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Old 2012-12-26, 10:32   Link #1081
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Got back on Dec 24th.....Depression!

Sometimes I am ready to go home after a trip but I was not ready to leave Japan. I wish I had more time. I am going to miss how clean everything was, how efficient public transport is, and how extremely helpful everyone is.

People seriously went out of their way to help me even when we couldn't understand each other verbally. It's a truly great country and I know I am blessed to say I was able to go there twice (and I do plan to go again one day).

Although I was still not able to see everything I wanted I was lucky to see a few more places this time: Instead of just Tokyo and Kyoto I also went to Otsu City, Kamakura, and Enoshima.

I'll post some pictures as soon as I can. Although I don't think my camera is a nice as Malkuth's.
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Old 2012-12-26, 17:07   Link #1082
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How long did you stay in Hinamizawa

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Next uploads will be of Tokyo
I should also start uploading the Nagoya and Tokyo photos too

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Got back on Dec 24th.....Depression!

Sometimes I am ready to go home after a trip but I was not ready to leave Japan. I wish I had more time. I am going to miss how clean everything was, how efficient public transport is, and how extremely helpful everyone is.

People seriously went out of their way to help me even when we couldn't understand each other verbally. It's a truly great country and I know I am blessed to say I was able to go there twice (and I do plan to go again one day).
That also impressed me too, I mean people in Germany and Greece are very helpful too, but not as much as the Japanese... unfortunately, I can not say the same for English and French, particularly if one can not speak their language... thankfully, there are a lot of exception.

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Although I was still not able to see everything I wanted I was lucky to see a few more places this time: Instead of just Tokyo and Kyoto I also went to Otsu City, Kamakura, and Enoshima.
Otsu and Hiei Mountain, I skipped in favour of more temples and shrines in Kyoto. Enoshima, I hope I will have time to visit today, after Kamakura, but since I live close by now, it shouldn't be a problem to go later this month.

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I'll post some pictures as soon as I can. Although I don't think my camera is a nice as Malkuth's.
I use an ancient iPhone 3 (not even 3G or 3GS) camera
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Old 2012-12-26, 17:13   Link #1083
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You guys really should buy new camera.

No offense thought. you guys still get good picture and I appreciate your effort
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Old 2012-12-26, 17:22   Link #1084
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You guys really should buy new camera.

No offense thought. you guys still get good picture and I appreciate your effort


However good the camera is, it still can not capture how magnificent some places look in real life. I am saying this based on comparing mine with a friend's photos, who used a semi-pro camera. Drawings would be better, but unfortunately they take too much time, and are capturing a more personal impression.

Photos for me, are just an aid to remember certain events and places, and can help others to understand what I am taking about. There is no way though to capture the whole experience... size/scale, perspective, smell, lightning, color depth, feelings, and many more are beyond the grasp of modern tech...

Anyway, off to the train station

PS@Kirarakim: Did you eventually find animate in Ikebukuro?
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Old 2012-12-26, 17:53   Link #1085
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But I want to see japan at night. i wonder if you can take night photo with that camera? you have any?
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Old 2012-12-26, 18:13   Link #1086
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I actually have a better camera than Malkuth. But it's my first digital camera so I don't know how the pictures will look once they are off the camera and on the computer.

I caught a cold on the plane home so I haven't had a chance to go through my pics yet.

As for nighttime pics my friend took some so when he shares with me maybe I will post some here.

And Malkuth I did find the animate. Someone showed me the way though so it wasn't by my own skill.
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Old 2012-12-26, 20:18   Link #1087
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I was in Higurashi land for a day.

No mysterious murders and killing cycles occured though

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You guys really should buy new camera.

No offense thought. you guys still get good picture and I appreciate your effort
Would you be willing to contribute 1K to that ww

It's good I didn't use some shitty pocket digital camera
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Old 2012-12-27, 20:01   Link #1088
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So, related to the comments made previously.. it's snowing here in Eastern Canada but thick walls and heat do a decent job. My friend living in Shizuoka is freezing her tiny little butt off cause of the thin walls and lack of heating at her apartment..

