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Samurai display, Ueno Park  
   

Samurai display, Ueno Park

Old Tokyo

May 11th 2018
This morning's destinations are the Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine which are both in the older east side of Tokyo. We get off the metro and are immediately mobbed by young men competing for the privilege of carting us around the district in rickshaws. We escape by dodging into a side alley, and from there into a restaurant to get some breakfast. The waitress puts an iPad on our table, opens it ... read more
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Japanese Flag 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
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12th May 2018

Ninja
Brings back fabulous memories of the Samurai...the first Japanese TV show shown in Oz and Shintaro, the Samurai who on his visit to Oz drew the largest crowds ever...even bigger than for the Beatles. Hope the Ninja show did their memory justice.
12th May 2018

Shintaro
Shintaro was one of my childhood heroes. I used to marvel at the way he hung in the air while he was trying to avoid all the sharp metal disks that the Iga Ninjas used to hurl at him.
13th May 2018

Iga Ninjas
Sorry to say it but you are showing your age Dave. The Iga Ninjas were the good guys in beige (not the bad guys)...Tombei the Mist of the Iga Ninjas was Shintaro's mate. Shintaro had every ninja in black (Koga, Black, heaps of bad ninja groups) firing star knives at him...he fighting them off with his hanging in the air or dazzling sword skills. Ninjas leaping in multitudes from buildings scaring this little guy (me) encouraging Shintaro and Tombei to fight back. Memories can be distorted by time...hope this brings you back...I made my own star knives just in case they visited my home to attack!
14th May 2018

The Samurai
Oops. Memory must indeed be failing.

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