JAPAN PHOTOS

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Most viewed - Kameido Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossom Festival 亀戸天満宮 梅まつり
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.271 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine is a short walk from JR Kameido Station. Small banners reading "Kameido Plum Blossom Festival" show the way to the shrine.258 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.203 views
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The Usokae Festival is held every January at the Kameido Tenmangu (Tenjin) Shrine. "Uso" means bullfinch, and "kae" means to change. The bullfinch is a symbol of good luck, and uso can also mean "lie." 199 viewsPeople replace their wooden uso dolls believing that the previous year's bad luck was a lie, to be exchanged for good luck in the new year with the new uso doll.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.188 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.180 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.127 views
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Usokae stall. The uosokae dolls come in various sizes, look pretty much the same.121 views
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A pair of giant usokae dolls flank the entrance to the main worship hall.119 views
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During the festival, stage performances are held.113 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.110 views
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Bullfinch exchange. The person puts her old bullfinch on the rack and prays.109 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.105 views
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Usokae stall102 views
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People then go to the bullfinch stall on the left of the main worship hall.100 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.97 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.96 views
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White and red plum blossoms and the torii gate at Kameido Tenjn Shrine.91 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.88 views
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The right side of the worship hall is also lined with plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.87 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.86 views
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Usokae stall85 views
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.75 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine flanked with red and white plum blossoms in March.74 views
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Made famous by woodblock prints from the Edo Period, Kameido Tenmangu Shrine (also called Kameido Tenjin Shrine) in Kameido, Koto Ward, Tokyo is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar of the Heian Period (794-1185), a god of learning.36 views
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Wisteria bed is bare.35 views
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Many students hoping to pass school entrance exams come to pray here. In Feb. and March, numerous plum blossoms bloom in white, red, and pink.33 views
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Taiko bridge31 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine's ume plum blossoms made famous by Hiroshige's woodblock print from his series called "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo."31 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Skytree at night.31 views
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The shrine's background is changed forever with Tokyo Sky Tree.30 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.30 views
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Numerous plum trees on the way to Kameido Tenjin Shrine worship hall.29 views
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Inside the main worship hall.29 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine also holds setsubun ceremony on Feb. 3, but at night. First the ogre appeared as they growled toward the shrine.29 views
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Bagged this bag of beans.29 views
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Plum blossoms and Tokyo Sky Tree.28 views
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Benten Shrine28 views
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Votive tablets, made of wood and hung near the worship hall. People who buy it write their wish on it.28 views
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Offertory box28 views
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Sacred cow statue.28 views
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.28 views
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Performers on the Kaguraden stage.28 views
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More plum blossoms on the right side of the shrine.28 views
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Weeping plum blossoms.28 views
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Bean throwing didn't last long.28 views
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Quite difficult to catch beans.28 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall. Notice the red and white plum blossoms on both sides.27 views
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Torii and plum blossoms.27 views
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Turtles26 views
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