JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train station entrance at Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It takes about 90 min. from Ikebukuro to Yokoze Station via Tokkyu express train. Cheaper trains take 2 hours.578 views
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Undivided back. The earliest tourist postcards had a picture side and an address side. The message had to be written on the picture side which usually had a large white area to write on (like this postcard).577 viewsSince the address side was only for the recipient's address, it had no dividing line for the address and message. This was called an undivided back, and this type of postcards were produced between 1900 (Meiji 33) and March 28, 1907 (Meiji 40) in Japan. After this date, the message was allowed to be written on the address side. See the next image.
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.575 views
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.575 views
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Edo Geisha portrayed by Asakusa geisha.574 views江戸芸者
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Hearth with a escape hatch at the bottom. A tour guide shows you the gimmicks of the house.574 views1 comments
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Musashimaru minus his topknot573 views
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Tokyo Station Yaesu Central Entrance in 2007. 東京駅八重洲中央口573 views
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.573 views
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Bag of beans. I caught this from Dejima. They throw little bags of beans instead of individual beans. Bean bags are much easier to catch and to clean up afterward.573 views
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Part 2: Passing of Spring in Kyoto, "Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や571 viewsPart 2 of the program consists of dance numbers.
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These aircraft carrier photos are by the US Navy.571 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) form the phrase "Hajimemashite," which means "Nice to meet you" in Japanese, as they arrive at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington and Carrier Air Wing 5 will be operating from Fleet Activities Yokosuka as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis (Released)
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Hypocenter marker570 viewsOn August 9, 1945 an atomic bomb exploded in the sky about 500 meters above the point where this monument now stands. The area within a 2.5 kilometer radius of the hypocenter was completely devastated.
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Hypocenter description569 views
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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."569 views
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Path to front gate of Gotokuji Temple known as the Ii Clan's family temple. Over 300 lords (incuding 6 Hikone Castle lords), wives, concubines, and children related to the Ii Clan from Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture, are buried here.569 views
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Shuriken throwing knives.569 views
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A flaming star568 views
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Kanamara mikoshi566 views
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Hawaii's last sumo wrestler shakes hands.566 viewsIf he were married, his wife would be beside him.
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)566 viewsSolo dancer: 眞由美 (Mayumi)
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Held annually during Aug. 6-8, the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri is Japan's largest, grandest, and most famous Tanabata Festival. Commonly called the Star Festival, Tanabata Matsuri features large colorful, streamer decorations (called take-kazari).566 views
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Iwakuni Castle565 views
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Aoi Festival, Kyoto565 viewsThe parade proceeds through a long route in Kyoto, taking a few hours.
See more photos of this festival here.
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Long line at the lollipop stand...562 views
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Body inspection up ahead. They frisked the body and also used a metal detector as well. I had to explain that the hump in my pants pocket was a wallet and cell phone. He believed me since I have an honest-looking face.561 views1 comments
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Revolving door (opened). The floor also has a trap door (see next photo) where you can go down and escape through a tunnel leading to a well in the garden outside.561 views
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Maki-bishi spikes thrown on the ground to poke your feet. These are made from dried water chestnuts (aquatic plant found in marshes). One of the four spikes will point upward.561 views
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Inside Koka Ninja Museum which opened in 1983. The dirt-floored room has various ninja ladders.560 views
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The Nagaragawa River ukai cormorant fishing is held nightly from May 11 to Oct. 15 except during the Full Moon and if the river overflows. You can buy tickets and board the viewing boats here, next to Nagarabashi Bridge. 鵜飼観覧船のりば559 views
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Ceremony back at the shrine558 views
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Bonsho temple bell at Chusonji temple. Nice building for the bell. 梵鐘558 views
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Mud on Your Face: Fashionable, at Warabi Hadaka Matsuri in Yotsukaido, Chiba.557 views
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Bus in front of Railway Station 駅前のバス556 viewsFinnish design perhaps. Definitely better looking than buses in Japan.
