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Haniwa statues in Heiwadai Park, Miyazaki479 views
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The folded right leg symbolizes quiet meditation.478 views1 comments
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Two for the price of one!!478 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)478 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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Autumn Rose. Moss pink flowers have five petals with notches, looking like miniature cherry blossoms. The flowers are small. オータムローズ478 views
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Aloha Dalire teaching hula in Ikaho. The Hawaiian workshops were held at the Ikaho Kaikan Hall in central Ikaho. アロハ・ダリレが教えるフラセミナー478 views
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Symbol of Nagoya, golden shachihoko. Killer whale or fish with a tiger's head.477 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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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri477 views
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Numerous azalea bushes476 views
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Bird's eye view of Shirakawa-go from Ogimachi Castle ruins.476 views
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Maki-bishi made of steel. Used for escape when they encountered an enemy. Many of the ninja's weapons were designed to buy time for the ninja to escape.476 views
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Musashimaru finally appears for a yokozuna belt demo475 views
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The first mikoshi is for Takeinadane-no-Mikoto coming to visit his wife of Tamahime at Tagata Shrine, where Tamahime's residence was located.475 views
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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo475 views
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Next to the Ninja house is the Koka Ninja Museum (Koka Ninjutsu Hakubutsukan). This was also a fomer house transplanted here. 甲賀忍術博物館475 views
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Nebuta Festival ねぶた祭474 viewsAomori
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Map on lookout deck.474 views
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Shuriken Dojo Hall 手裏剣道場474 views
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George Washington is en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier.474 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 28, 2008) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits off the coast of Southern California conducting its combat operations efficiency evaluation with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. George Washington is en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. U.S. Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class Clifford L. H. Davis/Released)
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More secret ninja language.474 views
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8:40 am: Bag check473 views
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Portable shrine procession473 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males473 views
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Geisha Pair Outside Geisha House. These two geisha know how to pose for the camera. It looks like Kyoto. You can tell that they are geisha because of the shorter kimono sleeve, subdued kimono design (mostly black), and their clogs (for rainy weather).473 views
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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter delivers remarks at the arrival ceremony for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).472 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25, 2008) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter delivers remarks at the arrival ceremony for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). 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 Charles Oki/Released)
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Ninja doll on a pole.472 views
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Townsend Harris and Commodore Perry 黒船来航・浦賀奉行471 views
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Oh, I gotta take a picture of this...471 viewsLook at the gyoji referee who must be thinking, "C'mon, hurry up!"
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His mom is next...471 views
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Yumitori-shiki bow-twirling ceremony471 views
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Iga-ryu Ninja House is in Ueno Park which includes Iga-Ueno Castle nearby.471 views
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Uradome Coast, Tottori470 views
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The Ninja House also displays autographs by celebrities who visited the house. This is actor Harrison Ford who visited in Feb. 2000. He came unannounced with a taxi driver, interpreter, and his son.470 views
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Sumo wrestler's hairstyle.470 views
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Inside ninja museum which is in a former rice warehouse.470 views
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The Sanno-sai Festival is held annually on April 12-15 at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. Not to be confused with the Sanno Matsuri held by Hie Shrine in Tokyo. It centers on April 14, the shrine's most important day called Reisai.470 views
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Tekomai Geisha, Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, Tokyo469 viewsTomioka Hachimangu Shrine in Fukagawa, Tokyo holds the full-scale Fukagawa Hachiman Festival every three years in August. It is a parade of over 50 portable shrines preceded by a troupe of tekomai geisha.

Their colorful costume is partially masculine with trousers instead of skirts. Their right shoulder is "exposed" to show a peony flower design. They carry a red paper lantern imprinted with their names and use their right hand to drag along a metal wand. As they walk, they only sing traditional chant-like songs. They do not dance.
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8:37 am: We crossed the street to enter Imperial Palace grounds468 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi468 views
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Ichinomiya Station has both the JR Tokaido Line and Meitetsu Line. Ichinomiya literally means "Shrine No. 1."468 views
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At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Dec. 10, 2002 -- Sailors aboard the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship Chokai (DDF 176) come along side the Kitty Hawk to receive fuel during a replenishment at sea (RAS).467 viewsAt sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Dec. 10, 2002 -- Sailors aboard the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship Chokai (DDF 176) come along side the Kitty Hawk to receive fuel during a replenishment at sea (RAS). Kitty Hawk had the opportunity to work with the JMSDF during exercises conducted earlier in the deployment. Kitty Hawk is the U. S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom. (RELEASED)
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Thatched-roof of Iga-ryu Ninja House.467 views
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Porsche466 views
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Mt. Naka-dake is Mt. Aso's most famous crater, Kumamoto 阿蘇山 中岳火口466 viewsMeasures 1 km wide north to south and 4 km east to west.
