JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Budokan Kagami-biraki 武道館 鏡開き式・武道始め
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Shiruko, a confection of azuki bean soup with a piece of mochi. Served free of charge to everyone at the Budokan, including spectators.107 views
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Budo Hajime at the Budokan in early Jan. is a real spectacle. Kendo, judo, karate, sumo, naginata, kyudo.81 views
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Martial artists line up for free shiruko.80 views
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Sumo. A college sumo club. Sumo ring is just a mat (no dirt) for Budo Hajime at the Budokan.76 views
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Sumo. Even little girls participated in Budo Hajime at Budokan.75 views
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Sumo at the Budokan.70 views
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Nippon Budokan is Japan's most famous and prestigious martial arts hall in the grounds of the Imperial Palace. It was built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.68 viewsThe Budokan was where the Beatles played in 1966, the first band to play there. The acoustics are not that good for concerts though. Playing at the Budokan is a hallmark of a bonafide rock star in Japan.
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In early Jan., it holds the Kagami-biraki (rice cake cutting ceremony) and Budo-hajime (martial arts demonstrations) New Year's event.47 viewsThis is a kadomatsu New Year's decoration next to the Budokan entrance.
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Karate46 views
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Karate46 views
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They they all gathered and sat to listen to speeches.46 views
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Kendo45 views
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Kendo45 views
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Judo45 views
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Kendo45 views
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Karate-do45 views
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Martial artists line up for free shiruko.45 views
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Aikido44 views
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It's an annual New Year's ceremony and a joint practice session of all the major martial arts. Admission is free.44 viewsThe Budokan is near Kudanshita Station on the Tozai subway line.
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A small shrine44 views
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Naginata44 views
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Sumo44 views
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Sumo44 views
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Speech by a sports official.44 views
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Aikido44 views
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Judo44 views
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Naginata44 views
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Sumo44 views
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Jukendo43 views
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Shorinji Kenpo43 views
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Officials and dignitaries watch.43 views
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Naginata43 views
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Sumo wrestlers43 views
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Then the Budo Hajime started with all the martial arts groups practicing at the same time.43 views
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Aikido43 views
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Judo43 views
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Karate-do43 views
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Karate-do43 views
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Karate-do43 views
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Naginata (pole sword). Naginata was the traditional weapon for woman warriors.43 views
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Naginata43 views
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Sumo43 views
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The Budo Hajime ended at 3:10 pm. What a spectacle it was.43 views
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At the end, they served shiruko, a confection of azuki bean soup with a piece of mochi.43 views
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Everyone ate their shiruko on the Budokan floor.43 views
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Martial arts demonstrations start at 1:15 pm and lasts until 2:30 pm. People from each martial art performed in turn. First was kyudo archery.42 views
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Judo42 views
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Judo42 views
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Sumo42 views
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Naginata group42 views
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Aikido42 views
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Kendo people were a noisy lot with their swords hitting each other.42 views
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Karate-do42 views
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Naginata42 views
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Naginata42 views
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The sumo rikishi were from a college sumo club. I was hoping a Makunouchi wrestler would appear.42 views
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Kendo42 views
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The Budokan's gift shop. Is there any martial art where they say "Go for Block"? If not, it must mean "Go for broke!!"42 views
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The event starts at noon with an opening ceremony until 12:45 pm. Then at 12:45 pm, a procession of armored men appear (yoroi kizome).41 views
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Karate-do41 views
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Kendo41 views
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Serving shiruko.41 views
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Eating shiruko.41 views
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Aikido40 views
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Kendo40 views
   
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