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Exterior of Great Buddha, Kamakura556 views
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He was grim-faced all throughout556 views
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Head of the Edo-Yoshiwara Oiran Dochu procession which started at 1:30 pm. 江戸吉原おいらん道中556 views
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Iga-ryu Ninja House ninja show.556 views
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Shrine maiden and Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa554 views三社大権現祭礼 船渡御
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Matchlock gun demo at Azuchi Nobunaga Festival554 views
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Kitchen area in Iga-ryu Ninja House.554 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治553 views
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Toyako Onsen Spa is Lake Toya's main town and tourist base on the southern shore. It is a cluster of hotels and ryokans offering hot spring waters.553 views
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Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.553 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Sailors man the rails as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and as centerpiece of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group Five. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari Bergman/Released)
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Taiko drummers welcome the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.553 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Taiko drummers welcome the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as the ship pulls into its new operating base at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington's arrival from its former homeport of Norfolk, Va., marks the beginning of its role as the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and as centerpiece of the U.S. 7th Fleet's Carrier Strike Group Five. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kari Bergman/Released)
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Maid costume player in Akihabara552 views
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Display case showing ninja costumes. Real ninja mainly wore one of seven disguises instead of the stereotypical black costume. They could be dressed as a priest, merchant, jester, etc.552 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine551 views
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This is what you see inside Oku-no-miya Shrine. A giant wooden phallus offering.551 views
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You have to see the video of these fantastic women taiko drummers on March 5, 2011.551 views
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Praying at Bishamon550 viewsBishamon is a Buddhist temple in Kagurazaka where the geisha go to worship. The song included a reference to this temple.
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Hikone Castle and Genkyu-en Garden in fall550 views
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Entrance to the Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri festival site on Komatsu-bashi-dori near Asakusa, behind Sensoji temple. 小松橋通り550 views
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Rear view of the shiranui style of tying the rope.549 viewsHe turned in all four directions to show everyone what it looked like. This is what is called the shiranui style of tying the rope. It is characterized by a single loop in the back. The other style, called unryu, has twin loops.1 comments
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In Japanese, the Imperial Palace is called "Kokyo" (皇居). This term begun to be used from 1948. Until then, it was called "Kyujo" (meaning palace castle 宮城)from the time Emperor Meiji took up residence.549 views
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According to legend, three days after the golden Kannon statue was found, a golden dragon descended from heaven and danced. The mountain name of the temple is Kinryu-zan, meaning Golden Dragon Mountain. (Most temples have a mountain name.)548 views1 comments
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Now comes the giant phallus heading for the shrine's main hall.548 views
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Shibuya crossing547 views
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The 2nd floor, between the first floor and ceiling, has a very low height which can entrap an intruder going upstairs.547 views
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Cheerleader in the stands!547 views
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Shigaraki tanuki racoon dogs.546 views
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Giant Buddha's hand. Used in a 1982 ninja movie. The hand has the same scale as the Giant Buddha's hand in Nara's Todaiji temple.546 views
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Hikaru Nishida at center in red for Naritasan Setsubun in Feb. 2001.546 views
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Welcome!545 viewsようこそ - The red hiragana characters read "Yōkoso!" (Welcome!). The bottom characters say "Mother Bokujō e" (to Mother Farm).

(Note that all the Japanese kanji characters you see on signs will read either from top to bottom or from left to right.)

Place: Mother Farm, Chiba.
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Revolving door of Iga-ryu Ninja House 545 views
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Mud for All Ages544 views
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DPE544 viewsDPE - Stands for Development, Printing, and Enlargement. We often find this at neighborhood photofinishers, but never at pro labs. The kanji after "DPE" is "uketsuke." The same characters as in the preceding picture.
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Out of the main gate. Everything was very orderly, no pushing nor shoving.544 views
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Snip by Musashimaru's brother544 views
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The bow twirler is a Makushita Division wrestler (third highest division). Afterward, the entire sumo ring is covered with a cloth. Also see my Kokugikan photos here.544 views
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Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga. 農姫543 views
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Path to Peace Statue542 views
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But his mom cannot step on the sumo ring...542 viewsFemales are prohibited from entering the sumo ring. Barring women from stepping onto the sumo ring, even to give an award to a wrestler, is one of the most blatant and preposterous forms of sexual discrimination in Japan. It was devised centuries ago, and for the sake of tradition, traditionalists in the sumo world have maintained this extremely absurd custom and belief that women are considered to be impure (due to menstruation). I'm not saying this as a gaijin (foreigner) who likes to criticize Japan or the Japanese. Nor am I saying this as a women's rights advocate. I say this from the standpoint of plain, old common sense.