That said, it's not like she was caught unprepared, she's been there for three years but is just one of the things she dislikes..
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Old 2012-12-27, 20:35   Link #1089
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Yeah, traditional Japanese homes rely mainly on kerosene heaters.

In the end I just slept with no heating. Yutanpo under the futon plus thick traditional winter robe means it actually became quite warm
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Old 2012-12-28, 06:31   Link #1090
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But I want to see japan at night. i wonder if you can take night photo with that camera? you have any?
I prefer to play with the illumination the sun can create, but here are some photos during night.

Back to more interesting stuff, Oedo Onsen Monogatari was amazing, and today Kamakura perfect (I wish days were longer to visit more temples and shrines, as well as go hiking on the eastern side; not to mention warmer to swim):

Album from the two western hiking trails, which are quite easy (all things considered)... one hour each, without any hard climbs. The thumbnail is the view of mount Fuji from the mountaintop of Kenchou temple.

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Kōtoku-in(高徳院) home of the second largest Buddha statue

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Zeniarai-Benten(銭洗い弁天) wash your money here, and after spending them expect to get it back in multiple amounts... or so they believe

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Jōchi-ji(金宝山浄智寺) cute little temple and cemetary devoted to the god of happiness (Hotei, which I misread as hotel, and almost skipped it)

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Tōkei-ji(東慶寺) monastery for the abused women in the middle ages, which Europe had none

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Engaku-ji(円覚寺) houses the souls of those who fought the Mongols in the 13th c. and has some national treasures, which are uninteresting, compared to the temple complex itsel, IMHO

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Kenchō-ji(建長寺) the most beautiful temple complex I have visited thus far, with its peak offering a wonderful view of the whole city, and Fuji-san

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Unfortunately, dusk was faster than our feet, so the eastern side of the city, seashore and Enoshima, will have to wait for some weeks

TODO: Ise, Nagoya, Inuyama, Gifu, Matsumoto

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So, related to the comments made previously.. it's snowing here in Eastern Canada but thick walls and heat do a decent job. My friend living in Shizuoka is freezing her tiny little butt off cause of the thin walls and lack of heating at her apartment..

That said, it's not like she was caught unprepared, she's been there for three years but is just one of the things she dislikes..
That is very strange, in my apartment near Yoyogi, I use the air conditioner only when working overnight (and probably I only feel cold, because to tiredness and lack of movement... internal temperature drops, etc). Also in Koya-san, where it was snowing, as well as Matsumoto and Nagano, it wasn't as cold as in Munich or even London.

That said, if she is living in a traditional room with a lot of space and/or high ceiling (unlikely in cities, since they are crazy expensive) and is not aware how to stay warm, I see that happening
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Old 2012-12-28, 08:40   Link #1091
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Oh, Benzaiten-sama...I got a really cute snake souvenir of the goddess as a gift for someone. They are ubiquitious everywhere it seems
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Old 2012-12-30, 14:22   Link #1092
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Thought I would upload a couple pictures of one of my favorite meals in Japan. This was at Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura. A beautiful Buddhist temple over Kamakura bay. Anyways I stopped at the temple restaurant and had Powdered Matcha which came with a little biscuit & sweetened potatoes..amazing.

This was my second favorite meal in Japan. My first was at Fushimi Inari Nishin Soba (Herring Soba) which I can only describe as wow. Sadly I didn't think to take a picture of it.

People always say Japan is expensive but I found meals at temples/shrines to be extremely reasonable and godly tasting.

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The temple was really beautiful (although in my rush to get to Enoshima I think I missed the important statue that was at this temple). The only other thing I saw at Kamakura was the Great Buddha which was amazing but there have been other recent pictures of that so I won't re-post.

