JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1281 viewsShe was passing out maps of the garden. It was a nice touch to see two of these kimono beauties greeting us.
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Plum Blossom Queen1187 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1106 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito765 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.570 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom531 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom454 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa445 views
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Red and white plum blossoms391 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa358 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves357 views
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Kobuntei Villa357 views
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Natto fermented beans350 views
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Kobuntei Villa334 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves325 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers323 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees301 views
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Kobuntei Villa290 views
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito280 viewsDedicated to Lord Mitsukuni Tokugawa, the second lord of Mito, and Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth lord of Mito and the one who built Kairakuen Garden.
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Welcome to Ibaraki277 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Osaka-zuki red plum blossoms 大盃239 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Kobuntei Villa237 views
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Bonsai plum trees218 viewsI bought one of these once and the flowers smelled good before they withred away. The tree also died soon afterward.
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Map of Kairakuen, a garden built in 1841 by Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860), the ninth Lord of Mito. It is one of Japan's three most famous gardens.213 views
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Kobuntei Villa203 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba199 views
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Pinickers194 views
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Pine trees and plum trees187 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station185 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station181 views
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Kairakuen Station179 viewsThis station, right before Mito Station, is open only during major flower seasons of Kairakuen.
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.177 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azalea177 views
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Entrance to garden via Tokiwa Shrine. One of Japan's three most famous gardens, Kairakuen is especially noted for thousands of plum blossom trees which bloom in Feb. and March.173 viewsOne of Japan's three most famous gardens, Kairakuen is especially noted for thousands of plum blossom trees which bloom in Feb. and March.
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Konan Shomu plum blossom 江南所無172 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Plum grove171 views
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Bamboo grove168 viewsPine trees, bamboo, and plum blossoms are called Shochikubai in Japanese. This trio of trees is most famous.
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate167 viewsThis was the defacto main gate and most crowded since it is closest to the train station.
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Kobuntei Villa was originally built in 1842 by Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860), the ninth Lord of Mito. It was his summer villa.167 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba160 views
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Natural spring (cold water)160 views
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Kobuntei Villa158 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba157 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree156 views
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Plum tree grove154 views
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Kobuntei Villa153 views
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾151 views
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Omote-mon Gate151 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Kobuntei Villa150 views
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Plum tree and train149 views
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Kobuntei Villa has exquisite Japanese-style paintings on paper sliding doors. Kobuntei is closed until early 2012 since they are repairing earthquake damage.147 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa147 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa145 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa145 views
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Poem monument142 views
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Path to natural spring142 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms142 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights141 views
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Kobuntei Villa139 views
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Kobuntei Villa137 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa137 views
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Kobuntei Villa136 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa136 views
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Kobuntei Villa135 views
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Kobuntei Villa133 views
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Kobuntei Villa132 views
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Kobuntei Villa125 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa119 views
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Kobuntei suffered quite a bit of damage during the big earthquake on March 11, 2011. Repairs have started in Sept. 2011, and they hope to reopen the Kobuntei by Feb. 2012.115 views
 
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