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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival, Tokyo.5193 views
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival. Tokyo.1182 views
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival. Tokyo.1164 views
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Belly dancer at Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival. Tokyo.859 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. Called "Shidare-sakura" in Japanese meaning cherry tree with drooping branches.725 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo. 枝垂桜636 views
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Rikugien Garden's famous weeping cherry tree. In Japanese, it is called "shidare-sakura" meaning drooping cherry.633 views
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You have to see the video of these fantastic women taiko drummers on March 5, 2011.565 views
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Nezu Shrine, Tokyo517 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.509 viewsThis is the entrance to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (also called Yushima Tenmangu) flanked by plum blossoms on the right.
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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.503 views
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The large slope of azalea bushes have walking paths where you can see and photograph the flowers up close.412 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.337 viewsNear Iiidabashi Station and Korakuen Station.
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Large weeping cherry tree しだれ桜336 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.334 views
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Must-see video of the belly dancers at Yushima Tenjin Shrine's Plum Blossom Festival on March 5, 2011.329 views
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This bridge was recently rebuilt.327 views
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Nezu Station (Chiyoda Line) platform. Just follow the sign to get out the correct exit. 根津駅325 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.309 views
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Drooping pine tree, Rikugien Garden, Tokyo298 views
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Dainty ones288 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.287 views
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Many exotic varieties of azaleas.285 views
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Rikugien was desinated as one of Japan's Special Scenic Spots in 1953. 国の特別名称280 views
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Video of all the performers at the Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival on March 5, 2011.280 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.277 views
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Azalea Garden and Nezu Shrine gate 楼門(国指定重文)270 views
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Quite spectacular from the top. Nezu Shrine.260 views
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Azaleas and torii gates, Nezu Shrine248 views
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White ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) look like cotton on branches. ハナモモ245 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244 views
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Azaleas in bloom243 views
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White ornamental peaches ハナモモ241 views
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Great relief for the eyes after seeing so much red and pink. Yellow azaleas.241 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240 views
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Chrysanthemums shaped like Mt. Fuji. Capped by white flowers for snow. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.239 views
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Nezu Shrine torii gate 根津神社227 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.225 viewsThe garden was completed under Lord Mitsukuni, the second lord of the Mito clan.
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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋225 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223 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)223 views
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A large crowd admire the beautiful weeping cherry tree.222 views
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Engetsukyo Bridge (Full Moon Bridge) 円月橋217 views
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Nezu Shrine torii gate 根津神社217 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, Tokyo215 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.214 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.212 views
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Very well done, and it makes this chrysanthemum festival unique. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.212 views
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Some bushes are in full bloom, while others are still too early.207 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. 206 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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Entry to the azalea garden. 200 yen admission (actually a donation). Open 9am to 5 pm.205 views
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Sakamoto Ryoma chrysanthemum doll at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.200 views
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Walking path among the azaleas.198 views
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Torii gates196 views
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Shorozan hill 小廬山194 views
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Red, white, and blue ajisai.194 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)194 views
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All these reds and pinks drove my eyes crazy.192 views
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Ticket office at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Admission ¥300. Free English pamphlet/map available.191 views
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On the street, just follow the signs to Nezu Shrine. Only a few minutes walk.191 views
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Bull statue at Yushima Tenjin Shrine.190 views
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Eight-plank Bridge 八つ橋188 views
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Outside wall of garden.188 views
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Yushima Tenjin Ume Matsuri poster.188 views
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Tokyo Dome in the background. The garden is right next to Tokyo Dome.186 views
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Weeping cherry tree185 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). 184 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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Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋182 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182 views
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Daibutsu Buddha statue180 views
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This weeping cherry tree is about 60 years old.179 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179 views
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Looks like the trees are on fire. Rikugien Garden, Tokyo179 views
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Very difficult to take a picture of the tree without any people in it.178 views
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View from Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋177 views
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Picnickers175 views
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Flower crush175 views
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Seimon Gate entrance to Rikugien Garden.173 views
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Even the main Seimon entrance is crowded with people. This is a weekday. Admission 300 yen. 正門172 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo171 views
