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    Autumn in Kyoto

    by  • December 17, 2016 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

    enkoji temple in autumn - fallen leaves

    Spent a few days in Japan’s ancient capital recently. I’d seen pictures of Kyoto in vivid red foliage and just had to see it for real.   I never expected it to be so crowded. Yes, it was jam-packed with tourist (autumn and sakura season are peak in Kyoto).   Flea market in Kitano...

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    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..

    by  • January 1, 2016 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    Took a short trip to cold, cold Hokkaido (finally!). Temperature was below zero throughout the few days we were there. But that did not stop us from eating A LOT (as always). And having some winter fun. Christmas market – Odori Park, Sapporo   Sapporo Classic beer – special brew available only in Hokkaido....

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    The Persimmon

    by  • December 21, 2013 • - Japan • 0 Comments

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    Found this in the fridge…I’d almost forgotten all about it. We got this from a roadside stall while strolling along Kamo river in Kyoto. The old lady manning the stall even threw in some tomatoes which were the sweetest I’ve ever had. It’s been almost a month since we got back from Japan. I’m amazed...

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    One night in a mountain ryokan in Maze, Japan

    by  • December 18, 2013 • - Japan • 3 Comments

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    Maze is not your usual tourist destination. It’s a small mountain village of 1500 people in Hida area of Japan’s Gifu Perfecture. With lush greens and crystal clear river, Maze is known mainly in Japan for fishing, especially the ayu (sweetfish) – an indigenous freshwater fish found only in Japan and some parts of Korea,...

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    Endo sushi, Osaka

    by  • December 1, 2013 • - Japan • 2 Comments

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    Our 2-day stop is Osaka was pretty much free and easy, mainly shopping and random eating. There’s one must-do on my list though – breakfast at Endo Sushi. I’ve heard rave reviews about this tiny, 106-year-old sushi bar in the Central Wholesale Market and was eager to check it out. We arrived at Endo...

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    Geisha-spotting & some random thoughts

    by  • November 23, 2013 • - Japan • 2 Comments

    geiko in higashiyama

    After my first geisha-spotting in Gion Kyoto a year ago, I walked away intrigued, and yet feeling as if I may be missing something. Ever so often, I’d be pre-occupied with capturing the perfect shot. If only I’d taken more time to observe the little details. This time around, as we hang around Hanami-koji in Gion...

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    One night in the temple in Koyasan, Japan

    by  • May 22, 2013 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    After a few days in the city, Koyasan was a nice change of scenery – peaceful and serene. This secluded temple town is the center of Shingon Buddhism and located high in the forest-covered mountains of Kansai region . Getting to Koya-san is easier than it seems. From Osaka, it takes two change of trains, cable car...

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    Geisha-spotting in Gion, Kyoto

    by  • November 28, 2012 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 0 Comments

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    These are probably the worst shots of my recent Japan trip. Please excuse the blurry, out-of-range images and underexposed photos. Japanese thoughtfulness and politeness has rubbed off on me and I can’t seem to get myself to use a flash in these circumstances. I think it’s bad enough that these exquisite ladies are being...

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    Tsukiji market and 6 a.m. sushi

    by  • May 12, 2012 • - Japan, Travel + Places • 1 Comment

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    While I did not set an itinerary for Tokyo, I thought my trip would not be complete without a visit to Tsukiji market.        The market consists of a wholesale seafood section, vegetables & fruits section, with retail shops & restaurants on the outer area catering to the public.                      I arrived a bit...

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