Up to 1909, women were actually not allowed enter a sumo arena to view sumo matches. And once upon a time, women were prohibited from setting foot on sacred Mt. Fuji. Can you imagine if these traditions were still being practiced today?

Such discriminatory practices were abolished long ago, and here we are in the 21st century with women still unable to step into the sumo ring. The Japan Sumo Association has constantly rejected requests from important female ministers in the Prime Minister's Cabinet to give an award to the tournament winner in the sumo ring.
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Baton-twirling club from the Chiyoda Jogakuin Junior/Senior High School followed by the elephant542 views千代田女学院
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Weeping plum blossoms at the top of the plum tree "waterfall."542 views
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Ninja tools542 views
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On Oct. 18-19, 2008, the town of Sekigahara held a special festival to commemorate the Battle of Sekigahara. The last time they did this was in 2000 for the 400th anniversary of the battle. The main venue was near the town hall.542 views
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Mine-yakushido Hall worships Yakushi Nyorai. 峯薬師堂542 views
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Signboard for retirement ceremony at entrance.541 viewsIt reads "Musashimaru, Intai Danpatsu Hiroo Ozumo" which means "Musashimaru Topknot-Cutting and Retirement Sumo Exhibition."
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Shinobi Shrine has a statue of Daikokuten, one of the seven gods of good fortune. He is worshipped for good marriage, food, and prosperity. Made during the early Edo Period, it's Japan's largest wooden statue of Daikokuten. 大黒天541 views1 comments
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Duel to the death.541 views
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The festival is also nicknamed "Doronko Matsuri" which means Mud Festival.540 views
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Birds of Hokkaido, by Tadashi Shimada (クーサモ図書館への寄贈図書)540 viewsGreat collection of various birds photographed in Hokkaido, Japan's northern-most island. See book review here.

This book has been donated to the Kuusamo public library by Philbert Ono.

この写真集もPhotoGuide Japanがクーサモ町の図書館へ寄贈しました。
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Fukuyama Castle tower539 views
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ539 views
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Path to Koka Ninjutsu-mura Village. Admission is 1,000 yen for adults. Cheaper for students. Open 10 am - 5 pm. Free shuttle bus available from JR Koka Station. Phone: 0748-88-5000539 views
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My YouTube video featuring Diverse dance troupes on the streets of Fukushima in the evening at the annual Fukushima Waraji Matsuri. This is the evening parade (Dancing Soda Night) on Aug. 8, 2009.539 views
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They wrap the rope around his waist from the front, or the thickest part of the rope.538 viewsThis was a demonstration on how they tie on the thick, white rope (tsuna) around his waist. The tsuna is the symbol of the yokozuna. It takes several assistants to put it on. They are all wearing white gloves.
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Maiko poses in front of the Naginata-boko float across the street in Kyoto538 views
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Making medicine.538 views
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A Man and a Baby at Warabi Hadaka Matsuri in Yotsukaido, Chiba.537 views
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Remains of Urakami Cathedral wall537 viewsNext to the hypocenter is this partial cathedral wall.
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Closeup of red plum blossom537 views
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Trying my shuriken skills. You throw it with an overhand throw (like a baseball) and not like a frisbee. Also see my YouTube video here.537 views
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Konishiki is called and he enters536 views
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Me next please!!!535 viewsThe winner gets to decide who to wrestle next. The rikishi all beg to be picked.
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Subaru534 views
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Opel534 viewsYes, some girls don't need to smile to look good.
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Oiran Dochu Procession 花の吉原おいらん道中534 views
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The rope is connected to a noise maker on the 2nd floor here. The intruder would then think that the ninja is on the 2nd floor and go up the ladder in pursuit. When the intruder is on the 2nd floor, the ninja below the trap door would remove the ladder.534 views
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This room has display cases showing various ninja weapons, tools, and costumes. The ceiling is also quite low, designed to impede the wielding of samurai swords.534 views
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Peace memorial from Germany533 views
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Kia Motors533 viewsA crowd favorite. Kia (not her name) is from South Korea.
