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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima January 20th 2007

This trip was my first attempt at a snow sport, and yes the snow is obviously man-made :-) After taking an hour and a half on the first run (most of it not upright), the second went a lot better, the third time I face-planted once, and the fourth I didn't fall at all!! Never quite managed getting back up frontwards, but got the hang of getting up backward then doing a 180 degree jump round, and starting off front-on. ... read more
Boarding bunny
Boarding bunny
Boarding bunny

Asia » Japan » Kagawa » Takamatsu January 7th 2007

In the Japanese zodiac 2007 is the Year of the Boar (Inoshishi). I spent the New Year with a couple of different friends that I had met the first time I was in Japan, and their families. It had been three years since I had seen one friend and his wife, and five years since I had seen the other friend and her family, but in both cases it was as though it had only been about a month. ... read more
Marine Liner
Crossing the Seto-Ohashi
Mochitsuki

Asia » Japan » Shimane January 7th 2007

I missed a white Christmas by only 3 days, but after having driven in the stuff in less than ideal conditions I now have a new respect for snow. My train to Okayama (and then on to Takamatsu on Shikoku) left from Shoyama station in the neighbouring prefecture of Tottori. I left home around 5:30am ( -5 degrees, still dark) on the 29th December, giving myself more than twice the amount of time I would normally need for the trip. Thankfully the snow ploughs had been working during the night so I was able to leave in the first place. Snow may be pretty, but it can completely change the appearance of roads - to the point where I thought I had got myself lost driving along a road I had driven along numerous times, both ... read more
Shoyama Station
Shoyama Station
Shoyama Station

Asia » Japan » Shimane » Okuizumo December 25th 2006

I was hoping for a white Christmas, but apart from a decent fall a week ago there hasn't been much sign of snow so far - a change from the metre or so that was apparently on the ground this time last year. Snow or no snow, it's still Christmas. Best wishes to all for 2007!... read more
Christmas cake Japanese style
Christmas cake Japanese style
Christmas cake Japanese style

Asia » Japan » Shimane » Matsue November 25th 2006

This was an event with Izumo Taisha Elementary kids - officially work, but someone had to do it :-) About half a dozen 'foreigners' were involved in this annual outing, apparently with a different programme each year.... read more
On the train to Matsue
Making manju
Making manju

Asia » Japan » Shimane » Okuizumo November 5th 2006

A few 'autumn leaves' and 'sunset' photos - enjoy :-)... read more
Autumn in Yokota
Autumn
Autumn




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