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Japan and Back in 7 days; Highlights

Temple Rokuon-Ji Kyoto Japan Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Temple Rokuon-Ji
Kyoto Japan
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

There were so many good images on this trip, it was hard to choose which ones to include and which ones to leave for another blog.  In some of the daily narratives, I purposely left some of my favorites out, contemplating this post.  I mentioned in the day 5 post that I would be hanging an image of the Temple Rokuon-Ji on my wall in my home in Florida.  The special space for that image calls for a portrait orientation, so this is the one,which is my own favorite from Japan.

Bamboo Forest Kyoto, Japan Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Bamboo Forest
Kyoto, Japan
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

I also really liked the detail and color variation of the intimate image of these bamboo trees.  Those who know me, or have been long time readers here also know I am a fan of the intimate image.

Electronic Toilet Copyright Andy RIchards 2015

Electronic Toilet
Copyright Andy RIchards 2015

Some of the things that seem to be a theme:  Toilets, Vending Machines, Bicycles and Trains.  We were intrigued by the hi-tech, electronic toilets that were in every hotel and — we are told — in many Japanese residences.  The warmed the seat, washed you and had self-raising tops, and multiple flush rates.

Bicycles are a common method of transportation.  That is not unique to Japan.  What astounded me was that everywhere you went, people parked their bikes (like at the train stations for the day, as they boarded the train for work) on the street, without a lock or any other form of security.  And nobody touched them.  There is virtually zero street crime in Tokyo (indeed, Japan).  It is just not part of the culture.  How do we get some of that here in the U.S.?

Tokyo Copyright 2015 Andy Richards

Tokyo
Copyright 2015 Andy Richards

And of course, as one of the world’s largest and most densely populated cities, the views from up high are pretty impressive.

Tokyo From up high Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Tokyo From up high
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

And I just can’t get enough of Tokyo Tower at night.  Tokyo – we will be back!

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

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