Category Archives: Japan Travel

Tokyo Views – towers

Most of my interest in Japan focused on the smaller scale details of the larger picture, but with a skyline punctuated by office towers it is hard to miss the major role they play in providing a high-contrast backdrop to … Continue reading

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Tokyo Views – The giant chef

Hard to guess that this building might sell cooking and restaurant supplies… Niimi was one of my favorite stops when I found myself in Kappabashidori (Kitchen Town), but it had the problem of always having something I decided I needed.

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Textures of Kyoto

Yes, I have been to Kyoto. I enjoyed it the way that you enjoy a good book that you came to via the required reading list – a bit hesitantly, ready for disappointment, and then it turns out to have … Continue reading

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Hiroshima

While there are many places in Japan worth visiting for any number of reasons, the one at the top of my list was Hiroshima for the same reason that I imagine comes to mind for most people. The bomb. I … Continue reading

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Nippon in a Nutshell

I have to admit that when I was in Norway several years ago with far more time than money and encountered ads for a “Norway in a Nutshell” tour on my last day there I was appalled. How could anyone … Continue reading

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Seeing Japan from the slow train – part 8: Looking back

I set off to make good use of an unexpected string of days off and see some of Japan that is usually not seen by those focused on going from A to B, and I feel that I succeeded in … Continue reading

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Seeing Japan from the slow train – part 7: Takayama to Shinagawa

There are three main ways to get from Takayama to Tokyo on the local trains: backtrack to the north along the route I had previously travelled, backtrack part of the way and then take another valley to the east and … Continue reading

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