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Juggling sickles. Having a sickle did not arouse suspicion as it was a common farming tool. But for the ninja, it was an effective weapon.567 views
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These aircraft carrier photos are by the US Navy.565 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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Musashimaru minus his topknot564 views
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7. Sawagi さわぎ564 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.564 views
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.564 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.564 views
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Hypocenter marker563 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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Shuriken throwing knives.563 views
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Hypocenter description562 views
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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."562 views
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)562 viewsSolo dancer: 眞由美 (Mayumi)
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.561 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.560 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.560 views
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Edo Geisha portrayed by Asakusa geisha.559 views江戸芸者
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Hawaii's last sumo wrestler shakes hands.558 viewsIf he were married, his wife would be beside him.
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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).558 views
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Kanamara mikoshi557 views
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Part 2: Passing of Spring in Kyoto, "Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や557 viewsPart 2 of the program consists of dance numbers.
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A flaming star557 views
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Long line at the lollipop stand...555 views
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Inside Koka Ninja Museum which opened in 1983. The dirt-floored room has various ninja ladders.555 views
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Bus in front of Railway Station 駅前のバス553 viewsFinnish design perhaps. Definitely better looking than buses in Japan.
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Aoi Festival, Kyoto553 viewsThe parade proceeds through a long route in Kyoto, taking a few hours.
See more photos of this festival here.
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Iwakuni Castle552 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.551 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551 views
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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.550 views
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Bonsho temple bell at Chusonji temple. Nice building for the bell. 梵鐘550 views
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Ceremony back at the shrine548 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548 views
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Praying at Bishamon547 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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He was grim-faced all throughout547 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.547 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.547 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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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.546 views
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Mud on Your Face: Fashionable, at Warabi Hadaka Matsuri in Yotsukaido, Chiba.545 views
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Shibuya crossing544 views
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You have to see the video of these fantastic women taiko drummers on March 5, 2011.544 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine543 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.543 views
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Cheerleader in the stands!543 views
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Welcome!542 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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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.)542 views1 comments
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Shigaraki tanuki racoon dogs.542 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541 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.541 views
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Iga-ryu Ninja House ninja show.541 views
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Matchlock gun demo at Azuchi Nobunaga Festival540 views
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Maid costume player in Akihabara540 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.539 views1 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.539 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).539 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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Mud for All Ages537 views
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DPE537 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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Shrine maiden and Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa537 views三社大権現祭礼 船渡御
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Exterior of Great Buddha, Kamakura537 views
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Rear view of the shiranui style of tying the rope.537 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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Snip by Musashimaru's brother537 views
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This is what you see inside Oku-no-miya Shrine. A giant wooden phallus offering.537 views
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Following the USS Midway, the USS Independence was the second forward-deployed US aircraft carrier in Japan. It was based in Yokosuka during 1991-98.537 views
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Birds of Hokkaido, by Tadashi Shimada (クーサモ図書館への寄贈図書)536 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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The 2nd floor, between the first floor and ceiling, has a very low height which can entrap an intruder going upstairs.536 views
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Now comes the giant phallus heading for the shrine's main hall.535 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.535 views
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Mine-yakushido Hall worships Yakushi Nyorai. 峯薬師堂535 views
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Path to Peace Statue534 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治534 views
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Ninja tools534 views
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Kitchen area in Iga-ryu Ninja House.534 views
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Signboard for retirement ceremony at entrance.533 viewsIt reads "Musashimaru, Intai Danpatsu Hiroo Ozumo" which means "Musashimaru Topknot-Cutting and Retirement Sumo Exhibition."
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But his mom cannot step on the sumo ring...533 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 elephant533 views千代田女学院
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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, 2009.533 views
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The festival is also nicknamed "Doronko Matsuri" which means Mud Festival.532 views
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Hikone Castle and Genkyu-en Garden in fall532 views
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Hikaru Nishida at center in red for Naritasan Setsubun in Feb. 2001.532 views
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Remains of Urakami Cathedral wall530 viewsNext to the hypocenter is this partial cathedral wall.
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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: 0748-88-5000530 views
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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530 views1 comments
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Out of the main gate. Everything was very orderly, no pushing nor shoving.529 views
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Fukuyama Castle tower529 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.529 views
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Me next please!!!528 viewsThe winner gets to decide who to wrestle next. The rikishi all beg to be picked.
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They wrap the rope around his waist from the front, or the thickest part of the rope.528 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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Konishiki is called and he enters528 views
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Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga. 農姫528 views
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Duel to the death.528 views
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Revolving door of Iga-ryu Ninja House 527 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526 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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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ526 views
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Peace memorial from Germany525 views
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Subaru525 views
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Ninja dolls525 views
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I give her my Best Babe and Best Costume Awards for Tokyo Marathon 2010.525 views1 comments
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Maiko poses in front of the Naginata-boko float across the street in Kyoto524 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.524 views
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A Man and a Baby at Warabi Hadaka Matsuri in Yotsukaido, Chiba.523 views
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Kia Motors523 viewsA crowd favorite. Kia (not her name) is from South Korea.
