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Shrine priest throws some sacred confetti to purify the path ahead of Michizane's spirit coming through in the procession at Kameido Tenjin.33 views
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Michizane's spirit goes over the taiko-bashi bridge.33 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine torch festival33 views
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Small bon fire next to the shrine that lit the torches.33 views
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A ceremony was held again to transfer the spirit back to the shrine. 33 views
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Main worship hall.33 views
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Wasen boat dock on Yoko-Jukkengawa River. They are here on Wednesdays from March to Nov. and on Sundays from Dec. to Feb. Operates from 10 am to 2:15 pm.32 views
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Boat paddler/pilot.32 views
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My 2010 video of Fukagawa Chikara-mochi in Kiba Park.32 views
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Tokyo bus with Koto Ward motif.32 views
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Koto-ku residents would easily recognize these sights on the bus. Very well done. Too bad it's only temporary.32 views
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Onagigawa Clover Bridge32 views
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Sendaibori Park is noted for cherry blossoms in late March to early April.32 views
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Azalea bloom in late April to early May.32 views
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Tokyo Skytree under construction.32 views
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Gingko trees dominate the park in autumn.32 views
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Bicycle Center where you can rent a bicycle.32 views
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Road for the Tokyo Gate Bridge.32 views
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From the corner of Wakasu Park.32 views
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Wakasu Park has this small yacht harbor for yachting classes.32 views
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Yokozuna Taiho's awards.32 views
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The torch bearers were volunteers from the public who had signed up for the task. They carried bamboo sticks lit by a small bon fire.32 views
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On March 25, Kameido Tenjin Shrine holds the Taimatsu Torch Festival officially named "Shinkisai."32 views
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The torch procession returned to the shrine's worship hall at about 7 pm. This picture looks light, but it was actually quite dark.32 views
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The volunteer group operating the boats is called Wasen Tomo-no-Kai (和船友の会).31 views
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Wearing a life vest is required.31 views
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I thought, why not? So I proceeded to wait for a boat in no time.31 views
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Store shutter art of Kiba kakunori in Koto, Tokyo.31 views
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Yokojukken River intersects with Onagi River here. A four-way "clover bridge" for pedestrians make it very convenient.31 views
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Hanami flower viewing is popular among the locals.31 views
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Approaching Wakasu Park. This is the northern end.31 views
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Bicycle Center where you can rent a bicycle.31 views
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Fish in Tokyo Bay.31 views
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Almost like a rock garden.31 views
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Cycling path 31 views
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Tokyo Disneyland31 views
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Tokaido Road plaque.31 views
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Wakasu Park has this small yacht harbor for yachting classes.31 views
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Eitaibashi Bridge spans over the Sumida Bridge. Lit up in blue at night.31 views
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The park is popular with joggers and people walking their dogs.30 views
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Bicycle Center where kids can ride here. Wakasu Park has a nice cycling path all the way around.30 views
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Tokyo Gate Bridge under construction in 2008.30 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree under construction in 2010.29 views
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Sarue Onshi Park is a spacious local park with sakura cherry blossoms, azalea, and autumn leaves. Near Sumiyoshi Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line subway and Kinshicho Station.28 views
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It wasn't exactly what we had planned for lunch, but it was good and healthy. At least we ate in Toyosu.28 views
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This clock tower is the park's focal point. Cherry blossoms are substantial and many people hold hanami flower-viewing picnics. But it's not as crowded as Ueno Park.26 views
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On a street corner near Toyosu Station is where 7-11's first store in Japan opened in 1974. It's still operating here in the same building. 26 viewsToyosu is quite a new, modern town. Lots of construction still going on. It's turning out quite well.
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Tokyo Sky Tree25 views
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The official website provides this very basic map of Toyosu Market. There are three blocks/buildings all connected to each other and to Shijo-mae Station via pedestrian overpasses.25 viewsThe red lines on this map show the pedestrian overpass to each block. All three buildings have a long tourist corridor with picture windows to see inside the market.

When the market is open (closed on Sun.), tourists can tour the three Toyosu Market buildings from 5 am to 5 pm. However, there's not much market action after late morning.

Besides the markets, there are sushi restaurants. The problem with this map is that it doesn't show where the restaurants are. They are in Blocks 6 and 7. Very crowded though.

Block 7 is where the tuna auctions are held, but the public won't be able to see the auction area until next Jan. But if you come here by 6 am or so, you should be able to see some tuna being hauled away on the floor. This block also has some restaurants.

Block 6 is the largest building of the three. This is where the sold tuna is carved up. This building also has a large sushi restaurant area that is not indicated on this map. The upper floor also has little shops (Uogashi Yokocho Market) for people who work at the market. They sell knives, tea, etc., and also sell to the public, but the shops close by 2 pm or so.

Block 5 is the fruit and vegetable market. Least crowded. No restaurants inside.
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Toyosu Market's official mascot: Itchi-no.25 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and cherry blossoms.24 views
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At the end of the corridor, there's this big observation deck where you can see the wholesale section of the fruit and vegetable market.24 views
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Shijo-mae Station is connected directly to convenient pedestrian overpasses leading to the three Toyosu Market buildings/blocks. (That's Block 6 in the distance.)23 views
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Toyosu Market is proving to be massively popular among the curious and sushi lovers. Toyosu Market is near Shijo-mae Station (seen on the left here) on the Yurikamome Line that runs between Shimbashi and Toyosu Stations.23 views
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Tuna display in the small exhibition room in Block 7.23 views
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Entrance to the fruit and vegetable market.23 views
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Another crowd-pleasing tuna display in Block 7. Life-size model of the biggest tuna ever sold at Tsukiji fish market in April 1986. 2.88 meters long, 496 kg. Didn't say how much it sold for.22 views
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Block 7's tourist corridor with glass windows to see the tuna floor.22 views
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Block 6 has this small entrance to the restaurant section.22 views
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Block 6's restaurant section is the larger one at Toyosu Market. However, all the restaurants were totally crowded with people by 1:30 pm. 22 viewsMany restaurants that were at Tsukiji moved here or opened a branch here. Wanna wait 1 to 2 hours for sushi?? Nope, but these people don't seem to mind.