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edit: Also my camera re-sized all but my first couple pictures to 640X480. I have no idea how this happened (must have pressed something without realizing) but does this mean I can't get them back to higher quality? I mean this is convenient for posting on web but I thought larger pictures were better right?


edit: I have so many places to post pictures so here are more food pictures (although the first two are repeats from above)

http://kirarakim.livejournal.com/402753.html
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Old 2013-01-03, 01:42   Link #1093
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30 temples and shrines, 9 gardens and parks, 6 castles, 2 imperial palaces and comiket... not bad for the first 30 days, though I have missed a lot.

Some trivial stuff I skipped mentioning:
  • Japanese love to line up, be it comiket (12-31), Meiji Shrine (01-01), Emperor's speech (01-02), Kaminari Gate (01-03)...
  • Visiting the Tokyo palace for the emperor's speech was quite embarassing, during the backpack check, I had in it about 30 H-doujinshi, and forgot inside a pack of condoms too... I gave the policewoman a good laugh during a really tough workday
  • For the love of gods, why doesn't anyone stand up for the elderly in trains I have already offered my seat thrice here, while those bimbos and businessmen pretended to not notice!
  • Ageha sucks!
  • Japan has the best hard rock / metal bars after Greece, friendly staff, cozy atmosphere, interesting to talk customers, smoking allowed indoors, but the best thing is that clients get to pick songs I strongly recommend ING in Kyoto (next to the temple Oda Nobunaga died), Mother and Godz in Shinjuku, as well as Rock-a-holic in Shibuya.
  • Toilets, not only they are free and everywhere, they are also clean!
  • The patriots at Yasukuni... I really don't get these people, however much brain-damaged someone can be, still these "patriots" are in completely different level than any other idiot... and they exist in every country too
  • Smoking... thank gods you are allowed to smoke inside stores and enclosed spaces... not like those hypochondriac fascists in Europe who try to enforce their habits into everyone!
  • Doujinshi... unless you deal with some thief working in a distribution company or a bimbo in Ageha misunderstanding feminism... there is a clear distinction between fiction and reality
  • 2nd hand stores for anything... dirt cheap electronics, clothes, furniture, figurines, comics (both domestic and imported)... Nakano and Akihabara are heaven on earth
  • last but not least, food... the food here is excellent, be it cheap or expensive is far better, more fullfilling and cheaper than what one could get in England, France, and Germany... probably a vegetarian's nightmare, but then again these people should realize that humans have a different diet than cows
  • Oh! and I almost forgot... konbini (convenience stores)... open 24/7 and have everything at reasonable prices... from cigarettes to food to drinks to hentai

Well, this is more like living in Japan, then visiting (since I decided to try and stay here), but I guess the list could help most visitors too
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Old 2013-01-03, 02:29   Link #1094
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30 days??
Are you moving to Japan, Malkuth?

And, what is Ageha??
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30 days??
Are you moving to Japan, Malkuth?
I wasn't planning to, but after staying here I am seriously going to try to, despite being hard to.

My plan was to stay here for 3 months, then 1-2 months to S. Korea and NE China, then back here for 2 more months, and I added 1 month to Philippines because a very good friend of mine is moving there permanently.

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Ageha is a very popular dance club meat market, that someone tricked me into going, and then complained because he didn't score
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Old 2013-01-03, 10:53   Link #1096
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How was Yasukuni? Didn't have time to go...
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Old 2013-01-03, 11:07   Link #1097
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Malkuth what do you do to have all this time to travel?
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Old 2013-01-03, 11:09   Link #1098
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Packed with people because of the emperor's speech and hatsumode



I'll visit it again some time this month, along with Kanda and Hie... probably Asakusa too.
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Old 2013-01-03, 11:12   Link #1099
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Reinforces the notion that if you want to actually pay your respects at any jinja or temple, then you have to go on a normal weekday...
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Malkuth what do you do to have all this time to travel?
Vacation of course

I quit my old job, and decided to spend all the money I made, while thinking about what to do next... which will be either getting a job here or starting my own company... or think more
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