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Koishikawa Korakuen Garden has a circular design around a pond and low hill. 回遊式庭園170 views
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This variety of azaleas are the most common in Japan.169 views
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Torii gates (all donated by people)168 views
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Shrine gate and azaleas.167 views
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The outside wall also uses stones from the Sotobori Moat of Edo Castle.166 views
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Mixed colors166 views
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Weeping cherry tree, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo.165 views
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Folding screen (byobu) rock 屏風岩165 views
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Ema votive tablets162 views
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Notice the Black Ships (Kurofune) in the background. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.162 views
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Pine tree161 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.161 views
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Kuhachi-ya 九八屋159 views
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The Osensui Pond was modeled after Lake Biwa in Shiga Pref.158 views
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Pond157 views
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Under the shower of weeping flowers.157 views
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Matsu156 views
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Closeup of flowers.156 views
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Great view for lunch.156 views
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Hydrangea at Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo155 views
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Weeping cherry flowers.154 views
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Tokujindo Hall which stores wooden statues from old Chinese stories. 得仁堂154 views
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Sign says the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom (mankai). 「しだれ桜 満開」151 views
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Bridge at Rikugien Garden, Tokyo151 views
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Azaleas in bloom150 views
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All kinds of matsu pine trees148 views
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Larger weeping cherry tree.148 views
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Azalea bushes and pond147 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".147 views
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Picnic area147 views
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This was a weekday so it is less crowded than the weekend.145 views
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Torii gates and azaleas145 views
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Top of the slope.143 views
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Rikugien Garden, Tokyo143 views
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Side view142 views
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After you pass through the Niomon Gate, this is what you see.142 views1 comments
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Azaleas and torii gates141 views
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Stone bridge steps 円月橋140 views
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Ryoma bears a resemblance to Fukuyama Masaharu who portrays Ryoma in the TV series.140 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140 views
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Colorful flowers break the monotony of greenery. ハナモモ136 views
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Shiraito Waterfall. Nothing spectacular. 白糸の滝135 views
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This little hill was spectacular.135 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).133 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 1938.133 views
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Somei Yoshino cherry blossom tree132 views
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Iris bed. Should come back in June.131 views
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Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine. See photos of Yushima Tenjin's Plum Blossom Festival here.131 views
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Weeping cherries130 views
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Cherry blossoms and pine tree129 views
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In the background is Horaijima island (not accessible). 蓬莱島129 views
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Sakamoto Ryoma and wife Oryo as chrysanthemum dolls called kiku ningyo. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo 菊人形128 views
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This is the stage where entertainment was held on the weekends during the ume matsuri.128 views
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I once saw Shiraume Taiko perform on a truck in Nihonbashi.127 views
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Weeping cherry tree and Tsutenkyo Bridge 通天橋126 views
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Ornamental peaches (Hanamomo in Japanese) ハナモモ126 views
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They cannot bloom any better than this.126 views
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Tahoto Pagoda and Gekkoden Hall at Gokokuji temple in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo126 views
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Tree trunk124 views
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How the tree looks after it finishes blooming.122 views
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Splotch of pink on white122 views
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Nezu Shrine gate, Important Cultural Property 楼門(国指定重文)121 views
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Song monument121 views
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Pines120 views
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Cherry trees line the Osensui pond. 大泉水120 views
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Can you believe yellow azaleas??120 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119 views
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The garden is also colorful in autumn.118 views
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The many low-hanging branches are supported by wooden posts.117 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117 views
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Buds to bloom116 views
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Azalea Ball116 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)115 views
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White and pink mixed together.114 views
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Nezu Shrine Haiden Hall, Important Cultural Property 拝殿112 views
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Torii gates and azaleas112 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.111 views
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Nezu Shrine Karamon Gate, Important Cultural Property 唐門110 views
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The original Tahoto Pagoda in Otsu is more aesthetic (and a National Treasure).110 views
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The White One109 views
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Nezu Shrine Kaguraden109 views
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Daibutsu Buddha statue106 views
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Wish they also wrote the name in English... ハナグルマ105 views
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The entertainment started at noon with a festival music group entering through the spectator seats.105 views
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