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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.523 views
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Opel522 viewsYes, some girls don't need to smile to look good.
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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.522 views
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Hypocenter of atomic bomb, adjacent to Peace park521 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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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.521 views
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Shinya Katabuchi vs. Tatsuhiro Muramoto (Semi-final)520 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom520 views
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Making medicine.520 views
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Finale519 views
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Registry Shelf storing the names of atomic bomb victims519 views
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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.519 views
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Yuta Yazaki vs. Yohei Takai518 views
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New Year's, Gifu Station518 views
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Shuruken takes skill to throw.518 views
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Welcome to Akihabara! (Or Akiba for short.) Japan and Tokyo's largest cluster of electronics shops.517 views
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Peace memorial from Czechoslovakia516 views
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Nakamon Gate to Imperial Palace 中門516 views
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Oiran Dochu Procession 花の吉原おいらん道中516 views
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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516 viewsThis main tower used to house a museum. The top floor had a lookout deck with fine views.
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More blood relatives (or brothers)516 views
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ515 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.515 views
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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.515 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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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.514 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.513 views
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Portable shrine procession513 views
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Narita-san Setsubun bean throwers. Sumo wrestlers, Nishida Hikaru, Makise Riho, etc.513 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.512 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512 views
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Facing the right in thanks...512 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.511 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.511 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511 views
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Mimusubi Shrine, Yotsukaido, Chiba. The small shrine that conducts the festival. (皇産霊神社)510 views
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Costume Player Area, Tokyo Big Sight510 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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9:33 am: Behind us on Nijubashi Bridge. 二重橋510 views
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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha509 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.509 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.509 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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Small gun concealed as a sword.508 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.507 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).507 views1 comments
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A bit of rythmn gymnastics.507 views
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Five-colored rice grains used for secret communication.507 views
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Ninja shop507 views
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Closing words506 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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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.506 views
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With buckets and water testing kits, they do their testing.506 views1 comments
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Crane design in temari506 views
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Shiga LakeStars cheerleaders.506 views
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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..505 views
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Trap door behind a scroll with the kanji "shinobi" (stealth).505 views
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Five-colored rice grains used for secret communication.505 views
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Snip by stablemate Ozeki Musoyama504 views
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Statue of Lord Ii Naomasa (井伊 直政 1561-1602 ) in front of JR Hikone Station in 2007.504 views
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Going through the trap door.503 views1 comments
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Towel throwing502 viewsDuring the finale, the geisha started throwing hand towels to the audience.
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Comic sumo (shokkiri sumo)501 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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Maids to greet you501 views
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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.500 views
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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.499 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up499 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.498 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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Finale497 viewsEveryone performed in the finale.
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Old photo497 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Othello497 views
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Kubota Castle495 views
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And it leaves the shrine.495 views
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Tokyo Anime Center, Akihabara495 views
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Kitchen495 views
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View of Chiba Park from monorail. 綿打池494 views
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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.494 views
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Female ninja494 views
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Peace Statue493 viewsEvery Aug. 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing, a memorial service is held here.
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Cushion493 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492 views
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸492 views
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For an extra 200 yen, you can watch the ninja show right next to the ninja house.492 views
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Ozeki Musoyama is defeated.491 views
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One of Japan's renown and historical centers for pottery, Shigaraki's heart is the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. To reach Shigaraki by train, first get on the JR Kusatsu Line, get off at Kibukawa Station where you transfer to the Shigaraki Ko491 viewsOne of Japan's renown and historical centers for pottery, Shigaraki's heart is the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. To 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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Farewell Konica-Minolta490 views
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Koenji Awa Odori490 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.490 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.490 views
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Kanamara mikoshi489 views
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Nephews give a flower bouquet (they can step on the sumo ring)489 views
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Float pullers at Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri489 views
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Banner of shunga-style penis painting.489 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.489 viewsThis is the entrance to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (also called Yushima Tenmangu) flanked by plum blossoms on the right.
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Narita Gion Matsuri488 views
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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.488 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸487 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady487 views
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Ninja souvenirs487 views
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Todaiji Temple486 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine486 views
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My lunch. Ball-shaped gyoza. The skin is slightly crunchy.486 views
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Roof with ninja family crest.486 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.486 views
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Entering the main shopping street485 views
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Pulling it tight485 views
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Mini octopus485 views
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That rope goes to the second floor (see next photo).485 views
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Ladder going up to the attic.485 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.485 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.484 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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Maid costume player in Akihabara484 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.484 views
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Azuchi Castle construction483 views
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Suzuki Ionis483 viewsA real ballerina-type model danced in front of the car. I like this picture.
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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)483 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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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)483 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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A long line outside Kyoto City Gymnasium on Oct. 3, 2009 before noon when gates opened for the Kyoto Hannaryz debut game in the bj-league.483 views
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The folded right leg symbolizes quiet meditation.482 views1 comments
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