JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園
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Plum Blossom Queen at Kairakuen Station1286 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 Queen1191 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1109 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito768 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.574 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom536 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom459 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa450 views
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Red and white plum blossoms394 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa362 views
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Kobuntei Villa361 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves360 views
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Natto fermented beans353 views
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Kobuntei Villa337 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves328 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers326 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees304 views
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Kobuntei Villa293 views
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito284 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 Ibaraki280 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Kobuntei Villa242 views
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Osaka-zuki red plum blossoms 大盃241 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Bonsai plum trees220 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.215 views
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Kobuntei Villa205 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba201 views
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Pinickers196 views
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Pine trees and plum trees189 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station188 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station183 views
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Kairakuen Station181 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.179 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azalea179 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.175 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174 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Plum grove173 views
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Bamboo grove170 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 Gate169 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.169 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba162 views
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Natural spring (cold water)162 views
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Kobuntei Villa161 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba159 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree158 views
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Plum tree grove156 views
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Kobuntei Villa155 views
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾153 views
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Omote-mon Gate153 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Kobuntei Villa152 views
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Plum tree and train151 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.149 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa149 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa147 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa147 views
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Path to natural spring145 views
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Poem monument144 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms144 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights143 views
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Kobuntei Villa142 views
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Kobuntei Villa140 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa139 views
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Kobuntei Villa138 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa138 views
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Kobuntei Villa137 views
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Kobuntei Villa135 views
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Kobuntei Villa134 views
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Kobuntei Villa127 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa121 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. 2012.117 views
 
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