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    japanlove:

Kiyomizudera (by nelsøn)

Kiyomizu temple was one of my favourite temples in Kyoto.  I love the way a lot of Buddhist temples in Japan have Shinto temples right next to them…asking the local Shinto deities to protect the temple!

    japanlove:

    Kiyomizudera (by nelsøn)

    Kiyomizu temple was one of my favourite temples in Kyoto.  I love the way a lot of Buddhist temples in Japan have Shinto temples right next to them…asking the local Shinto deities to protect the temple!

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    rlsoaper replied to your photoset: There were a few interstitial days between…
    I love the map. It’s beautiful enough for a print!

    Looking back through my Japan photos is one of the few things that makes me wish I had fewer books (and therefore fewer bookshelves) because I’d love to have a bunch printed, but at the moment I’ve nowhere to put them up!

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    There were a few interstitial days between orientation and when I travelled to the city where I would be living for eight months, and hands down my favourite was the one on which I explored Kairaku-en Park in Mito.  The park is quite extensive, and unbeknownst to me it’s one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.  Of course at the end of August its famous ume (plum) tree forest was not at its blossoming best, but the Japanese Cedar wood hummed with cicadas and the stand of bamboo was so impressive!  The day was muggy, typical weather for the season.  Having spent my life in Victoria, I’m really not used to humid weather (not to mention temperatures above 30º), but I soon would be.  There was something very freeing about living in such heat and humidity that everyone I saw was drenched in sweat.  No more looking at the person across the room and thinking “gosh, their armpits look much fresher than mine…now what does that say about me and my choice of antiperspirant?”  But it’s just a bit harder to feel embarrassed when it’s “the giant rectangular damp patch on my co-worker’s back is probably at least half a centimetre narrower than mine…oh noes!!!”

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    japanlove:

In Shinjuku Imperial garden by MorokoshiMan on Flickr.

I’m pretty sure I was here, but in the winter when nothing was blooming.  They had the best tea & sweet of my whole trip!

    japanlove:

    In Shinjuku Imperial garden by MorokoshiMan on Flickr.

    I’m pretty sure I was here, but in the winter when nothing was blooming.  They had the best tea & sweet of my whole trip!

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    Somehow it seems like there are more big birds in Japan than anywhere else I’ve travelled.  Mallards are everywhere, though.

    Japanese crows are different from North American crows.  Their heads are taller, they have a bit of a ruff at the crown, and when I would be riding to school they would caw at me and it always sounded like a person making a crow sound, not a bird!

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    Kairakuen Garden (偕楽園) at the end of August 2008, alive with cicadas.

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    More pictures from my walk in Mito.

    I was disappointed that none of the coffee shops were open.  I didn’t know then that coffee and tea houses in Japan (at least those that, like the ones pictured, are more on the kissaten end of the spectrum) frequently open from 10-7, not, you know, 6-9 like many coffee shops here.  I think in big cities there are places to get your morning joe on the run (I’m pretty sure I’ve had early morning train station Starbucks), but where I lived, like here, tea and coffee were a lunch or afternoon thing.

    I ran into painted manhole covers in a few places.  I think they’re adorable!  Some places, even the ones that weren’t painted were still cast with beautiful designs showcasing local flora, prominent buildings, or scenes from the town’s history.  I am similarly enamoured of the local phenomenon of telephone pole beautification - little nudges of beautiful colour and simple designs in arguably the least beautiful part of the urban landscape: the walkways and road edges of main thoroughfares.

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    Jun

    You know how people always say “travel is about meeting people”?  Not for (some) introverts.  I love travelling with a friend or with my husband, but some of the most special memories I have of my time in Japan were the trips I took alone, wandering wherever, whenever, with no need to discuss or explain my plans.

    This little park is in Mito, where I stayed for several days for training (ha! ha!  It was more about what to do if you have problems with the teachers at your school than how to teach English…but then what can one expect from a two-day seminar?) when I went to Japan in 2008.  The first day I left the hotel, picked a direction, and started walking.  It wasn’t until I met the other new ALTs the next day that I learned I’d walked away from the city centre, into the suburbs (which in Japan can be surprisingly rural).  I’d walked for probably a couple of hours, first past urban landscape that faded into open fields, then back into civilization, when I came upon this little green space; I was so taken by its rock pathways and lush grass, so I sat and ate lunch: my first convenience store sushi.  It was delicious!

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    Mosses at the Ginkaku-ji (Silver Temple) in Kyoto, Japan.

    I don’t know why anyone bothers with grass lawns when there is moss in the world.

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