We took a day trip up to chichibu. by some amazing miracle, the forecasted rain held off the entire day, and we took a boat down the arakawa river, ate amazing 800yen kakigoori, spent hours swimming in the river (and getting carried far far down by the rapids, we nearly drowned from laughing so much), and then finished off the day relaxing at an onsen.
if there is one thing i have learned this month, the three things that constitute a holiday by japanese standards are meibutsu (famous food), onsen (hot springs) and omiyage (souvenirs). going away with japanese people is quite amusing on this level, as they approach holidays in such a different way to australia. everything is about eating, onsens and souvenirs.
Nice shots, got to remember those three rules
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As good as any
I can clearly remember relaxing being easier
I was barefoot most of the time
I was young, 8 or 9 perhaps
I don’t remember it being particularly hot, cold or even wet
I remember the tambrin trees, mango trees and a large backyard
I can remember jumping from the second story onto pillows
There was a wet bounce house at a friend’s once
Pretty sure it was yellow
There are plenty of trees in this city, more in the park and along the river
Takes longer, and ain’t easy
Great story and photo!
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Japan : Utsunomiya
Taken in July 2013. Utsunomiya is the capitol city of the Tochigi Prefecture and is home to over 500,000 people.
Very nice photo!
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“Obelisk” at Mt. Ho-ou, Minami Alps mountain range, Yamanashi, Japan
This picture was taken atop the rock formation known as the ‘obelisk’ atop Mount Ho-ou, in the Minami Alps, Japan (August, 2011). After a day of hiking the “Aoki-ko-sen” route from Yamanashi Prefecture, we camped at a campground near the peak. Early the next morning, we hiked the last segment to the top just before sunrise. My husband climbed to the very top of the obelisk, sat down, and snapped this shot.
Wow, that’s really up there, and what a view!
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Opening day for Sumo Spring 2012 in Osaka
Final Match of the Day.
Wow, never thought we would have Sumo wrestlers here, but thanks, cool shot!
Starring a cocky, but lowly, fisherman and a princess.
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Here is one picture I took a in September 2009 when I was in Osaka, Japan. Maybe someone has submitted it to your blog already, but I haven’t found it yet. It’s the front side of the Dotonbori hotel, a hotel I’d suggest to anyone visiting the city.
Pretty funky looking dudes holding up that hotel!
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An interesting thing I noticed in Japan while shopping was that one had to take off their footwear before stepping into fitting rooms. This photo was taken at the Perfect Suit Company, but I observed the same practice being followed at the two Uniqlo branches I went to. I’m not sure if anyone else has experienced this. I’m worried it’s just because I have dirty slip-ons.
Never heard of that before, very interesting. And get clean slip ons!
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Underground station in Tokyo
Nice shot, very symmetrical!
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They were taken during my trip to Japan in summer 2012. More exactly, it’s Tohoku region, Miyagi Prefecture (the area which had suffered from the big earthquake in 2011). Me and my daughter met there with our Japanese friends and even took part in a big family picnic. And there was our first experience wearing national clothes “Yukata” with wooden sandals “Geta”. I hope you will like some of them.
Me and my daughter drawing on the sand of Atlantic coast
My daughter wearing Japanese sandals Geta for the first time
A little girl cooling her feet in a cooler box.
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Live for Wandering 153
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Sweet Drops from Above
Do you remember hearing about the maple syrup heist from Canada a few months ago? Maybe not, but it was a really big deal in those circles and proved that some gold is in liquid form.
I’m not sure the man under the umbrella is too glad to be receiving the good fortune from the heavens. If only the grasshopper could get a little closer.
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