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Japan 8: No smorking

Just a selection of amusing texts, mistranslations or the like around Honshu

Spot or stop

In the 7 eleven

Sign near the river

Made me hungry

French poetry in the breakfast room of the Hearton hotel. Almost right

And of course, the notorious Pocari Sweat, which tastes better than it sounds

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Japan 7: Striking

A selection of strange or striking images.

Two-headed taxidermy object in Kobe

Scarecrows in Shirakawa-go

Bocca della Verita the Japanese way, Kobe

Dragon at Takayama

Traditional house, Takayama

Installation near the 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa

Flower in ice, fish market at Kanazawa

Large fish head, fish market, Kanazawa

Postbox in the station of Kanazawa

Shrine at Kanazawa,

Parking garage near the station of Kanazawa

Figurine in a glass bulb, Shibu Onsen

People in traditional clothes doing a tour of the onsens in the pouring rain, Shibu Onsen

Traditional showers and hot tub

The house that was allegedly the inspiration for the bath house in Spirited Away, a well-known animation film

Chicken and clock, Tokyo

Eve picking an apple, Tokyo

One of these strange raccoon figures you see everywhere

And last but not least, the Delirium cafe near our hotel:

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Japan 6: The animals

Feeding time for the cute and fluffy

This is taking too long per village, so the next chapters will be: Animals, Weird stuff and Strange texts.

We saw a lot of animals during our trip, not just in the wild but also in the Osaka aquarium which is very big. See below.

Grumpy reptile

Cute capybara, a big hamster in fact

Ha ha ha… penguins!

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We also encountered snakes at roadsides a couple times:

And crows:

And snow monkeys in Yudanaka’s snow monkey park, where they bathe in the hot springs:

And last but not least: lizards

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Japan 5: Osaka

Osaka was chaotic and loud.

We stayed at the Hearton hotel. The room was ok, the breakfast too but a bit weird as it was a strange mixture of Japanese and Western style food. This was the  first time I ate spaghetti with tomato sauce and chocolate croissants for breakfast,

Osaka by night, river side

Osaka was filled to the brim with Chinese tourists who were there for the tax-free rice cookers and such.

Art in the streets of Osaka, aka beauty is in the eye of the beholder

I was travelling with a man who sighs and looks at his watch after five minutes in any non-electronics shops so most of the shopping I did was window shopping, eg the Angelic Pretty lolita fashion store:

Or the satanist shop, on floor -1 in one of the shopping streets:

Vendor preparing takoyaki, a ball-shaped snack of batter filled with octopus.

We dined at Tako Tako King that evening, a small but very lively café in one of the streets leading to the river. The dish was sort of vegetarian, we managed to explain that it had to be without octopus but it still had the dancing fish shavings on it. But what was underneath was nice and spicy.

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Japan 4: Nara

Vandaag twee posts om rond te raken, want morgen is het opnieuw werktijd.

De volgende daguitstap die we deden was Nara. Nara is bekend om zijn deer park, een park vol herten die je speciale koekjes kunt voederen, te koop voor 150 yen per pakje. Er staat ook een tempel in het park, namelijk het grootste houten gebouw ter wereld (beweren ze zelf toch). Dit was een daguitstap die we vanuit Kyoto met de trein maakten. Openbaar vervoer is heel goedkoop in Japan, dus daar hoefden we het niet voor te laten.

De hertjes zien er wel als schattige Bambi’s uit, maar eigenlijk zijn het opdringerige kleine rotzakjes, vooral als je koekjes bij je hebt, ha ha.

Er staat dan ook een waarschuwingsbordje:

Ergens in het park staat de Todaiji tempel. Eerst is er een poort met reuzegrote beelden van woeste wachters. Ook daar lopen er hertjes rond die om koekjes bedelen.

Giant dirty feet.

Yes, it was hot that day. VERY hot. Phew. 

There is a giant buddha inside (15 metres), plus a few smaller statues and some models of the various reconstructions of the temple.

Bronze lotus petals of the buddha throne. I believe they are reconstructions.

Strange statue right of the entrance. Some dude with occult powers who is supposed to bring luck.

Some brooms and buckets at the back of the temple.

Next up: Osaka