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7. Sawagi さわぎ563 views
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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.563 views
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Musashimaru minus his topknot562 views
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These aircraft carrier photos are by the US Navy.562 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 marker560 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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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."560 views
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Edo Scenes: 2. Sumidagawa (Sumida River)560 viewsSolo dancer: 眞由美 (Mayumi)
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Four ladies in waiting called shinzo, follow the oiran. They are future oiran.560 views
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Shuriken throwing knives.560 views
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The procession is ready to start from Kumano Shrine.559 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.559 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.559 views
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Hypocenter description558 views
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White plum blossoms, the most common variety, and with the sweetest aroma.556 views
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Hawaii's last sumo wrestler shakes hands.556 viewsIf he were married, his wife would be beside him.
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Edo Geisha portrayed by Asakusa geisha.555 views江戸芸者
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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).555 views
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Kanamara mikoshi554 views
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Part 2: Passing of Spring in Kyoto, "Nanohanaya" (Rape blossoms) 菜の花や554 viewsPart 2 of the program consists of dance numbers.
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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.554 views
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Long line at the lollipop stand...553 views
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A flaming star553 views
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Bus in front of Railway Station 駅前のバス552 viewsFinnish design perhaps. Definitely better looking than buses in Japan.
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Inside Koka Ninja Museum which opened in 1983. The dirt-floored room has various ninja ladders.552 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.549 views
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Iwakuni Castle548 views
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Aoi Festival, Kyoto548 viewsThe parade proceeds through a long route in Kyoto, taking a few hours.
See more photos of this festival here.
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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.547 views
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Bonsho temple bell at Chusonji temple. Nice building for the bell. 梵鐘547 views
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Praying at Bishamon546 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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Ceremony back at the shrine545 views
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He was grim-faced all throughout545 views
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Shibuya crossing543 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543 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.543 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.543 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.543 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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Mud on Your Face: Fashionable, at Warabi Hadaka Matsuri in Yotsukaido, Chiba.542 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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Cheerleader in the stands!542 views
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You have to see the video of these fantastic women taiko drummers on March 5, 2011.542 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.)541 views1 comments
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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.541 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine540 views
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Shigaraki tanuki racoon dogs.539 views
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Matchlock gun demo at Azuchi Nobunaga Festival538 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.538 views
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Iga-ryu Ninja House ninja show.537 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536 views
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Birds of Hokkaido, by Tadashi Shimada (クーサモ図書館への寄贈図書)535 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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Snip by Musashimaru's brother535 views
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Maid costume player in Akihabara535 views
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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.535 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.534 views
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Mud for All Ages533 views
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DPE533 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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This is what you see inside Oku-no-miya Shrine. A giant wooden phallus offering.533 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533 views
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Shrine maiden and Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa532 views三社大権現祭礼 船渡御
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Rear view of the shiranui style of tying the rope.532 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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Now comes the giant phallus heading for the shrine's main hall.532 views
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Ninja tools532 views
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Mine-yakushido Hall worships Yakushi Nyorai. 峯薬師堂532 views
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Path to Peace Statue531 views
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Signboard for retirement ceremony at entrance.531 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...531 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 elephant531 views千代田女学院
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Kitchen area in Iga-ryu Ninja House.531 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, 2009.531 views
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Exterior of Great Buddha, Kamakura529 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).529 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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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.529 views
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Hikaru Nishida at center in red for Naritasan Setsubun in Feb. 2001.529 views
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The festival is also nicknamed "Doronko Matsuri" which means Mud Festival.528 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治528 views
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Remains of Urakami Cathedral wall527 viewsNext to the hypocenter is this partial cathedral wall.
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Me next please!!!526 viewsThe winner gets to decide who to wrestle next. The rikishi all beg to be picked.
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Hikone Castle and Genkyu-en Garden in fall526 views
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Fukuyama Castle tower526 views
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They wrap the rope around his waist from the front, or the thickest part of the rope.526 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 enters526 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: 0748-88-5000526 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526 views1 comments
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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.526 views
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Duel to the death.525 views
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Out of the main gate. Everything was very orderly, no pushing nor shoving.524 views
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Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga. 農姫524 views
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Revolving door of Iga-ryu Ninja House 524 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.523 views1 comments
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Ninja dolls523 views
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Peace memorial from Germany522 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522 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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I give her my Best Babe and Best Costume Awards for Tokyo Marathon 2010.522 views1 comments
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ521 views
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Maiko poses in front of the Naginata-boko float across the street in Kyoto521 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.521 views
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Kia Motors520 viewsA crowd favorite. Kia (not her name) is from South Korea.
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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.520 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.520 views
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Opel519 viewsYes, some girls don't need to smile to look good.
