JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Hamura 羽村市
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Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo616 views
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Quite overwhelming with about 360,000 tulip bulbs.383 views
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Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo363 views
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Tokyo and the Kanto region's largest tulip field attains full bloom every mid-April. The Tulip Matsuri Festival is held for about 10 days, covering two weekends. 359 viewsIt comes on the heels of Hamura's Sakura Matsuri held in early April along the Tamagawa River. On the weekend, free shuttle buses from Hamura Station take you to the tulip field. Closest station is Hamura Station (East Entrance) on the JR Ome Line. 羽村駅
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Tulips everywhere. The Tulip Festival started in 1988 when a group started a flower and greenery campaign in the city.345 views
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Tulip Festival ahead. Free admission. The Tulip Matsuri Festival comes on the heels of Hamura's Sakura Matsuri held in early April along the Tamagawa River.294 views
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Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo285 views
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Purple Prince281 views
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Don Quixote tulip, obviously for lovers. Almost like a rose.245 views
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Daytona with frayed edges233 views
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PR poster226 views
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Hamura Station (West Entrance) on the JR Ome Line.225 views
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On the weekends, free shuttle bus to the tulip festival from Hamura Station West Exit. It's short bus ride.223 views
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The tulip fields cover about 23,000 sq. meters. These are originally rice paddies. The tulips are grown when the rice paddies are not used during Nov.-May.214 views
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Food and souvenir stalls. The local tourist association also had a stall where I got maps of Hamura and directions to the nearby Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct.163 views
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Tamagawa River has a good number of cherry trees in Hamura.161 views
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct160 views1 comments
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Red tulips148 views
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Map of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct139 views
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White tulips starting to bloom.137 views
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Mickey Mouse tulips. Wonder why it's called Mickey Mouse. No big ears...128 views
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Mickey Mouse tulips.124 views
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Yellow tulips121 views
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Don Quixote121 views
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View from lookout deck.119 views
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A bee's eye view.116 views
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct goes on for over 40 km to Yotsuya in Tokyo.116 views
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Red and gold114 views
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One plot had more exotic tulips such as this one called Mickey Mouse.113 views
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Don Quixote107 views
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Tulips in various stages.105 views
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct lined with cherry trees. I missed the full bloom period.105 views
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Lily Rosa103 views
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Start of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct. The Aqueduct was built in 1653, 50 years after Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu moved to Edo. 玉川上水102 views
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Entry point of Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct straight ahead. This water has been diverted from the Tamagawa River (on the right).102 views
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Lookout deck101 views
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Cherry trees100 views
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Daytona99 views
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View from lookout deck.99 views
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Big, bulbous white ones.97 views
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Greenish tulip.94 views
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View from lookout deck.93 views
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Materials and technique used for the Tamagawa Josui floodgate in the Edo Period.93 views
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Purple Prince92 views
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct required constant repair and maintenance during the Edo Period. It created new jobs for Hamura residents (mostly farmers).91 views
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Clean water flows through the field.89 views
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Plot with exotic tulips.88 views
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Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct entrance.84 views
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Weeping cherry next to the water park.83 views
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Tamagawa River is dammed here by Hamura Intake Weir. Some of the diverted water is released back into Tamagawa River on the right.83 views
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Floodgate. The position and length is almost the same as the original one built in the 17th century. Only the materials have been replaced with concrete. Water from the Tamagawa River going to Tamagawa Josui canal/Aqueduct.83 views
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Weeping cherries82 views
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Statue of the Tamagawa brothers who were consigned to build the Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct.82 views
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Tamagawa Josui floodgate. Hamura is noted as the starting point of the Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct built by the Tamagawa farmer brothers in 1653 to supply water to the growing and thirsty city of Edo.81 views
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Statue of the Tamagawa brothers78 views
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Tamagawa River76 views
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Walking path parallel to Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct. These are all cherry trees.76 views
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Weeping cherry73 views
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Park adjacent to Tamagawa Josui Aqueduct70 views
   
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