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Tagata Shrine Honen-sai Festival. Also see the video at YouTube.466 views
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Hagoita Honey466 views
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Throwing sickles and shuriken.466 views
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Awa Odori Dance, Koenji, Tokyo465 viewsIn late August, Koenji in Tokyo holds one of the largest Awa Odori dances outside Tokushima Prefecture. This woman is a different type of Awa dancer. She wears a head band, a happi coat imprinted with the name of her dance troupe, a pair of white shorts, and a pair of white sock-like shoes called tabi.
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Iga-ryu Ninja House is a thatched-roof house whose roof once caught fire in the 1990s. It was rebuilt.465 views
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Comic sumo (shokkiri sumo)464 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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Snip by Kitanoumi, the head of the Japan Sumo Association464 views
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Genroku Flower-Viewing Dance 元禄花見踊り463 views
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Makushita sumo match463 viewsLower-division wrestlers wear black belts, while the upper division wrestlers wear white belts (during practice) or colored belts during official matches.
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The Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri or Azalea Festival is held from April to early May at Nezu Shrine which has a slope filled with 50 varieties of azaleas.463 views
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Hagoita Honey poses in Asakusa463 views
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Press conference by Keiji Suzuki462 views
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Hagoita Honey462 views
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The upper walls have explanations about the Koka ninja and Mochizuki ninja family. "Koka" is the correct pronunciation, but the kanji can also be pronounced "Koga" which has become more common.462 views
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Giant painted pictures of Musashimaru decorating the arena inside. Each one commemorates a tournament victory.461 viewsThese giant pictures are actually black-and-white photographs taken in a photo studio and printed on large paper. Then it is hand-painted in color by a woman who has been doing it for years.
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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri461 views
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Akita bijin (beauties) promoting Akita rice461 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara461 views
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Men Take Strands of Straw460 views
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.460 views
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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival.460 viewsEven these people had to obtain police permission to bear and fire these feudal-era guns.
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Panoramic view of where the Battle of Sekigahara started. Most battle monuments are within walking distance from the train station, but they are numerous and spread over a wide area.460 viewsThe battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.
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Bow twirling (called Yumitori-shiki) is the final ceremony at the end of the tournament day which is around 6 pm. 460 views
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Kanamara mikoshi459 views
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Ladies in waiting (hey there, look up!)459 views下を向いたらあかん。
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More people than the real tournament458 viewsAbout 8,000 people took time out from their Golden Week holidays to see this official sumo practice of all sumo stables.
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Hummer458 viewsShe was charming...
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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri458 viewsHe could have had Yokozuna Asashoryu be either the sword bearer or dew sweeper, but he chose to have his stablemates to join his final dohyo-iri.
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You have to applaud once in a while.458 views
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Practice457 views
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Lake Yamanaka457 views
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The End of Hawaii's Golden Age in sumo. For the first time since 1968, no wrestler from Hawaii is in the top Makunouchi division.457 views
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Gunpowder case457 views
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Honda Motorcycles456 views
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9:20 am: Long line behind. If it's a sunny day, it's sunburn time. We waited here for over 30 min.456 views
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.456 views
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456 viewsYOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 25 2008) The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. 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 3rd Class Josh Cassatt (Released)
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Mud Slinging455 views
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Held only once every 5 years, the Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance was held on Oct. 3, 2010 in Ueno, a small neighborhood at the foot of Mt. Ibuki. 455 views
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Nihon Sankei - Amanohashidate454 views日本三景 天橋立 - "Nihon Sankei" means the Scenic Trio of Japan. This is one of them, Amanohashidate in northern Kyoto. It is simply a sand bar with pine trees growing on it. Since it looks like a bridge (and actually serves as a bridge for pedestrians and bicycles), "Amanohashidate" means Bridge of Heaven. It has been the subject of poets and artists for centuries. This popular view can be had from a hilltop park nearby.

