It’s been about ten days since my last post now. In the meantime, my girlfriend has returned to Germany, and I caught a cold which i’m still mildly suffering from. So I finally found some time to prepare pictures for uploading.
We returned from our trip to Tokyo on the 20th – pretty exhausted. The weather was mixed – heavy rain on sunday, some clouds and occasional rain on monday and clear sky on tuesday – but far from perfect considering we planned on exploring the city on foot. Nevertheless, there was a lot to see and overall it was an interesting experience. We even managed to meet a friend from Hamburg who’s going to stay in Tokyo for a year from now on. Maybe I’ll post some more pictures from Tokyo in a future update.
Which brings me to the topic of this post – Nara. I have visited Nara twice now, and scrolling through my old posts I noticed that I’ve never posted any pictures. I’m going to make up for that here. Nara is about as far as Kyoto if you go there from central Osaka – roughly half an hour by train – and the trip is absolutely worth it. The city is quite small, and most of the major historic sights are located in a big park area east of the main station. Which is where I went both times and spent nearly a whole day strolling around visiting the shrines and temples.
Another remarkable thing about the park in the eastern part of Nara is that there are lots of tame deer around. They usually gather around the stands where tourists buy shika sembei – deer cookies – to feed them. It’s not so much tourists feeding the deer though – it’s more like the deer ambushing the unsuspecting tourists as soon as they buy the cookies.
Kofukuji. A buddhist temple which dates back to the 8th century. Its five story pagoda has become a symbol of Nara.
Sagi Ike. A quiet pond somewhere in Nara park.
Todaiji. Probably the most famous temple in Nara, home to the biggest wooden building in the world.
There haven’t been any new posts recently, which was due to me being very busy in the last two weeks. The weather has turned to the worse in the beginning of september, which didn’t really make for interesting photo opportunities, so I spent some time studying. On top of that, my girlfriend arrived here to visit me on the 6th of september, which naturally put a dent in my uploading activities. Last weekend, we went to Yunoyama Onsen in Mie prefecture to visit a friend, which was very nice – I’ll upload some pictures from there later.
In the meantime, I’d like to show you some pictures which I took during the last months, but never felt like uploading because they were out of context in the other posts.
In order of appearance: Osaka Castle moat, the Osaka King Festival at the castle park, an evening at the Dotonbori Arcade.
Some of the many cats that live at my house in Sakai. My girlfriend took the second picture.
Tokyo. The promotion girl in the third picture was very thoroughly explaining the advantages of buying a new mobile phone from NTT DoCoMo.
On the second trip to Kyoto I also visited Rokuonji, which is usually called Kinkakuji, even though that name only refers to the gold-clad building which can be found on the temple grounds. It’s a major tourist attraction, and everyday busloads of travellers come to see it.
Some long exposure photos I took in downtown Kyoto, at the Kamogawa river.
Akihabara is Tokyos electronics district. There are countless shops, small and big, which sell everything electronic, from personal computers to refrigerators. Apart from these, there are shops selling anime, manga, collectible cards and figures, adult entertainment, computer games and character costumes, making Akihabara Tokyos otaku paradise.
If you’re done shopping you can enjoy some fresh coffee in one of the numerous “Maid Cafés”, where cute girls dressed up in housemaid costumes serve your needs. Naturally, the majority of the clientele in this district is of the male gender, and besides the average sarariman you see many nerdy teenagers sneaking around in the shops, spending their pocket money on the latest hypes in robot anime.
This cute little robot welcomes you to Akihabara. At least that’s what the text says.
The next picture shows one of Akihabaras Döner Kebap shops. It was the first I saw in Japan, and on that particular day I happend to see three of them.