In time, all things end. And so, my sojourn in Japan also comes to an end. My transportation specialist returns home to Kansas next week, diving headlong into in preparation for the impending school year. This will be my last post from Japan, however, I do have enough pictures saved up that there will be […]Read more "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times"
In early July, I decided enough was enough and ventured off to see the fabled Kamakura, home to the bakufu, the military government of Japan from 1600-1868. My transportation specialist was wanting to find a museum there that focused in the shogunate period to give him a better grounding. At the risk of spoiling the […]Read more "It’s Big, Really Big."
Hello again! This week we are continuing our visit to the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Last week we saw some of the animals in the zoo, but this week we will look at the statues in the Ueno Zoo. The Ueno Zoo has a number of bronze statues of various animals scattered around the park. […]Read more "Statues in the Mist"
In case you haven’t heard, there was a panda cub born not to long ago at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Pandas are notoriously difficult to breed which contributes to their declining numbers in the wild. With this in mind it was a rare opportunity to be on hand when one was successfully born in […]Read more "In the Palace of Pandas"
And finally after eating their fill at the restaurant by the lake, our intrepid transportation specialist boarded the bus to once again sally forth with his fellows! His destination the Cherry orchard. I would love to say this is an undisclosed location for security reasons, but truth be told my transportation specialist just gets on […]Read more "And the Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For . . ."
I promise, there will be cherry picking. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. In the meantime, there’s pictures of a lake. And food. And no one gets wet. Sigh. Lake Kawaguchi is one of the Five Lakes of Mount Fuji, a series of lakes converted into beautiful tourist attractions near Mount Fuji. There was […]Read more "Lunch By the Lake"
The picture below is a panoramic view from a roadside in Japan. It was taken as my transportation specialist was on another of his school sponsored trips with Aoyama Gakuin University. This time it was up into the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture for cherry picking and other local amusements. Between both campuses of Aoyama Gakuin, […]Read more "I Ain’t Even Mad."