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Posing with maybe with their school teacher.468 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列424 views
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Also called "Sennin Gyoretsu" (1,000-person Procession 千人行列), this is Nikko's largest festival held on May 17-18. The highlight is a long procession of over 1,000 people dressed in various costumes.376 viewsThe three portable shrines are dedicated to the spirits of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Minamoto Yoritomo. Photos start with May 17 at Toshogu Shrine, when priests gathered for a ceremony. 発興祭
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Ashikaga Flower Park is home to one of Japan's largest wisteria trellis and numerous wisteria trees/vines. Besides purple wisteria, it also boasts white and yellow wisteria. Entrance to the park..372 views
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The warriors are the procession's main attraction.369 viewsWaiting near Futarasan Shrine's torii.
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Chigo children wearing an elaborate crown with the signs of the eto Oriental Zodiac. Nikko344 viewsNikko Grand Spring Festival in May.
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Shinkyo Sacred Bridge, Nikko 神橋307 views
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At Ashikaga-shi Station, long line for the shuttle bus to Ashikaga Flower Park. This problem has been resolved with the new JR Ashikaga Flower Park Station.302 views
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Warriors on Omotesando291 views
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Yomeimon Gate, National Treasure, Nikko 陽明門291 views
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Face of a samurai.285 views
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Until April 2018, shuttle buses went from Ashikaga-shi Station to Ashikaga Flower Park. Bus fare was ¥300 one way, taking about 15 min. The bus leaves once an hour, but more often if there's a large crowd.0279 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum277 views
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Giant Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi. The trellis is huge and the wisteria strands are long. Super awesome.273 views
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Ashikaga-shi Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line. It takes about 2 hours from central Tokyo. Connected to the Hanzomon Line. From April 2018, the JR Ashikaga Flower Park Station opened in front of the park.269 views
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Omotesando main promenade. Also see the video at YouTube. 表参道266 views
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Shrine priest262 views
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Dance maidens255 views
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Warriors leaving the Otabisho.254 views
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Tobu Line train to Nikko. It takes about 2 hours from Asakusa, Tokyo.252 views
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Map of Ashikaga Flower Park. It's large, but compact enough to walk around and see everything. They also light up the flowers at night until 9 pm.248 views
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Warriors walk back up the slope in front of the Otabisho.240 views
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Coming down from Yomeimon Gate (National Treasure). 陽明門224 viewsThe gate is a National Treasure and symbol of Nikko.

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Chigo children 稚児, Nikko224 views
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Shrine priests standing219 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社207 views二荒山神社
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Priests on a rainy day.205 views
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Tunnel of White Wisteria is one of a kind in the world at Ashikaga Flower Park.198 views
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Shrine priest194 views
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Near departure time at Otabisho189 views
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Hear, speak, and see no evil188 viewsWood carving on the horse stable
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Ashikaga Flower Park, Tochigi.187 views
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Warriors and Five-story Pagoda185 views
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Sleeping cat 眠り猫185 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum184 views
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Utsunomiya Castle, Tochigi Pref.180 views
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.174 views
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Five-story pagoda 五重塔173 views
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Shrine maidens 巫女172 views
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At Ashikaga-shi Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line, there is the Ashikaga Tourist Information Office inside the train station, but it was closed. On the very day when tourists would arrive to see the warrior procession.172 views
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Gyoza restaurants in Utsunomiya Station. The city's gyoza connection started in 1940 when soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army's 14th Division assigned to a garrison in Manchuria returned to Utsunomiya and brought back gyoza recipes.169 views
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Tunnel of White Wisteria goes for 76.5 meters.169 views
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Oriental zodiac (hare) carving on five-story pagoda167 views
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Yomeimon Gate, National Treasure 陽明門167 views
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Yellow wisteria at Ashikagae Flower Park.167 views
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1:30 pm: The end (path to Futarasan Shrine). A similar festival is held in Oct., but on a smaller scale and with only one mikoshi.164 viewsAfter the festival ends, there's enough time to see the shrine.