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Maids to greet you533 views
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Once a group gets large enough, they take you all in and a female ninja guide explains the house's ninja trickery. Admission charged. Recommended is the set of tickets that admit you to the ninja house, castle, and Danjiri Museum.533 views
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From Shizuoka Station (bus stop 19), it takes 35 min. by bus to Nihondaira. The bus comes to this Nihondaira Park Center. From here, you can easily walk to the points of interest.533 views
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Shuruken takes skill to throw.532 views
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Tekomai geisha existed since the Edo Period. They served as side entertainment at festivals. They only sing traditional chant-like songs called kiyari originally sung by lumberers hauling wood. 手古舞531 viewsThese tekomai did not sing, so they might not be real. When they sing, they hold a fan to their mouth.

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The left sliding wooden door is very heavy, about 50 kg, making it difficult to open. This buys more time for the ninja to escape.531 views
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Ninja dolls529 views
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I give her my Best Babe and Best Costume Awards for Tokyo Marathon 2010.529 views1 comments
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Hypocenter of atomic bomb, adjacent to Peace park528 viewsAlmost right next to the Peace park is the hypocenter marker above which the bomb exploded. Often hoards of students on class trips can be see squatting here listening to a talk about this place.
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Registry Shelf storing the names of atomic bomb victims528 views
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Nakamon Gate to Imperial Palace 中門528 views
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Welcome to Akihabara! (Or Akiba for short.) Japan and Tokyo's largest cluster of electronics shops.528 views
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Shinya Katabuchi vs. Tatsuhiro Muramoto (Semi-final)527 views
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9:38 am: Crossing the second bridge. The first Nijubashi Bridge, which we crossed first, is in the distance. Nijubashi means double bridge. 二重橋527 views
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More blood relatives (or brothers)527 views
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ527 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha527 views
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New Year's, Gifu Station527 views
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NORFOLK, Va. (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka.526 viewsNORFOLK, Va. (April 7, 2008) USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk. George Washington is departing Norfolk as her homeport for the last time, and will transit to her new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. George Washington will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the only forward deployed aircraft-carrier. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L.H. Davis (Released)
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Arabian Gulf (Mar. 1, 2003) -- Vice Adm. Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Force Central Command, tours the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while meeting with Sailors aboard ship.526 viewsArabian Gulf (Mar. 1, 2003) -- Vice Adm. Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Force Central Command, tours the bridge of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) while meeting with Sailors aboard ship. Kitty Hawk and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) are conducting missions in support Operation Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. Kitty Hawk and its embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) is the world’s only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class William H. Ramsey. (RELEASED)
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Reconstructed in 1959 in ferro-concrete, Nagoya Castle's main tenshu tower has closed on May 6, 2018 to start its monumental reconstruction. 天守閣525 viewsThis main tower used to house a museum. The top floor had a lookout deck with fine views.
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Certificate of Appreciation from UNICEF to the medicine company. Koka Ninja House Web site here. Phone: 0748-86-2179. Also see the Koka Ninja Village.525 views
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Mimusubi Shrine, Yotsukaido, Chiba. The small shrine that conducts the festival. (皇産霊神社)524 views
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9:33 am: Behind us on Nijubashi Bridge. 二重橋524 views
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Farewell Konica-Minolta524 views
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Yuta Yazaki vs. Yohei Takai523 views
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Peace memorial from Czechoslovakia523 views
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Bag checkpoint ahead. They inspected all our bags. Note that they do not allow any drinks (not even water) to be taken into the palace. You will have to dump it in the trash can they provide.523 views
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Behind us. At the very rear below the trees, there is a slightly elevated platform where the news media can take photos. You can see many tripods set up. That's how they are able to photograph the Emperor with the flags waving well below the balcony.523 views
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Crane design in temari523 views
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Narita-san Setsubun bean throwers. Sumo wrestlers, Nishida Hikaru, Makise Riho, etc.523 views
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Finale522 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.522 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.522 views
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Five-colored rice grains used for secret communication.522 views
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Ninja shop522 views
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The following photos were taken by photographers from New Brunswick, Canada during a photo trip to Japan in March 2005. Led and guided by pro photographer Mark Hemmings, they were Kevin Halcrow, Jeff and Kim Matheson, and Ashley Hicks.521 views
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Five-colored rice grains used for secret communication.521 views
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Costume Player Area, Tokyo Big Sight520 views会場 - The sign says "Cosplay Kaijō" meaning Costume Player area (where you can pose for photographers). They are allowed to use it from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. And they even provide a dressing room (closes at 5 pm) for these costumers who attract visitors to the comic book show held there. Taken at Tokyo Big Sight.
