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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri475 views
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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475 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475 views
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Symbol of Nagoya, golden shachihoko. Killer whale or fish with a tiger's head.474 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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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474 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.474 views
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Numerous azalea bushes473 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)473 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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Haniwa statues in Heiwadai Park, Miyazaki473 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.473 views
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Shuriken Dojo Hall 手裏剣道場473 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).473 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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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo472 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.472 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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Portable shrine procession471 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males471 views
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Musashimaru finally appears for a yokozuna belt demo471 views
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Map on lookout deck.471 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).471 views
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8:40 am: Bag check470 views
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Nebuta Festival ねぶた祭470 viewsAomori
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Bird's eye view of Shirakawa-go from Ogimachi Castle ruins.470 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).470 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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Townsend Harris and Commodore Perry 黒船来航・浦賀奉行469 views
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His mom is next...469 views
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Yumitori-shiki bow-twirling ceremony469 views
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More secret ninja language.469 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.468 views
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Uradome Coast, Tottori467 views
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Ninja doll on a pole.467 views
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Oh, I gotta take a picture of this...466 viewsLook at the gyoji referee who must be thinking, "C'mon, hurry up!"
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Sumo wrestler's hairstyle.466 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.466 views
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8:37 am: We crossed the street to enter Imperial Palace grounds465 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi465 views
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Inside ninja museum which is in a former rice warehouse.465 views
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Ichinomiya Station has both the JR Tokaido Line and Meitetsu Line. Ichinomiya literally means "Shrine No. 1."465 views
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Tekomai Geisha, Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, Tokyo464 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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Iga-ryu Ninja House is in Ueno Park which includes Iga-Ueno Castle nearby.464 views
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Porsche463 views
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Tagata Shrine Honen-sai Festival. Also see the video at YouTube.463 views
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Hagoita Honey463 views
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Awa Odori Dance, Koenji, Tokyo462 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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Mt. Naka-dake is Mt. Aso's most famous crater, Kumamoto 阿蘇山 中岳火口462 viewsMeasures 1 km wide north to south and 4 km east to west.
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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).462 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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Press conference by Keiji Suzuki461 views
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Comic sumo (shokkiri sumo)461 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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Thatched-roof of Iga-ryu Ninja House.461 views
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Genroku Flower-Viewing Dance 元禄花見踊り460 views
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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.460 views
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Throwing sickles and shuriken.460 views
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Makushita sumo match459 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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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri459 views
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Snip by Kitanoumi, the head of the Japan Sumo Association459 views
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Akita bijin (beauties) promoting Akita rice459 views
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Hagoita Honey poses in Asakusa459 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.459 views
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Iga-ryu Ninja House is a thatched-roof house whose roof once caught fire in the 1990s. It was rebuilt.459 views
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Men Take Strands of Straw458 views
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Kanamara mikoshi457 views
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Giant painted pictures of Musashimaru decorating the arena inside. Each one commemorates a tournament victory.457 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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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara457 views
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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. 457 views
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More people than the real tournament456 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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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.456 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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Practice455 views
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.455 views
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Honda Motorcycles455 views
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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival.455 viewsEven these people had to obtain police permission to bear and fire these feudal-era guns.
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Gunpowder case455 views
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Hummer454 viewsShe was charming...
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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri454 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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Ladies in waiting (hey there, look up!)454 views下を向いたらあかん。
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.454 views
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454 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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You have to applaud once in a while.454 views
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Mud Slinging453 views
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Lake Yamanaka453 views
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Nihon Sankei - Amanohashidate453 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453 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.453 views
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Ninja costumes for sale. 10,000 yen for adult costume, and 7,000 yen for children's size.453 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. 453 views
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Towel throwing452 viewsThere were women in the middle the hall also throwing towels to people sitting further back.
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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.451 views
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The scissors (golden)451 viewsI think it was given by French President Chirac who is a sumo fan.
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests is pulled on a palanquin instead of being carried.451 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.451 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.451 views
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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.450 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.450 views
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Filling up the plaza449 views
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Swinging down a rope.449 views
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Omi-Maiko Station on JR Kosei Line. It makes it easy for people in Kyoto to visit Omi-Maiko. MAP448 viewsSign says "Welcome to Omi-Maiko." Omi-Maiko was in the former town of Shiga-cho that merged into Otsu.
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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.448 views
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Okazaki Castle tower448 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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Map of Hama-rikyu Gardens. Main entrance is on the upper left corner.448 views
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp.448 views
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Preparing unagi eel, Narita, Chiba. Also see the video at YouTube.447 viewsSlicing it in half lengthwise.
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The Registry Shelf points to the hypocenter.447 views
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Yamato Awa Odori447 views
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Sagami River Koi-nobori447 viewsMore pictures here
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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.447 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447 views
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Hypocenter446 views
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Yamaha Gen-Ryu motorcycle446 views
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Onomichi Castle (tourist facility)446 viewsThis is not based on an actual castle, but built as an amusement attraction. Now closed.
