Blogs from Himeji, Hyogo, Japan, Asia - page 2


Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji October 2nd 2013

Arrived late last night just in time for the Coopers local shared dinner party. They live in an apartment style accommodation with 22 other families and singles. We were graciously given the lounge room to live in for a few days. Today Peter and Julie were our guides by bicycle around Himeji. First stop breaky at their local kisaten (coffee shop) and then off to the museum to see a large floor map of Hyogo prefecture ,West Japan. Then on to Himeji Jo. Unfortunately for us the castle is under repair and hidden inside a giant box the size of Seacliff Schools two story building! Except this one was 8 stories high! We went up inside by a lift to the top level where we could see the restoration in progress. Amazing to be here seeing ... read more
Coopers  hill (otokoyama ) in Himeji
Himeji Fire Station (shoubosha )
Himeji Jo 021013

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji September 26th 2013

Thursday’s mission was to head to Himeji on the Shinkansen. I was up earlier than Wednesday, but when I got to Kyoto station I had to wait almost an hour for the next train where I could reserve a seat. It was worth the wait though, because the rail pass allows me to reserve a seat in “Green” class, which is much nicer than the regular class, which is what I travelled in from Tokyo on Sunday. The trip took under an hour and I was in Himeji. Once again I started off with a trip to the tourist information centre. It was a bit more difficult to find than Hikone though, because Himeji station is much bigger. It was also signposted with a big question mark and looked like a fancy shop, so I walked ... read more
Bridge heading to the entrance
Steep walk up to one of the gates
Another Gate

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji May 18th 2013

Adelaide and Himeji are sister cities, and for more than 20 years there has been a teacher exchange program between them. In 2010 I taught EFL in Kotogaoka Senior High School. Here are some insights from this experience. Bu nen kai is the end of year staff dinner at wedding chapel, small room for 80 on 4th floor, complete with 10 courses, table service, and as much alcohol as could be drunk in 2 ½ hours. Buses picked us up and dropped us back at the station, seating was done by lot and the main entertainment was a Bingo game. Décor – European fantasy castle. The student counselor works here one day a month. She meets with parents and students in a small conference room in the suite of rooms where the Principal works. The students ... read more
Expressions of Individuality
Speech Contest
Culture Week Performance

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji November 16th 2012

Another Timewarp, precious details remind me of the similarities and differences between Japan and China. Schools are institutions that shape and mould future citizens. Teaching other peoples children is such a priviledge, and a way of getting to know so much about a country. Meet the kids from Kotogaoka Senior High School. Students regularly report that After School Clubs are their favorite part of school. Most kids are involved with one club, and will stay back until late, or come in early, and participate for hours on the weekends and holidays in their chosen Club Activity. Baseball, archery, softball, kendo, band, choir, cooking, athletics, and English are amongst the clubs run at the school. The kids always go to and from club in full school uniform, with fantastic aprons, sports gear and ... read more
Kotogaoka Senior High
In the Genkan
Teachers Room

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji April 28th 2010

After Kyoto we headed to Hiroshima. It is far so we spilt the drive into 2 days. On the first day we stopped in a small town full of Onsens. An Onsen is a Japanese hot spring which is separated into male and female pools and where you bathe naked. They are very relaxing and I felt like a new woman after. Must be those healing minerals! Dana and I went to one beside a waterfall which gave off a cooling mist as you sat in the near boiling water. Before and after your soak you have to shower yourself, but to do so you sit on a little stool beside the bath. I obviously don’t have pictures of these, although Dana took a photo of the communal bath in our Tokyo capsule hotel. Afterwards we ... read more
Photo 7
Himeji Castle: The fairest in all the land
Photo 8

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji December 12th 2009

by shinkansen from kyoto station about 1 hour we walked to the castel about 15 minutes the imposing castle is considered the best in Japan and it is really worth... read more
himeji castle
himeji castle
himeji castle

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji November 23rd 2009

Monday Nov. 23rd A trip in Japan wouldn't be complete without seeing a temple or castle, therefore today we headed 40 minutes away from Kobe to Himeji City to see a UNESCO World Heritage Site... Himeji Castle! And lucky for us, the weather was PERFECT! Blue sky, and warm weather.. not what I'm used to having in November. Himeji Castle looks like your typical white Japanese castle (but somehow it's still pretty). A few interesting things is that it was designed so that you have to spiral around the castle in order to get to the keep, so if you were an intruding force people within the keep could watch and fire upon the enemy from safety. The castle was full of hidden rooms and what not, but unfortunately we weren't allowed to go into them... ... read more
Himeji Castle
What Himeji used to look like

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji March 8th 2009

We scrambled through the busy train station grabbing coffees, pastries and bento boxes (kind of like take-away, a meal in a box..except they taste good!) then waited on the train station platform taking in the occasional woosh of air as the bullet trains whizzed by. Eventually one stopped, allowing us to board. We had lots of room to kick back in reclining seats, spread out and enjoy our food while traveling at speeds up to 300 km/h (186 mph) on our way to Himeji. Our final destination of the day was Hiroshima, but we decided to stop in Himeji, the halfway point of our journey, to see the famous Himeji Castle. Himeji Castle is one of Japan's "Three Famous Castles," and is the most visited castle in Japan. It serves as an execellent example of the ... read more
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji February 2nd 2009

On my second day in Japan I headed out of the city to Himeji. However, for the entire hour's journey I didn't see a single patch of non-city, every single square inch was built up! Japan's population is over double that of the UK's, but I don't think they have double the space, so you can understand why it is so packed!. I think it also has something to do with the amount of inhospitable land full of mountains, people have to live in the flat parts. Himeji however was lovely, be it completely built up. The walk to its castle was a straight line from the station, which was easy enough. However, I was looking for a restaurant recomended in my guide book, so I scanned the streets for a sign saying "Me-n-me," forgetting that ... read more
Octopus - I think

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji October 21st 2008

Short Stay in Himeji and Awaji, Japan This is my second trip to Japan after I landed in Kyushu Island in 2007. It is definitely a trip worth looking forward to considering the pleasant culture, people and food there. Day 1 21 Oct It took about six and half hours in the early morning to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kansai International airport, Osaka. Kansai is actually located on an island off Osaka. The temperature outside the airport terminal was 'cool' at 18C. I was immediately overwhelmed by Japanese wording and signs all around though most are with English translations. Officers were not we'll versed with English but could easily overcome by sign languages. At 0845, I took the Kansai Airport Haruka Limited Express from Kansai to Shin-Osaka and boarded Shinkansen Hikari Super Express to Himeji ... read more
Posing with Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

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