My family came to Japan this week for the first time for a holiday during my year abroad. I was lucky enough to join them for a few days in between my university classes. One of the first places we visited was Kawaguchiko, where I managed to take this beautiful shot.
Beautiful shot! :)
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Yokohoma a marine city with a busy port, is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan. The city has a long history of foreign trade, primarily with Great Britain; immigration from China and Korea; and occupation by Americans after WW II. I didn’t have a chance to see the greater metropolitan area or those that reflected distinct Western influences, but did manage to get to the “dazzling” Chinatown which will be highlighted in the next post.
Yogaplus in Yokhoma is an inviting place with a great group of students who were always fun to teach. The studio is managed by the gracious and energetic Kosai Kato who was also my translator for classes in 2012 and the 2013 TT. Once I made the long journey to the studio, I always felt at home.
What a great looking group! :)
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Once more, upon these graves
Without a corpse
Where grass now grows
And folding chairs in rows –
We sit respectfully
At break of day
And try to fan
The flames away.
Only cicadas scream
And clouds of smoke
Rise as our foes’
Housewives and children rose;
Rising, too, memories
Threaten to choke,
Such leveled dreams
As they evoke.
She did not burn with them
But she was here –
Her ghost with theirs
This cemetery shares
And all their horror, thirst
With my new grief
Explodes in me.
– Jessica Reynolds Shaver
Beautiful words for a horrifying time.
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- Tiny Hotel Rooms – Osaka, Japan
I’m 6 foot 2 and my boyfriend is 6 foot 3. We stayed in two places in Oaska – the first, where the picture was taken, the room was essentially 6 foot 3 squared (whilst taking this picture we essentially wedged ourselves with our heads against one wall, our heads against the other). The second room was narrower – closer to 5 and a half foot. People warned that accommodation was expensive in Japan, they didn’t warn me how small it was!
- Camel Toe Socks – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
My boyfriend, the goof that he is, thought that these socks were an improvement on the usual 5-finger socks that he wears in an attempt to keep his feet dry. Given their perverse shape and pattern they’ve been named The Camel Toe socks and cause great amusement to all that see them. They’re from Japan originally.
- My First Pedicure – Singapore
The name says it all really! You’ve got to start a trip off in style once in a while haven’t you!
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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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Here are pictures of mine (2) and mine and my wife’s feet (1 each) in a hot spring water footbath called Oyunumagawa Natural Foot Bath
at Noboribetsu in Hokkaido Japan.
Nice shots, looks like a wonderful place to relax! :)
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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