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Nov 4, 2006 - Himeji-jo

Today I continued west from Kyoto to Himeji Castle. This is considered the most beautiful Japanese castle still standing, and, in recognition of its incredible beauty and historical significance, was named a World Heritage Site in 1992. It is commonly referred as Shirasagi, or "White Egret," because of its soaring white donjon, or central tower. The whole walk up Otemae-dori (ote=gate, mae=in front of, dori=street, so, "the street in front of the gate") affords an amazing view of the main towers, and the view from in front of the moat ranks...

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Autumn in Japan

Dec 6, 2005 - Rain all day - going on 75

All's well with henro Bob. Phone call caught him just having finished a tour of Temple 74 with plans to move on and stay at Temple 75 for the night. It has been raining all day - and the clothes that he washed at nearby onsen last night are still wet. Fortunately a bit warmer today. Shorts and henro jacket under rain pants and jacket. Body weight up a bit - about 69kgs and says he can feel some substance under the skin. Been working hard at putting on weight with the approaching cold weather. 90 temples down and 18 left. Said he is still...

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Henro on the trail

Dec 5, 2005 - Freezing at 71

Howling wind today! Bob could be seen wearing every piece of clothing - all day, but ended up sweating on the last pull up to Temple 71. Spent the night in a park under cover of an entertainment area - the first time the tent was ptiched on ground (as opposed to concrete or other flooring. Outside temperature 2 degrees. Insdie the tent 6 degrees and inside the sleeping bag 20 degrees. Gone back to sleeping in sleepgin bag without clothes on and says it is much warmer that way (I think I can hear several choruses of: "Told you so!")

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Henro on the trail

Apr 10, 2005 - Sayoonara Cara - My goodbye party

The night of April 10, 2005, Pete organized a big, three-part party for me, to say good-bye, or "sayoonara", as they say. It started with a small group of Nova teachers in Zappa, a dark and colourful artsy bar with good food, great music, and the closest thing to a dance floor that I knew in the city. You can tell by the photos that it is comfy and that we enjoyed the down-time before the crowds and karaoke changed the mood. Next, we met japanese Nova staff, more foreign teachers, and other friends at Box MG (Music Gallery). Box MG is a...

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Aug 15, 2004 - Fireworks Festival in Fukuyama

On August 13th, Pete and some teachers went to a massive fireworks festival in Onomichi, between Mihara and Fukuyama. On August 15th, we all went to the one in Fukuyama, which was even bigger. Every summer is filled with festivals, and each major or tourist city has a festival that features 2 to 3 hours of non-stop fireworks - some of the most stunning effects in the world. At the Fukuyama festival, they had fantastic star-bursts, and happy faces, and hearts, and palm trees, and even a huge replica of Niagara Falls, all done in...

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