Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 19, 2006

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Saturday, October 7, 2006

We went through a couple of days of typhoon-type weather, and my little digital camera paid the price. It got a little wet Thursday night, and now is not working. I'm so sad to be in Japan without a little camera! But I am lucky that my video camera will take digital images, so I have a few to post.
Friday morning we went EARLY to the Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the largest fish markets in the world. It was quite an experience! We got there in time (5 AM) to see the tuna auction. The auctioneers were quite animated and very loud. There were HUGE fish (think at least 13 feet long!) laying around everywhere, and we almost got run over a few times by forklifts. Then we had sushi for breakfast, and I have to say it was the BEST tuna I've ever had! It just melted in the mouth.
Saturday was our day "off" and some of us traveled to Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan. It is famous for many shrines and temples. We were greeted by a group of university students who were looking for some visitors to practice their English with, so the four of them joined the four of us and we has a blast. They took us to Turugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, one of the most famous in the area. There is record of it back to 1187, built by the Shogun Yoritomo, ruler of the Genji clan. The huge torii gates are awesome! I didn't get a still shot of it, but there is a ginko tree that is over 1000 years old, and over 30 meters tall (think of a meter as a little less than a yard..3 feet), so it was nearly 90 feet tall, and a huge diameter!
Next we went to the Great Buddha, a bronze statue cast in 1252. It's about 5 stories high and 121 tons! We were so lucky to have our guides. They provided a lot of information and humor.
Next stop: Sunday we leave to go to our prefecture cities. My city is Ikeda in the Osaka prefecture.
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