Thursday, February 9, 2017

Postcards from Japan

Two years ago I traveled to Asia for the first time. I met my two daughters in Tokyo for a week - we saw views from atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, enjoyed a happy hour, shopped Tokyo's most famous shopping street, walked it's largest park in winter, visited a shrine, took the train to the seaside town of Kamakura seeing a very large Buddha statue, went to Tokyo Disney Sea and wore kimonos on a photo shoot in Narita.  I've covered most of it on this blog - but sometimes there are photos that just don't fit into stories. Some are of curiosities that are different from where you live and some are of everyday life that are different from yours. So in wrapping up my trip to Japan I'm sharing some of these photos. Some you've seen and some you haven't. I hope you enjoy them.



All the different flavors of Kit Kat



No smoking for fish - or anyone else - at Tokyo Disney Sea


Bamboo in Kamakura



Tokyo Disney resort seen through the monorail Mickey windows



A statue of the legendary dog Hachiko  in Shibuya



Prayer cards




Vegetation at Narita-san Temple


Boy band advertising



Famous neon of Tokyo



Experiencing morning rush hour in the Tokyo Subway. We even got to see one of the famous white glove people pushers!



Hollywood video game palace. You should hear the noise inside this building - so many machines with their bells ringing and clanging!



People crowding the famous shopping street, Takeshita-Dori



Sea views in Kamakura - it's tough to see but there are even sailboats out on the water, in February!



Some of the many vending machines



Italy? No. Tokyo Disney Sea


Kamakura's Hasedera Temple - this was the picture in my mind of Japan



A preschool bus carrying preschoolers to school.(I worked in a preschool so I'm probably more interested in this photo than others!)


Have you been to Japan? Asia? Where is your favorite place you have visited in Asia?


This post is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute, Photo Friday at Pierced Wonderings and Weekend Wanderlust Travel Blog Party!











22 comments:

  1. Japan is one of my favourite Japanese Destinations. It is very first world compared to my other favourites like Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. I love the food and people and unusual sights that Japan offers. I enjoyed every one of your photos!

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    1. Thanks Jan! And thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  2. I have been to Asia but not to Japan. Like you, I found tons of interesting signs and oddities. From this sets of photos, the smoking fish is the funniest (who came up with that idea?). The one of the subway reminds me of Shanghai. I have never seen so many people confined in such a small space. #TPThursday

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    1. I think I just walked around with my mouth open as I was astounded at how different everything was from where I live. Travel is just so interesting! Thanks for visiting, Ruth!

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  3. My daughter is in love with the different flavors of kit kats from Japan - we have ordered a bunch from ebay, and have been shocked by the flavors. Sweet Potato flavored chocolate seems crazy to our north american palates. You have some great images and information here. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for visiting! And kit kats on ebay...hmmm..didn't know that was possible. Gonna have to give it a try!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting!

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  5. My three weeks in Japan was not nearly enough, so I'll surely go back! I loved those street corner vending machines: there was something really satisfying in the heat of summer about drinking their slightly sweetened soy milk.

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    1. It's such an interesting country! I would love to go back but there is always the dilemma of going back or going somewhere new, isn't there? Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I have heard that Japan is a fascinating country to visit. Maybe one day I might make it there

    Mollyx

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    1. I hope you make it there someday - it's one of the most interesting and different places I've been! Thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  7. Jill, I love this photo essay on Japan. My daughter lives there and we did as well for three years....I love it. I also love that Kit Kats come in so many different flavors and you chose that as your top pic. Hilarious!

    Thanks for linking up with #wkendtravelinspiration! We'll see you next week!

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    1. I'm guess I'm pretty quirky - and love to take quirky photos - the quirkier the better ha ha! Thanks for visiting, Corinne!

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  8. We have jut returned from 2 weeks in Japan, where we go annually, so this resonated with us

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    1. Wow! Two weeks annually in Japan - and I bet there is still so much you would love to see and do each time. Thanks for visiting, Paula!

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  9. Wonderful photos and I totally get what you mean, sometimes photos don't fit in anywhere else. The more I see of Japan lately the more I want to go back after so long since my last trip. Kamakura in particular looks quite nice.

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    1. I loved Kamakura - and Japan!I hope to make it back someday! Thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  10. I enjoyed seeing your photos from Japan. The photo of the flavored Kit Kat bars really struck me. I've never been to Japan, but, as a foodie, I'd love to visit someday. #WeekendWanderlust

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    1. So many different foods to try - a foodie's paradise! Hope you make it there someday! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I bought my daughter a Valentine's heart with filled with Kit Kats and thought about our trip to Japan and all the many flavors of Kit Kats they have there. Wish we had that variety in the USA! I am envious that you saw one of the white glove subway pushers. I had wanted to see one, but I suppose it wasn't rush hour when we were in the stations.

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    1. It was pretty amazing riding the subway at morning rush hour - I'm short so I had to stand with my head all the way back so I could get air, my daughter stood in the accordion part of the train where you're not supposed to stand. Quite an experience! And I agree about the Kit Kat flavors here in the US - though maybe someday we'll get them as potato chip flavors that I saw in Europe years ago have finally arrived here. We can keep our fingers crossed! Thanks for visiting, Michele!

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