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Travel Blogs from Shimoda
... and paper, so anyone holding a flyer or wearing flowing fabric had a deer-wrestle ahead of them. This accounts for practically every tourist on the island and makes for amusing people-watching. Since leaving the island, I spent some whirlwind days in Tokyo and even managed to stay in my first capsule hotel. My pod was clean, comfortable and completely unchanged since the 1970's. Not a bad experience overall, though ...
... 2-3 days and are usually in celebration of that years rice harvest. Things get kicked off in the morning/early afternoon, with street parades and dancing before progressing into the evening with fireworks and drinking. Typically seen as a time for the traditionally conservative Japanese people to let their hair down a little and party, matsuri attract people from miles around. Take it from someone who knows... these people definitely know how ...
... was spent on the beach with food, a guitar and sparklers. It was really good to catch up with everyone. Marion and Ali have been in Numazu since April, whilst I hadn't seen James since the end of University, and Mary even longer still. Mary and I were still incredibly jet-lagged (by the time I crawled into my bed/floor cushions I hadn't slept for 40+ hours) but we managed to tough it out and enjoy our evening.
The following morning, and after ...
... almost all seafood in myriad forms. 3.30 train back to Tokyo and back at our hotel 5.10pm.We are now here for rest of our stay so more restful. Anne gave me a super new wideangle lens for birthday and have added a couple of pics from bedroom window of Skytree - note superb depth of field.Keiko has gone in search of hairdresser and Anee has started on white wine - despite some things expensive,can get a decent bottle of Chilean c******nay from hotel basement shop for a ...
... to Wiki,population only 39000.prob looks large as many hotels and I suspect holiday homes. Checked into traditional ryokan.Did tour of beautiful house and gardens and temple.Unfortunately dull and raining. Then another onsen session and down to my birthday meal at the ryokan.Beautifully presented dishes and such a variety-see the pics,plus beer,sake and a sochu to ...
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