JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Kawasaki 川崎市
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Pumping (or humping) the...5358 views
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Riding it...4287 viewsObviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing and both arms in the air, but I'm not one to embarass people...

It has been scientifically proven that sex is good for your health and beauty.
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The festival is wildly popular with people from overseas.4196 viewsThe shrine had various phallus props to pose with.
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Licking it...3933 viewsLook at that tongue...
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Ooohhh, ecstasy...3911 viewsNah, just joking. She was actually just embarassed and spontaneously covered her face with a giggle. Obviously I have better shots of her with her cute face showing, but I'm not one to embarass people... Boy, I wish I took a video clip of this scene.

Actually, what happened is that a guy sat on this black penis before she did, and she saw that. So she imitated and sat on it too. Her female friend was taking her picture. Later they switched places and her friend, who was wearing a skirt and red net stockings, sat on it and posed for pictures.

Notice the zigzag white paper streamers. They indicate something which is sacred. So this penis is sacred, possessing a divine spirit. I can believe this because it draws so many people to it. It definitely has divine power. I mean it made this girl sit on it right?
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Dickhead hat. Actually, I don't know what they call it, but that's what I call it.3882 views
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Carving daikon. Anybody can join in and carve. 大根削り3776 viewsLater to be auctioned off.
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Now this is a work of art. Bid at least 3,000 yen please...3733 viewsA Japanese woman bought this, but no takers for the mochi phallus (also 3,000 yen minimum).
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Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly-lollipop (pop!)...3701 viewsFrom an old song. These lollipops were selling like hotcakes.
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Carving daikon (old photo). These men were really good at carving the daikon.3664 views
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Painting inside Kanayama Shrine2617 views
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Forging a steel phallus (old photo)2396 viewsThe demon living in the vagina of the women bit the man's phallus each time. So one guy made a steel phallus and the demom broke his teeth.
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Carving daikon. Since some activities are conducted on the ground, the festival is also called Jibeta (Ground) Matsuri.2380 viewsOnce upon a time, the festival was still mostly a local event with much fewer people.
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Standing room only at Wakamiya Shrine2200 views
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Kanayama Jinja Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine near Kawasaki Daishi Station. On the first Sun. of April, it holds this now-famous Kanamara Festival nicknamed the Phallus or Fertility Festival. 2148 viewsFestival starts at 11 am. But a large crowd was already there well before that time. Entrance to shrine on the day of the Kanamara Festival. (If you're below age 18, please leave now.)
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Prayers to the Kanamara-bune mikoshi かなまら舟神輿2112 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Male and female lollipops (mass produced). Cute, but we all prefer the real thing, right?2070 views
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Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1984 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Male and female made of mochi (1000 yen)1858 views
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Packed path to Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine1839 views
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Prayers to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine かなまら舟神輿 神輿御霊入れ式1823 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.

There are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Two of the portable shrines ready to go. In Japanese, the festival is nicknamed "Chinko Matsuri" (Phallus Festival) ちんこ祭り.1819 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1797 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Prayers to the Elizabeth portable shrine エリザベス神輿1577 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Shrine banners and cherries in full bloom1555 viewsThe red banner says "Kanayama Jinja" with an phallus (erect) logo on the top.
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Elizabeth portable shrine was donated by a drag queen club called Elizabeth Kaikan in Kameido, Tokyo.1516 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)1 comments
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The shrine's head priest transfers the deity to the Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) かなまら舟神輿1509 viewsBefore the portable shrine is taken out to be paraded around town, the god of the shrine must be transferred to it. This is what the head priest is doing.
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Penis prayers1468 viewsThis penis monument (built in 1995 by a steel company) is next to Kanayama Shrine. This person praying is a Caucasian man, not a woman. I was aghast when he stood up and showed his manly face. His long blond hair made me think he was a woman...
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Waving the sacred sakaki branch to bless all of us1415 views
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Kanayama Shrine altar offerings1392 viewsNotice the male and female mochi offering.
