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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku May 2nd 2006

Some more pictures here for another blog lost to my little archive of photo CDs. Shinjuku is the part of Tokyo famous for all the neon signs, bright lights and high rise buildings. Paying a visit to Shinjuku on a sunny afternoon, obviously the neons weren't on yet, hence the trip to Shinjuku Park!... read more
Shinjuku Park
Waterlily
Lily pads

Asia » Japan » Tokyo May 1st 2006

An absolutely sweltering day today, decided to wander up the road to Asakusa again to have a proper look, and find out about Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo's oldest established temple. The origins of Asakusa Kannon and Senso-ji Temple... According to the legend about the origin of Senso-ji Temple, two fishermen, Hinokuma Hamanari and his brother Takenari, discovered an image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy) in the Sumida River in 628, and together with the headman of their village Haji-no-Nakatomo, built a hall to worship the image. Twenty years later, the Buddhist priest Shokai erected a Kannon temple at this spot. In March 1945, during World War II, the temple was burned down in an air raid and then reconstructed in 1958. Formally named Kinryuzan Senso-ji, but better known as Asakusa Kannon, it is the oldest ... read more
Kaminarimon Gate
Street between Kaminarimon and Hozomon
Street between Kaminarimon and Hozomon

Asia » Japan » Tokyo May 1st 2006

OK, before you start reading this let me say its not finished. I started writing this when I got back from Tokyo and life got in the way. its still in the way. i didnt want to waste all of the incredible writing I did do though, so heres my first couple days in tokyo. we didnt hitchhike all the way there, just to nagoya, but we hitchhiked all the way back to nagoya on the way back so we made one full trip. good times, here ya go This past week was Golden Week, a holiday in Japan that consists of a holiday on Wednesday and Friday and a day off in between just for the hell of it. So with three days off from school Garrett and I decided to skip the other two ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Akasaka May 1st 2006

Today was our last full day in Tokyo and in Japan. It was very warm today, 85 degrees (F). It'll be nice to go home to cool nights! We had breafast this morning in the Garden Court -- a room overlooking a beautiful garden. Afterwards we headed for Asakusa to see the temple there and do our last minute gift shopping. The street up to the temple is lined with touristy places to shop. We got a bunch of our gifts there. It's a souviner mecca! Then we headed to the hotel to drop off our goodies and had lunch at a sushi place close by. It had a conveyor belt that brought the sushi round and round!! You grab the plates you want, and then they charge you by the plate (they have 2 different ... read more
Tokyo
Tokyo
Tokyo

Asia » Japan » Tokyo April 30th 2006

I can't be bothered to write the text right now after uploading all these pictures. I think the title should speak for itself. Anyway, sit back and enjoy some unadulterated, automotive porn ! http://www.linkedin.com/in/adamtkent... read more
Soundwave car
Soundwave car
Soundwave car

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Harajuku April 30th 2006

It was warm here today - 80 degrees (F). We started the day off with our free american breakfast, which was pretty good. It was buffet-style and on the 40th floor, so we got a nice view of Tokyo. Afterwards we took the metro to the Imperial Palace, and walked through the East Garden - which is the only part open to the public. There were some beautiful flowers in bloom, the colors were just amazing. Because it was warm we decided to go to Ebisu and visit the Sapporo/Yebisu Beer Museum. It was free to go into and they had a small telling of the history and how the beer is made. Nothing like the Guiness museum in Dublin! But they had a tasting room. They have these vending machines you put your money into ... read more
Tokyo
Tokyo
Tokyo

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Akasaka April 29th 2006

So we are at our final destination. As we were leaving Hakone it was getting really crowded, so I guess it was good we were leaving. Today is the first day of Golden Week. We took a bullet train to Tokyo - Very fast! And we got to our hotel, The New Otani, right as it started to rain. This hotel is gigantic. Very impressive. I hope I don't get lost in it. The hotel is located in Akasaka, and we have a metro stop pretty close by, so that's nice. We took the subway into Ginza to go to the Sony building. It was a pretty cool building -- Dad was drooling over the TV's! They had some other cool electronics, but nothing super super new (that can't be seen in the US). Afterwards we ... read more
Tokyo
Tokyo

Asia » Japan » Tokyo April 28th 2006

Yesterday was a bit wet and miserable, hence the indoor attractions of Ikebukuro. Luckily, today was another good one, 25 degrees and sunny again. Decided to capitalise on the fine weather by visiting the Imperial Palace, something that has been on my list of things to see since I arrived. Really nice on a sunny day, and excellent gardens (although the reason they stay so nice is that you aren't allowed on the grassy areas!). After the Imperial Palace I noticed a park with a cool fountain so I strolled over to have a look at that as well. Then I made my way to the Sony Building in Ginza via Hibya Park. Seriously impressive Sony showrooms inside, but similar to the UK Sony shops in that the prices are higher inside than the usual electronics ... read more
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace

Asia » Japan » Tokyo April 27th 2006

Bonzoir Mezames ze mezieurs, Aujourd'hui a ete plutot difficile, non pas a cause d'obstacles insurmontable mais plutot a cause de la viree d'enfer d'hier. C'est surement ma nuit la plus fucker jusqu'a date, je peux juste dire que tout a commence au Psy Bar et la suite reste dans les grands secrets Tokyonites. Peut-etre qu'un jour moi et Yanick on vous raconteras la grande histoire de la grande viree Shinjuku d'avril 2006, mais pour l'instant on prefere passer a autre chose je crois. Comme vous pouvez voir, j'ai mis quelques photos de Yanick, Yuji et Hiroshi a notre periple a Akihabara. Il y'avais tellement de monde, la rue etait ferme. C'etait supposement une journee "ferie" mais personne pouvait expliquer c'etait quoi. Je devais verifier le prix de quelques jeux videos japonais pour Jeux Pharaons, ce fut ... read more
Yanick
Shbuya 1
Shibuya 2

Asia » Japan » Tokyo April 27th 2006

Still keeping myself busy. Yesterday I went back to Akihabara ("electric town") and had a look around one of the biggest electronics department stores. Somehow, I successfully navigated the nine, mammoth floors to find a spare memory card and battery for my camera. Hopefully this should avoid any repeat of the 'tiger temple' visit in Thailand, even if I forget to charge my usual battery again ! Rounded off the night by visiting 'Bar Stella' in Asakusa and working my way through half of their drinks menu. Anyway, a fairly early start this morning to get across town to Ikebukuro. There is a major terminal station in Ikebukuro (as with most places in Tokyo), sandwiched between the west and east sides of the district. The west side is a culture zone, with art galleries and theatres, ... read more
Toyota concept car
Old Japanese coin
Terrapin




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