Note: I've liberally linked to Wikipedia for an explanation of a lot of the Japan-specific terminalogy in this entry...
The 2nd part of the pictures from Harajuku and the adjacent Meiji Shrine.
Just down the street is the KDDI de...Read more
On Sunday I went with KXD down to Harajuku, the world famous section of Tokyo where the Japanese youth gather to present their unique fashion. Here are the first half of my pictures from the trip.
We walked around and took some photos with the different groups:
In addition to the 'average' visual kei types in the black or pink lacy outfits, you get some interesting types l...Read more
After the tour ended yesterday, I took the subway over to the Nagoya Castle, which is one of the few sights worth visiting in this town, from what I've been told. They close early on fall/winter days, so I had to hurry through.
Like Kumamoto castle, that I visited 1.5 weeks ago with my parents, this one was built in the early 1600s as a way for the feudal lord to assert his power over the local area.
The main castle buildings ...Read more
On Saturday I took my parents to the Fuku0ka T0wer. It was a bit overcast, but much clearer than it had been the previous few days. A cold front moved in and things have become 'autumny' very quickly.
From the observation deck of the tower at 123m ...Read more
Sorry for the late updates, i have had like zero free time the last few days.
Yesterday I took the day off and rented a car. I took my parents down south to Kumam0to to show them the famous Kumam0to Castle and Suizenji gardens.
My dad and I in front of the car. It was a good deal (for Japan), only ~$40 for a same day rental (check out at 8am, return by 8pm). This works cause we&...Read more
So as i mentioned previously... since its a 3 day weekend, i had friday off so i decided to do a day trip i had long postponed, head up to Mojiko at the northern tip of the island and visit Ganryu Island.
Here is Mojiko, a small port city, directly across from the fmaous japanese city of Shimonoseki (site of the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki of course). Its about 80-90km north of...Read more
Yesterday my labmate [eirI] and I rode our motorcycles over to [nijihsiN] to meet up with [eomoT] and some friends, we were headed to the beach at [onieM] hama. Sweated our asses in the sun getting there, but once we got on the beach there was a nice breeze.
Its actually an artificial beach created on the landfill in front of the [akuokuF] Tower. This beach is usually packed on weekend days...Read more
Don't you hate it when you forget to switch an entry from 'private' to public? and then you wonder for two days why no one left any comments. :-P
Case in point:
Yesterday I went with Yo-chan to the nearby city of Karatsu (唐津). Its about an hour away to the west.
The reason I wanted to go was to see their castle. You can read a nice text review of it here.
OK, Ayumi fans will have to wait another day for my blurry bootlegs from her show. In the meanwhile, here are the (tons) of pictures from my cell phone cam during my trip last week. (sequel to the award winning blog entries - Takamatsu and Tokyo pictures...)
From the Bullet Train:
Hikari Railstar bullet train i took to Okayama, pretty badass! :-)Read more
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