Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, Japan

February 29, 2016 - The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a neat historical museum! Tokyo was called Edo until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The museum h...
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Vending Machines in Japan

February 26, 2016 - I like to try to decipher product names in other countries. They have some interesting names for their drinks in Japan....
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Boys’ Festival Carp Streamers, Japan

February 25, 2016 - Carp are symbols of strength because they can jump to the top of the waterfalls when spawning. Legend states that carp a...
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Boys’ Festival Decorations, Japan

February 24, 2016 - Starting a few weeks before, every home with a son, hotels, many historic sites and shops display elaborate Boys’ Festiv...
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Boys’ Festival Celebration, Japan

February 23, 2016 - The Boys’ Festival is a national holiday in Japan held on the fifth day of the fifth month. Everyone has the day off fro...
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Kiyosumi Garden, Tokyo, Japan

February 22, 2016 - Kiyosumi Gardens is an Edo period stroll garden. It is known for its rocks which were brought here from all over Japan....
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Nakamise Shopping Arcade

February 19, 2016 - This is one of the oldest shopping streets in Tokyo, dating back to the 17 th century. It is nestled between the outer T...
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Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Tokyo, Japan

February 18, 2016 - In 628, two fishermen found a tiny gold statue of the Kannon Buddha, the goddess of mercy, in the Sumida River. They thr...
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McDonald’s in Japan

February 17, 2016 - Sometimes it is comforting in a foreign country to see something from home. We were surprised by how many McDonald’s res...
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Tokyo cityscapes from the Imperial Hotel, Japan

February 16, 2016 - We stayed in the Imperial Hotel, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We had great views of the city both old and...
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Hama-rikyu Garden, Tokyo, Japan

February 15, 2016 - Hama-rikyu or the Beach Palace Garden was built in 1654 and is a beautiful example of Edo period gardens with large duck...
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Udon Noodles & the sunset, Takamatsu, Japan

February 12, 2016 - This was my favorite meal! We had udon noodles in broth with a slice of pickled egg and some seaweed on top. Yummy! Afte...
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Dragon Taming Dance, Takamatsu, Japan

February 11, 2016 - As we were leaving Takamatsu, we got to see the dragon taming dance. It was a really neat performance! A person with a h...
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Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu, Japan

February 10, 2016 - Ritsurin Park is a beautiful garden featuring 6 ponds and 13 hills set against the backdrop of Mount Shiun. It was built...
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Shikoku-mura Village, Takamatsu, Japan

February 09, 2016 - Shikoku-mura is an open-air museum. Thirty-three historical village buildings were moved here from all over the island o...
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Sake Offerings at Shrines, Japan

February 08, 2016 - Sake is more than just alcohol; it is an important part of religious ceremonies in Japan (like wine in Christian rites).
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Gargoyles, Japan

February 05, 2016 - Japan has unique gargoyles on its temples. They are fierce faces meant to keep away evil spirits and thieves. Here are a...
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Wooden Fish, Japan

February 04, 2016 - In the front area of Buddhist temples, a wooden fish is often suspended from the rafters. The fish never sleeps so it re...
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Buddhist Bells, Japan

February 03, 2016 - Almost all the Buddhist temples we visited had a bell or two. Usually they were in free-standing bell towers. The bell t...
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Shrine and Temple Drums, Japan

February 02, 2016 - A drum is not an instrument I usually associate with churches and temples but a very large one on a stand can be found i...
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Dogs in Japan

February 01, 2016 - Last week I wrote about cats in Japan but I don’t want to leave out the dog people. The cats are warm, cute and bring go...
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