JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Other Sights in Matsudo
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Manhole in Matsudo, Chiba showing koala bears.100 views
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Manhole in Matsudo, Chiba showing boat crossing.94 views
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Kotoshogiku showed his trademark back bend dubbed "Koto Bauer." Matsudo, Chiba90 views
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A video still in front of Matsudo Station.88 views
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Sitting on the right is the Sadogatake Stablemaster, former Kotonowaka who married the daughter of his late master former Yokozuna Kotozakura.87 viewsVictory parade in Matsudo, Chiba.
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Dragon water fountain76 views
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Matsudo Shrine is popular for New Year's prayers.74 views
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One claim to fame in Matsudo is the number of sumo stables in this city. Six of them, all listed on this panel in Matsudo Station.73 views
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Matsudo Shrine is near Matsudo Station.73 views
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Edogawa River bank.73 views
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Matsudo Shrine's bulletin board in 2010.71 views
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Matsudo Shrine71 views
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JR Matsudo Station69 views
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Matsudo Shrine omikuji paper fortunes.68 views
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About Matsudo Shrine in Japanese. Worships Yamato Takeru.66 views
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Ozeki Kotoshogiku won the Jan. 2016 sumo tournament at the Kokugikan, the first Japanese sumo wrestler to do so in 10 years.60 viewsHis Sadogatake Sumo Stable is in Matsudo, Chiba. On Feb. 21, 2016, they held a victory parade for Kotoshogiku in central Matsudo near Matsudo Station.
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Look at that crowd!52 views
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Matsudo-juku was also a shukuba post town on the Mito Kaido Road connecting Edo with Mito.52 views
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Mito Kaido has almost no remnants of the shukuba post town.52 views
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Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms.52 views
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Streets along the parade route were packed four or five-row deep.51 views
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Public bath51 views
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Small river in Matsudo lined with early-blooming Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms.51 views
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The place was crowded.50 views
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The sidewalks were so packed you could not move anywhere. Poor crowd control. But they expected only 20,000, when 55,000 showed up.50 views
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Ema tablets50 views
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About the Matsudo-juku's Honjin.50 views
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Condo in Matsudo with a Hawaiian name and marijuana leaf logo. Not a good idea...50 views
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Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms.50 views
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They passed out free paper flags for Kotoshogiku's victory parade.49 views
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After the parade, they take down the banners.49 views
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Matsudo Shrine worships legendary warrior and prince Yamato Takeru.49 views
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Drawing of Matsudo-juku.49 views
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Marker for Matsudo-juku's Honjin lodge.49 views
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Private residence with a torii in the backyard.49 views
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Outside Matsudo Station49 views
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My short video of Ozeki Kotoshogiku's victory parade in Matsudo.49 views
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People waited like this for an hour or so for the parade.48 views
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In front of Matsudo Station.48 views
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First they had presentation on stage where Kotoshogiku and his stablemaster appeared and said a few words.48 views
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The huge turnout is evidence of how much people yearned for a win by a Japanese wrestler. They all wanted him to be promoted to yokozuna. 48 views
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Too many people in front to get a good shot of the car with Kotoshogiku.48 views
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Matsudo Shrine48 views
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Local tourist information office in a traditional building on the Mito Kaido.48 views
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Site of Matsudo-juku's Honjin lodge for VIPs. Now occupied by a condo/apartment building near the Edogawa River.48 views
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