The Scenic Trio was thought to have originated in the 17th century when a Confucian scholar named 林春斎 traveled all over Japan and declared in writing that these three places were the best.

Place: Amanohashidate, Kyoto.
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Sankin Kotai Daimyo Gyoretsu palanquin. This is how the daimyo traveled--in a comfortable box hand-carried by men. 参勤交代 大名行列454 views
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The scissors (golden)454 viewsI think it was given by French President Chirac who is a sumo fan.
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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.454 views
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Ninja costumes for sale. 10,000 yen for adult costume, and 7,000 yen for children's size.454 views
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Towel throwing453 viewsThere were women in the middle the hall also throwing towels to people sitting further back.
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests is pulled on a palanquin instead of being carried.453 views
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Map of Hama-rikyu Gardens. Main entrance is on the upper left corner.453 views
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp.453 views
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The Ninja house was built in 1842. There is a guide (dressed in ninja costume) inside to show you around.453 views1 comments
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Stairs to go back down to the 1st floor. There's a rotating door. Ninja worked behind the scenes and were very secretive. They hardly told others about their activites nor left written records. Sometimes they worked as spies or mole.453 views
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Okazaki Castle tower452 viewsThe castle was dismantled during the Meiji Period and the area was made into a castle park. The castle tower was later rebuilt in 1959.
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Omi-Maiko Station on JR Kosei Line. It makes it easy for people in Kyoto to visit Omi-Maiko. MAP451 viewsSign says "Welcome to Omi-Maiko." Omi-Maiko was in the former town of Shiga-cho that merged into Otsu.
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Yamaha Gen-Ryu motorcycle451 views
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Right view from Nijubashi Bridge. In the distance, you can see another parallel bridge which leads directly into the inner grounds of the palace. We will cross that bridge too. There is also the castle-like structure called the Fushimi Turret.451 views
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Filling up the plaza451 views
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Musashimaru acknowledges a spectator as he proceeds to the ring.451 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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Yamato Awa Odori451 views
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Yamagata Castle is closest to JR Yamagata Station. This is the east side. The train station and surrounding area changed a lot since my first visit years ago.451 views
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Preparing unagi eel, Narita, Chiba. Also see the video at YouTube.450 viewsSlicing it in half lengthwise.
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Saruwaka Sanza, Edo Kabuki450 views猿若三座 江戸歌舞伎
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Sagami River Koi-nobori450 viewsMore pictures here
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Swinging down a rope.450 views
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The Registry Shelf points to the hypocenter.449 views
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Onomichi Castle (tourist facility)449 viewsThis is not based on an actual castle, but built as an amusement attraction. Now closed.
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Koganei Park sakura449 views
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.449 views
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A group of men carry a red and white pole in front of Inazawa Station, on their way to Konomiya Shrine.449 views
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Hypocenter448 views
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Hagoita Honey448 views
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Monument for Sarutobi Sasuke, a famous Koga ninja who was born in Koka. However, he was only fictional character. Ninjas never tried to become famous. 猿飛佐助の碑448 views
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Even ninja get thirsty.448 views
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Fukuoka Castle, Kinen Turret447 views祈念櫓
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The first snip. Also see the video at YouTube.447 views
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The parade was over after 30 min. (11:30 - 12 pm).447 views
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Turning around at the end of the route.446 views
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Maiko with umbrella. The quickest way to tell if she is a geisha or maiko is by looking at her back. The tell-tale sign of a maiko is her long obi sash hanging down behind. Whereas the geisha's sash has a short knot instead.446 views1 comments
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Nihon Sankei - Matsushima445 views日本三景 松島 - Matsushima is another member of the Scenic Trio of Japan (Nihon Sankei). They are pine-clad islands off the coast near Sendai, Miyagi Pref.

Place: Matsushima, Miyagi Pref.
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Old Tokyo Station sign on the Yaesu side (old Daimaru Dept. Store).445 views
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Oiran and her attendants then performed a short but spectacular oiran show on the stage from about 2 pm. おいらんショー445 views
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The cars were all glossy and colorful, very nice.445 views
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Female schoolmates of the baton twirlers block the cameras of unrelated photographers when the baton twirlers passed. カメラ小僧を妨害するバトン部の先輩たち。444 viewsThis was the first time for me in Japan to see people blocking photographers from taking pictures at a festival. They did it to me as well. If they don't want to be photographed, why do they appear in this public festival??

