JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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At 2 pm, the 18 portable shrines gather at the Ohara Fishing Port. 大原漁港に参集
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They run around while carrying a portable shrine.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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They keep going round and round. Quite rowdy.
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A man who got bumped and fell is quickly brought to his feet by other people.
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Nice mikoshi.
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One thing unusual about this festival is that they carry the mikoshi with their hands and arms only, and not on their shoulders.
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Tossing a portable shrine, a common sight during the festival.
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Bus going to Hinohara from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station. Takes 30 min.
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Area around entrance to Hossawa Falls
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Bus stop for Kichijoji Falls near central Hinohara.
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Entrance to Hossawa Falls (free admission)
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To Kichijoji Falls
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Welcome to Hinohara village.
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This is where they offload fish.
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Signboard showing Hinohara's waterfalls
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Explanation sign
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Hinohara Village Office. For a small village, this is a grand building. 檜原村役場
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Ohara beach where the portable shrines will be carried into the ocean. 大原海水浴場
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Trail to Hossawa Falls
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Down to Kichijoji Falls, right next to the highway.
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Drawing of Hinohara Castle
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Ohara beach
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Trail to Hossawa Falls
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Gorge
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Inside Hinohara Village Office
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A few photographers come early to secure the best positions.
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Trail to Hossawa Falls is very lush
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Downstream of falls
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Hinohara Village Office has a coffee shop.
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They are soon followed by many more photographers.
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Beware of falling rocks
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Akikawa River below Kichijoji Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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Made in Hinohara, displayed in the coffee shop.
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The crowd at the beach.
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It's a short trail, but very nature-rich
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Kichijoji Falls 吉祥寺滝
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Jam made in Hinohara.
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At 3 pm, the first portable shrine is carried into the ocean. 汐ふみ(大原海水浴場)
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Kichijoji Falls 吉祥寺滝
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The Village Office and coffee shop has a great view of the river.
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Portable shrines from 18 shrines in the area join in the festival.
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Small river below, fed by the waterfall
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Kichijoji Falls 吉祥寺滝
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Hinohara village manhole
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Ohara Hadaka Matsuri
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Monuments
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Hinohara Village Tourist Info Office
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Many more portable shrines follow.
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This is not the waterfall.
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Upstream Kichijoji Falls
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Inside Hinohara Village Tourist Info Office
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Picnic pavilion near the waterfall.
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Kichijoji Falls consist of three small waterfalls. Hinohara, Tokyo 吉祥寺滝
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Main intersection in central Hinohara
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Sign in English explaining the rules (take home your trash, don't dirty the water, etc.)
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Kichijoji Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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Finally, a sign of the waterfall.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Central Hinohara called Honshuku 本宿
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There it is. Notice the smaller falls at the top.
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Bus from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station.
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Tossing a mikoshi. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Hossawa Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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Upstream Akikawa River from the waterfalls
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Akikawa River
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Base of Hossawa Falls
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Highway next to Kichijoji Falls
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Akikawa River
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Ohara Hadaka Festival
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Hossawa Falls
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Down to another scenic point near Kichijoji Falls
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Banner at souvenir shop
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Hossawa Falls
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Gorge near Kichijoji Falls
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Farewell to Hinohara
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Ice crystals and running water. Normally, the Hossawa waterfall freezes over in winter.
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Crystal-clear water
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This photographer forgot his shorts.
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Ice crystals on rocks
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Akikawa River
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Hossawa Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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To Nakayama Falls 中山の滝
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Gas station
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Nakayama Falls as seen from the road. 中山の滝
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Exhibition space
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Hossawa Falls is one of Japan's 100 Famous Falls. 日本の滝百選
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Nakayama Falls as seen from the road. 中山の滝
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The waterfall is actually a series of four falls, only two of which can be seen.
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Nakayama Falls 中山の滝
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Taking a break.
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Total height of the falls is 60 meters, from the top falls not visible.
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From the beach, the portable shrines are paraded in town.
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Monument saying "Thanks you for the pure water."
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Also at night.
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Trail back to the entrance
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Festival poster for Sept. 23-24, 2004.
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Made in Hinohara, konnyaku
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Bridge with waterfall motif
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Akikawa River near the waterfall entrance
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Akikawa River
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Akikawa River
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Akikawa River
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Honshuku, center of Hinohara
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The Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival is a Kagoshima dance parade held annually near Shibuya Station in Tokyo in May. About 2,200 dancers in 63 troupes dance along the Dogenzaka and Bunkamura-dori main roads for almost 3 hours from 1:20 pm to 4 pm.
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These photos were taken on May 18, 2014. Kagoshima is the southernmost prefecture in Kyushu.
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Outside Shibuya Station, they had this tent selling Kagoshima goods and giving out free festival pamphlets.
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See my 29-min. video of the Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival in 2014.
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The dance parade was held on Dogenzaka and Bunkamura-dori roads.
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Dancers started to assemble on the street by 12:30 pm.
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The intersection in front of the 109 building was the main area.
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Taiko drummers kicked off the festival.
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Tokyo Fire Dept. Brass Band
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P.A. booth
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Opening ceremony included speeches by politicians.
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They danced to two songs played repeatedly. One was Kagoshima Ohara-bushi おはら節, Kagoshima Prefecture's most famous folk song.The song rambles on about things and scenes in Kagoshima like the Sakurajima volcano.
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Poster girl
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The other song was, Shibuya Ondo 渋谷音頭 which mentions sights like Hachiko and Dogenzaka. One of Shibuya's official songs.
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Okame
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Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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Every once in a while, they stopped dancing for 2 min. to allow people to cross the street.
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Most of the dance troupe were Tokyo-based with members having ties to Kagoshima.
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Some troupes came all the way from Kagoshima.
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Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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During the intermission at 2:25 pm, lively performances by young dancers were held in front of the 109 building. Young Dance Troupe (from Kagoshima) ヤング踊り連
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They were very good.
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The performed two songs, TOKYO Ohara TOKYOオハラ and Chesuto! Ohara チェスト!おはら.
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The second troupe to perform was the Baton Association of Universities in Tokyo 東京都大学バトン連盟.
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They also performed to Tokyo Ohara TOKYOオハラ and Chesuto! Ohara チェスト!おはら.
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They were also very good.
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Baton twirlers at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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The dance parade restarted for the second half of the festival, Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival.
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Tokunoshima
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Tokunoshima is famous for bullfighting.
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Saigo Takamori and his dog at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival.
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Atsuhime at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival
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Saigo Takamori, Atsuhime, and Okubo Toshimichi at Shibuya Kagoshima Ohara Festival.
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CLosing and awards ceremony in front of 109.
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Kagoshima Goodwill Ambassadors in Shibuya, Tokyo
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