Travel Blogs from Nikko
... 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 ...
So up and at 'em again this morning, we decide to head to the little town of Nikko to see Toshogu Shrine, the final resting place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for over 250 years until 1868. For you older folks, he's the Shogun in James Clavell's novel and mini-series called Shogun. That series made me fall in love with Richard Chamberlain-sigh-one of the many gay guys I have had a crush on in my ...
... rooms, they didn't just change the sheets.
They straightened our things, and even took loose change and arranged it by
The sense of space and arrangement is very prominat here. I was speaking to
one of the translators and he told me about how everyone had their own
potted plants or small garden because how cramped the city is, and how that
is how they keep a sense of nature.
Today we will be doing a washi workshop and the sumi ...
... hotel was in the middle of Kabukicho, which is one of Tokyo's biggest entertainment/red light district i went for a walk to check the neighbourhood out. But the fun was short lived because every 20 meters there is a *****ian guy trying to pull you into a very expensive bar with high cover charges. Very annoying so i gave up after a couple of minutes. So i decided to just sit outside for a bit and Skype with my good friend Rob again. After an hour or we hung up and i went to ...
... this time things went smooth) and boarded the Shinkansen bound for Nagano. At Takashi station i transferred to a local train to Numata station and from there on it was an hour busride to Hatomachitoge trail, one of the more popular entries to the park.
When i got out of the station i immediately found the busstation which was right in front of the trainstation. But since Numata lies in a more rural area of Japan there were no ...