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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)485 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Haniwa statues in Heiwadai Park, Miyazaki485 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485 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485 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.484 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.484 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.484 views
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8:40 am: Bag check483 views
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To Dogenzaka and Center-gai arcade483 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.483 views
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Numerous azalea bushes482 views
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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri482 views
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April 8, 2006 at Ushigome-Tansu Kumin Hall in Kagurazaka, Tokyo482 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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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo482 views
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Saruwaka Sanza, Edo Kabuki481 views猿若三座 江戸歌舞伎
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Map on lookout deck.481 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.481 views
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Sumo wrestler's hairstyle.481 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480 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).480 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.480 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.480 views
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Portable shrine procession479 views
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Musashimaru finally appears for a yokozuna belt demo479 views
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もっと奇麗に歩け479 views
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Nebuta Festival ねぶた祭479 viewsAomori
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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).479 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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Iga-ryu Ninja House is in Ueno Park which includes Iga-Ueno Castle nearby.479 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.479 views
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8:37 am: We crossed the street to enter Imperial Palace grounds478 views
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Tekomai Geisha, Fukagawa Hachiman Festival, Tokyo478 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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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males478 views
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Oh, I gotta take a picture of this...478 viewsLook at the gyoji referee who must be thinking, "C'mon, hurry up!"
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Yumitori-shiki bow-twirling ceremony478 views
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Shuriken Dojo Hall 手裏剣道場478 views
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Ninja doll on a pole.478 views
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His mom is next...477 views
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Mt. Naka-dake is Mt. Aso's most famous crater, Kumamoto 阿蘇山 中岳火口477 viewsMeasures 1 km wide north to south and 4 km east to west.
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Uradome Coast, Tottori477 views
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Inside ninja museum which is in a former rice warehouse.477 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi475 views
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Thatched-roof of Iga-ryu Ninja House.475 views
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Genroku Flower-Viewing Dance 元禄花見踊り474 views
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Townsend Harris and Commodore Perry 黒船来航・浦賀奉行474 views
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Hagoita Honey474 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.474 views
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Porsche473 views
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Hagoita Honey poses in Asakusa473 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).473 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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Demonstration of matchlock guns, Azuchi Nobunaga Festival.472 viewsEven these people had to obtain police permission to bear and fire these feudal-era guns.
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Tagata Shrine Honen-sai Festival. Also see the video at YouTube.472 views
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Ichinomiya Station has both the JR Tokaido Line and Meitetsu Line. Ichinomiya literally means "Shrine No. 1."472 views
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Awa Odori Dance, Koenji, Tokyo471 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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Comic sumo (shokkiri sumo)471 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 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.471 views
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Throwing sickles and shuriken.471 views
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Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka470 views
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Ladies in waiting (hey there, look up!)470 views下を向いたらあかん。
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Men Take Strands of Straw469 views
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.469 views
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Makushita sumo match469 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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Snip by Kitanoumi, the head of the Japan Sumo Association469 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara469 views
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Back view469 views
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Giant painted pictures of Musashimaru decorating the arena inside. Each one commemorates a tournament victory.468 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-iri468 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.468 views
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Press conference by Keiji Suzuki467 views
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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.467 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. 467 views
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Akita bijin (beauties) promoting Akita rice466 views
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.466 views
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Hummer465 viewsShe was charming...
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp.465 views
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Kanamara mikoshi464 views
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Musashimaru's final dohyo-iri463 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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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.463 views1 comments
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463 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.463 views
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Mud Slinging462 views
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More people than the real tournament462 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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Practice462 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.462 views
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.462 views
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Konomiya Hadaka Festival, Inazawa, Aichi Pref.462 views
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Map of Hama-rikyu Gardens. Main entrance is on the upper left corner.462 views
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Gunpowder case462 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. 462 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.461 views
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Toshi-gami deity of harvests is pulled on a palanquin instead of being carried.461 views
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Honda Motorcycles460 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.460 views1 comments
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Filling up the plaza459 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.459 views"Sanza" means three theaters. 猿若三座 江戸歌舞伎
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Preparing unagi eel, Narita, Chiba. Also see the video at YouTube.458 viewsSlicing it in half lengthwise.
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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.458 views
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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458 views
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Okazaki Castle tower458 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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The scissors (golden)458 viewsI think it was given by French President Chirac who is a sumo fan.
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Yamato Awa Odori458 views
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Omi-Maiko Station on JR Kosei Line. It makes it easy for people in Kyoto to visit Omi-Maiko. MAP457 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 motorcycle457 views
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Musashimaru acknowledges a spectator as he proceeds to the ring.457 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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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.457 views
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Ninja costumes for sale. 10,000 yen for adult costume, and 7,000 yen for children's size.457 views
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Koganei Park sakura456 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.456 views
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Towel throwing455 viewsThere were women in the middle the hall also throwing towels to people sitting further back.
