint. Very impressive.
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Every 30 min., a song by the boy band SMAP blared through the speakers and the lights blinked along with the song. No German music.
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I was curious to see how an amusement park in Chiba would dare to compete with Tokyo Disneyland, also in Chiba. But they seem to be doing quite well with low admission fees, huge open spaces, and different attractions in each season. Saw lots of people, family-oriented too.
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This facade is covered with musician LED designs.
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Picture-taking service
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Tunnel to the rolling, illuminated hills.
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Besides the Village, they light up a large swath of the surrounding rolling hills. They have a few footpaths to walk through the lights on the ground.
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They also had a hilltop lookout point (seen here in the distance) to get a bird's eye view, but I didn't go up there.
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Very impressive, it was worth the trouble to get here by bus.
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I'm inclined to believe their claim to have the biggest Christmas light decorations in the Tokyo area.
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Magic mushrooms.
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Ducks
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Rocket near the ferris wheel.
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The final match of the 2002 World Cup was held in Yokohama on June 30, 2002. The closest train station to the stadium was Shin-Yokohama Station. Happy Brazil supporters show off their tickets to the World Cup final.
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Pretty Brazilian supporter.
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Without question, there were many more fans and supporters of Brazil than Germany. Yellow and green T-shirts far outnumbered Germany's colors.
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Face painters were on hand to paint litle flags on supporters.
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Flag painting.
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German flag on her cheek and the Brazilian flag on her belly.
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Besides the Brazilian and German flags, this woman went one step further with a Japanese flag on her arm.
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The streets leading to the stadium had a party-like atmosphere.
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Going to the stadium. The line was long, but it progressed quickly and smoothly.
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Nearing the stadium gate.
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Supporters of both teams have a friendly shout down.
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A well-known newscaster from Brazil speaks with a few Brazilians.
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Everyone is cheering in front of the TV camera from Brazil.
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Brazilian supporter.
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Supporters of Brazil and Germany side-by-side.
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Everyone lingered and posed for pictures with the stadium in the background. Unfortunately, I had no tickets. I heard that scalpers were selling a pair of tickets for 1 million yen. Too much for me.
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