Category Archives: Japan

Kobe

Just a few photo’s of Kobe. Maybe you remember the earthquake that almost destroyed them?

Or the iconic skyline?

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A Shinto temple – also in red 🙂

A classical granite statue or two..

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Why didn’t I drive there?

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Hiroshima – Shukkeien Garden

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This must be the most beautiful graveyard in the world then.

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The peony garden. I guess the umbrellas are to protect the flowers from the rain.

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I’ll sneak in a few close-ups of peonies growing in another garden, you will never know the difference 🙂

They grow at Himeiji castle.

As the whole world should be represented, you must have a lake and a mountain. Also in this case, a rice field, to symbolise the local harvest, – so a rather important one.

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This is (where) the rice field (goes). DId you see the turtles?

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And more blossoms to wrap it up.

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Cherry Blossoms in Takaoka

Fortunately further north in Japan the cherries blossom later so I caught them again in Takaoka. It is on the west coast of Honshu, near the Japanese Alps and on the Sea of Japan. A very Japanese city 😉

The castle was destroyed for political reasons, but they kept the moat and gardens.

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How to improve on pink cherry blossoms? Perhaps a red bridge and a few sculptures?

Plant another variety..

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Different light..

Have a festival.

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And you’re there, the way out..

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Dragon Scale Soup

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Ramen; – the recipe remains a secret, the chef only speaks Japanese.. The dragon scales themselves were not my favourite but the rest was very good. Chopped onion and bamboo with a slice of pork..

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In Japan you never have to ask for water with your meal, from the moment you sit down they keep your glass filled with ice water. If you have google translate you can have it without ice as well 🙂