Monthly Archives: November 2010

How much did it cost?

Well, I suppose some people might want to know how much this type of holiday cost:- Accommodation (booked through Agoda) = $2200 for 21 nights in 3 fantastic hotels. Japan Rail Pass = $575 for 2 weeks use. Cash expenses … Continue reading

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Day 29 – さようなら Sayonara

That’s all folks…my last day …at the moment I’m watching a documentary/drama about the early childhood of Ken Noguchi  (a half-egyptian, half-japanese environmentalist and mountain climber while I wait to check out today) …. kind of funny to listen to … Continue reading

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Day 28 – 後楽園 A garden for enjoying power later on

This morning I visit a gem that is NOT mentioned anywhere in Lonely Planet. Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園 A beautiful lanscape garden dating from 1629. It was completed by Tokugawa Mitsukuni (a grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu) and designed with  teh help … Continue reading

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Day 27 – The Gypsy Baron

Day starts early, I’m off the Hibiya to queue for tickets to another Takarazuka revue: “The Gypsy Baron”…this time I am third in line,  the couple in front of me are seeing Takarazuka for the first time…so I know more … Continue reading

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Day 26 – 笑ってコラえて ”Laugh till you drop”

Well I’m writing this for the second time because the web-site just threw away everything I typed, usually I’m logged on so it automatically backups! So it’s going to be a lot shorter than the first time.. The title is … Continue reading

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Day 25 – 葵上 Lady Aoi (from the Tale of Genji)

I forgot to mention, that yesterday while I was on the shinkansen I went to look for a garbage bin where the icons said there shoudl be one, but it was missing.  I asked the snack-lady as she went by… … Continue reading

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Day 24 – Autumn colours and…snow monkeys!

Today, a journey into the Japanese Alps, a colder climate, finally some amazing autumn foliage and of course the amazing snow monkeys! Now before you enjoy my blog, I have rewritten a small japanese song… (un)fortunately you don’t get to … Continue reading

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Day 23 – よろしく秋葉原 Say hello to Akihabara

So the ride from Osaka is about 3 hours and un-eventful..I have a reserved seat on the 11:40 but arrive in time to hop on the 11:13 which is empty…on a hunch I assume that the un-reserved sections are quite … Continue reading

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Day 22 – A day of rest

Well I didn’t go anywhere special or do anything interesting today (for the first time in 21 days!)  so I guess all my regtular readers can also have a well-deserved break. But here are some random photosThis is a love … Continue reading

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Day 21 – Challenge and Innovation

The day begins with a ride to the northern end of my subway line to a park called Hattori-Ryokuchi Park. It’s a nice quiet Saturday morning and I’m away from the bustle of Osaka and Shinsaibashi,  there seem to be … Continue reading

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