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A representative of the shrine parishioners offer prayers.1376 views
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Pubic hair not included. Perhaps that's why it doesn't look so obscene.1339 views
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Maid with paws...1322 views
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Kanamara Boat portable shrine (boat-shaped loaded with a phallus) was donated by a steel company. かなまら舟神1311 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Art work on the cart1295 views
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Male and female made of mochi. Both were offerings at the shrine.1291 views
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The red cloth is the blood after the demon inside the vagina bit the phallus (Old photo)1180 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Shrine maiden1175 views
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Hula1147 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine 金山神社1132 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows (you can see it on the left of the fireplace above), so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Lollipops (mass produced)1131 viewsThe wrapping is printed with a prayer for conceiving.
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Prayers for a child written on these votive tablets (ema)1118 views1 comments
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The old Kanayama Shrine1108 views
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Ready for the procession1106 views
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She-male (or maybe just a drag queen, I couldn't visually or physically confirm)1105 views
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The main Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿1085 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males1065 views
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Kanayama Shrine (right next to Wakamiya Hachimangu)1015 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of the bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.

Kanayama Shrine is a small shrine within the grounds of the larger Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine. The Kanayama Shrine was completely rebuilt and reborn in 1999 into a completely unorthodox building which you see here. Modeled after a blacksmith's workshop, it is now a black, eight-sided building with steel paneling. Notice the penis monument on the lower right.
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Inside Kanayama Shrine1004 viewsKanayama Shrine is dedicated to a pair of gods named Kanayama Hikonokami and Kanayama Himenokami 金山比古神(かなやまひこのかみ)   金山比売神(かなやまひめのかみ. According to legend, when the main Shinto god named Izanami gave birth to the God of Fire, her lower abdomen got burned. These two Kanayama gods helped to heal her birth wound. Thus, these two gods came to be known as the gods of childbirth and healing of the lower abdomen. They later came to be worshipped as fertility gods, protector of sexually-transmitted diseases (AIDS, etc.), and successful marriage. They are also the gods of bellows, so blacksmiths (who use bellows to fan the fire) also worship this shrine.
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Blacksmith's tool997 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males989 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine988 viewsPicture was taken in the 1980s.
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Kanayama Shrine altar987 viewsFlanked by penis statues on the left and right.
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Also see the video at YouTube.986 views
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine983 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine983 views
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Taiko drummers in front of Wakamiya Hachimangu975 views
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Kanamara mikoshi かなまら神輿972 viewsThere are three portable shrines (called mikoshi). The Kanamara mikoshi (the original portable shrine), Kanamara-bune mikoshi (shaped like a boat), and Elizabeth mikoshi (pink giant). All three are carried during a procession around town. The Elizabeth mikoshi is carried by she-males. ("New half" in Japanese. Go ahead and laugh if you want.)
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Not exactly a work of art, but...940 views
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Giving offerings inside Kanayama Shrine930 views
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Another phallus near Kanayama Shrine912 viewsIt was pretty lonely, with no one paying attention to it.
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Kanayama Shrine altar904 views
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Free amazake (sweet sake). It's a white, creamy liquid served with small dried fish with wiggly tails. Sort of reminds you of something...887 viewsSperm!
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One of many daruma shops in the town.885 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms863 views
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Dance861 views
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Hula dancing at a phallus festival?? (Click photo to learn why.)833 viewsBecause hula can also be considered as a sexually-suggestive dance. The way they sway the hips, etc., can be sexy enough to stir up your loins...
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Lollipop maker, very popular826 views
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Phallus daikon radish auction, minimum bid 200 yen818 viewsAll the daikon they were carving earlier in the day were sold at an auction. Most were sold for a few hundred yen. They even had an English interpreter (woman on left) so foreigners could bid too.
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The crowd awaits the departure of the portable shrines to go on the procession around town.814 views
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The outlandish Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males.811 views
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Portable shrine procession. Also see the video at YouTube.796 views
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The old Kanayama Shrine790 views
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Happi coat with official logo782 views
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Portable shrine procession766 views
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Inside Kanayama Shrine751 views
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People could borrow and wear kimono for free, courtesy of the shrine.746 viewsThe portable shrine procession is actually called a "costume parade." You can wear a mask or whatever and also wear a kimono (considered to be a costume) and join in the parade.
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Kanamara boat mikoshi734 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave.728 views
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Roof ridge emblem727 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms726 views
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Even a rock band played...722 viewsThey played '70s rock.
