Saturday, July 26, 2014

. . . from the Narita Express

Rice Paddies - Japan  2014

Skytree - Japan  2014

Narita Airport is quite a distance from Tokyo, a matter of some hours even taking a high speed express train. Going there we were able to glimpse the Skytree and take in some agricultural sights.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jizo Statues

Jizo Statue (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Jizo Statues (Nippori) - Japan  2014

In the rain, seen on my Nippori excursion. Very touching . . . please see my 2008 entry.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Cemetery, Tree (Nippori) - Japan  2014
Street, Cemetery, Rain (Nippori) - Japan  2014

There's a very large cemetery in this section of Tokyo. I didn't do that much exploring, the rain was really starting to come down.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tennoji Temple (2)

Stone Lantern (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Leaves in Rain (Nippori) - Japan  2014

There was no one else there: no tourists or staff: the emptiness was oddly compelling.

I took off my shoes in order to walk on the wooden platform overlooking the stone lantern, somehow feeling obliged to do so.

Temple Detail, Rain (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tennoji Temple (1)

Azaleas, Water Pots (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Nandina, Tennoji Temple (Nippori) - Japan  2014

. . . in the rain. I had crossed over the Nippori Station's tracks on a pedestrian bridge and almost immediately came upon the temple grounds. Amazingly atmospheric even though it's very close to the train station. Even nicer in the rain.

Buddha (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog (Kyoto) - Japan  2014

Studiously avoiding our gaze.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nippori (Yanaka District)

Railroad Tracks (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Hotel Seeds (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Supposedly you can find scenes from "old Japan" in this district, although I didn't really see any. Lots of railroad tracks and love hotels, though!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tokyo Rain

Rain on Window (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Self Portrait (Nippori) - Japan  2014

It rained our last full day in Tokyo. Of course, that was the day I picked to venture forth on a solo excursion to Nippori.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tokyo Night

Night View (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

. . . views from our window at the Shinjuku Hilton. Wow.

Bottom photo taken using the 14-150mm Olympus "superzoom" at 150mm (300 equiv.)

Looking Out (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Japan: Culinary Adventure (22): Ramen

Ramen (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Ramen Menu (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Supposed to be eaten quickly, I gather. We weren't all that quick, however! The restaurant was located inside a Tokyo department store in the Shinjuku Station labyrinth. Just opposite our ramen restaurant a group of young ladies were waiting for tables to open in what appeared to be a unique place featuring such specialities as "erotica paella."

Waiting (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tokyo Residential

Residential (iPhone Pano) (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Tokyo Government Towers (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

During one of our morning walks in Shinjuku we wandered down some narrow winding streets to find what appeared to be an upscale residential neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little Girls

Little Girl, Arashiyama (Kyoto) - Japan  2014

Taking Selfie (Kyoto) - Japan  2014

Top: In Arashiyama.

Bottom: just outside one of Kyoto's many Buddhist temples

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Jungle Crow Blogging

Crows (Kyoto) - Japan  2014

Very large crows in Kyoto, also common in Tokyo. At first I assumed they were ravens, but apparently not.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tokyo Azaleas

Azaleas (Shinjuku, Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Azaleas (Shinjuku Residential, Tokyo) - Japan  2014

We spent a short time in Tokyo just prior to our return. I noticed these still-blooming azaleas brightening up the urban landscape.