JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Bunkyo Ajisai (Hydrangea) Matsuri Festival 文京あじさいまつり
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Way to Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, near Hakusan Station on the Toei Mita Line and Hon-Magome Station on the Nanboku Line.204 views
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Dubbed Mt. Fuji, this pile of colorful hydrangea is stacked like a mountain. Capped by white flowers for snow. Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyo, Tokyo197 views
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Red, white, and blue ajisai.171 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo148 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo132 views
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Hydrangeas in the shape of Mt. Fuji.86 views
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Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyo, Tokyo71 views
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Poster for Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri.68 views
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Approaching Hakusan Shrine, site of the annual Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri held during June 6-14, 2009. Ajisai means hydrangea, a flower which blooms during the rainy season.67 views
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Hakusan Jinja Shrine torii.64 views
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It's not a huge shrine, but the many hydrangeas make it worth a visit.63 views
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Path to the Honden worship hall.58 views
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During the festival, a few concerts, bazaar, etc., are held.55 views
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View from the hill.54 views
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Information booth52 views
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Praying at Hakusan Shrine's Honden Hall, flanked by lion dogs decorated with hydrangea.50 views
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Lion dog with hydrangea.49 views
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Ajisai or hydrangea need water. They can wither on sunny days.48 views
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Entrance to a small hill of ajisai where there is a tiny shrine at the top.48 views
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This path connects the shrine to the adjacent Hakusan Park.48 views
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Food stalls48 views
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Hakusan Park has more ajisai. 白山公園47 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo47 views
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Hakusan Park43 views
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Top of the hill has Asama Jinja 浅間神社.42 views
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