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The bean-throwing was disappointing at Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival in Ashikaga, Tochigi. Few beans and they hardly reached anybody.164 views
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Usubeni Bridge (Light Pink Bridge) with a canopy of light pink wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi. うす紅橋164 views
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Dragon on ceiling that squeaks when you clap.163 views
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Horse stable162 views
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Ichino-torii158 views
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In front of the portable shrine storehouse for the three mikoshi. A ceremony is held to transfer the spirits from the main shrine to the portable shrines. 神輿舎にて宵成渡御157 viewsThis building is right next to the famous Yomei-mon Gate at the Toshogu Shrine.

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Sleeping cat157 views
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Soldiers in the 14th Division came from Utsunomiya. Sadly in 1944, the division was assigned to Palau and Anguar in the South Pacific where most of them died in bloody battles. What would a trip to Utsunomiya be without eating gyoza?157 views
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Flower Stage156 views
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Sleeping cat 眠り猫155 views
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Utsunomiya Castle, Tochigi. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to explore this castle more.155 views
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝155 views
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝155 views
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A semi-ring of chairs in front of the Flower Stage. The ceiling has light pink wisteria. うす紅の棚154 views
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Yomeimon Gate153 views
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.151 views
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Oriental zodiac (tiger) carving on five-story pagoda150 views
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Futaraasan Shrine in Utsunomiya.149 views
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Oriental zodiac (dragon) carving on five-story pagoda147 views
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Karamon close-up147 views
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Niomon146 views
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝146 views
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Horse stable143 views
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White Wisteria Waterfall. 白藤の滝143 views
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Karamon142 views
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Wisteria noodles142 views
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Rear of Yomeimon Gate141 views
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Utsunomiya is famous for gyoza, and inside JR Utsunomiya Station are many gyoza shops and restaurants. The station's east exit even has a gyoza sculpture.141 views
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Passing under Yomeimon Gate.140 views
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Yoroi Toshikoshi Shuko festival, Ashikaga, Tochigi.140 views
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Entrance to Ashikaga Flower Park is guarded by these yellow wisteria. Admission is a pricey ¥2,000 during the wisteria season from late April to early May. It's worth it during peak bloom.140 views
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Rear of Yomeimon Gate139 views
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The main and spectacular attraction is this Giant Wisteria (大藤) on a expansive trellis. 139 views
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Prayer ceremony by priests138 views
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Kids on school trip along Omotesando 表参道137 views
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Yomeimon Gate137 views
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This wisteria tree is about 140 years old. It was transplanted here in Feb. 1996.136 views
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This warrior procession is said to be a reenactment of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada's visit to Toshogu Shrine, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Successive shoguns visited the shrine as well.135 views上新道
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Inside Tobu Line train135 views
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Tobu Nikko Station 東武日光駅134 views
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Group photo134 views
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If you're visiting during the wisteria's peak bloom, I highly recommend seeing this park. Breathtaking. Flower beds near the entrance.134 views
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Wisteria kamaboko fish cake.133 views
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The park's parking lot had many tour buses. Crowded even on weekdays during wisteria season. But fewer people in the late afternoon.133 views
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) are then carried out of the storehouse to be taken to Futarasan Shrine.132 views
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Portable shrine storehouse132 views
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Cool heads.130 views
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Tunnel of Yellow Wisteria.130 views
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A National Treasure and World Heritage Site, Nikko's magnificent shrines and temples overshadow any other attractions Tochigi has. The Toshogu Shrine is especially famous and also serves as Tokugawa Ieyasu's mausoleum. Omotesando 表参道129 views
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The spirits of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Minamoto Yoritomo in the three portable shrines are then transferred to Futarasan Shrine. The mikoshi spend the night here.127 views
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Gift shop at the park entrance. When you enter the park, you enter here first (and last).127 views
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Futarasan Shrine's torii121 views
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Both men and boys wear the warrior costumes.121 views
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Warriors coming down the Omotesando. 武者行列120 views
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A short path leads to Futarasan Shrine.117 views
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Second group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.117 views
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Portable shrine in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.117 views二荒山神社 拝殿
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Over 50 different costumes are featured in the procession.117 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞117 views
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The procession's starting point at Futarasan Shrine is a great photo op.115 views
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What happened to the white roof for the musicians? Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞115 viewsThese pictures were taken in different years and combined.
