Sorry, I haven't written a blog for these photos, but I still wanted to post them. These were all taken during my month in Tokyo this last summer. Tokyo is a CRAZY city! There is one area that we went to called Harajuku (Gwen Stefani sings about the "Harajuku Girls") and that is where all these crazy outfits come from. Definite entertainment!
Sorry I am too lazy to write a blog about these, but so much time has passed that I probably couldn't remember the details anyways... so, read the picture captions... just this once.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it solely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -Mark Twain
Hey everyone! I have started this journal in order to keep you informed of my adventures in Japan, as well as my travels throughout Asia.
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What's Your Blood Type? In Japan personalities are judged according to your blood type. My students couldn't believe it when I told them I didn't know my blood type.
Isono-san and I infront of the curved gable at the front of Kabuku-za Theatre, Tokyo Kabuki-za Theatre is Tokyo's most famous theatre for Kabuki (traditional Japanese theatre with a men-only cast). Kabuki-za opened in 1889 and is one of the oldest surviving examples of the use of Western building materials and techniques in traditional Japanese styles. "Although Kabuki was founded by a woman, Izumo no Okuni, female actors were soon banned as immoral. All actors are now male, and female roles are played by highly skilled 'onnagata' (men skilled in acting as females)."
Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo This temple is also known as Asakusa Kannon and is considered to be Tokyo's most sacred and spectacular temple. The main shrine houses the original Kannon image which dates back to 628! (Coming from Canada I can't help but be amazed at how ancient Asian history is!)
Harajuku Bridge This is the famous Harajuku bridge where everyone struts their Harajuku fashion every Sunday afternoon. Definitely a must-see when in Tokyo.
Harajuku Street Performer This chic was without a doubt the worst singer I have ever heard. I'm not sure if she was singing here because she knew she was bad and therefore thought that the craziness of her lack of talent would fit in on the Harajuku bridge, or whether she had no idea that she sucked, either way... she was sooo awful I couldn't help but watch for a minute (but no longer)!
Harajuku Style Casey and I with some very interestingly dressed Japanese!