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 Station1292 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 Queen1196 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito1115 views
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Plum Blossom Queens in Kairakuen, Mito774 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.579 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom542 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom465 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa456 views
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Red and white plum blossoms398 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of maple leaves367 views
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Kobuntei Villa367 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa367 views
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Natto fermented beans359 views
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Kobuntei Villa342 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of fall leaves333 views
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Plum blossom-viewing picnickers330 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of plum trees309 views
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Kobuntei Villa298 views
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Tokiwa Shrine, Mito288 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 Ibaraki283 viewsTrain platform of Kairakuen Station.
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Kobuntei Villa248 views
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Osaka-zuki red plum blossoms 大盃244 viewsOsaka-zuki

大盃
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Bonsai plum trees223 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.218 views
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Kobuntei Villa209 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba205 views
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Pinickers199 views
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Pine trees and plum trees193 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station191 views
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Train platform of Kairakuen Station186 views
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Kairakuen Station185 viewsThis station, right before Mito Station, is open only during major flower seasons of Kairakuen.
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of azalea183 views
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Plum tree grove, about a week too early.182 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.178 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178 viewsPrunus mume Kounanshomu
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Plum grove177 views
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Bamboo grove174 viewsPine trees, bamboo, and plum blossoms are called Shochikubai in Japanese. This trio of trees is most famous.
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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.173 views
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Crowd at Higashi-mon East Gate172 viewsThis was the defacto main gate and most crowded since it is closest to the train station.
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Plum trees and Lake Senba166 views
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Natural spring (cold water)166 views
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Kobuntei Villa165 views
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Plum trees and Lake Senba163 views
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Fantastically-shaped plum tree162 views
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Plum tree grove160 views
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Kobuntei Villa159 views
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Torano-o plum blossom (Tiger's Tail) 虎の尾157 views
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Omote-mon Gate157 viewsThis supposed to be the front gate.
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Kobuntei Villa156 views
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Plum tree and train155 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.153 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa153 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa151 views
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Balcony on the top floor of Kobuntei Villa151 views
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Path to natural spring149 views
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Poem monument148 views
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Kobuntei Villa, fusuma sliding door with painting of cherry blossoms148 views
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Monument proclaiming Kairakuen as one of Ibaraki's 100 Best Sights147 views
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Kobuntei Villa146 views
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Kobuntei Villa144 views
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Inside the top floor of Kobuntei Villa143 views
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Kobuntei Villa142 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa142 views
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Kobuntei Villa141 views
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Kobuntei Villa139 views
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Kobuntei Villa138 views
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Kobuntei Villa131 views
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View from the top floor of Kobuntei Villa125 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. 2012.121 views
 
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