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Hypocenter of atomic bomb, adjacent to Peace park518 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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A Man and a Baby at Warabi Hadaka Matsuri in Yotsukaido, Chiba.517 views
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Finale517 views
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Shinya Katabuchi vs. Tatsuhiro Muramoto (Semi-final)517 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.517 views
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Making medicine.517 views
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Yuta Yazaki vs. Yohei Takai516 views
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Registry Shelf storing the names of atomic bomb victims516 views
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New Year's, Gifu Station516 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.516 views
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Closeup of red plum blossom515 views
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Shuruken takes skill to throw.515 views
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Nakamon Gate to Imperial Palace 中門514 views
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More blood relatives (or brothers)513 views
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Welcome to Akihabara! (Or Akiba for short.) Japan and Tokyo's largest cluster of electronics shops.513 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.513 views
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Peace memorial from Czechoslovakia512 views
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Oiran Dochu Procession 花の吉原おいらん道中512 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512 viewsThis main tower used to house a museum. The top floor had a lookout deck with fine views.
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Finale: "Hana Utage" (Flower Banquet) 花うたげ512 views
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Facing the right in thanks...511 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.511 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.511 views
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Narita-san Setsubun bean throwers. Sumo wrestlers, Nishida Hikaru, Makise Riho, etc.511 views
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Portable shrine procession510 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.509 views
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Sarutahiko-no-Okami, the deity who led the descent of Amaterasu (Sun Goddess) from heaven to earth.509 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.509 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509 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508 views
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9:33 am: Behind us on Nijubashi Bridge. 二重橋507 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.507 views
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Mimusubi Shrine, Yotsukaido, Chiba. The small shrine that conducts the festival. (皇産霊神社)506 views
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Costume Player Area, Tokyo Big Sight506 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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Small gun concealed as a sword.506 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.506 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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A bit of rythmn gymnastics.506 views
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Closing words505 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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Tomioka Hachiman tekomai geisha505 views
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Shiga LakeStars cheerleaders.505 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).504 views1 comments
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Five-colored rice grains used for secret communication.504 views
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Ninja shop504 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.503 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.503 views
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Crane design in temari503 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..503 views
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Trap door behind a scroll with the kanji "shinobi" (stealth).503 views
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Snip by stablemate Ozeki Musoyama502 views
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Five-colored rice grains used for secret communication.502 views
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Towel throwing501 viewsDuring the finale, the geisha started throwing hand towels to the audience.
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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.501 views
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With buckets and water testing kits, they do their testing.501 views1 comments
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Going through the trap door.501 views1 comments
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Statue of Lord Ii Naomasa (井伊 直政 1561-1602 ) in front of JR Hikone Station in 2007.500 views
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Comic sumo (shokkiri sumo)499 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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The procession goers down the slope in front of Kumano Shrine.497 views
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Finale496 viewsEveryone performed in the finale.
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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.496 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up496 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.496 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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Daihatsu495 views
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Othello495 views
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Old photo494 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Kubota Castle492 views
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And it leaves the shrine.492 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.492 views
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Kitchen492 views
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Female ninja491 views
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Peace Statue490 viewsEvery Aug. 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing, a memorial service is held here.
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View of Chiba Park from monorail. 綿打池490 views
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Tokyo Anime Center, Akihabara490 views
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Cushion490 views
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸489 views
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Ozeki Musoyama is defeated.489 views
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For an extra 200 yen, you can watch the ninja show right next to the ninja house.489 views
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Maids to greet you488 views
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Nephews give a flower bouquet (they can step on the sumo ring)487 views
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People waiting for the procession in front of Kumano Shrine.487 views
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Banner of shunga-style penis painting.487 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 Ko487 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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Kanamara mikoshi486 views
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Float pullers at Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri486 views
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Koenji Awa Odori486 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.486 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.486 viewsThis is the entrance to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (also called Yushima Tenmangu) flanked by plum blossoms on the right.
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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485 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.485 views
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Ninja souvenirs485 views
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Todaiji Temple484 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸484 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady484 views
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Narita Gion Matsuri483 views
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My lunch. Ball-shaped gyoza. The skin is slightly crunchy.483 views
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That rope goes to the second floor (see next photo).483 views
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Ladder going up to the attic.483 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.483 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine482 views
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Entering the main shopping street482 views
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Pulling it tight482 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.482 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.482 views
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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.482 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.481 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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Mini octopus481 views
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Roof with ninja family crest.481 views
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Azuchi Castle construction480 views
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Suzuki Ionis480 viewsA real ballerina-type model danced in front of the car. I like this picture.
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Farewell Konica-Minolta480 views
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Maid costume player in Akihabara480 views
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To Dogenzaka and Center-gai arcade480 views
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Entrance to Hibiya Park near the Imperial Palace and Ginze. One of Tokyo's most centrally-located parks. Free admission.480 views
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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)479 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, Tokyo479 viewsStarting at 4 pm, this was the third and last show of the day and all 400 seats were sold out.

The performance had two parts separated by a 20-min. intermission. Each part had several different dances.
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Box seats. Cramped space for four people.479 views
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