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Toshogu Shrine, Ueno

Toshogu Shrine, erected in 1651, is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867, making Tokyo the seat of government. It is the only shrine in Tokyo that's been designated a National…

Matsushima, Sendai

Last year I took a trip to Sendai and visited Matsushima which is said to be one of Japan’s three great views along with Miyajima and Amanohashidate. I found more photos of my trip and resized some others to provide this gallery of…

Moe Temple

Moe has been used to advertise many products in Japan. It is said to have created economic value of over YEN 90,000,000 (about $100 million$1 billion) for the economy. Now a novel idea that is not so commercially driven has surfaced,…

Kyoto

A warm sunny day in Kyoto made a great backdrop to these photos which include some Temples, Kimono, Yukata, and the general peaceful nature of Kyoto. A great place to visit.

Yatsuhashi

Yatsuhashi is a Japanese desert sweet. It is particularly well known as a product of Kyoto and can be bought at many of the tourist stores around the Temples. Yatsuhashi is made from rice flour and sugar and has a soft, mochi-like…

Yukata, Kimono in Kyoto

The photos I took in Kyoto are going to take quite a bit of sorting out. Whilst I am still on the laptop and with the memory cards filling up quickly, I'll share a few of the photos as best I can over the next few days. Once I get back…

Tokyo Magic Shows

A while ago I visited a number of different magic show "spots" in Tokyo. I recently saw two of the places I visited advertised in this guide book (TOKYO 夜遊び達人), Experts Guide to Tokyo Night Life. This book is for sale for YEN 580…

Sendai Trip, Matsushima

I took a trip to Sendai last week and visited Matsushima which is said to be one of Japan's three great views along with Miyajima and Amanohashidate. Matsushima is a group of over 200 small, pine tree islands which provide an interesting…