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... we sailed on for a short stop at Saipan, which was one of
the prettiest little islands so far. We did a bus trip, so far the
only “bus” trip we have done with the ship. Some of our fellow
cruisers are very bossie and rude to the local people, one of our
fellow travelers suggested that maybe they should have stayed home.
As we sailed toward Kobe, we knew that the typhoon that was south of
us had taken a turn to the north west and was ...
... After an obligatory trip to a tourist tat shop we finished up by visiting the Heian Jingu Shrine which is a Shintu temple. Apparently Shintu is the religion practiced by most Japanese. Shintu worship has been practised on the site continuously since the time of the 5th Emperor, Kanmu and there is a serenity about the place, especially in the ornamental gardens which surround the temple. The very first plum tree blossoms of the spring were erupting from the bud ...
A- English / B - French
A - Today, I had to be Zen and to reach the inner me... That was a bit difficult after the rough evening i got at the Osaka Dome cheering for the Tigers (who lost again) and learning how to insult Nagoya and all her inhabitants.
So yes, I got (once again) to learn the art of SHODO. (see the pics for more infos)
First of all, i learned that shodo shouldn't be translate by "calligraphy" because it is not ...
... is via narrow streets lined with vendors and retail outlets. The streetswere very crowded tourists and it really did feel that we were in Japan. Traditional costumes were everywhere probably because discounts of 10% were to be had when wearing tradiional garb.
The one disappointing and surprising thing about Japan was that none of the three Sim phone cards we carry could be used in Japan. Come on O2, Vodaphone and Virgin/Orange it is time you arranged a link ...
First day in Kobe was a hectic one from the beginning. We had to check out from the hotel first thing in the morning (because we booked a cheaper place for the rest of the stay in Kobe) and then run to the conference venue. Our first hotel provided a free breakfast, so we took a full advantage of that, stuffing ourselves with omelet, cutlets, sausages, miso soup ...