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At 11:00 am, the procession starts. They leave Futarasan Shrine through this torii. 上新道114 views上新道
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A small shrine under the Giant Wisteria.114 views
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The three portable shrines (mikoshi) in Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿113 views
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Warriors make their way through.112 views
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Rear view112 views
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Entering Futarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall. All three portable shrines are taken to this hall. 二荒山神社 拝殿111 views
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Beware of horse droppings111 views
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Yae-fuji wisteria features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤111 views
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Start of the Omotesando with Ichino-torii in the background. 一ノ鳥居110 views
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May 18: At 10:35 am, the spirits are transferred from Futarasan Shrine back to the portable shrines.109 viewsFutarasan Shrine's Haiden Hall.

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Mikoshi bearers standing by.109 views
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First group of mikoshi bearers fall in line.109 views
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Grounds of Futarasan Shrine, the starting point of the "1,000-Person Procession." 千人行列109 views
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This short path goes to the Omotesando main promenade.109 views上新道
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance musicians109 views
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Mikoshi bearers standing by.108 views
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Warriors with shiny gold helmets.108 views
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Another mikoshi going up to Omote-mon Gate108 views
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12 noon: Otabisho resting place. They arrive and have lunch. The three mikoshi are stored in the building on the upper left. 御旅所107 views御旅所
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞107 views
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About the Tunnel of White Wisteria. 107 views
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Omotesando main promenade 表参道106 views
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The Boy Scouts collect offerings (excluding horse droppings) thrown on the ground by spectators.106 views
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Azuma-asobi no Mai Dance 東遊の舞106 views
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Passing under the torii at Futarasan Shrine. 二荒山神社105 views二荒山神社
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Shrine priests sitting104 views
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People get ready to leave and go back to Toshogu Shrine.104 views
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Those crowns are heavy.103 views
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Carrying out the mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.102 views
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The procession includes about 18 horses.102 views
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Sacred music musicians102 views
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These two performed the Yaotome-no-Mai. They are leaving the building.102 views
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Mikoshi passing through Ichino-torii101 views
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This is near the end of the Omortesando and they turn left to go to the Otabisho resting place.101 views
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Omotesando is the main part of the route to watch the procession. It is the shrine's largest avenue.101 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.100 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.100 views
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Chigo children, notice the Oriental zodiac animals on their crowns.100 views
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The wisteria strands can be as long as 1.8 meters.100 views
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Carrying out another mikoshi from Futarasan Shrine.99 views
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Mikoshi99 views
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Dancers leaving the building99 views
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Chigo children and assistants make sure the crown doesn't fall off.99 views
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The Giant Wisteria extends over 36 meters by 33 meters. About the same as a large hotel ballroom or a whopping 600 tatami mats. The trellis was only 50 tatami mats when it was transplanted here.99 views
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Another lion (shi-shi)98 views
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Wooden birds98 views
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Warriors going through the Omote-mon Gate.98 views
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Mikoshi coming through Ichino-torii98 views
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Yae-fuji wisteria trellis. Yae-fuji features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤98 views
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Otabisho 御旅所97 views
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Offerings of sea bream (tai)97 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Yae-fuji wisteria trellis. Yae-fuji features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤97 views
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Yellow wisteria97 views
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Banners leading the procession.95 views
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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳95 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Ceremony to give offerings to the shrine deity. 三本立七五膳95 viewsSanbon-date Shichi-jugo zen

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Another large wisteria trellis. 大長藤95 views
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Purple Wisteria Trellis. むらさき藤棚95 views
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Mikoshi coming through.94 views
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Yae-fuji wisteria trellis.94 views
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Another large wisteria trellis. 94 views
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Mikoshi stored in the Otabisho's Shinden Hall, a resting place for spirits in transit. 御旅所 御神殿93 views
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Tunnel of White Wisteria. 93 views
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Tunnel of White Wisteria. 93 views
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Many wisteria trees decorate the park paths.92 views
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Usubeni Bridge (Light Pink Bridge) with a canopy of light pink wisteria. うす紅橋92 views
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Yae-fuji wisteria features more flower petals, making the flower look more like little balls. 八重藤92 views
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Wisteria and azalea92 views
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Yet another large wisteria trellis, called Purple Wisteria Trellis. むらさき藤棚92 views
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Yellow wisteria selling for 4,000 yen.92 views
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Offering of ducks (dead)91 views
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Lion91 views
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Mikoshi enter the Ichino-torii91 views
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