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Handmade male/female lollipops for 600 yen each720 views
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Items for the auction's climax...706 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms691 views
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The Kanamara boat mikoshi is the first to leave. 神輿の巡幸688 views
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Shack for votive tablets683 views
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The Elizabeth mikoshi pumping up and down as it makes it way to town681 views
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Amulets, votive tablets, etc., for sale by the shrine.675 views
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The main Kanamara mikoshi leaves last.671 views
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Head of the portable shrine procession666 viewsTengu, shrine priest, and a little girl with an offertory tray. I put in 10 yen, and a shrine maiden came up to me and waved the sacred branch over my head as a blessing. She also gave me an amulet made of paper. I guess I'm fertile now...
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Look, this one even has wrinkles (probably flaccid).666 viewsYes, he actually said that.
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Tengu (nose is not shaped like a phallus)661 views
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Phallus in the Kanamara boat mikoshi637 views
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Kanayama Shrine's head priest625 views
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Back at the shrine623 views
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Kanamara mikoshi613 views
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Hula and cherry blossoms606 views
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They are shouting, "Dekkai-mara Dekkai-mara" which probably means "huge phallus."580 views
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Kanamara mikoshi578 views
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Long line at the lollipop stand...574 views
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Ceremony back at the shrine569 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine562 views
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Portable shrine procession532 views
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Old photo521 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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And it leaves the shrine.515 views
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Heading out to the torii gate 神輿の巡幸513 views
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Kanamara mikoshi509 views
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Portable shrine procession 神輿の巡幸508 views
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Kanamara mikoshi salutes the Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine505 views
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Entering the main shopping street505 views
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Heading out of the shrine (old photo)504 viewsThis picture was taken in the 1980s.
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Two for the price of one!!502 views
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Portable shrine procession497 views
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Elizabeth mikoshi carried by she-males494 views
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Kanamara boat mikoshi493 views
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Kanamara mikoshi481 views
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Turning around at the end of the route.467 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.440 views
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Sugawara house from Tsuruoka city, Yamagata Prefecture. In heavy snow, the front window was used as the door.313 views
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂265 views
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Octagonal 5-story pagoda 八角五重塔 (中興塔)253 views
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Emukai house brought from Nanto, Toyama. In the gasshi-zukuri style with steep roof. Kawasaki Nihon Minkaen233 views
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Inside Dai-hondo main hall at Kawasaki Daishi. Kobo Daishi (Kukai 774-835), the founder of the Shingon Buddhism is enshrined. The Goma kito fire prayer is held here a few times every morning and afternoon. 大本堂210 views
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Hanamatsuri, pouring sweet tea over the baby Buddha.209 views
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Hydrangea208 views
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Thatched roof201 views
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Lots of daruma shops196 views
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa195 views
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Toilet195 views
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Nihon Minkaen, Kawasaki, Kanagawa187 views
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Daruma and maneki neko175 views
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Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade leads to the temple.162 views
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Daruma158 views
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Nihon Minkaen is an outdoor museum of traditional farm and merchant houses with thatched roofs. They have 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation.151 views
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Entrance to octagonal 5-story pagoda (Photos not allowed inside). It's a ferro-concrete building with no windows nor observation deck or balcony.144 views
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Daruma shop142 views
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Hanamatsuri, Buddha's Birthday (April 8). This small baby Buddha statue was placed inside the main hall at Kawasaki Daishi.133 views
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Daishi Nakamise is famous for rock-candy cutting (Tontoko Ame). They use a knive to cut the long sliver of candy on a wooden cutting board to make a loud chopping noise.op, always banging the knife132 views
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Path to main worship hall 大本堂128 views
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Fudo-mon Gate and Prayer and Peace Monument 不動門 「祈りと平和」の像124 views
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Road marker related to Kobo Daishi.120 views
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Hanamatsuri at Kawasaki Daishi.119 views
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Serving sweet tea for free for all.119 views
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Ceiling115 views
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Kitamura house brought from Hadano, Kanagawa107 views
