JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Bunkyo-ku 文京区
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival, Tokyo.5173 views
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival. Tokyo.1167 views
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival. Tokyo.1150 views
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival. Tokyo.846 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. Called "Shidare-sakura" in Japanese meaning cherry tree with drooping branches.697 views
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Rikugien Garden's famous weeping cherry tree. In Japanese, it is called "shidare-sakura" meaning drooping cherry.607 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. 枝垂桜598 views
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You have to see the video of these fantastic women taiko drummers on March 5, 2011.554 views
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The Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri (Plum Blossom) Festival is held annually from early Feb. to early March. Enjoy the sweet fragrance of the flowers and on weekends, stage entertainment can include belly dancers and Shiraume Taiko women drummers.499 viewsThis is the entrance to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (also called Yushima Tenmangu) flanked by plum blossoms on the right.
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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo493 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.482 views
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The large slope of azalea bushes have walking paths where you can see and photograph the flowers up close.400 views
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The azaleas usually reach full bloom in late April, but there are flowers which bloom later or earlier so there's always something in bloom during the festival period.322 views
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Entrance to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. It opened as a public garden in 1938. The garden is modeled after Chinese concepts and features.321 viewsNear Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.
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Must-see video of the belly dancers at Yushima Tenjin Shrine's Plum Blossom Festival on March 5, 2011.318 views
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This bridge was recently rebuilt.315 views
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Nezu Station (Chiyoda Line) platform. Just follow the sign to get out the correct exit. 根津駅312 views
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Large weeping cherry tree しだれ桜309 views
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Guess who was there too? Nobuyoshi Araki, Japan's most famous photographer shooting the azaleas at Nezu Shrine, Tokyo. That's a Canon EOS 7 film camera.286 views
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Drooping pine tree, Rikugien Garden, Tokyo275 views
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Video of all the performers at the Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival on March 5, 2011.270 views
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Steps going up to Yushima Tenjin (Tenmangu) Shrine. This is the gate closest to Yushima Station on the Chiyoda subway line. The steps are accented by pots of chrysanthemums.268 views
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Dainty ones264 views
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Many exotic varieties of azaleas.261 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.260 views
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Azalea Garden and Nezu Shrine gate 楼門(国指定重文)258 views
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Rikugien was desinated as one of Japan's Special Scenic Spots in 1953. 国の特別名称256 views
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Quite spectacular from the top. Nezu Shrine.236 views
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A long line forms at Rikugien's Someimon Gate entrance. When the weeping cherry tree is in bloom in late March, many people come. 染井門234 views
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Azaleas in bloom232 views
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Azaleas and torii gates, Nezu Shrine230 views
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Map of garden. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is designated as one of Japan's Special Historic Place and Special Scenic Spot. Only select places in Japan (like Kyoto's Kinkakuji) have both designations. 国の特別史跡・特別名勝225 views
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Chrysanthemums shaped like Mt. Fuji. Capped by white flowers for snow. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.218 views
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Great relief for the eyes after seeing so much red and pink. Yellow azaleas.217 views
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White ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) look like cotton on branches. ハナモモ216 views
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Nezu Shrine torii gate 根津神社215 views
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A large crowd admire the beautiful weeping cherry tree.213 views
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White ornamental peaches ハナモモ213 views
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Yushima Shoden temple is noted for this Yanagi well whose water supposed to make women's hair beautiful. The Shiraume taiko drummers always wet their hair from this well. 柳の井戸 柳井堂 (りゅうせいどう)212 views
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋211 views
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With Tokyo Dome looming above, Koishikawa Korakuen is another famous Edo-Period Japanese garden originally built by Lord Yorifusa of the Mito Tokugawa Clan in 1629 as part of his Edo estate.210 viewsThe garden was completed under Lord Mitsukuni, the second lord of the Mito clan.
