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Just about to leave Japan so I thought I’d share some interesting moment from the past few weeks. All photos taken from iPhone as we haven’t had many good clear days for photography and I haven’t wanted to carry it around much because I lost the lens cap (now replaced). iPhone encourages immediacy as well, far off scenery is usually pretty boring. Links to larger photos at the bottom. To iu wake de ~


Very retro, also spective. Was a pretty boring store though.

Very retro, also spective. Was a pretty boring store though. Kyoto.

Not really sure what was American about it either.

Did it snow? I think it snowed ...

Did it snow again? I think it snowed ...

Definitely looks like snow.

Definitely looks like snow.

Very snowish, don’t you think?

Orange torii gate, blurred for effect (or is it just my poor photography). There were thousands of these in a long path. Fushiri Inari.

Orange torii gate, blurred for effect (or is it just my poor photography). There were thousands of these in a long path. Fushiri Inari, Kyoto.

My advice: just stop at the first row. Don’t be tempted to see them all.

It's better than orange. Found in vending machines just about everywhere in Japan.

It's better than orange. Found in vending machines just about everywhere.

Actual colour: red.

Did I mention it snowed? Just a bit past here it was leg deep. This is is Takayama, in the mountains, so it's perhaps not surprising - but we were told all this snow was from the last 2 days.

Did I mention it snowed? Just a bit past here it was leg deep. This is is Takayama, in the mountains, so it's perhaps not surprising - but we were told all this snow was from the last 2 days.

Not much heat in the sods, but much dint.

Ikebukuro's (a Tokyo suburb, or rather sub-city) version of a park.

Ikebukuro's (a Tokyo suburb, or rather sub-city) version of a park.

No parking.

Seeing stars.

Seeing stars.

Behind Starbucks is a bookshop. They sell books (we think).

A slightly rotated view of the above. One of Tokyo's most famously busy intersections. Not actually that busy on this day.

A slightly rotated view of the above. One of Tokyo's most famously busy intersections. Shibuya.

Not actually that busy on this day.

View from the top of a Ferris wheel.

View from the top of a Ferris wheel.

A wet and overcast day is the perfect day for long distance sightseeing.

Some very interesting escalator steps. I assure you they were particularly escalatory.

Some very interesting escalator steps. I assure you they were particularly escalatory.

No, I’m not sure either.

An Ikebukuro blur.

An Ikebukuro blur.

Ikebukuro is pretty.

A Nara deer. These wander around the city looking for tourists to feed off / on.

A Nara deer. These wander around the city looking for tourists to feed off / on.

Run away.

Someone forgot to clean the roof.

Someone forgot to clean the roof.

… for the last 30 years …

After a day of wandering through temples, we finally found what we were looking for.

After a day of wandering through temples, we finally found what we were looking for.

Actually we’ve spent a lot of time looking for something, eventually finding it, and then being assaulted by the said sagashi-mono the next day. I think the chronology went something like book shop, postcards, postbox, rubbish bin, kimono shop, cinema. This is not including the eternal search for a dinner place which both has a vegetarian option (they just don’t understand it here for what I can tell, or maybe I need to know more Kanji so I can read the whole menu) and is sufficiently interesting. Such is tourism.

Purple ties. How could we resist?

Purple ties, 500 yen (~$6 AUD). How could we resist?

We couldn’t (although to be fair, Josh’s was more black).

Shinkansen go rather fast. This is what happens to the countryside.

Shinkansen go rather fast. This is what happens to the countryside.

My video was more blur than picture.

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