Photo Entry - Japan

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Samurai Sanders -- Kyoto, Japan
So, I'm going to drop in photos .. probably in random places in random orders from the trip..

Anyway, TB.com doesn't make it easy to have disjointed photo entries (i.e. here's a photo entry from all these different places all in one spot!) unless you specify that each image actually comes from a location that is the same .... so in the captions on the photo I say where they're from.

So while I'm sitting at my computer in london at the moment, each of these photos are from japan.

Cheers.

Update: wow, this is more of PITA than I thought.  Since each entry is not a single page I cannot just associate the pictures with a particular entry unless I have multiple days or multiple different locations in order to make them separate (unless I am missing something).  Anyone wandering around know how to make a generic sum-up, slide show entry?


chivato says:
Hmmm. Was thinking that maybe there might be a way of forcing separate pages out of entries that are on the same day and location?

Posted on: Feb 09, 2007
Eric says:
Unfortunately there isn't a way to have one photo entry with photos from disjoint locations yet. If you have any suggestions on how to make something like this possible without it being too complicated, let us know! Sorry for the inconvenience.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2007
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Hikone Castle -- Hikone, Japan
After japan, I  flew into Auckland (brand new 777, maybe not new new, but definitely not older than a year).  I know a lot of people who do not like Air New Zealand, but I've never had any problems on them.  Then again, I don't live in New Zealand and they're not my national carrier so for those who are kind of stuck on them they may have a different view than I have.  Going on, I did about a month in NZ taking the magic bus ( www.magicbus.co.nz).  Which is pretty good value for the money, I might add.   I had done it previously with a trip involving my brother and a good friend, so some of the commentary, sites, and everything else were old hat (they ended up skipping a jade carver I wanted to go to because of rain which tweaked me something fierce) but otherwise was really good.
5-tier pagoda -- Nara, Japan
  The best part about doing NZ this way is meeting up with people, so I ended up with a really good group of people that I was touring around the s. island with ..  I actually ended up with two crews, one on the north island and one on the south, which was good.. the north being the shorter since I didn't spend as much time there. 

Lets just leave it at its most simple: I love NZ.  Its pretty much the perfect place for travel or at least I think so.   What's there not to love?  Nature, hiking, sky diving, good drink, good food, good people.. fairly simple.

Australia was next:  I didn't do a tour or anything, just had about 3 weeks to spend in the country so I took it pretty easy, pretty slow.  I flew between Sydney and Melbourne using Virgin Blue (Blue being Australian slag for red-head, not sure how that works out, http://www.
Me at Kiyomizu -- Kyoto, Japan
virginblue.com.au/
).   If you're going to travel long distances down under, they're far more economical than Quantas, clocking in about half price for most things.  I did a bit of driving around.  The great ocean road is amazing, at least as far as the 12 apostles.   If you have the time, I do suggest that you get a shore-side place along the way.  Sure it's a bit indulgent, but if you have the cash it isn't *that much* more expensive than getting a hotel room in the city, Melbourne anyway, and far more relaxing.  Hmm while I have to say that I enjoyed Melbourne more than I did Sydney, I do think that Sydney is a far more scenic city.. hard to be the backdrop of the harbour bridge and the opera house.  The outdoor market at the rocks during the weekends shouldn't be missed, esp if you're looking for little knicknacks to bring home to the people wiating for your return.
Kiyomizu -- Kyoto, Japan


Then off to thailand.   I had originally booked a tour through explore and ended up on a tour with Imaginative Traveller after they cancelled on me.  In any regard, I spent time mostly around the major urban centers, Bangkok and Chaing Mai although some time was definitely a bit off the beaten track.  I enjoyed my time in thailand even if I missed out on beaches and .. beaches.  In any regard, Thailand was fab.  The culture is a bit surprising, esp the odd loyalty, regard they have to their monarchy and their mild mannered approach to just about everything in life.  Then again, if I had regular thai massages, I'd probably be a less stressed out human being as well. 

