JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Kumagaya 熊谷市
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama135 views
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Manhole at Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture134 views
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Great that they posed for us. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama133 views
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I followed the floats from Nakasendo Road near Yagihashi Dept. Store to the main festival plaza. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama129 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple, a National Treasure in Kumagaya, Saitama. 歓喜院聖天堂 奥殿の彫刻129 views
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama128 views
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As it got darker, they lit the lanterns on the floats. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri, Saitama124 views
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Menuma Shodenzan's Kisomon Gate has three gables called "sanhafu." Very unusual. Kumagaya, Saitama121 views
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Menuma Shodenzan temple120 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple is Saitama Prefecture's sole building designated as a National Treasure. The main Honden Hall is a magnificent work of art with numerous wooden sculptures.98 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple features the colorful Gongen-style of architecture which is also found in Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Tochigi.81 views
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Mural near the bus stop at Menuma Shoden.80 views
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Kisomon Gate was built in 1855. 貴惣門78 views
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Jizo statue near Kisomon Gate78 views
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Kisomon Gate is very unusual for its triple gables.78 views
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Both sides of Kisomon Gate has three gables called "sanhafu." Very unusual.77 views
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Kisomon Gate is very unusual for its triple gables.77 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿77 views
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Went to see the final evening and climax of the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival on July 22, 2013 featuring ornate floats paraded in central Kumagaya.76 views
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Kannon statue76 views
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Bell at Niomon Gate 仁王門76 views
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Looking toward the front of the Honden Hall.76 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall, front side 本殿76 views
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Numerous woodcarvings depict a variety of scenes.76 views
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Kisomon Gate is an Important Cultural Property. 貴惣門75 views
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Jizo statue near Kisomon Gate75 views
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.75 views
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Statue of Lord Saito Sanemori, Heian Period warrior who lived in Kumagaya. 斎藤実盛75 views
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Taking seven years from 2003 to 2010, the temple was painstakingly restored to its former splendor. The magnificent result was open for public viewing from June 1, 2011. In May 2012, it was designated as a National Treasure.75 views
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Way to Kisomon Gate, the main gate to Shodenzan.74 views
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.74 views
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.74 views
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Kisomon Gate wooden carvings.74 views
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Nakamon Gate 中門74 views
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Niomon Gate 仁王門74 views
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Niomon Gate 仁王門74 views
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In front of the Honden Hall is this stone stage.74 views
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Suigyo-do has a water well.74 views
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Suigyo-do has a water well for water ablutions.74 views
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Inside Daishi-do Hall 大師堂74 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿74 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿74 views
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The magnfiicent back part of the Honden can be seen.74 views
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Monkeys supporting the building on all three sides.74 views
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JR Kumagaya Station, north entrance74 views
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About Kisomon Gate73 views
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Kisomon Gate73 views
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Way to the main temple.73 views
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Map of Shodenzan grounds.73 views
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Gomado Hall 護摩堂73 views
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Niomon Gate 仁王門73 views
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About the Stone Stage.73 views
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Daishi-do Hall and sumo ring73 views
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Daishi-do Hall 大師堂73 views
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Kannon inside Daishi-do Hall 大師堂73 views
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Sumo ring 相撲場73 views
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Incense burner in front of Honden Hall73 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿73 views
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Fire extinguisher73 views
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However, you cannot enter the building.73 views
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Menuma Shodenzan Kangiin temple was built during 1735 to 1760, taking 25 years.73 views
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Playing go.73 views
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Name of a donor.73 views
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Bus stop No. 6 near JR Kumagaya Station's North exit for Menuma Shodenzan.73 views
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Bus to Menuma Shodenzan.73 views
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Kumagaya is famous for its hot summer temperatures. Luckily, it wasn't that hot this day.72 views
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Kisomon Gate72 views
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Niomon Gate 仁王門72 views
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Daishi-do Hall 大師堂72 views
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Front part of the Honden Hall.72 views
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Guided tours are provided at certain times. Only in Japanese though.72 views
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These colorful woodcarvings were once all faded to bare wood after 250 years under the weather. 72 views
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ABout Menuma Shodenzan Honden Hall 本殿71 views
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Entrance to view the rear part of the Honden Hall. Admission is 700 yen. Open 10 am - 4 pm71 views
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The back part of the Honden is surrounded by this fence, but you can enter the fence and look at the colorful exterior up close.71 views
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This monkey has a child.71 views
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Sumo wrestling70 views
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Nakasendo Road continuing after Yagihashi Dept. Store.68 views
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Twelve floats with noisy musicians paraded around central Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan from 5:30 pm and gathered at the main festival plaza for the climax at 8:45 pm.67 views
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My video of the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival on July 22, 2013.67 views
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Festival organizers and local politicians sit on a platform.65 views
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Going out the other end of Nakasendo Road in Yagihashi Dept. Store.65 views
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At certain spots, multiple floats would gather together and jam together.64 views
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Yukata women/girls were a common sight.64 views
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The floats have mannequins depicting legendary figures like as emperor, samurai, etc.64 views
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Kumagaya Station64 views
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A real spectacle, but it doesn't last long as they soon break up and go on their way to the main plaza.63 views
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Nakasendo Road exiting Yagihashi Dept. Store63 views
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Nakasendo Road marker63 views
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Nakasendo road crowded.62 views
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Hula dancers at Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri Festival.62 views
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After 30 min. of useless speeches (not recorded in the video) by local politicians, etc., the 12 floats converged at the plaza at around 8:45 pm. 62 views
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The climax included a ceremony to transfer the Nenban job (festival chairman) to the next group for next year's festival.62 views
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Entertainment stage at the main plaza.61 views
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Kumagai-shuku was the 8th station on the old Nakasendo Road. Today, it's near JR Kumagaya Station. Hardly nothing is left of the shukuba, but it is interesting to see the old Nakasendo Road going through a department store named Yagihashi.61 viewsKami-Kumagaya Station
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Yagihashi Dept. Store in Kumagaya, Saitama.61 views
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The old Nakasendo Road going through a department store named Yagihashi.60 views
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When the dept. store was being planned, there was opposition by Nakasendo fans who liked to walk along the old road. So the dept. store had the road built-in.60 views
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