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Minowa-bashi Station platform for departing trains
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Shopping street near Takaoka Station
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Route map with numerous stations
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Trains come quite often and passenger traffic is good.
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Many flowers adorn the route, especially roses. This one is called Princess Aiko.
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A streetcar arrives Minowa-bashi Station
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A streetcar leaves Minowa-bashi Station
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Shopping street
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Destination: Waseda
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Inside the streetcar at the front. Pay when you board. 160 yen per ride for any distance.
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All-day pass available for 400 yen.
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Shopping street near Ontakesan Station
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It's also when some street performers start to sing.
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Here's a cutie trying to gather attention.
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Another one is happy to sing while a horde of amateur photographers click away.
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Street singer in front of JR Akihabara Station's new Central entrance
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Street singer in front of JR Akihabara Station's new Central entrance. A cute face and miniskirt really help to gather a crowd.
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Her setup is simple. A portable and battery-powered amplifier connected to a microphone. The amp is on a luggage cart. When the police comes, she can pack up and leave within 5 sec.
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These girls usually have a lookout man who watches out for the cops. As soon as he sees one coming, he runs up to her and gives the "Outta here" signal. They're gone before the police can even see them. It's a constant cat and mouse game
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She says that it was her first "Street live performance" (rojo raibu).
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Street performer
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Street performer near Yodobashi-Akiba, the largest store in Akihabara.
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A miniskirted pair
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Sign says "No street performances allowed."
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Tokyo Toden streetcar tracks near Arakawa 2-chome Station.
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Tokyo Toden streetcar pass by cherry trees near Arakawa 2-chome Station.
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Tokyo Toden streetcar at Arakawa 2-chome Station.
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Inside Tokyo Toden streetcar.
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Bus stop in central Date.
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Bus for Toyako Onsen Spa. They don't run that often, but are more convenient than a train if you want to go to Lake Toya.
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Donan Bus company provides bus service in this area. 道南バス
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JR Kunitachi Station is neat during cherry blossom season. Even before you go out, you are captured by the view of cherry blossoms.
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JR Kunitachi Station
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Outside JR Kunitachi Station, south exit.
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From the train station, the cherry trees lead you to Daigaku-dori road.
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One of the prettiest train station rotaries in Tokyo.
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Between JR Kunitachi Station (Chuo Line) and Yaho Station (JR Nanbu Line) is this straight road called Daigaku-dori (University Avenue) famous for cherry blossoms.
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There are about 190 cherry trees along this road.
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The cars and buses are irritating, but not dangerous since there is a sidewalk for us.
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Bus for Kunitachi Station.
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But I was walking on the bicycle path, and the pedestrian sidewalk was more outward.
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Finally a shot with almost no cars.
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Looking toward Kunitachi Station.
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Hanami flower-viewing picnics under these trees are prohibited.
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Along the way, you will pass by the famous Hitotsubashi University. This road was thus named "University Avenue."
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About halfway, there's this pedestrian overpass, pretty crowded with people.
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Going up the pedestrian overpass.
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The pedestrian overpass gives you an up-close look at the flowers.
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View of Daigaku-dori (looking toward Kunitachi Station) from the pedestrian overpass.
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Looking toward Kunitachi Station.
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Opposite side, looking toward Yabo Station.
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Hanami picnickers breaking the rules.
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Cherry tree near Kunitachi High School.
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Bus stop near Kunitachi High School. The kanji characters for "Kunitachi" can also be read as "Kokuritsu" which means "national" (as in national museum). It can cause confusion for people who don't know. They might think
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Daigaku-dori intersects with another cherry tree-lined road called Sakura-dori. Turn right into this road and you will reach a large park.
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At this large park called Yaho Daisan Koen (谷保第三公園) on Sakura-dori, they hold the Kunitachi Sakura Festival during the weekend in early April.
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The Kunitachi Sakura Festival features food booths and knick-knacks.
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Entertainment stage too.
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Unique local product, sweet potato baked in ceramic flasks. Called tsubo-yaki imo.
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Inside the ceramic flask they bake sweet potatos.
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Fire truck gave rides on its ladder.
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Yaho Station. 谷保駅
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Kichijoji Sunroad, Kichijoji's main shopping arcade. サンロード
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Kichijoji Sunroad サンロード
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Kichijoji Sunroad サンロード
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Motomachi-dori
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A long line of people waiting to buy croquette at a well-known shop.
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Start of the line, what they are waiting for.
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What people are waiting in line for. Didn't buy the famous croqeutte, but bought some meatballs and they were good. Still warm.
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More shopping. Kichijoji is like one big shopping area, anchored by three major dept. stores.
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Moonmin shop
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Kichijoji Art Museum
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Yodobashi-Kichijoji megastore for cameras and electronics. One of the largest stores in Tokyo. This used to be Kintetsu Dept. Store.