This never made the journal but I think its an interesting story.
Todaiji Temple -- Nara, Japan
  It was my last night in Thailand and I decided that I would take a very late flight back into Europe so I could make the most of it.  So I spent a lot of time wandering around the various temples and getting my one and only Thai massage before heading off to a final dinner with the crew as I was the only person that was leaving at that point, well besides dirty old american guy who had left us the night before.  Did dinner, said goodbye and left for the hotel.  Had a bit of an interesting time attempting to find a cab that would actually use the meter than attempt to give him a flat rate for a ride I now knew quite well.  (a scam that they use a lot on tourists)

Ride back to the hotel, the guy attempts to ferry me over to a 'good massage place' before my flight (and probably get robbed, have vital organs removed, etc) which I declined, grabbed my bag from the room and got a different cab to the airport (which is *WAY OUT OF* bangkok).
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) -- Kyoto, Japan
  Along the way, I decide to pull out my iPod to listen to some tunes and my passport, to make sure that I do have it.  Tune out and watch the sprawling megapolis fly by.. and finally get out to the airport. 

I hand the driver about twice the cab fare because its a long drive and because he didn't try any shifty kinds of detours.  Grab my bags and head out to the check in counter.  At the checkin line, I take out my status card (it lets me check in at the business class line and the economy line was LONG) and reach into my pocket for my passport.  Its not there.  The only time that I had pulled my passport out of its bag when I wasn't checking in for a flight or crossing a border and I was starting to hyperventilate.  I might have left it in the cab.
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) -- Kyoto, Japan
  I start rummaging through my bag and don't find it there either. 

I had left it in the cab.

I run out to the curb where the cab left me.  I'm on the verge of tears at this point.  I had an interview in two days in Germany, I knew that anything like this would take days and days  to get replaced and if it took longer than a week, I'd probably end up missing christmas.   I see a cab dropping someone else off, it looks like the one that I got out of, but being a "normal person" I hadn't bothered to copy down or even take notice of the cab number or anything like that.  He can't help me, he doesn't understand what I mean when I ask if there is a "cab company associated with the colors, if there was a dispatch that could be called, to ask if a cab had just dropped someone off, if they could check the back seat.
Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion) -- Kyoto, Japan
.".  The next guy I ask the same questions and he knows even less english than the first, but he understood, passport missing and flagged a transit cop.

I get even a bit more upset since I really don't want any issues with police because my passport is missing.  (I've had passport issues before ... )

He looked at me and said "come with me".  So I followed, into the terminal (there is only one at the new airport) and he told me to go to the customer information desk.  I didn't understand, I just looked at the guy and said "How is customer information supposed to help me?" .. "Just go there".  "Where is it?"  There weren't any signs.  He was being patient, which is a good trait but I think he must have known that I was on the brink.
Ryoanji Temple -- Kyoto, Japan
 

To customer information we go.  I ask about a passport and the guy looks at me "oh, you're the guy that's missing his passport.. we have it right here, your passport and your iPod".  I'm so relieved that I almost let go right there...

Not sure what else to say.  Humanity can do some pretty ugly stuff but sometimes its something as simple as having a cab driver drop your stuff off to customer information at an airport that can help reinforce the idea that its not all swirling around the bowl at least not all the time. 

And my last piece of advice (maybe the last piece of advice) is to tip your rides to the airport well.  You never know what might happen.




Samurai Sanders -- Kyoto, Japan
Samurai Sanders -- Kyoto, Japan
Hikone Castle -- Hikone, Japan
Hikone Castle -- Hikone, Japan
5-tier pagoda -- Nara, Japan
5-tier pagoda -- Nara, Japan
Me at Kiyomizu -- Kyoto, Japan
Me at Kiyomizu -- Kyoto, Japan
Kiyomizu -- Kyoto, Japan
Kiyomizu -- Kyoto, Japan
Todaiji Temple -- Nara, Japan
Todaiji Temple -- Nara, Japan
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) -- Kyo…
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) -- Ky…
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) -- Kyo…
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) -- Ky…
Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion) -- Kyoto…
Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion) -- Kyot…
Ryoanji Temple -- Kyoto, Japan
Ryoanji Temple -- Kyoto, Japan
Outskirts -- Kyoto, Japan (scene i…
Outskirts -- Kyoto, Japan (scene …
Hikone Castle -- Hikone, Japan
Hikone Castle -- Hikone, Japan
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photo by: ulysses