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August 20th 2015
Published: August 25th 2015
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And before I knew it, I'd come to my final destination in Japan, the capital of Tokyo. It was a longish 6h bus ride from Nagoya, but as usual thanks to the incredibly efficient and pleasant JR Express, the ride was quite a breeze as I've come to expect in this wonderful country. What's there to say about Tokyo that hasn't already been said? It's one of the largest metropolises in the world, bot... Read Full Entry

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Tsukiji MarketTsukiji Market
Tsukiji Market

I went back a second day and tried this unusual dish I came across - seared tuna cheeks on rice. JPY1300 and absolutely excellent! Who says it has to be served raw all the time?
No Cat, No LifeNo Cat, No Life
No Cat, No Life

Crazy Japanese.
National BudokanNational Budokan
National Budokan

Some kendo competition going on. Sure smelled like it.
Yasukuni ShrineYasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine

The controversial shrine for Japanese war heroes (or criminals, depending on your perspective) that every Japanese Prime Minister continues to visit almost annually, in deference to the political right wing, despite tremendous opposition from the likes of China and Korea, countries that bore the brunt of Japanese war aggression decades ago. I was myself rather surprised at the number of locals visiting and praying/ offering wishes the day I visited. There's something to be said about perspective on everything.
Yasukuni MuseumYasukuni Museum
Yasukuni Museum

The Japanese perspective of military matters in the modern world. Definitely some "facts" here that I don't recall learning in my history classes in secondary school...
Asakusa AlleysAsakusa Alleys
Asakusa Alleys

For a brief moment there I thought I was still in Gion in Kyoto. Caught a glimpse of this maiko sashaying through Asakusa on a weekday night.
Last Dinner in Japan TreatLast Dinner in Japan Treat
Last Dinner in Japan Treat

JPY1800 Chirashi-don. Might as well.

26th August 2015

thanks for this. gave me some ideas. i'll be flying to tokyo on the 28th. i thought i would bump into you there!
26th August 2015

Enjoy your trip! Japan is fantastic!

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