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Nihon Sankei - Amanohashidate455 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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Fukuoka Castle, Kinen Turret455 views祈念櫓
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Onomichi Castle (tourist facility)455 viewsThis is not based on an actual castle, but built as an amusement attraction. Now closed.
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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455 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.455 views
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Hypocenter454 views
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The Registry Shelf points to the hypocenter.454 views
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The first snip. Also see the video at YouTube.454 views
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Sagami River Koi-nobori454 viewsMore pictures here
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Swinging down a rope.454 views
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Even ninja get thirsty.454 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer453 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453 views
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Turning around at the end of the route.451 views
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The parade was over after 30 min. (11:30 - 12 pm).451 views
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Palanquin for Deity of Harvests451 views
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Cosplayer teenager posing on the road.451 views
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Rope knots hung on roof eaves, etc., were also used for communication.451 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.450 views
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Closeup of white plum blossom450 views
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Weeping plum blossoms at the top of the plum tree "waterfall."450 views
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The cars were all glossy and colorful, very nice.450 views
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Temple office sells souvenirs such as the maneki neko beckoning cat in various sizes (and prices).449 views
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Nihon Sankei - Matsushima448 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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Imabari Castle 今治城448 views
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Old Tokyo Station sign on the Yaesu side (old Daimaru Dept. Store).448 views
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From the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the procession proceeds on main roads to Heian Shrine.448 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.448 views
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Alpine447 viewsShe had horde of photographers crowded in front of her. But she managed to find me and smiled.
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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。447 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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She wears a juni-hitoe kimono and rides in a carriage called Oyoyo. 斎王代、齋藤彩子さん (21)447 views腰輿(およよ)
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Castle wall to climb on.447 views
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6. Hahha Kudoki ハッハくどき446 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.446 views
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Stage entertainment held on one end of the street. 街角ステージ446 views
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Medicine packages from Koka ninja-related medicine companies. Even today, Koka has numerous medicine manufacturers.446 views
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Yasukuni Shrine's main torii during Mitama Matsuri445 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 m445 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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Final match: Keiji Suzuki vs. Tatsuhiro Muramoto444 views
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Little ninja at target practice.444 views
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Path to Gifu Castle tower443 views
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Warrior armor displayed on second floor of Himeji Castle tower443 views
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Panoramic shot of the Kintaikyo Bridge area.442 views
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People behind fill up the rest of the plaza442 views
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Mt. Daisen, Tottori Pref.442 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady442 views
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Big expressive eyes.442 views
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Lunch at Yogoko-so lodge: Eel (unagi) and udon noodles. I think it was 700 yen or so.440 views
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Kimono women going to a convenience store, Ako, Hyogo440 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.439 views
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Cherry Blossom Room, Kobuntei Villa439 views
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Sumo jinku439 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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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo439 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.439 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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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. MAP439 views
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Mud Fight Round 2438 views
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Nijubashi Bridge straight ahead!438 views
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Asakusa Folk Entertainment. This was the last act. Somewhat tacky end to the festival.438 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...438 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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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.438 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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Veranda of Iga-ryu Ninja House 438 views
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Shuriken throwing.438 views
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Some babies wear beautiful kimono for the occasion.437 views
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The Bulgarian (Kotooshu) on the left437 views
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The outstretched left hand symbolizes tranquility and world peace.437 views
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Yamaha Motorcycles437 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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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.437 views
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Posing with maybe with their school teacher.436 views
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Fuji TV with professional cheerleaders436 views
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Shibuya Station, South Exit, as seen from Tokyu Plaza 渋谷駅南口436 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.435 views
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Ceiling of Ninja House.435 views
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The parade started at 1:10 pm and ended at 6 pm.434 views
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Asashoryu joins in433 views1 comments
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Musashigawa stablemaster (former Yokozuna Mienoumi) in the entrance hall433 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)433 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.433 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.432 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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Installed inside the shrine's Honden main hall, the new giant penis will replace the old one.432 views
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Path down to Koka Ninja Village. Lots of greenery. MAP432 views
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Blow tube and blow darts.432 views
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Watch Out for Pickpockets!431 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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Musashimaru greets the crowd431 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.431 views
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On Dec. 14, 1702, Asano's 47 masterless retainers avenged their master's death by attacking and beheading Kira at his residence in Ryogoku.430 views義士の討ち入り
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Panoramic shot of the Kokugikan430 viewsNotice the upper floor was quite empty, similar to Akebono's retirement ceremony.
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Cherry blossoms and Chiba Castle430 views
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Wall to climb on430 views
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No Tripods429 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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Exiting the building429 views
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The famed Bansenshukai Ninja Bible detailing ninja tools and techniques. This is a replica.429 views
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Cold-water ablutions is not unusual in ascetic Buddhism, but to see it at a Shinto shrine is unusual.429 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.428 views
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Apparently it can become erect too. (Compare with previous photo.)428 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. Map428 views
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