If you want sushi and don't want to wait in line, go to the Tsukiji Outer Market instead.
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Only this coffee shop was not crowded. So we gave up having a sushi lunch at Toyosu Market. 22 viewsThere are plans to build larger restaurant facilities in buildings adjacent to the market. However, they won't open until 2023.
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Block 6's upper floor has a section of shops called Uogashi Yokocho Market. (This section is not indicated on the official map.) 22 viewsThese are small shops catering mainly to market workers. They also sell to the public. However, by 2:00 pm most of the stores were closing.
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Cutlery shop in Uogashi Yokocho Market.22 views
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The observation corridor for tourists inside the fruit and vegetable market. Lots of windows, but they don't show much.22 views
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Corridor wall also had panels explaining the history of the food and vegetable market in Tokyo.22 views
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Inside the Yurikamome Line train. Since we couldn't eat sushi at Toyosu Market, we took the train to Toyosu Station two stops away and had a late lunch there instead.22 views
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Directional signs for tourists are in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.21 views
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Information desk in Block 7's exhibition room. Lots of questions from foreigners to staff who couldn't really speak English.21 views
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Nice bilingual (Japanese and English) explanatory panels in the corridors. At 2 am, they unload the tuna here. At 4 am, buyers examine the tuna and assess the bid price. 21 viewsAt 4:30 am, auction starts. At 7 am, the buyers are busy hauling away the tuna.
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Hand signals to indicate numbers at auctions.21 views
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Long lines everywhere for sushi. The restaurants usually sell out by 2 pm, then they close. 21 viewsThe huge crowd is either here for the novelty of a new attraction or they may be a strong sign of Toyosu Market's massive popularity.

I'm afraid the Tsukiji Outer Market will soon be marginalized by Toyosu Market. The market is the heart and soul, and it's now in Toyosu. The fishmongers in Toyosu are very gung-ho now and really want the Toyosu brand to exceed the old Tsukiji brand.
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Block 6 has many windows for tourists, but you can hardly see anything. We can see just a small slit of the market floor. 21 viewsJust a pathway for the people and turret trucks, you don't see the sellers. However, I was later told that there is also a viewing deck on the first floor where there is a better view.
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Map of Uogashi Yokocho Market in Block 6. Lots of little shops.21 views
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Lastly, this is the fruit and vegetable market, Block 5.21 views
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Not much of a view though.21 views
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Better view of the fruit/vegetable market toward the end of the corridor.21 views
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Not much action in the fruit and vegetable market since it was in the afternoon.21 views
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The vegetable market's biggest item is cabbage, then daikon.21 views
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Across the water from Toyosu is the Tokyo Olympic Village under construction.21 views
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This is Block 7 where the tuna auctions are held. Let's enter here first. Notice the pedestrian overpass going into the building.20 views
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Block 7 has this small exhibition room with photos of the old Tsukiji fish market and other things.20 views
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Exhibition room in Block 7.20 views
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View of the tuna floor in Block 7. The floor was painted green for better contrast with the tuna's red flesh to assess the quality. We visited around 2 pm, so nobody was here. 20 viewsYou have to come here by 6 am or 7 am to see some action.
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Block 7 has a restaurant section (not indicated on the official map). All crowded.20 views
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Next is Block 6 where the fish is carved up and sold to sushi restaurants and supermarkets. This is the largest building of the three.20 views
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After seeing the Block 6 restaurants, we walked along this long corridor and entered the market part of the building.20 views
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Block 6's market entry hall had two turret trucks on display.20 views
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Anybody could get on the turret truck and pose for photos.20 views
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Many of the shops had congratulatory flowers for their grand opening.20 views
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Each observation window was color-coded and named after a fruit or vegetable. A nice touch.20 views
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Hauling green onions.20 views
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The fruit market's biggest item is mikan (tangerines), then citrus.20 views
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Near Toyosu Station is a restaurant called Cafe Haus. It's a good restaurant.20 views
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Inside Cafe Haus near Toyosu Station.20 views
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Also in the corridor, bilingual explanatory panels for identifying fish.19 views
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Plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo18 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.17 views
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.10 views
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Weeping plum tree.10 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.10 views
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Mitake Shrine10 views
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Cherry blossoms along Kyu-Nakagawa River in Koto Ward.9 views
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Plum blossoms and Tokyo Sky Tree.9 views
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Plum trees grew since the last time I took this shot.9 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall in Feb. 2019.9 views
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Many students pray here during January to February to pass school entrance exams or to do well in school. 9 views
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Ema tablets with wisteria design for Kameido Tenjin Shrine.9 views
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2019 was the Year of the Boar.9 views
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These plum blossoms are from Dazaifu Shrine in Fukuoka. Feb. 2019.9 views
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Sacred cow statue. Rub the nose for good luck.9 views
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Monument for the man who first manufactured matches in Japan.9 views
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Statue of Sugawara Michizane as a child.9 views
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Memorial for writing brushes and any writing instruments including pens. You can put used pens in the box for disposal.9 views
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