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Portable shrine procession520 views
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Entrance to another room on the first floor. Although the Koga ninja and Iga ninja (in Mie Prefecture) were the most famous, there were actually numerous ninja groups in many other parts of Japan as well. They were most active during wars.520 views
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With buckets and water testing kits, they do their testing.518 views1 comments
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Small gun concealed as a sword.518 views
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9:57 am: Filled on our left. The entire place was full by 10 am. Quite a few foreigners were present as well. Rightists with large flags were also there.517 views
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Saruwaka Sanza, Edo Kabuki517 views猿若三座 江戸歌舞伎
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Dart-shaped shuriken. Shuriken were not only star-shaped. These were either thrown straight-on, or thrown while the point rotated 180 degrees turning toward the target. It was difficult to throw, and much practice was required..517 views
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Facing the right in thanks...516 views
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Woman with pen and scroll. Judging from her hairstyle, this photo was probably taken during the Taisho Period (1912-1926).516 views1 comments
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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.515 views
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Ariake Coliseum (Colosseum) in Koto Ward, Tokyo, near Odaiba. One of Tokyo Apache's home courts in Tokyo. Easily accessible via Yurikamome Line (Ariake Station) and Rinkai Line (Kokusai Tenjijo Station). 有明コロシアム515 views
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A bit of rythmn gymnastics.514 views
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Kitchen514 views
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Snip by stablemate Ozeki Musoyama513 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up512 views
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Statue of Lord Ii Naomasa (井伊 直政 1561-1602 ) in front of JR Hikone Station in 2007.512 views
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View of Chiba Park from monorail. 綿打池511 views
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Shiga LakeStars cheerleaders.511 views
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For an extra 200 yen, you can watch the ninja show right next to the ninja house.511 views
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Comic sumo (shokkiri sumo)510 viewsThis is comedy time with two young wrestlers performing various comical antics (spitting at each other, kicking, and other illegal sumo acts) on the ring.
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Trap door behind a scroll with the kanji "shinobi" (stealth).510 views
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Closing words509 viewsThe women standing in the back are the okami-san (proprietress) of high-class Japanese-style restaurants in Kagurazaka where the geisha are hired to perform at private geisha parties.
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Tokyo Anime Center, Akihabara509 views
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Daihatsu508 views
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Cushion508 views
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Going through the trap door.507 views1 comments
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Towel throwing506 viewsDuring the finale, the geisha started throwing hand towels to the audience.
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Next to the hypocenter is the atomic bomb museum and registry shelf which stores the names of the atomic bomb victims.506 views
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Left view from Nijubashi Bridge. Everyone knows what the Nijubashi Bridge looks like from outside. Finally, we see what it looks like from the bridge. 二重橋506 views
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Female ninja506 views
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Old photo505 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Hooks for hoisting ropes on walls, etc. The Koka ninja reluctantly moved to Edo (Tokyo) around 1634 as requested by the shogun, and worked as castle guards, gathered intelligence on daimyo lords, and formed a gun battalion.505 views
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Cherry Blossoms, Potomac Park, Washington, DC。. Postcard made in the USA in the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was in 1912 (the year the Titanic sank) when Viscountess Chinda, the wife of Japan's Ambassador to the U.S., gave 2,000 small cherry trees.505 viewsIt was in 1912 (the year the Titanic sank) when Viscountess Chinda, the wife of Japan's Ambassador to the U.S., gave 2,000 small cherry trees to Mrs. Helen Taft, the wife of President Willian Taft. In a quiet ceremony, Mrs. Taft and Viscountess Chinda planted the first two cherry trees along the Tidal Basin in Potomac Park in Washington, DC. These two trees still exist today, marked by a special plaque. .

To read more about the interesting history of these cherry trees, see the National Park Service's Web site on the Washington Cherry Trees. You can read about how the original shipment of 2,000 cherry trees from Tokyo in 1910 had to be destroyed upon arrival in the US due to the infestation of harmful insects and diseases.