妨害しても無駄だと思いますが。撮られるのがいやでしたら、まつりに出ない方がいいですよ。
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Palanquin for Deity of Harvests444 views
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Rope knots hung on roof eaves, etc., were also used for communication.444 views
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From the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the procession proceeds on main roads to Heian Shrine.444 views
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Castle wall to climb on.443 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき442 views
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Weeping plum blossoms at the top of the plum tree "waterfall."442 views
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Medicine packages from Koka ninja-related medicine companies. Even today, Koka has numerous medicine manufacturers.442 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom441 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 1991-98.441 views
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JR Miharu Station on the Ban'etsu-to Line, two stops from JR Koriyama Station on the Tohoku shinkansen line.441 views
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Final match: Keiji Suzuki vs. Tatsuhiro Muramoto440 views
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Alpine440 viewsShe had horde of photographers crowded in front of her. But she managed to find me and smiled.
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9:35 am: Walking toward the second bridge. We walked up a slight slope to reach the second, parallel bridge. The Fushimi Turret is in the background.440 views
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She wears a juni-hitoe kimono and rides in a carriage called Oyoyo. 斎王代、齋藤彩子さん (21)440 views腰輿(およよ)
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Imabari Castle 今治城439 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ439 views
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Mt. Daisen, Tottori Pref.438 views
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Temple office sells souvenirs such as the maneki neko beckoning cat in various sizes (and prices).438 views
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At 4 pm, the festival's final event is the mochi-nage or rice-cake tossing. First, they warn eveyone that the shrine won't be liable for any injury you might incur from this. And the elderly and children should avoid this mochi-nage.436 views
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Yamaha Motorcycles435 viewsAt the end of the day, the companions line up in front of their booth to say goodbye. Great photo op too.
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer435 views
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Yasukuni Shrine's main torii during Mitama Matsuri435 views
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Panoramic shot of the Kintaikyo Bridge area.434 views
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Kimono women going to a convenience store, Ako, Hyogo434 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady434 views
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Mud Fight Round 2433 views
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Path to Gifu Castle tower433 views
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Asakusa Folk Entertainment. This was the last act. Somewhat tacky end to the festival.433 views
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Fuji TV with professional cheerleaders433 views
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Shibuya Station, South Exit, as seen from Tokyu Plaza 渋谷駅南口433 views
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Cosplayer teenager posing on the road.433 views
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Veranda of Iga-ryu Ninja House 433 views
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Shuriken throwing.433 views
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The Bulgarian (Kotooshu) on the left432 views
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Road to Himeji Castle. From Himeji Station, the main road leads to the castle which can be seen in the distance.432 views
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Warrior armor displayed on second floor of Himeji Castle tower432 views
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Lunch at Yogoko-so lodge: Eel (unagi) and udon noodles. I think it was 700 yen or so.432 views
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Medicine ad sign reading Ninjutsu-gan. For belly aches. Although the ninja's medicine-making remains today, the art of ninjutsu is ironically no longer practiced in Koka. It is not a martial art like karate and judo.432 views
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Teruha with chrysanthemum. The flower she's holding matches her kimono design that shows the same flower. Her name was Teruha and she appeared in many postcards. She was born in 1896 in Osaka and worked as a geisha in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Click to read m432 viewsTeruha with chrysanthemum. The flower she's holding matches her kimono design that shows the same flower. Her name was Teruha and she appeared in many postcards. She was born in 1896 in Osaka and worked as a geisha in Shimbashi, Tokyo before becoming a Buddhist priest in Kyoto. Read more about her interesting life by James A. Gatlin at geikogallery.com.2 comments
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 2, 2008) An EA-6B Prowler from the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks" of Attack Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launch nearly simultaneously.432 viewsPACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 2, 2008) An EA-6B Prowler from the "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Diamondbacks" of Attack Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102, launch nearly simultaneously off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is sailing off the coast of Southern California where the crew is conducting training evolutions with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5. George Washington departed San Diego Aug. 21, en route to Yokosuka, Japan, where the ship will replace USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan L. Guimont/Released)
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The outstretched left hand symbolizes tranquility and world peace.431 views
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People behind fill up the rest of the plaza431 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa431 views
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Sumo jinku431 viewsThey are singing sumo jinku, a chant-like song about sumo and sumo wrestlers. They are singing about Musashimaru and his career.
