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Japan, 12 Days of Amazing Culture Shock

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I'll start this off with a preamble.

1) Pictures will be "Mostly" in chronological order. (IS, that means as taken day by day)

2) I have too many to post here, so just a sample of each day.

3) Yes, I ate raw stuff, and some stuff that was of unknown origin. (Lots of it, didn't die)

4) I was able to see some areas normally forbidden to foreigners. (I know a guy that knows a guy)

5) As usual, all rules will apply. No nips, no lips, no fuzz, no slips of any kind.

6) if you're still reading this after the number 5, scroll down.

Day one: Tokyo, Hotel Keio Plaza, Four star digs.

I walk walked around at night for the lights. Vending machines everywhere.

The airplane flew North West and looped  along the "Ring of Fire".

Large "Living Flower Display" in the hotel lobby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice Nice 

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Day two: Tokyo Disney.

Wow, how crowded was that place.

Tokyo Disney is celebrating Halloween Month.

That means, every female from 1 year to 60 is in costume.

Disney, yes, Anime, yes, any thing else, yes. Me, not so much.

Main street is covered due to weather issues. Most ride lines too.

 

 

 

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what does all them signs say ?

and what does Day by Day mean ?

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Day three:

I finally get to eat something raw. (as in FOOD)

Nice buffet included at all the hotels.

Hooters and Starbucks too.

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Day Three:

KFC serves Beer and Hot dogs..

Delivery on bicycle.

Tall buildings everywhere.

Large stuffed toys in the subway.. Who knew..

Food courts at the subway..

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That looks a lot like  Rialto???????????

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Very wierd......all characters should look Japanese...   

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I'll continue this thread tomorrow.. Sleep beckons..

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Super cool. 

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Do they have white massage therapists there for $20=30 min?  asking for a friend...

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6 minutes ago, bpguy said:

Do they have white massage therapists there for $20=30 min?  asking for a friend...

I don't see why they wouldn't.  They had a white guy with a camera taking pictures of everything.

Question is did he try gas station Taco's in Japan?  After all Gas Station Sushi is probably pretty safe , not so sure about gas station Taco's

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Cool pics, looks like a great trip.

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Here we go.. Off to Kyoto on the bullet train.

Temples and shrines everywhere..

I visited a tea farm, (Really, tea, not MJ)

And, we learned hot to properly brew tea.

The bamboo  rack below is a purification station. Must be used prior to entering the temples.

Many of the local women and girls wear the kimono when visiting the temples.

Back to Hiroshima on the train.

 

 

 

 

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<Spoiler>

Hiroshima was amazing. Humbling, sad and beautiful.

</Spoiler>

We had arranged to visit "Ground Zero",  the "Peace Memorial" a primary school, and peace museum.

The first picture is the "Dome" a civic building that was directly under the blast.

The copper roof was melted and the blast went down and out the windows, saving the walls.

Three hundred yards from ground zero a primary school was 90% destroyed. 

Normally, tourists are not allowed here. We did arrange for a tour, let by a survivor and his translator.

Concrete saved the walls, but all else was melted.

What looks like colored streamers are actually thousands of origami "Dragons" a symbol of peace forever.

The diorama was in the basement, and part of the tour. The red ball was where the bomb exploded.

The town of Hiroshima was primarily wooden structure, and was completely destroyed. The few items left in the diorama are concrete civil buildings.

The man on the left is Ishida-san, plus translator, and  was four years old when the bomb dropped. He is one of the few remaining survivors still alive.

We moved on to a real primary school, and were given a lesson in origami. We got to fold some dragons.

The school requested we not photograph the children, however they were so excited, I just had to snap one.

When you enter a school/temple/shrine, it's shoes off.

When we left, the kids fought over who got to tie my shoelaces. The boy just wanted a picture..

On to the peace memorial.

Yes, we chartered a Limo Van and driver for each day.. Very handy.

More tomorrow..

 

 

 

 

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Very cool! Thanks for posting.:thumbup:

 

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 Oooh that Japanese Jasmine at d-land is delicious ..Please tell me there's at least one picture of a koi fish somewhere in your collection?

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6 hours ago, 2turbofords said:

 Oooh that Japanese Jasmine at d-land is delicious ..Please tell me there's at least one picture of a koi fish somewhere in your collection?

Yes..

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A full day included a visit to the classic "Fish Market" and then, inside the Imperial Palace.

I know, how did I manage that?

I know a guy that knows a guy.

Yes, it rained a bit that am.

The Imperial Palace used to have two moats. One Inner, and one Outer.

The outer moat has been filled in and built up..

However, the inner moat is still in use.

 

 

 

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I visited several temples, a DOJO, and saw the children's spirit garden.

The knitted caps are to keep the spirit of deceased children warm.

A fine lunch near the bottom of the "Tokyo Tower".

A visit to the Nikon Museum.

 

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Wait, where is all of the trash in the streets and along the side of the roads? Where are all of the graffiti covered buildings and railcars? Where are all of the blue tarps surrounded by shopping carts and cardboard boxes? Where are all of the illegal aliens? C'mon JD let's see some pics of the real Japan!

By the way, are they still offering $150 USD for a pair of Levi's 501's, or the same price for a pair of Chuck Taylor's?  American iconic goods were insanely priced during the two one year tours I spent over there in the 80's and 90's. Especially Harley's.

Awesome pics and dialog that you're providing by the way.

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Awesome pics....Thanks for sharing. 

I've always wanted to take a trip to Japan. ..One of these days it'll happen.

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The answer is, Japan has KOI in the ponds.

And tiny deer wandering around.

I climbed a mountain, with a fine view.

 

 

 

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Thanks for sharing.  I  got to visit Japan last year, nice people, nice place.   The thing I never understood is their fascination with fake food.   All restaurants make a plastic/fake version of their meals that looks very real and if you goto a mall you will find stores that sell nothing but fake food.    Goto a baseball game if you can it was fun to watch them cheer for their team.   I saw the Tokyo Giants play the Hiroshima Carp.  Glad you enjoyed it, its a great place.

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Cool pics! Thanks for sharing!

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