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Nov 9, 2014 - Misadventures, manga and Mao

Misadventures, manga and Mao Holidays, I think are really only holidays when I stay in a beautiful place – often at a beach, almost always in Australia – and be quiet. Travel is different. For me, there is always a lot of (self-generated) fight or flight to deal with, as well as tiredness that I accrue from wanting to make the most of, see more, do more, not miss out on ..., and from sleep that is not as deep or safe and comfortable as that which my bed at home gives me. This journey is unfamiliar for another reason - Donna and I are again...

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Nov 8, 2014 - Pickles, Lady Murasaki and 1000Y; a two temple day

Pickles, Lady Murasaki and 1000Y We love our machi-ya house but the stairs are steep, the futon harder than the mattresses we are used to, and the couch stiffed-back and unyielding – genetically we are both more couch potato than Japanese, definitely haven’t done enough yoga and are possibly heading to middle-age. Linco has been replaced by Fresco; it’s not nearly as good. I will only go there when I have to – this is a loss to my daily routine. But we do make up for it somewhat by spending our first full day in Kyoto looking at food. The...

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Nov 7, 2014 - Trains, tears and turnip soup

We wait on the Tokyo station platform for the Shinkasen Hikari Super Express to take us to Kyoto. Its white, shark-nose glides into the station. Immediately, I love it, long sleek creature marked by two horizontal bright blue lines. Generally, I’m happy with a train journey and this one is no exception. Donna points out Mt Fuji to me, rising above the rest of the landscape, capped with snow it does appear to be a benevolent sort of guardian. The Hikari whisks us from to Tokyo to Kyoto in a noiseless blink. I never know how well or badly I...

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Oct 2, 2014 - In Kyoto

10/2 Changed rooms to 6 people dorm...bus to Golden temple, Imperial Palace (missed the English tour so we signed up for tomorrow@10 am), then spent next 2 hours on buses and walking trying to find the Higashi Honganji temple which is just 4 blocks from our hostel.  Finally getting there at 4:15 but luckily it's just a huge wooden building - one of the largest all wood buildings in the world - and had little need to do any exploring before closing time at 4:30 .  By this time my foot was in a world of hurt and my stomach growled for lack of...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Toured Takayama then Mt. Fuji to Kyoto

10/1 Visited the old town with old private houses (sanmachi), went through the only free museum, Takayama Museum of History and Art (mostly artifacts from mid-20th century and photos of city leaders), and the produce/craft market along the river...lots of samples, pickled radish-beets, Asian pears, Fuji apples, miso, other pickled unidentifiables. See and do in Takayama  Some discussion began about our timetable and stay vs leave argument - Mari always on the stay side, I on the leave. With some communication confusion resulting in some...

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May 18, 2014 - Wonderful Kyoto

What comes to mind when you think of Japan? Hi-tech goods, super fast bullet trains, precision and order? Or maybe ancient temples, beautifully prepared sushi and carefully preserved history and tradition? Kyoto has it all. It really is the Japan of your dreams. But when you arrive at Kyoto station, a stunning modern building and emerge into a modern city, initial impressions are a little disappointing. It's not that the city is unpleasant, it's actually very well organised and easy to get around, it's just that you came for the history....

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Six months in Asia

Apr 20, 2014 - Dad in Japan 2

During the last week of March, Dad came back to Japan for another visit. After waiting in an extremely long line in the Narita Airport to get his train pass, we went back to my apartment in Tokyo. After a nice bowl of ramen, we went to bed, knowing we had a full schedule ahead of us. Our first stop on our trip was DisneySea. This is part of Tokyo's Disneyland resort and its named one of the top theme parks in the world. I could see why when we arrived. It's a huge park with an atmosphere based around the age of maritime exploration. There...

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Nov 22, 2013 - Kyoto

KYOTO Kyoto is a city that would normally merit more than a two night stop over but we were here for four days two years ago. Once we were back we wished we had even more time to explore. This is such a beautiful city or better put, a city with many beautiful sights. It is certainly a city of temples and the temple gardens are particularly colourful at this time of year. Travelling from Beppu we met up with our first train booking stuff up as in we had three changes to make and our reservations didn't line up. We booked the second train to...

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Sep 26, 2012 - Sanjusangen-do

Got photo taken by a chinese family (Father, Mother, daughter) I took theirs in return. Where that photo was taken was a story of the zen bhddist monk samurai shot over hundred arrows at the target down the other end. *research, find out more on this Sanjusangen-do Originally was built in 1164 at the request of the retired emperor Go-shirakawa. The temple's name refers to the 33 (sanjusan) bays between the pillars of this long, narrow building, which houses 1001 statues of the 1000-armed Kannon (the Bhuddist goddess of mercy). The largest...

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Sep 24, 2012 - Shinkansen - Kyoto

Ready packed, slow start, Joe called from reception desk to get me to move along, meet down at reception for 815, no rush, then tour group files out Sun Route Plaza and makes for Shinjuku Eki (station). Everyone has their Japan Rail pass which Alfred slotted into the Aikido pass so you could wear it around your neck, won't get lost and easy to show at the boarding gates. Waiting for Shinkansen to Tokyo, goes via Nagoya. Shinkansen going the other way pulls up to the second, beautiful Japanese girls wave at us, very nice. Board Shinkansen...

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May 27, 2012 - Awaji

sorry I am out of order but will come back to Naoshima later.....we got up Sunday morning and ran to The Golden temple, got there about 8:45am massive amounts of school kids waiting for the gates to open. We were sitting on a bench when another group came up to us with their "homework" hello I am, where are you from, what japanese food do you like, would you sign my book. This group of three boys and three girls were 13 and had been studying English for 2 years.......one of the girls could not open her mouth, she looked horrified. There is...

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May 26, 2012 - Stranger on a train

on the shinkansen yesterday there was a large man who walked thru, we both noticed the back of his head for some reason, it was a bit wrinkled or something, as he walked back he looked normal maybe a mix a bit Samoan looking. At Shin Osaka he got off, he was quite dark, he had on a crisp white shirt, no jacket and gray tuxedo like pants, stripped with suspenders. Very well dressed, two women in Kimono followed him by two men in black suites, when they got off they walked away in the same order one after the other...I woke up wondering who...

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Monte Japan 2012

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