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Nezu Shrine torii gate 根津神社205 views
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Way to Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, near Hakusan Station on the Toei Mita Line and Hon-Magome Station on the Nanboku Line.204 views
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) 円月橋203 views
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When this weeping cherry tree is in bloom, the garden is open at night and this tree is lit up.202 views
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Tahoto Pagoda at Gokokuji temple in Bunkyo, Tokyo. Built in 1938 modeled after the original Tahoto Pagoda at Ishiyama-dera temple in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. 多宝塔197 views
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Dubbed Mt. Fuji, this pile of colorful hydrangea is stacked like a mountain. Capped by white flowers for snow. Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyo, Tokyo197 views
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Belonging to the Buzan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, Gokokuji Temple was built by the mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1682. 196 viewsThe Gekkoden Hall was moved here from Miidera temple in Otsu, Shiga Pref. The Tahoto Pagoda was modeled after the Tahoto at Ishiyamadera in Otsu, Shiga. Okuma Shigenobu, founder of Waseda Univ., is also buried here. This is the entrance to Gokokuji Temple, Niomon Gate. It's right next to Gokokuji Station on the Yurakucho subway line. 仁王門
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Some bushes are in full bloom, while others are still too early.195 views
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Entry to the azalea garden. 200 yen admission (actually a donation). Open 9am to 5 pm.193 views
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Very well done, and it makes this chrysanthemum festival unique. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.188 views
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Walking path among the azaleas.186 views
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Torii gates184 views
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At the foot of the Otoko-zaka steps is this Yushima Shoden temple, a Tendai Buddhist temple. Also called Shinjo-in. 心城院 (湯島聖天)183 views
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Shorozan hill 小廬山180 views
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On the street, just follow the signs to Nezu Shrine. Only a few minutes walk.178 views
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Sakamoto Ryoma chrysanthemum doll at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.178 views
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Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri poster.177 views
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Ticket office at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Admission 300 yen. Free English pamphlet/map available.175 views
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Rikugien is one of the nicest Japanese gardens in central Tokyo, and one of two of Edo's famous gardens (other is Koishikawa Korakuen). 174 viewsThe garden was built in 1702 by Lord Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu from Kawagoe, who was a favorite ally of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the 5th Tokugawa Shogun. It is a Kaiyu-type Daimyo garden with hills and ponds. Near Komagome Station on the Yamanote Line.
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Outside wall of garden.174 views
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All these reds and pinks drove my eyes crazy.174 views
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Eight-plank Bridge 八つ橋173 views
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Tokyo Dome in the background. The garden is right next to Tokyo Dome.171 views
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Red, white, and blue ajisai.171 views
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Weeping cherry tree169 views
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Bull statue at Yushima Tenjin Shrine.169 views
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋167 views
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Very difficult to take a picture of the tree without any people in it.165 views
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This weeping cherry tree is about 60 years old.165 views
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Naitei Inner Garden, formerly a private garden for a guesthouse built by the Mito Clan. The garden just does not match the huge Tokyo Dome in the background... 内庭165 views
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Seimon Gate entrance to Rikugien Garden.163 views
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Flower crush163 views
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View from Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋162 views
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Even the main Seimon entrance is crowded with people. This is a weekday. Admission 300 yen. 正門161 views
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Picnickers161 views
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Looks like the trees are on fire. Rikugien Garden, Tokyo161 views
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) so named because it creates full moon with its reflection in the water. 円月橋160 views
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This variety of azaleas are the most common in Japan.157 views
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Daibutsu Buddha statue157 views
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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden has a circular design around a pond and low hill. 回遊式庭園156 views
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Torii gates (all donated by people)156 views
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Shrine gate and azaleas.155 views
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Mixed colors154 views
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The outside wall also uses stones from the Sotobori Moat of Edo Castle.152 views
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Folding screen (byobu) rock 屏風岩151 views
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Pine tree150 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.150 views
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Ema votive tablets149 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo148 views
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Pond147 views
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Under the shower of weeping flowers.147 views
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Closeup of flowers.146 views
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Matsu145 views
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Weeping cherry flowers.144 views
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Kuhachi-ya 九八屋144 views
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The Osensui Pond was modeled after Lake Biwa in Shiga Pref.144 views
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Great view for lunch.144 views
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Notice the Black Ships (Kurofune) in the background. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.144 views
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Sign says the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom (mankai). 「しだれ桜 満開」141 views
