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... nature. In many places, especially sacred
spaces, the trees are given supports instead of cutting them down. Some
temples are even designed to not impact the nature which already existed
there. Sometimes, instead of leveling the ground, the japanese simply curve
the temple upwards along the hill. In modern times, even here in Tokyo,
many people maintian their connection with nature by keeping small gardens
and potted ...
Tokyo was the last leg of our Japan tour together, and so it was a bit sad being there. But it's also an amazing city which Gary had visited before for work, so he took the lead and showed me round lots of the sights and cool districts. At the time of writing (some weeks later!) I can't actually remember which place was which because lots of districts sound quite similar to one another (shimbashi, shubuya etc) but my main memories are ...
... br> - Katsu chicken cutlets, either with curry or simply with rice, sesame, pickles, miso and dipping sauces
- tempura (deep fried veg and fish battered but delicately unlike fish and chips)
- okanyamakki (Japanese savoury pancakes)
- weird stuff like chicken cartilage, fish heads
- sushi - both from a department store restaurant and a proper sushi counter (all you can eat!!) where they roll it for you fresh as and when you want it from 15 different types of fish ...
... much steeper than anything at Northbridge, not fun playing up the slope but there would sure be some run on the ball on the way down!
Unfortunately at the top the cloud was quite thick and we weren’t able to see Mt Fuji at all. We wandered about for a bit and were able to get a few shots down into the valley when the cloud lifted a bit. Back at the bottom those of us not stopping in Lake Hakone board the bus for the Odawara Station. Here we get on ...
... Selena needed a visa for this adventure but it was quick and inexpensive. The new high speed train from Narita is super convenient - from landing to train ticket purchase to train must have only been 10 minutes and we reached our hostel within an hour of landing. We picked a hostel next to the first train station, Nippori, to give us more time. The Tokyo public trains stop before 1am so we only had a few minutes ...
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