This fish is supposed to protect buildings from fire. Clearly the one on Matsuyama castle is faulty as the place has burned down a ridiculous number of times. The place is now covered in fire hydrants and hoses.
The Moon! It's the Moooon! November 5th 2006 Loyalty to authority is a virtue that was highly prized and respected in the days of the Samurai. Warriors would follow the commands of their peers without question; sometimes sacrificing their very lives if it were required. To die on the command of your emperor or Shogun would be an honourable death.
It is a little known fact that the modern day equivalent of the Emperor or Shogun works as a ti ... read more
Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
Years of staring at maps, debating routes, saving money and boring anyone in earshot with constantly changing plans finally culminated in our D-Day. 28th August 2006. The day that Vik and Bob went global.
Having made it to New Zealand without taking a single flight, we reached the conclusion that neither our finances nor our sea legs could stomach another container ship journey so we've cheated and taken a flight from New Zealand to Bangkok. From Bangkok we hope to stick with the overland theme and take a route home through Southern Asia: China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey...
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