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Yodobashi-Kichijoji megastore for cameras and electronics.
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South side of Kichijoji Station
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Park Road shopping arcade on south side of Kichijoji Station.
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Marui Dept. Store (not zero-one zero-one or oioi).
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Inokashira-dori
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Yakitori restaurant in one of the narrow alleys in front of Kichijoji Station.
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Yakitori
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Yakitori
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Gyoza shop in Kichijoji
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Traffic is temporarily held up.
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Riverside Mall shopping street in Izumi
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Riverside Mall shopping street in Izumi
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Misspelled word (Prirate).
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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival was held on April 24-25, 2010 in Yokohama, near JR Sakuragicho Station. "Daidogei" means street performance.
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On the streets around Noge, they had well over 10 street performance areas numbered from A to N. Large crowds gathered around all of them, especially this one.
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The first street performer I wanted to see on April 24 was the Sasara Housara butoh dancers. First we see this sign warning us that the gold paint will not come off if it rubs on us.
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The Sasara Hosara butoh dancers were almost nude and painted in gold. I had to see this, and came away very impressed.
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At the 36th Noge Daidogei street performance festival in Yokohama, the Sasara Housara semi-nude butoh dance troupe, body-painted in gold, gave a spellbinding performance.
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They gradually headed up the road toward their street performance area. ささらほうさら 金粉ショー
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The music, their movements, and gold appearance really made it interesting.
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There were two guys and three girls dancing.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Sometimes they dived into the crowd, which was hilarious. But no one dared to touch the gold bodies.
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But it was obvious that the gold paint easily rubbed off, when they sat on the ground, etc.
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They gave three performances on each day of the Noge Daidogei festival. Imagine being painted in gold for the better part of the day.
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After each performance, they must have some touch-up painting where it rubbed off.
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Golden Girl
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The music was very spacy.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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It sure reminds you of the James Bond movie, "Goldfinger" where a girl was turned into gold.
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Well, it was a very photogenic performance. Someday, I'd like to see foreigners dance with them.
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Taking a bow. Also see my video at YouTube.
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I gladly gave them a coin, even though they deserve a lot more. Hopefully there were people who gave bills.
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Next group I saw were these Chinese acrobats. First he uses a long whip to cut off the flower the little boy is holding.
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Then two women do quick costume and mask changes.
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This man did a few amazing balancing acts.
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But the most amazing act was the final one, by this world-class Chinese acrobat.
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She kept piling on these chairs. Good thing it wasn't a windy day.
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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival in Yokohama, Japan featured a fantastic troupe of Chinese acrobats on April 24-25, 2010. 中国雑技芸術団
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Then she balances herself on this high stack of chairs.
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Wow...
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Amazing. We were all in awe.
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Ta-da!! And everyone applauded. What a show that was.
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She's like wow...
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OK, next was the eye-catching Yoshimoto Daisuke butoh dancers. 吉本大輔
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Two skywalkers and two dancers on the ground. Also see my video at YouTube.
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She moved very slowly down the road.
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After making a grand entrance, they finally reached their performance area.
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Didn't understand what they were doing, but it was interesting to watch.
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The 36th Noge Daidogei Street Performance Festival in Yokohama, Japan featured an alluring troupe of Japanese belly dancers from the Al Camarani Oriental Dance Company on April 24-25, 2010.
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They were quite good. Lately, I've been seeing more Japanese taking up belly dancing. I hope the trend spreads further.
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Japanese belly dancers at Noge Daidogei in Yokohama.1 comments
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They actually didn't perform on the street. They were next to the train station under a roof.
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They danced in two groups. There's another group dancing on the right of this group.
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They said that they follow the gypsy-style of belly dancing.
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Balancing a sword on their heads while belly dancing.
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Japanese belly dancer.
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Really enjoyed this act too. Also see my video at YouTube.
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This is Solsora, a French-Canadian guy and Japanese lady doing a circus-like act on a giant swing.
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They follow a love story from when they meet for the first time, fall in love, and perform together.
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Not sure if they really are a couple.
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Everything was pantomime to music and they didn't talk at all.
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Unfortunately, I had to answer my cell phone during this performance and couldn't shoot the rest of their act.
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She calls herself Miss Sullivan, a humorous Japanese juggler.
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She had the kid catch all the balls she was juggling.
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What would a street performance festival be without a juggling act?
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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ミス サリバン
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Another juggling act was the Kikyo Brothers. 桔梗ブラザーズ Also see my video at YouTube. 桔梗ブラザーズ
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It's impossible to see all the acts in one day. But I was able to see all the acts I really wanted to see, plus a few more.
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A "strange" performance by the Ojaruzu. おじゃるず
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Unfortunately, they didn't have a microphone so we couldn't hear them. おじゃるず
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