JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - TOKUSHIMA 徳島県
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer464 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer360 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori dancer322 views
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The festival usually features a celebrity or two. This is actress Fujita Tomoko at the Tokushima Awa Odori.315 views
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One of Japan's grandest festivals, the Tokushima Awa Odori is a summer dance performed in central Tokushima city. Numerous dance troupes called "ren" appear in a long parade along the city's main streets for four evenings in mid-Aug. 235 viewsAbout 2 million people see it during the four days it is held. It is like a bon dance to greet the souls of the deceased returning to visit. There are other Awa Odori festivals in Japan, but the one in Tokushima is the original and largest one. "Awa" is the former feudal name of Tokushima. Photo: Entrance to one of the spectator areas called "embujo" (admission charged). 藍場浜演舞場
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Tokushima Awa Odori207 views
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Tokushima Awa Odori is also called the "Fool's Dance"195 views
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This was in front of a dept. store near Tokushima Station.180 views
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Free Awa odori lessons.148 views
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Pre-festival warm-up performance.147 views
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They performed in the afternoon.146 views
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View of Tokushima city from Bizan132 views眉山
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Bizan Ropeway 眉山ロープウェイ129 views
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In front of my hotel after the festival ended.126 viewsThis group continued dancing late into the night.
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In front of Tokushima Station124 views
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Crowds already line Tokushima's main street soon to be closed to traffic.123 views
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Really hard taking pictures with a small compact camera with no telephoto zoom.123 views
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These photos were taken in Aug. 1999.122 views
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View of Tokushima city from Bizan120 views眉山
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Finally found a seat closer to the road.118 views
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Tokushima Castle museum 徳島城博物館118 views徳島城博物館
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Actress Fujita Tomoko heads one dance troupe.116 views
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Hi Philbert! Welcome aboard!114 views
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Bizan Ropeway114 views眉山ロープウェイ
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Shinmachi-bashi road in front of Tokushima Station 新町橋通り111 viewsIt was Awa Odori time.
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Tokushima Station110 views
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Rear view of a dancer109 views
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The Awa Odori begins before dark.109 views
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End of the course109 views
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Spectator seats. Admission is 1,000 to 2,000 yen.107 views
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Lining up for the non-reserved spectator seats.107 views
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All spectator seats were taken.106 views
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Tokushima's Awa Odori originated in 1587 to mark the completion of Izan Castle in Tokushima (formerly called Awa Province). The castle lord allowed the people to celebrate and they danced the night away.105 views
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Haneda to Tokushima102 views
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My compact camera lens had a flare/halation problem.100 views
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Flute player100 views
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Awa Odori Kaikan museum96 viewsAwa Odori publicity posters.
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancer93 views
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancers91 views
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancers on mailbox91 views
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Sculpture of Awa Odori dancer87 views
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Tokushima Airport85 views
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Awa Odori Kaikan museum84 viewsHappi coats worn by Awa Odori dance troupes.
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Condensed mirror of Awa Odori dancer78 viewsAibahama Park in the distance.
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Naruto whirlpools in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture are very famous and a major tourist attracton in Shikoku. The whirlpools occur in Naruto Strait between Naruto and Awaji island.3 views
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You can see the whirlpools from a boat run by Naruto Kanko Kisen (Uzushio Kancho-sen). Local buses run from Tokushima Station and Naruto Station to Naruto Kanko-ko (鳴門観光港) where the boat leaves. (The boat terminal looks different from this old p3 viewsPort location: https://goo.gl/maps/7jxi9mDKaWgz8JM77
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Boat to see Naruto whirlpools. Boats leave about twice an hour from around 9:15 am to 4:15 pm. Cruise time is about 30 min., fare is around ¥2,400.2 views
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Short boat cruise to Naruto Strait. 大鳴門橋2 views
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The Ōnaruto Bridge spans over Naruto Strait connecting Naruto and Awaji island. 大鳴門橋2 views
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Ōnaruto Bridge was completed in 1985 and stretches for 876 meters (2,874 ft) over the ocean. 大鳴門橋2 views
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The boat has a higher deck, so you can see the whirlpools better.2 views
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How impressive the Naruto whirlpools are depend on the day and time. Check the website for best times to go: https://www.uzusio.com/en/2 views
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Naruto whirlpools can also be seen from the bridge.2 views
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Naruto whirlpool2 views
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Ōnaruto Bridge and Naruto whirlpool.2 views
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Ōnaruto Bridge2 views
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Naruto whirlpool.2 viewsJNTO photo.
 
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