JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Chichibu 秩父市
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These photos were taken in late April 2007. (Copyright year in the images are mistaken.)825 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train station entrance at Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It takes about 90 min. from Ikebukuro to Yokoze Station via Tokkyu express train. Cheaper trains take 2 hours.591 views
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If you go early in the morning, there are fewer people.591 views
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Mini octopus517 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513 views
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It is not yet full bloom. A few patches of green.434 views
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Quite spectacular when the flowers are in full bloom.416 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train with shibazakura design.380 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line Yokoze Station. Get off here for an easy walk to Hitsujiyama Park where the Shibazakura moss pink hill is. A tourist info office is on the left. 西武池袋線横瀬駅346 views
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Little Dot are white flowers with a yellow dot at the center. リットルドット330 views
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McDaniel's Cushion are dark pink flowers. マックダニエルクッション324 views
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You can buy a park entry ticket (300 yen) at a booth in front of Yokoze Station. Maps also available. Underpass at Yokoze Station.312 views
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Chichibu Night Festival climax295 views
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Oakington Blue are bluish flowers. オーキントンブルー277 views
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The map tells you how to walk to the park, but better to just follow the signs.275 views
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Entrance to Hitsujiyama Park. Show your ticket or buy it at the booth nearby.261 views
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Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.251 views
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On sunny days, great for taking pictures.246 views
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The combination of Mt. Bukosan and the flowers are almost unlimited. Chichibu, Saitama. 武甲山246 views
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Tama-no-Nagare have a pink stripe on each petal. 多摩の流れ244 views
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Scarlet Flame are red. スカーレットフレーム240 views
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Outside the main entrance is this area full of food and souvenir stalls.239 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms238 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms and moss pink.236 views
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A total of 6 floats arrive. Chichibu Yomatsuri. Also see the video at YouTube.234 views
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Moss pink is therefore commonly called "shiba-zakura" which can be translated as "grassy cherry blossoms" or "lawn cherry blossoms."229 views
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Local fire station designed like a float.222 views
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Eight varieties of moss pink are planted. This is Autumn Rose. オータムローズ215 views
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Chichibu Shrine213 views
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Scarlet Flame205 views
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Held on Dec. 2-3 by Chichibu Shrine, Chichibu Yomatsuri is one of Japan's Big Three Hikiyama Float Festivals. 181 viewsOrnate floats are pulled along the city's main streets until they reach a large plaza at night where they are lit with lanterns. Fireworks then serve as the climax. Photo: Seibu Chichibu Station
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Little Dot178 views
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Little Dot. リットルドット177 views
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McDaniel's Cushion マックダニエルクッション156 views
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Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山155 views
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With great fanfare, the floats are pulled up the slope.150 views
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Ornate float is pulled along the streets toward Chichibu Shrine.145 views
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The festival climaxes with fireworks.145 views
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McDaniel's Cushion144 views
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Stage at Chichibu Shrine143 views
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Yae-zakura cherry blossoms combine well with moss pink.142 views
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Hitsujiyama Park with weeping cherry blossoms and Mt. Bukosan. 羊山公園141 views
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Floats parked along the main drag.140 views
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Bokusui Falls (I think...) 牧水の滝137 views
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The top of one slope provides a grand view of the flower carpet and Mt. Bukosan, one symbol of Chichibu. 武甲山136 views
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A symbol of Chichibu, Mt. Bukosan is being slowly eaten away by cement companies. 武甲山133 views
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Main street crowd131 views
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A float climbs up the Dangozaka slope before entering the Otabisho.131 views
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Taiko drum performance at the Otabisho.130 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.130 views
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Uphill climb for Shibazakura.130 views
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団子坂129 views
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Torii129 views
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.127 views
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In front of Seibu Chichibu Station126 views
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Hitsujiyama Park and Mt. Bukosan.126 views
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Oakington Blue オーキントンブルー125 views
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Children's kabuki123 views
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Tulip and moss pink123 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade at Chichibu Station 仲見世123 views
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Chichibu Shrine offertory bin122 views
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The flower patterns don't look like anything.122 views
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Oakington Blue119 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine118 views
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Stage performance at Chichibu Shrine117 views
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In the Otabisho, a large plaza.117 views
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Scarlet Flame スカーレットフレーム114 views
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Benches offer visitors a rest.114 views
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Float at Chichibu Shrine113 views
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Chichibu Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line 西武池袋線 秩父駅113 views
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Storehouse for a float111 views
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How to turn the float.109 views
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Tama-no-Nagare. Means "Flow of Tama." Tama is a river. 多摩の流れ108 views
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A float proceeds to the Otabisho plaza.107 views
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Main drag105 views
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武甲山102 views
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Mt. Bukosan and moss pink. 武甲山100 views
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Tricot97 views
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The park allows dogs, but they bark and ruin the peace. They should ban dogs from the park.97 views
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Scarlet Flame before full bloom.95 views
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Seibu Ikebukuro Line train at Chichibu Station95 views
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Circular rainbow94 views
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I found an almost infinite number of image combinations of the flowers and mountain.93 views
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Chichibu Station92 views
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Tama-no-Nagare look light pink from afar.91 views
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The shadowy areas bloom much later.90 views
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Corner work84 views
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Are your eyes getting tired of seeing this mountain and flowers?81 views
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Chichibu Station platform on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line80 views
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