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Look Closer, Learn More, #GetAtHome In This World

Category: Japan (Page 1 of 2)

“Drifting” through Shinjuku & Shibuya, Tokyo – Blade Runner Parkland

Tokyo, on my arrival and first days, presented itself as a megalopolis from high up, that felt like a collection of villages on the ground.
Back again, with the Autumn Festival taking place in the Meiji Shrine park and with the hustle and bustle of Shinjuku and Shibuya, it was parkland – and Blade Runner.

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Traveling with Memories: Back from Kyoto to Tokyo, Thinking Back to Twenty Years Ago

We don’t often have reason to think of where we’ve come from and where we’ve gone. In this world of instant communication and a fascination with youthful impulsivity, even less so.

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A Road of Temples in Kyoto…

In the center of Kyoto, you can find Nishiki Market, Shijo Dori road with lots of shops and major department stores such as Daimaru and Takashimaya… a lot of busy-ness and business.

In the middle of that, if you are not completely enveloped in the shopping mindset, you may notice a shrine.

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A Strange Day in Kyoto: Honpo-ji, the Kyoto Botanical Garden, (Nishiki Market) and Gion

Have you ever found yourself in a city for a visit, wanting to get the most of your time but not just run after the usual must-see sights (again) – and ended up with a day that was immensely dissatisfying, yet ultimately full of discoveries?

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7+ Must-See Kyoto Temples in a Day

Sightseeing shouldn’t be a marathon race. Sometimes, in between exploratory days to just see what can be found by chance, on errant walks, it can be nice to check off the must-see places.

It was actually by chance that I ended up doing a sweep across Kyoto, from one famous temple to the next, during just one day…

Fushimi-Inari Taisha – Sanju-sangen-do (- Yogen-in) – Kiyomizu-dera – Ginkakuji – Kinkakuji – Ryoan-ji – Ninna-ji (- Nishi-Hongwan-ji)

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Uji, Kyoto: The Wrong Side of the Tracks, the Right Side to Buy Matcha, #GetAtHome

I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that you should go to the south side of Uji, from the railway station, should you decide to go there at all.

North side, wrong side of the tracks. Nothing to see there.

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Osaka Impressions and the Expectations of Travel

It’s better to have seen once for yourself than heard a hundred times from others. Supposedly.

But is it? Do we really even see for ourselves?

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Kumano Kodo Bridge

On the Kumano Kodo, the Mountain Ascetics’ Pilgrimage Path

Going on a spiritual pilgrimage’s path in fastpacking fashion seemed a bit of an oddity even to me.

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Tokyo, the Village Megalopolis

Tokyo. The megalopolis. An urban agglomeration, home to millions of people, unbroken cityscape…

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