Travelled from Hiroshima to Tokyo today just in time to catch the last entry to the Ghilbli museum for the day. Sadly photography wasn’t allowed inside the museum, if it were there would be a couple of hundred shots as the place was awesome! Here’s some photos from places I was allowed to shoot:

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Spent day in Hiroshima today doing loads of walking and getting about to see as much as possible. Here are some pics from today.

Around the hypocentre and peace park:

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Hiroshima Castle:

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Random street stuff:

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And some trams and a ferry:

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Heading back up to Tokyo tomorrow on the Shinkansen! :)

 

 

Day 5 – Travel Day

Travelled the 715km from Matsumoto to Hiroshima today via Nagoya and Osaka.

Missed taking a shot of the first train, the Shinano Wide View. It was a nice train, lots of window area, sadly the outer coating of the windows was deteriorated to a point that you couldn’t enjoy the scenery outside as it travelled through the mountains from Matsumoto to Nagoya.

My second train, the Shinkansen Hikari at Nagoya station (Shinkansen 700 series):

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My third train from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima was a Shinkansen N700-8000 series trainset.

More pics tomorrow out and about in Hiroshima.

 

Traveled from Tokyo to Matsumoto this morning on the Super Azusa (ス-パ- あずさ) – awesome tilt train, though a little odd looking at first:

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Once in Matsumoto, made use of the station’s コインロッカー (coin locker) facilities and was off to find Matsumoto castle. On the way I came across frog street:

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and sky rats:

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When I reached Matsumoto castle I met a very helpful local volunteer guide who showed me around the castle. Here are a couple of shots from outside of the castle:

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After picking up my bag from the station I found the ryokan

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Tea time

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Day 3 – Final day in Tokyo before heading to Matsumoto and Hiroshima

Headed out to visit a giant robot, the Meiji Shrine and the Sensoji Temple at Asakusa

First the Meiji Shrine:

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Sake offerings:

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and French red wine:

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Funny how they only translated “No Smoking” into English:

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A walk from Harajuku to Shibua (photos in reverse order):

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Then a 1:1 scale Gundam:

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and finally the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa:

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Day 2 in Tokyo

Spent the morning visiting some new friends from Vietnam in the Takinogawa area, had a lunch of タコライス (not Octopus but actual taco filling on rice) followed by a visit to the closing day of the Tokyo Motor Show.

On the approach to the entrance gates were replica and custom cars:

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Inside was huge but here are some random shots of the cars (and bikes):

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Honda’s clean hydrogen technology in the form of a giant white baby statue with glowing eyes that pisses pure water:

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Flying over the west of Japan

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Random shots on the way into Shinagawa from the Narita Express

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Visiting the Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー), the ticket acquisition process to go up was way too long for having not slept since the previous day so just admired it from ground level:

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Headed to the less crowded substitute yet still awesome Tokyo Tower:

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The creation and consumption of Monjayaki (もんじゃ焼き):

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Two days of awake time, good food and a couple of beers brought my first day in Japan to a very quick close upon returning to Omori.

 
 

Just some extra stuff from today’s 365 photo walk

 

 

I love walls where the rendering has broken off and exposes the bricks below

Building site

Chinese key cutting machine

Cement bags

Vietnamese music from the 90′s

Fruit vendor’s bicycle

 

Came across this great sandal the other night

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Came across this great sandal the other night

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Some building rubbish

Black Horse brand goodness

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Duo-toned Vespa

Like a boss (imitation Honda)

 

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Traffic

And more traffic (luckily I was on foot)

Awesome – shoes that can add 6 – 10 cm of height without anyone knowing…

 

Walking today to the pharmacy I noticed a lot of these contrasting textures and colours between the various parts of houses. Luckily it wasn’t an ill-equipped walk and I had my 5D with me

And an extra shot from last night:

 

Slow photo day today…

 

Headed out to shoot today’s 365 image and shot some extra stuff. Here it is:

 

 

Shot these whilst trying to get used to the battery grip on my 5D again, after 15 minutes the battery grip lost and was removed… Camera minus battery grip is much easier to move around and shoot with

 

Coffee shop has applied some new wallpaper to the outside wall:
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Walked into Puku’s yesterday, saw a bunch of interesting sights and even shot some images of some of them

 

A bit of graffiti is appearing around the place, basic but a good start

 

 

Translation, don’t stand next to this huge digging machine or you might slip on a banana that’s inconveniently located between two offset floating boxes

 

Dumping the contents of their large pot

 

 

 

So today, after months of having a static page here that doesn’t do very much, I’ve decided it’s well and truly time to turn this blog into a blog, it’s original intended purpose. I post all over the place anyway, I think it’s time to actually concentrate my efforts in one place – it’s also part of my grand backup plan should Facebook and Google+ ever stop providing the required incentives to use their services.