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... Japan. Here is what we saw and some facts/experiences.
1) Meiji Shrine
- Took the subway to Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote Line
- walked through the forest until we entered the shrine grounds marked by a large Torri gate
- We did not feel like we were in a busy Tokyo area by the tranquility of the surroundings
- witnessed our first traditional hand washing and coin tossing rituals by the Japanese ...
... horrible birds!
We survived the gangster birds and made our way back to the train via the main shopping street. Our next destination was the well known games and electronics area called Akihabaia. We came out the station and were disappointed to be faced with an area which looked the same as the one we had come from... office buildings, shops and businessmen. I don't know if it was the fact that it was beginning to get dark and we could see flashing lights or just ...
Thanks to Toshi, who guided me through Tokyo! It's the city of superlatives and I was impressed how smoothly it runs despite the masses of people. Also, after all my travels in Southeast Asia, it was my first contact with winter (although the weather gods were gracious and welcomed me with sunshine and mild temperatures). I instantly fell ...
... with the occasional commuter passing through to make offerings and say prayers before continuing on with their day. We made it in time to hear the taiko drums which mark the start of the day, tour the grounds a little, make our presence know to the gods. Afterwards, we head outside the park to a small coffee shop for some tasty pastries and iced coffee. That goes back to our days in Italy, I supposed. We discovered that it's sometimes hard to find a ...
... not. We got up when the sun came up. (We'd had enough of cold, night climbing on Kilimanjaro.) We ate our bento (boxed meal) breakfast and, enjoying the expansive, beautiful scene of clouds and forest and lakes below, headed up, reaching the summit in less than a couple of hours. At the summit station people were laying around, enjoying the sun. Much the atmosphere of a ski resort, but no snow. We rested a bit and then, fortunately, took a peek at ...