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Kitamura house104 views
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Inside water mill89 views
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Water nozzles aimed at the house. No smoking.85 views
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Yamada house84 views
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The museum park has 25 homes from around Japan many were donated to the museum for preservation. Near Mukogaoka-yuen Station on the Odakyu Line. Closed Mon. Admission 500 yen.83 views
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Inside Emukai house80 views
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Water mill78 views
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Museum floor plan.40 views
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Tokyu train in 1958.39 views
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Entrance to museum through this turnstile.39 views
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Inide bus39 views
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Path to the museum.38 views
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History of Tokyu railway lines.38 views
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Rubber stamps to stamp destinations on blank train tickets.38 views
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Train tickets before vending machines.38 views
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Train tickets before vending machines.38 views
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Train simulators.38 views
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YS-11 prop plane cockpit.38 views
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YS-11 prop plane cockpit.38 views
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Train and Bus Museum floor plan.37 views
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Operated by Tokyu, Train and Bus Museum in Kawasaki is a medium-size museum near Miyazaki-dai Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line connected to Shibuya. 37 views
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Entrance to Train and Bus Museum.37 views
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Station ticket office, recreating the old Takatsu Station.37 views
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Commemmorative tickets.37 views
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Tokyu bus37 views
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Model train diorama.37 views
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Event Hall, now called Hall B.37 views
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YS-11 prop plane cockpit.37 views
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Path to the museum has historical photos of Tokyu trains and buses.36 views
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Semi-trailer bus from 1948.36 views
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Tokyu train in 1980.36 views
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Museum ticket vending machine.36 views
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Kamata Station model.36 views
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Station staff articles36 views
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Station staff articles36 views
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Tokyu train in 1975.35 views
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Ticket machine35 views
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Statue of the late, great Yokozuna Kitanoumi Toshimitsu. I love sumo, but with the premature deaths of great wrestlers like Kitanoumi and Chiyonofuji in recent years, 21 viewsI've been having ambivalent feelings toward sumo because of how it seriously affects the person's health.
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Crossing Yasuragi Bridge over Tsuru-no-Ike Pond. やすらぎ橋17 views
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Statue of Shaka Nyorai in the Kyozo.15 views
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Belonging to the Shingon Buddhist sect founded by Kobo Daishi, Kawasaki Daishi Temple is one of the Kanto Region's Big Three Shingon temples (other two being Narita-san in Chiba and Yakuoin in Mt. Takao).14 viewsOfficially named Heikenji Temple, Kawasaki Daishi worships Kobo Daishi (弘法大師), the founder of the Shingon Sect.
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Daruma dolls.13 views
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Ema tablet for the Year of the Boar in 2019.13 views
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Dai-Sanmon Main Gate rebuilt in 1977. 大山門12 views
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Water basin with a lotus flower.12 views
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Setsubun at Kawasaki Daishi Temple. They threw small plastic bags of beans, so they were easy to catch.12 views
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All hands in the air. Setsubun bean-throwing at Kawasaki Daishi Temple on Feb. 3, 2019. 川崎大師節分会 豆まき12 views
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Power stones (chikara-ishi) 力石12 views
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Yakushiden Hall 薬師殿12 views
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Giant paper lantern hangs in the Dai-Sanmon (Main Gate).11 views
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple, Dai-hondo main worship hall 大本堂11 views
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Kawasaki Daishi Temple grounds is quite large. It has this large field near the main worship hall. Perfect for bean throwing. 11 views
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Kanda Uno and Dewi Sukarno throwing Setsubun beans at Kawasaki Daishi on Feb. 3, 2019. Dewi was one of the wives of the first President of Indonesia, Sukarno. She's now a popular celebrity in Japan. 神田うの デヴィ夫人11 views
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After several minutes, everyone ran out beans. They waved goodbye and left.11 views
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Statue of the late, great Yokozuna Kitanoumi Toshimitsu at Kawasaki Daishi Temple. Erected on the third anniversary of his death by his family. He was only 62. Kitanoumi was one of the greatest yokozuna. 北の湖銅像11 views
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Inside Kawasaki Daishi's Kyozo Sutra Repository, Buddhist painting on the ceiling.11 views
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Inside Shotoku Taishi-do Hall dedicated to Prince Shotoku Taishi. 聖徳太子堂11 views
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Plum blossoms.11 views
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Entrance to Daishi Nakamise shopping arcade leading to Kawsaki Daishi Temple. 大師仲見世10 views
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Getting closer to Kawasaki Daishi.10 views
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