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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:09 am    Post subject: Dawn's Japan trip
 
Janet and Alan...and anyone else interested...
We saw and did so much in 3 main areas...Tokyo, Kyoto and Ohara Sakyoku.

Lots of train travel between areas helped us to get to know the general way of living. (just 3 of us)

In Tokyo our first day was Wedding Day and we saw many different types of weddings everywhere!
We explored the Ginza area, Imperial palace outside area, imperial sales area . huge department stores. tiny back streets,the glorious Uneo Park where we had a rest and enjoyed the tea houses, Tokyo National museum...outstanding! Senso-ji Temple,streets at night for lights and interesting eating places,,Meiji shrine,soem of the Shibuyu area,craft shops and much more.Also an art gallery showing Buson's art work.

In Kyoto we saw the new station which unfortunately is a wind tunnel!

Kyoto National museum, a storyteller in a cafe at night, exciting back streets, individual shops of fans,obi making, omelette cafe to die for, crazy coloured banana stalls,the Gion district by the river,the Philosopher's walk (twice), silver pavilion, Golden pavilion, and then out to the Ohara district where we stayed two nights at Ryokan Seryo which was heaven without dying!

i've over 600 pictures! and could easily have taken more but the rain made it difficult...umbrellas, bags and camera and crowds. Still, it was a wonderful taste of this ancient land.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:38 am    Post subject:
 
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Did you go shinkansen and do onsen? Smile

Look forward to your photographical adventures!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:05 am    Post subject:
 
We went to Ryokan Seryo a sensational ryokan in Ohara Sakyoku just one hour's drive from Kyoto. There was an onsen , one for men, one for women. ..A beautiful experience!
we had two sessions. I've written a tanka about the experience which I'll post later in the tanka forum.

It might be a while before I can post pics as I'll have to go to
the photo bucket to convert pics for the internet,,,haven't done that for a while.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:32 am    Post subject:
 


This is from Ueno Park in tokyo...I don't know the people in the pic.
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How exciting...this is working!Another pic of the park...stunning place.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject:
 
another park pic...more later...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:26 pm    Post subject:
 
Dawn, so glad you enjoyed your trip, and saw some of Japan's diversity. You were lucky to see all the cherry blossoms still in Ueno.

Staying in a Ryokan and experiencing onsen are great ways to feel Japanese culture through all senses. I'm pleased you were able to get out of the city. I always love getting out into the countryside and the smaller towns. They often have much more of a wabi-sabi aesthetic than the crowded modern cities. Still, Kyoto has plenty of beautiful historical neighbourhoods, and Tokyo has some, too.

I have made pilgrimages in Japan to haiku places, and your photos here make me think of sharing some of mine, such as Basho's birthplace and grave, House of Fallen Persimmons (Rakushisha) and hut of illusion (Genjuan), as well as Blyth's grave in Kamakura, and Shiki's cottage (Shiki-an) in Tokyo.

Sorry... this is supposed to be about your trip, not mine. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:01 pm    Post subject:
 
Leanne please start a new thread and tell me all about these interesting things.I was a bit disappointed I didn't see any of the things you've mentioned...
they sound great and I'd love to hear all about them.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:35 pm    Post subject:
 
Thanks for posting these pictures, Dawn! I particularly like the last one.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:44 am    Post subject:
 
Thanks Ken, it really was just point and click...such a breath taking beautiful park!
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views from my room in the ryokan

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A dear little painting in my ryokan room
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:11 pm    Post subject:
 
What gorgeous photos, Dawn! Thanks for posting them.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:15 am    Post subject:
 
Love pics, Dawn
Thanks for posting them
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:51 pm    Post subject:
 
I loved looking at these, Dawn!
What marvelous views!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:24 pm    Post subject:
 
Dawn,
Thanks for getting all these photos up for us. You have no idea what a thrill it is to see them! I slip away and am back in Japan again! For that I thank you!
Put whatever you (or any one else who has photos of a trip to Japan) can manage to show us. Each one is greatly appreciated!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:12 pm    Post subject:
 
The pictures and commentary are so wonderful, Dawn. Many thanks to you and Leanne for sharing your experiences and photos.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:33 pm    Post subject:
 
How lovely, Dawn. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:22 pm    Post subject:
 
Absolutely beautiful, Dawn. Thanks for posting.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:26 pm    Post subject:
 
Beautiful, Dawn. Thank you.

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Thanks for posting the photos. Beautiful.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:07 am    Post subject:
 
thanks Lynn. It was a wow of a holiday.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 2:05 pm    Post subject:
 
Wow What a trip Dawn, wonderful pics.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 9:38 pm    Post subject:
 
Thank you for posting your words and photos. I so want to go to Japan. It is the one place I really want to see before I die...I'm thinking I may never get there, tho. So I'm just so jazzed to see more of your wonderful pictures...it is the closest I've come so far.
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 3:37 am    Post subject:
 
Thank you Sergio and Julie.
Don't despair Julie it has taken me years of wishing before I was lucky enough to visit Japan...all the tours looked too hurried for me but when my brother and sister-in-law offered to go with me I was delighted...could have been even slower, as a haiku writer I like to take it all in, but it was still a great trip.Your turn will come when you least expect it.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:04 am    Post subject:
 
Hi Dawn, you were lucky to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. I went in 2012 at the cherry blossom time with Beverley George and a group of NSW haiku poets and we started in Tokyo where the buds were barely bursting, Kyoto similar and down to Shikoku to Matsuyama, where the blossoms were falling. It is such a brief time. On the way back through Tokyo the blossoms were fully out, as we could see from the bus.
You seem to have had a wonderful time.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:52 pm    Post subject:
 
Thanks Lynette . Good to see you here.

Yes we were so fortunate to have continual cherry blossoms , even though it rained for all but two days of the trip.
It was an outstanding trip and the cold and rain did not diminish it a bit.I felt I was in a completely different magical world.
Of course i was extra lucky as my brother could speak Japanese and knew the nuances of the culture well having lived and worked there for over a year at one stage and having masses of trips there since for business and pleasure.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:14 pm    Post subject:
 
I have been three times since 1984, each time to a different part of Japan. You were fortunate to have your brother speaking both good English and Japanese. That would help a lot.
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