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This species, called Tomoe Nishiki (巴錦), is especially regal-looking with petals deep-red on the inside and gold on the outside.141 views
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Tokujindo Hall which stores wooden statues from old Chinese stories. 得仁堂140 views
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Azaleas in bloom139 views
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All kinds of matsu pine trees138 views
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Azalea bushes and pond137 views
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The name, Rikugi-en, came from "six elements of Waka poems" that had been derived from "six styles of poems" written in the old Chinese poetry book "Mao-shi".137 views
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Larger weeping cherry tree.134 views
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Picnic area133 views
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This was a weekday so it is less crowded than the weekend.133 views
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Torii gates and azaleas133 views
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Bridge at Rikugien Garden, Tokyo133 views
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Side view132 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo132 views
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Top of the slope.131 views
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Next were these enticing belly dancers from the Komatsu Buyodan. 小松舞踊団 ベリーダンス130 views
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Azaleas and torii gates129 views
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After you pass through the Niomon Gate, this is what you see.128 views1 comments
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Stone bridge steps 円月橋126 views
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Rikugien Garden, Tokyo125 views
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This is a big pond with small islands and surrounded by trees. There are replicas of famous Japanese scenery such as Wakanoura in Kishu (Wakayama Prefecture).123 views
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During the Meiji Period, Rikugien became a villa owned by the Iwasaki family who founded the Mitsubishi corporate empire and was donated to Tokyo and opened to the public in 1938.123 views
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This little hill was spectacular.123 views
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Ryoma bears a resemblance to Fukuyama Masaharu who portrays Ryoma in the TV series.123 views
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Somei Yoshino cherry blossom tree122 views
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Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine. See photos of Yushima Tenjin's Plum Blossom Festival here.122 views
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Shiraito Waterfall. Nothing spectacular. 白糸の滝121 views
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Colorful flowers break the monotony of greenery. ハナモモ121 views
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Cherry blossoms and pine tree119 views
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This is the stage where entertainment was held on the weekends during the ume matsuri.118 views
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Iris bed. Should come back in June.117 views
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Weeping cherries116 views
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I once saw Shiraume Taiko perform on a truck in Nihonbashi.116 views
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In the background is Horaijima island (not accessible). 蓬莱島115 views
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Tree trunk114 views
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They cannot bloom any better than this.114 views
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How the tree looks after it finishes blooming.112 views
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Weeping cherry tree and Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋112 views
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Ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) ハナモモ112 views
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Song monument111 views
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Pines110 views
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Splotch of pink on white110 views
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Sakamoto Ryoma and wife Oryo as chrysanthemum dolls called kiku ningyo. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo 菊人形110 views
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Nezu Shrine gate, Important Cultural Property 楼門(国指定重文)109 views
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Tahoto Pagoda and Gekkoden Hall at Gokokuji temple in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo109 views
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Can you believe yellow azaleas??108 views
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The many low-hanging branches are supported by wooden posts.107 views
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Nezu Shrine Karamon Gate, Important Cultural Property. Nezu Shrine is dedicated to Susano-o-no-Mikoto, younger brother of Sun Goddess Amaterasu. 唐門107 views
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Cherry trees line the Osensui pond. 大泉水106 views
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The garden is also colorful in autumn.106 views
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Buds to bloom104 views
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Azalea Ball104 views
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Nezu Shrine bridge (built in 2006 神橋) and gate, Important Cultural Property 楼門(国指定重文)103 views
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White and pink mixed together.102 views
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Gekkoden Hall (Important Cultural Property). It was moved here from Miidera temple in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. Now it serves as a tea ceremony headquarters 茶道本山. 月光殿101 views
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Nezu Shrine Haiden Hall, Important Cultural Property 拝殿100 views
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Torii gates and azaleas100 views
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Nezu Shrine Karamon Gate, Important Cultural Property 唐門98 views
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The White One97 views
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Nezu Shrine Kaguraden97 views
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Daibutsu Buddha statue96 views
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The entertainment started at noon with a festival music group entering through the spectator seats.95 views
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine was one of Hiroshige's "100 Views of Edo" ukiyoe primt series. Honden main hall during the Chrysanthemum Festival in Nov. Bunkyo- Ward, Tokyo.94 views
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The original Tahoto Pagoda in Otsu is more aesthetic (and a National Treasure).93 views
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Founded in the 14th century, Yushima Tenjin Shrine is famous for plum blossoms and its dedication to Sugawara Michizane, the god of learning and scholarship.93 views
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