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Kubota Castle504 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.504 views
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And it leaves the shrine.503 views
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Koenji Awa Odori503 views
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Designed by William Merrell Vories, the old Toyosato Elementary School building was built in 1937. This picture was taken in 2007, before renovations. This is the front gate.503 views
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Narita Gion Matsuri502 views
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Othello502 views
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Beckoning cats, maneki neko, which did their duty for their owners who now offer them to the temple as a gesture of thanks. Gotokuji temple, Tokyo.502 views
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸501 views
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The Saio-dai Princess in 2005 was Saito Ayako, a 21-year-old Kyoto native and student at Doshisha Univ. Her 12-layer juni-hitoe kimono weighs 30 kg. 斎王代、齋藤彩子さん(21)501 viewsThe Saio-dai Princess is selected every year in April and a press conference is held to announce who was chosen. She is always a native of Kyoto, single, and in her early 20s. The Saio-dai was first incorporated in the festival in 1956. In 2005, she is the 50th Saio-dai.

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The wooden railing on the right is slimmer than the left one. It means it is removable, allowing the ninja to escape from the 2nd floor.501 views
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Finale500 viewsEveryone performed in the finale.
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Peace Statue500 viewsEvery Aug. 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing, a memorial service is held here.
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Float pullers at Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri500 views
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Ninja souvenirs500 views
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Box seats. Cramped space for four people.499 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady499 views
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Banner of shunga-style penis painting.499 views
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One of Japan's renown and historical centers for pottery, Shigaraki's heart is the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park.499 viewsTo reach Shigaraki by train, first get on the JR Kusatsu Line, get off at Kibukawa Station where you transfer to the Shigaraki Kogen Railway Line (photo).
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Ozeki Musoyama is defeated.498 views
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Nephews give a flower bouquet (they can step on the sumo ring)498 views
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Mini octopus498 views
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Kanamara mikoshi497 views
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The Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri (Plum Blossom) Festival is held annually from early Feb. to early March. Enjoy the sweet fragrance of the flowers and on weekends, stage entertainment can include belly dancers and Shiraume Taiko women drummers.497 viewsThis is the entrance to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (also called Yushima Tenmangu) flanked by plum blossoms on the right.
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Nebuta Festival ねぶた祭496 viewsAomori
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That rope goes to the second floor (see next photo).496 views
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Pulling it tight495 views
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Maid costume player in Akihabara495 views
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Haniwa statues in Heiwadai Park, Miyazaki495 views
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A large crowd tries to catch numerous mochi which are hard and can be dangerous if it hits you on the face or head. To avoid injury, do not look down and don't try to pick up mochi on the ground. You can get trampled, and most injuries occur this way.495 views
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My lunch. Ball-shaped gyoza. The skin is slightly crunchy.495 views
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The following photos (watermarked "2008") of Robert Walker Irwin's summer residence were taken before it was moved to its present location.495 views
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Suzuki Ionis494 viewsA real ballerina-type model danced in front of the car. I like this picture.
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1624: Saruwaka Sanza, Edo Kabuki. Kabuki was started in the early Edo Period in 1624. Later, Edo's three licensed kabuki theaters named the Nakamura-za, Ichimura-za, and Morita-za were relocated to Asakusa in an area called Saruwaka.494 views"Sanza" means three theaters. 猿若三座 江戸歌舞伎
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Todaiji Temple494 views
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Symbol of Nagoya, golden shachihoko. Killer whale or fish with a tiger's head.494 viewsFirst believed to protect the building from disasters, but later served as the symbol of the castle lord's authority. The original pair was destroyed along with the castle tower during WWII, but they were remade in 1959 along with the castle tower. Later, they were recoated with gold. They gleam very well on sunny days. The male fish is on the right (north), and female (south) on the left.
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine494 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸494 views
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Established in 1617, Tsukiji Hongwanji temple is the Tokyo headquarters of the Nishi Hongwanji Jodo Shinshu sect. The present temple, based on Indian architecture, was built in the 1930s.494 viewsThe temple is the only one in Japan which is under the direct control of the sect. Its head priest is the Monshu Abbot himself. April 8 is observed as Buddha's birthday, called Hana Matsuri ("Flower Festival) in Japan.
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Bird's eye view of Shirakawa-go from Ogimachi Castle ruins.494 views
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