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Travel Blogs from Hiratsuka
... and only a top ranking referee was able to officiate at a bout involving a Yokozuna. We learned to determine the rank of a Gyoji by the colour of the tassel on his fan, purple or purple and white was for the top ranks, red for those corresponding to san-yaku, red and white for maku-uchi, blue and white for juryo and blue or black for the rank below.
The higher ranking referees were also very easy to spot as they wore Japanese ...
... at the summit two hours early. Picked a good spot for watching the sunrise and used heat packs (lifesavers!!) to combat the cold. Sunrise was beautiful. Oddly, the widely acknowledge summit is not the real tallest part of the mountain. It was a further 30 mins from the pseudo summit to the real peak. We waited in line for 30mins to get our photo at the top. Saw 'fujikage' the shadow of Mt Fuji which was stunning. Still suffering from ...
... s natural desires/traditions
The long road to recovery.
... suddenly showed a big red X off the coast, just as I felt the ground begin to shake. The newscaster's voice grew more and more tense as she announced that a new earthquake was occurring. The map now showed affected prefectures highlighted in yellow, with a number to indicate the strength of the shock. Tokyo was listed as 3, which was enough for my bookcase to shift back and forth and for my cat to actually seem a little concerned.
... two fingers pointed at towards my eyes.
Although my descriptions of these districts might make you think these places are quite boring, you couldn't be further from the truth. My problem is it's hard to put into words how just being here and walking around taking in the surroundings and atmosphere is just brilliant.
Unfortunately we couldn't find the Harajuku girls (this is not a Gwen Stefani joke) who dress up in costumes on a Sunday and generally wear ...