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Harie is a unique rural neighborhood where homes draw clean water from an ever-flowing spring directly from the ground into private wells called kabata. A local NPO conducts tours of the area and homes with kabata.431 viewsHarie is in Takashima, Shiga, near JR Shin-Asahi Station on the Kosei Line, the gateway to Shin-Asahi and Harie. 新旭駅 MAP
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Posing with maybe with their school teacher.430 views
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Mt. Mitake is one of Tokyo's easily accessible peaks via cable car. But it still requires a good deal of climbing up slopes and steps. You can also hike to adjacent Mt. Hinode-yama. Great daytrip getaway from Tokyo's concrete jungle.430 viewsGetting off the train at Mitake Station on the JR Ome Line. I wasn't the only one who decided it was a good day to hike up Mitake. 御岳駅
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Musashigawa stablemaster (former Yokozuna Mienoumi) in the entrance hall429 viewsInside the entrance hallway, there was a long table on the left side with ribbons which served as name tags for distinguished guests. Musashigawa is the name of Musashimaru's sumo stable.
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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)429 views
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo429 views
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Asashoryu joins in428 views1 comments
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Path down to Koka Ninja Village. Lots of greenery. MAP428 views
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Ceiling of Ninja House.428 views
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Watch Out for Pickpockets!427 viewsスリに御用心 - Another human animal to watch out for. "Suri ni go-yōjin!" means watch out for pickpockets! "Suri" means pickpocket, and "go-yōjin" is like "chūi."

Place: Takayama Festival, Gifu Pref.
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The array of ninja weapons and tools was very impressive. This Ninja House strives to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions of the ninja. A visit is highly recommended.427 views
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Main entrance to Miidera (Onjoji) temple. It is the headquarters temple of the Tendai Jimon Buddhist Sect (founded by Priest Enchin) and former rival of Enryakuji temple on Mt. Hiei, also in Shiga. MAP427 views
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Bridge to Enoshima. Two bridges, one for vehicles and the other for pedestrians, enable access to this small and charming island.426 views
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Some babies wear beautiful kimono for the occasion.426 views
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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.426 views"Sanza" means three theaters. 猿若三座 江戸歌舞伎
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Panoramic shot of the Kokugikan426 viewsNotice the upper floor was quite empty, similar to Akebono's retirement ceremony.
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Off-center divided back. After March 28, 1907 when the message was allowed to be written on the address side, a dividing line was printed on the address side to separate the message and recipient's address. However...426 viewsHowever, this line was not at the center of the card. Only one-third of the card could be used for message writing and the other two-thirds portion was reserved for the name and address. Such postcards with an off-center divider were made between March 28, 1907 (Meiji 40) and March 1, 1918 (Taisho 7). From March 1, 1918, the dividing line was moved to the center of the card. (See the next image.)
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Installed inside the shrine's Honden main hall, the new giant penis will replace the old one.425 views
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Blow tube and blow darts.425 views
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The parade started at 1:10 pm and ended at 6 pm.425 views
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Musashimaru greets the crowd424 views
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He performs his last yokozuna dohyo-iri ring-entering ceremony. He is flanked by Musoyama on the left as the sword bearer, and Miyabiyama on the right as the dew sweeper.424 views
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Exiting the building424 views
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Carried by men singing kiyari laborers' songs, the smaller wooden phallus also goes to enter the shrine's main hall.424 views
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On Oct. 25-26, 2008, the first Yuru-Kyara (Mascot Character) Matsuri was held on Yume-Kyobashi Castle Road in Hikone. This sign at Hikone Station points the way. Map424 views
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Risa リサ424 views
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Cold-water ablutions is not unusual in ascetic Buddhism, but to see it at a Shinto shrine is unusual.424 views
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Nijubashi Bridge straight ahead!423 views
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Apparently it can become erect too. (Compare with previous photo.)423 views
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The famed Bansenshukai Ninja Bible detailing ninja tools and techniques. This is a replica.423 views
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Poor posture and how not to pose in a kimono.423 views
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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri ends422 views
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