日本での一年間

February 1, 2012

Nikko

Nikko is a city in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, famous for several well-known shrines and temples. 2 shrines and 1 temple are collectively a UNESCO world heritage site.

At Tobu Nikko Station. In early December, there was still a surprising amount of fall foliage to be seen.

The first stop on my World Heritage tour was Rinnoji temple.

Outside Rinnoji temple.

Rinnoji temple is currently being restored, so there is a plastic shell with a picture of what the temple will look like covering the real temple. You can still go inside during restoration.

More pictures after the jump (more…)

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January 5, 2011

Makuhari, Chiba City

Filed under: Domestic, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo, Tokyo places, Trips — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:16 am

I was in Tokyo last month for 10 days. For the first 3 days, I was in Chiba city near Makuhari Messe, a big convention center. It was a nice change to be in a big city for a bit. Here are some pictures of the city, night and day.

night view

Chiba city at night

day view

Chiba city during the day.

April 25, 2009

Takayam (Part 4-Nikko)

Filed under: Chubu, Domestic, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 4:08 am

Nikko (日光) is a town in Tochigi prefecture, a little ways North of Tokyo. It is famous for it’s shrines and temples, which are supposed to look especially beautiful when the autumn leaves change color (紅葉). The area is a UNESCO world heritage site. But what does this have to do with Takayama?

Takayama also has Nikko, in miniature. Takayama has a small museum with a 1/10th scale version of the shrines and temples of Nikko. The museum is pretty much one large room, with the building models spread out throughout the room. The lighting in the room slowly cycles to simulate daylight, sundown, nighttime, sunrise, and daylight again.

Some of miniature Nikko

Some of miniature Nikko

miniature pagoda

miniature pagoda

Looks like the sun might be going down now

Looks like the sun might be going down now

The chinese characters that spell the name Nikko (日光) mean sunlight.

The chinese characters that spell the name Nikko (日光) mean sunlight.

February 5, 2009

Chinese New Year (Part 3)

Filed under: Events, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 1:05 pm

Last set of pictures from Yokohama Chinatown for the Chinese lunar new year.

Steamed buns. Delicious.

Steamed buns. Delicious.

Night falls on a chinatown side street.

Night falls on a chinatown side street.

plastic flowers

plastic flowers

exhibit set up for the new year

exhibit set up for the new year

Chinatown gate illuminated at night

Chinatown gate illuminated at night. The gate says chinatown (中華街) but it's written right to left, instead of left to right as Japanese would normally be written on a gate. Chinese also would normally be left to right I think...but I'm not sure.

delicious moon cake that I ate the next day. yummy!

delicious moon cake that I ate the next day. yummy! It says Chestnut on it because it had chestnuts inside.

February 4, 2009

Chinese New Year (Part 2)

Filed under: Events, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 8:03 am

More pictures from my trip to Yokohama’s Chinatown for Chinese New Year.

Lanterns at the temple. People were streaming in and out of the temple. And buying incense to light.

Lanterns at the temple. People were streaming in and out of the temple. And buying incense to light.

Bubble Tea, called Tapioca Milk Tea in Japanese. And known to me as Boba, as its called on the West Coast in California. Its so difficult to find Bubble Tea in Japan, so I was excited to have some. Its something Ive been missing.

Bubble Tea, called Tapioca Milk Tea in Japanese. And known to me as Boba, as it's called on the West Coast in California. It's so difficult to find Bubble Tea in Japan, so I was excited to have some. It's something I've been missing.

A honey store. They only sold honey, with many different varieties.

A honey store. They only sold honey, with many different varieties.

Another elaborate gate

Another elaborate gate

February 3, 2009

Chinese New Year (Part 1)

Filed under: Events, Nearby but not quite in Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 8:32 am

For the Chinese Lunar New Year, I went with some friends to Chinatown, in Yokohama, one of 3 Chinatowns in Japan. (From what I hear, there’s the Yokohama Chinatown, Kobe Chinatown and Nagasaki Chinatown.) Each Chinatown holds a festival, but unfortunately we were there the day before it started, so we didn’t really get to experience it. Also, besides stores selling Chinese style food and souvenirs, I was surprised by the number of places I found selling things like dream catchers and we even found a store that only sold various kinds of honey.

One of the Chinatown Gates

One of the Chinatown Gates

Lion statue

Lion statue

Culture Clash. A child poses in front of a statue of Hello Kitty in a Panda suit

Culture Clash. A child poses in front of a statue of Hello Kitty in a Panda suit

Gate to a temple

Gate to a temple

Temple decked out in lanterns

Temple decked out in lanterns

August 10, 2008

Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture

Filed under: Nearby but not quite in Tokyo, Tokyo places — myyearinjapan @ 2:32 am

Kawagoe City is known as Little Edo. When I went there, I got lost and couldn’t find the street of Edo era architecture, but I did stumble upon a temple, see a river, and see rice fields. It was very different from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. A friend is visiting this weekend and I wanted to make sure she didn’t only see the busy streets of Tokyo while she’s in Japan. She took some of these pictures.

At Myosiji Temple

At Myosiji Temple

At Myosoji temple

At Myosoji temple

Myosoji temple

Myosoji temple

Myosoji roof

Myosoji roof

The river

The river

Another view of the river

Another view of the river

Laundry hung out to dry on a balcony

Laundry hung out to dry on a balcony

Rice fields

Rice fields

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