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Musashimaru acknowledges a spectator as he proceeds to the ring.446 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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The parade was over after 30 min. (11:30 - 12 pm).446 views
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Koganei Park sakura446 views
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.446 views
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Nihon Sankei - Matsushima444 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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Fukuoka Castle, Kinen Turret444 views祈念櫓
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Turning around at the end of the route.444 views
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Old Tokyo Station sign on the Yaesu side (old Daimaru Dept. Store).444 views
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Hagoita Honey444 views
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The cars were all glossy and colorful, very nice.444 views
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The first snip. Also see the video at YouTube.443 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。443 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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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443 views
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Even ninja get thirsty.443 views
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Palanquin for Deity of Harvests442 views
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Castle wall to climb on.442 views
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From the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the procession proceeds on main roads to Heian Shrine.442 views
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Medicine packages from Koka ninja-related medicine companies. Even today, Koka has numerous medicine manufacturers.441 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき440 views
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Final match: Keiji Suzuki vs. Tatsuhiro Muramoto439 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.439 views1 comments
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Rope knots hung on roof eaves, etc., were also used for communication.439 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.438 views
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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.437 views
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Weeping plum blossoms at the top of the plum tree "waterfall."437 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)437 views腰輿(およよ)
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Mt. Daisen, Tottori Pref.437 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ437 views
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Alpine436 viewsShe had horde of photographers crowded in front of her. But she managed to find me and smiled.
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Imabari Castle 今治城436 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom436 views
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Temple office sells souvenirs such as the maneki neko beckoning cat in various sizes (and prices).436 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.434 views
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Yamaha Motorcycles433 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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Panoramic shot of the Kintaikyo Bridge area.432 views
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Asakusa Folk Entertainment. This was the last act. Somewhat tacky end to the festival.432 views
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Fuji TV with professional cheerleaders432 views
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Kimono women going to a convenience store, Ako, Hyogo432 views
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Shibuya Station, South Exit, as seen from Tokyu Plaza 渋谷駅南口432 views
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Mud Fight Round 2431 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer431 views
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Yasukuni Shrine's main torii during Mitama Matsuri431 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady431 views
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The Bulgarian (Kotooshu) on the left430 views
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Path to Gifu Castle tower430 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.430 views
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Cosplayer teenager posing on the road.430 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.430 views
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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.430 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.429 views
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People behind fill up the rest of the plaza429 views
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Warrior armor displayed on second floor of Himeji Castle tower429 views
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Lunch at Yogoko-so lodge: Eel (unagi) and udon noodles. I think it was 700 yen or so.429 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.429 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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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 m429 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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1. Fuji Murasaki (Purple Wisteria)428 views
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Tekomai428 views
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Shuriken throwing.428 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa427 views
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Sumo jinku427 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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Veranda of Iga-ryu Ninja House 427 views
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Asashoryu joins in426 views1 comments
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Watch Out for Pickpockets!426 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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Musashigawa stablemaster (former Yokozuna Mienoumi) in the entrance hall426 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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Posing with maybe with their school teacher.426 views
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Path down to Koka Ninja Village. Lots of greenery. MAP426 views
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Wall to climb on426 views
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Ceiling of Ninja House.426 views
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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.426 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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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo425 views
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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.425 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.424 views
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Some babies wear beautiful kimono for the occasion.424 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. MAP424 views
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Panoramic shot of the Kokugikan423 viewsNotice the upper floor was quite empty, similar to Akebono's retirement ceremony.
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Installed inside the shrine's Honden main hall, the new giant penis will replace the old one.423 views
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Blow tube and blow darts.423 views
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The parade started at 1:10 pm and ended at 6 pm.423 views
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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...423 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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Risa リサ423 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.422 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. Map422 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.421 views
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Exiting the building421 views
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The famed Bansenshukai Ninja Bible detailing ninja tools and techniques. This is a replica.421 views
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Poor posture and how not to pose in a kimono.421 views
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Cold-water ablutions is not unusual in ascetic Buddhism, but to see it at a Shinto shrine is unusual.421 views
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No Tripods420 views三脚使用禁止 - The bold characters read, "Sankyaku shiyō kinshi" meaning tripod use is prohibited. The sign further explains that since tripods hinder the view of other spectators, they are not allowed except in the press photographers' box.

The kanji characters for tripod consists of "san" for three (the 3 horizontal lines make it obvious), and "kyaku" which means legs.

Place: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine (during the Yabusame Festival), Kamakura, Kanagawa Pref.
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Nijubashi Bridge straight ahead!420 views
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Musashimaru greets the crowd420 views
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Apparently it can become erect too. (Compare with previous photo.)420 views
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Both the Marunouchi and Yaesu sides have three main entrances/exits at the north (Kita-guchi), center (Chuo-guchi), and south (Minami-guchi) ends. Tokyo Station platform sign419 views
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Shuriken Dojo has a few stalls. For a few hundred yen, you can throw real shuriken at wooden targets.419 views
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