JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Most viewed - Katori 香取市
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.95 views
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.93 views
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Float pullers/dancers shout "wasshoi" at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.92 views
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Ono River has these little statues of the Gods of Good Fortune. Sawara, Katori, Chiba.91 views
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.89 views
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Sawara Autumn Festival in Katori, Chiba. Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.89 views
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Manhole in Sawara, Katori, Chiba. River fish and irises.88 views
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Sawara Autumn Festival held in Oct. in Katori, Chiba. Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分 in front of JR Sawara Station.88 viewsShimowake 下分
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.83 views
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Traditional townscape in Sawara, Katori, Chiba Prefecture.83 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence83 views
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Sawara, Katori, Chiba81 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence in Sawara, Chiba is open to the public.81 views
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Boat dock at the other end of the river.57 views
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸 trying dodge obstacles.57 views
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.56 views
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Suwa Daijin float from Kami Shinmachi 上新町.55 views
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My Youtube video of Sawara Autumn Festival taken in Oct. 2015.55 viewsDating back 300 years, the festival is held for three days in July (10 floats) and Oct. (14 floats). The float pullers also dance and the main highlight is when they turn the float a few times. The festival is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In fall 2016, it will be one of the 33 Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan to be inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Sawara has a scenic traditional townscape (merchant buildings) along the Ono River near JR Sawara Station (Narita Line).54 views
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Sake merchant54 views
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Jaja Bridge54 views
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About Kinsei Japanese textile shop54 views
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The Sawara no Taisai Autumn Festival has ornate floats paraded around Sawara in Oct. Floats (called dashi) are about 7 meters high and weigh 3 to 4 tons. 54 viewsThe floats have intricate wood carvings and a large doll depicting a historical or legendary Japanese figure. Each float is from a neighborhood in Sawara. Most of the floats and dolls were made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Held near JR Sawara Station (JR Narita Line) and along Ono River's traditional townscape. These photos were taken on Oct. 10, 2015.
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.54 views
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.54 views
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.54 views
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Shuttle boats (¥1,300 roundtrip) and tour boats (¥500) are busy on Ono River during the spring and autumn festival time.53 views
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River.53 views
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About the Tobacco and Tea Shop53 views
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Oil merchant53 views
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Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba.53 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence is quite spacious.53 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence53 views
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Food stall area53 views
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.53 views
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Float pullers also dance and sing (wasshoi!) when the float stops. Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.53 views
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.53 views
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.53 views
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.53 views
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Local supermarket and rest stop.53 views
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I couldn't stay until the endsince I had to catch mytrain back to Tokyo.53 views
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Map of the traditional townscape along the Ono River. I started from the Kaiun Bridge on the right of this map.52 views
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Sake merchant52 views
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Sawara has some old signs like this one for Fanta soda.52 views
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River.52 views
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About Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba.52 views
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Jaja Bridge (Toyohashi Bridge) in Sawara, Chiba has a waterfall.52 views
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Boat dock for boat rides on Ono River.52 views
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About Sawara's traditional townscape.52 views
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Inside the entrance foyer of Ino Tadataka's former residence. Japanese-style home.52 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence52 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence52 views
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Ino Tadataka Memorial Hall, a local museum. Photography was not allowed inside.52 views
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Wooden carvings on Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.52 views
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.52 views
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.52 views
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.52 views
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Yamato Takeru float arrives at the intersection.52 views
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With great fanfare, the floats turned a few times at the intersection before it proceeded. 52 views
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Leaping carp or maybe sea bream.51 views
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A few buildings were in need of repair.51 views
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About the Shojo Soy Sauce Shop established in 1800.51 views
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Uedaya Hardware Store51 views
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About Uedaya Hardware Store founded by a merchant from Gamo, Shiga Prefecture. Still in business.51 views
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Tobacco and Tea Shop51 views
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About the oil merchant51 views
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Open hours of Ino Tadataka's former residence.51 views
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Layout of Ino Tadataka's former residence.51 views
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Float pullers.51 views
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.51 views
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune float from Kamijuku 上宿.51 views
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.51 views
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.51 views
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Ono-no-Tofu 小野道風 float from Shin-Hashimoto 新橋本.51 views
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Bench50 views
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Modern phone booth50 views
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Monument for Ino Tadataka at his former residence.50 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence50 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence50 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence50 views
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.50 views
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Emperor Jimmu float from Nakagashi 仲川岸.50 views
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.50 views
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Float pullers/dancers at Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo float from Kaminakajuku 上中宿.50 views
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.50 views
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.50 views
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.50 views
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.50 views
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Emperor Nintoku float from Minami-yokojuku 南横宿.50 views
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.50 views
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Marks on the road left by float wheels.50 views
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.50 views
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Rest place next to supermarket.50 views
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From 5 pm, the floats came to this intersection to perform the no-no-ji mawashi turn. のの字廻し50 views
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Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto float from Kita Yokojuku 北横宿.50 views
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This float danced at the intersection too.50 views
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Traditional boat rides on Ono River operated by cute grandmas.49 views
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Ino Tadataka was a geographical surveyor who was the first to use modern scientific surveying methods to produce very accurate maps of Japan known as Inoh maps. 49 views
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Statue of Ino Tadataka at his former residence.49 views
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Ino Tadataka's former residence49 views
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Dainanko (Kusunoki Masashige) float from Higashi Sekido 東関戸.49 views
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Ushi Tenjin float from Shin-Uwagashi 新上川岸.49 views
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Shonanko (Kusunoki Masatsura) float from Shimowake 下分.49 views
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Shrine maidens.49 views
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They shout "wasshoi!"49 views
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From around 4 pm, they started parking the floats to put on paper lanterns.48 views
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