JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Kameido Wisteria Festival 亀戸藤まつり
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Another view from the top of the bridge in the good old days. They don't bloom like this anymore...1004 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria and taiko-bashi bridge. Taiko-bashi is an arch bridge.644 views
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View from top of bridge in 1997. The shrine has two "taiko-bashi" arch bridges. This is the view from the top of the first one soon after you pass under the torii.597 views
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Shot in 2003.589 views
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First bridge and azaleas364 views
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Another view from the top of the bridge in 1997. Sadly, it doesn't bloom like this anymore.339 views1 comments
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Another shot taken in the good old days. Doesn't bloom like this anymore. The next photo shows what it looks like today.334 views
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Path to the shrine. After you cross the bridge, there's a narrow path to the shrine, decorated by wisteria on both sides. Very crowded, but not unbearable.296 views
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Old taiko-bashi bridge. This is the first arch bridge you cross. Shot in 1997. The bridges had steps made of wood. Now both bridges are made of concrete with concrete steps. The paint color is also more red.267 views
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This is an old, hand-tinted postcard of Kameido Tenmangu Shrine from the early 20th century. It mimics the woodblock print.259 views
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Azaleas also bloom around the same time as wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine. Both flowers symbolize Golden Week which is a string of holidays in late April and early May, serving as spring vacation for many workers.254 views
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine240 views
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View from top of bridge in 2005. After 1997 or so, the flowers do not bloom as thickly as before. Apparently, it is quite expensive to get it to bloom thick like in 1997.239 views
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When the wisteria is in bloom, the shrine gets very crowded, especially on weekends. The alley leading to the shrine is also quite narrow.226 views
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Second taiko-bashi bridge in 2003. Notice how there are much less flowers along the edge of the pond. Also notice that the bridge has been rebuilt. It is now concrete painted fire-engine red.215 viewsThe old bridge was wooden with faded vermillion paint. I don't like this new bridge paint color.
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Second taiko-bashi bridge in 1997. You can see the second arch bridge which is right before the shrine hall. Compare this picture with the next one.206 views
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Road to the shrine from Kameido Station. This main road from Kameido Station is closed on weekends. The shrine is accessible from Kameido Station the the JR Sobu Line.198 views
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Another view from the top of the bridge in 1997.188 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine's main worship hall.183 views
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Old taiko-bashi bridge. You can see how crowded the bridge can get.171 views
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Tokyo Skytree and the first taiko bridge.107 views
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Tokyo Skytree and azalea and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.103 views
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Tokyo Skytree and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.102 views
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White heron (shirasagi) hanging out on the pond.102 views
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Tokyo Skytree and azalea and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.101 views
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Tokyo Skyrree at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.97 views
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It soon snagged a baby carp from the pond. Poor innocent fish. It must be traumatic to be caught in a bird's beak and be swallowed whole.90 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine also has many turtles in the pond. All these years, I thought they were cute. But I recently found out that these turtles are actually invasive species called red-eared slider or red-eared terrapin.88 viewsPopular as pets when they are small.
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Torii and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo87 views
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The first taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo86 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo85 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine torii and taiko bridge with wisteria.84 views
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Kameido Tenjin (Tenmangu) Shrine Wisteria Festival is held in late April to early May. Entrance to Kameido Tenjin Shrine.82 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine torii and wisteria77 views
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A shop's shutter art near Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo76 views
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During the wisteria festival, they hold various entertainment on stage.70 views
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View from the shrine's worship hall.70 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine's wisteria made famous by Hiroshige's woodblock print from his series called "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo."69 views
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Shrine grounds include a kaguraden dance stage.69 views
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine lit up in the evening.68 views
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine lit up in the evening.68 views
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Wisteria and Tokyo Skytree at night.68 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine is a short walk from JR Kameido Station (Sobu Line).67 views
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Tanuki welcomes customers to a restaurant in Kameido Tenjin Shrine.66 views
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View from the first taiko bridge in 2014.60 views
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The second taiko bridge and wisteria.59 views
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Kameido Shitamachi Koinobori Matsuri59 views
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This is what it looks like today.59 views
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Wisteria is low enough to smell.58 views
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Kameido Shitamachi Koinobori Matsuri has carp streamers on ropes above the road. Near Kameido Station.57 views
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Tokyo Skytree 55 views
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Tokyo Skytree and azalea and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.54 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.54 views
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Koinobori at Kameido Umeyashiki53 views
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Kameido Shitamachi Koinobori Matsuri53 views
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Looking back toward the the torii.52 views
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Photo taken in May 2014.52 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.52 views
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Tokyo Skytree now overlooks Kameido Tenjin Shrine.51 views
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Wisteria trellis at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.51 views
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White heron under the wisteria.51 views
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Kameido Umeyashiki is a rest place for tourists at the street corner near Kameido Tenjin Shrine.50 views
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The bus has a propeller for river cruising.49 views
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White wisteria49 views
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Bottom view of Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.49 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine worships the famous scholar Sugawara Michizane. Many students pray here to pass school entrance exams.48 views
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Kameido Umeyashiki is also the starting point for the Sky Duck amphibious bus tour.48 views
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White wisteria and Tokyo Skytree at Kameido Tenjin Shrine47 views
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Kameido Umeyashiki has a few shops and eateries and some entertainment during the wisteria festival.47 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.47 views
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See this same shot during plum blossom season: 44 views
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Tokyo Skytree at Kameido Tenjin Shrine with the wisteria in bloom in the evening.42 views
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When the wisteria are in bloom, it is also lit up at night.40 views
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Lots of people came to see the Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night in early May.28 views
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Raining wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.27 views
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