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The plum blossoms bursting at the seams at this small shrine called Omurai Katori Shrine.
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This small neighborhood shrine happens to have one of Tokyo's best plum blossom gardens. Near Omurai Station on the Tobu Kameido Line.
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There are 120 plum trees in 85 colorful varieties.
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The shrine was historically famous for plum trees where even Hiroshige created a woodblock print. However, in 1910, a great flood ruined the garden. The current garden was built in 1994. Free admission.
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Entrance to Omurai Katori Shrine.
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About Omurai Katori Shrine.
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When you enter the shrine grounds, you see impressive plum trees on both sides.
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Plum trees on left side of shrine.
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A view of Tokyo Sky Tree.
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White and pink plum blossoms on the same tree.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Omurai Katori Shrine in Sumida Ward.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Omurai Katori Shrine in Sumida Ward.
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Second torii
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Omurai Katori Shrine's main worship hall.
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View from the main worship hall.
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Right side of the shrine.
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Entrance to the plum garden on the right side of the shrine. Marvelous.
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Plum tree in fantastic shape.
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Plum tree in fantastic shape.
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A small path in the small but terrific plum garden.
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Trees are tagged with the name.
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I went crazy smelling the sweet fragrances of these different plum blossoms.
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The red ones have a thicker fragrance.
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Showering under plum blossoms.
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This plum tree was planted when Princess Aiko (daughter of Crown Prince Hiro and Masako) was born.
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About the plum blossom festival. They have koto performances, serve hot sake and matcha green tea (for a fee), and a photo shoot of local tourist ambassadors.
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Sawara has a scenic traditional townscape (merchant buildings) along the Ono River near JR Sawara Station (Narita Line).
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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.
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Leaping carp or maybe sea bream.
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Ono River has these little statues of the Gods of Good Fortune. Sawara, Katori, Chiba.
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Bench
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A few buildings were in need of repair.
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Sake merchant
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Sake merchant
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Sawara, Katori, Chiba
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.
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Sawara has some old signs like this one for Fanta soda.
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River operated by cute grandmas.
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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.
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River.
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River.
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About the Shojo Soy Sauce Shop established in 1800.
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Uedaya Hardware Store
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About Uedaya Hardware Store founded by a merchant from Gamo, Shiga Prefecture. Still in business.
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Tobacco and Tea Shop
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About the Tobacco and Tea Shop
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.
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Oil merchant
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About the oil merchant
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Modern phone booth
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Jaja Bridge
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Boat dock at the other end of the river.
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About Kinsei Japanese textile shop
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Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba.
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About Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba.
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Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba has a waterfall.
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Boat dock for boat rides on Ono River.
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Manhole in Sawara, Katori, Chiba. River fish and irises.
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About Sawara's traditional townscape.
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Ino Tadataka's former residence in Sawara, Chiba is open to the public.
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Open hours of Ino Tadataka's former residence.
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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.
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Layout of Ino Tadataka's former residence.
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Monument for Ino Tadataka at his former residence.
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Statue of Ino Tadataka at his former residence.
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Inside the entrance foyer of Ino Tadataka's former residence. Japanese-style home.
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Ino Tadataka's former residence is quite spacious.
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka's former residence
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Ino Tadataka Memorial Hall, a local museum. Photography was not allowed inside.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Float pullers.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.
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Food stall area
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Wooden carvings on Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Float pullers also dance and sing (wasshoi!) when the float stops. Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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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.
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Suwa Daijin float from Kami Shinmachi 上新町.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸 trying dodge obstacles.
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.
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Marks on the road left by float wheels.
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Shrine maidens.
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From around 4 pm, they started parking the floats to put on paper lanterns.
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.
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