Cycling Terminal Takao
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So we left. We are now in Takayama, a small mini Kyoto in the Japanese Alps. Tokyo is an amazing place. For example I discovered today that the Yamanote line, the train line we were taking everyday, is the busiest train line in the world. Every day it transport about 4(!) million people in 29 stations only. There are a lot of things we ...
... The focus of the festival is these large floats which are pulled through the streets. They used to be carried but now it is too hard to find 40-80 people of the same height for each float, so they are pulled. The festival began about 350 years ago as a simple village ceremony but has grown as there are often close to 300,000 that come for each festival today. The Yatai (floats) are decorated with carvings and detailed metalwork. As time passed, the ...
... to the train station we had the opportunity to watch some of the bullet trains whip through the station. They travel at a speed of 270 kilometres per hour. We have taken a few of these trains and you don't realize how fast you are going when you are on it. Nevertheless, watching it travel through the station you get an appreciation of the speed. They are also so quiet compared to the regular trains. Today we only got to take one bullet train from Odawara to Nagoya for an ...
Here we go, short and sweet...in Gero aside from tending to the cattle and enjoying the antics of all the animals we spent quite a bit of time working on some construction. Using earth bag building techniques and under the strict observations of our hosts' teacher, we added on a few layers of the soon to be theater space for our host who was a professional puppeteer before taking on a farming career. It was hard ...
We both had quite a broken nights sleep, it was probably because it was two single beds pushed together rather than a double. It probably didn't help that we were in our room from 7pm. We got some bread and butter at the supermarket the day before so headed down to the kitchen to make ourselves some marmite on toast to start the day. We also got a couple teas from the vending machine which were so full of sugar we could barely finish them.
Today's weather ...
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