I spent 13 days on vacation in Japan in 1991
TOYKO - 6 nights - largest city at 12.0 million
OSAKA - 3 Nights - third largest city 2.5 millon
KYOTO - 4 Nights - sixth largest city 1.5 million
populations in 1991.



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My two friends who work at Hewlett Packard Tokyo
playing the popular Japanese game Pachinko.

I met them a year earlier at an HP training center in Silicon Valley, CA
The fellow on the left is Itano, on the right is Kishi. Itano was my
apartment-mate for a three weeks.
I showed him around the area including a visit to the home of my
ex-Sister-In-Law and her family. He appreciated seeing an American home.
In Toyko he showed me around that city and his Japanese home.


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Shinkansen, 125 MPH. A very efficient system.



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Himinji castle AKA White Heron Castle
While staying in Osaka I read about this city and took a local train trip.



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Himinji Castle is surrounded by walls and moats. I walked inside
the outer wall where there were chutes to drop stones on attackers.


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Koi Pond


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I rode an elevator up Kyoto Tower to see this view.


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Garden at Nijo Castle


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Golden Temple
Clad in gold leaf.


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Kyoto Tower, I took an elevator to the top.


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One of many torii (arch) shinto shrines


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This boat has two oarsmen on the starboard side,
a poleman on the port side, and a rudder man on the rear.


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The Yokohama Bay Bridge is an object of great pride.
It even has a Visitor Center.


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This temple is the largest wood building


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There are many reflection ponds.


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The old capital of Nara has deer wandering through the City.
When they cross a street the traffic stops and politely waits.


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These wafers are sold by kiosks and are the only thing you can feed the deer.


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The last deer photo.


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A five story pagoda. The Japanese consider even numbers
unlucky. Tea sets are for 5, dishes for 7, etc.


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The old Imperial Palace is on a lake in Toyko.
The property is open to the public occasionally. This is a corner guard house.


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Many temples have a place to wash your hands.


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Statue of famed dog Hachiko who long after his owner
died would meet his train every day hoping the man would return.


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Burial Tomb of Hirohito.


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A graveyard.


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A Zen Buddhist Garden


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My friend Itano.


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In Osaka there is a street that was covered over to make a Walking
Shopping Mall two miles long. This morning I came very early to take a photo.
The night before there were tens of thousands of shoppers elbow to elbow.
Fortunately I could see over their heads and could slowly manouver to a store!
Yes, I did go on a commuter train where the attendant pushed the crowd in the door.


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The largest Torii I saw, I'm sure some are taller.


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Ueno Zoo had the animals I expected, including a bear.


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I learned this Kanji character soon, Up or Exit.


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Many Shrines sold wooden placks on which you could
write a prayer and hang it on a stand like this one. Itano translated
a few as wishing for success in work, school, or marriage.


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WWII Veteren's reunion?, the only Rising Sun flag I saw.


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Itano next to 18 inch projectile as fired by the Battleship Yamato.


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When a temple is dedicated many Japanes Prefectures
donate cartons of Ceremonial Saki.


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Saki Barrels up close


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Kiyomizu Temple has a veranda with a view.


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View from the Veranda


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Me in front of a garden club.


The End

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