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Tokyo: Gotokuji Cat Temple

Ever since my friend Monica had posted about the cat shrine (here) in Gotokuji, in the quiet Setagaya Ward of Tokyo, I wanted to go and see it for myself. The shrine is famous for the hundreds of statues of the "Maneki Neko" - the beckoning cat, which usually greets customers in front of Japanese… Continue reading Tokyo: Gotokuji Cat Temple

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Tokyo: Exploring the old quarter of Yanaka

Yanaka is one of the loveliest quarters of Tokyo. It is full of old houses, little streets and tiny shops in an old town ambience reminiscent of Tokyo from past decades. Throughout the district, there is an air of nostalgia and a rustic charm. This quarter is actually one of a trio of neighbourhoods collectively… Continue reading Tokyo: Exploring the old quarter of Yanaka

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Tokyo: Strolling around Bunkyo (Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome)

Bunkyo is not an area that I came across before, but when we realised that it is home to Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, one of the two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo, we decided to explore this area a little bit. Our first stop was the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, which dates back to… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling around Bunkyo (Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome)

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Tokyo: Roppongi continued (Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight)

Another day, another part of Tokyo to explore. This time the area of 'six trees' - Roppongi. Six very old and large zelkova trees were used to mark the area, but they have not survived all those years. Now, Roppongi is a busy district with lots of foreign embassies, big office towers, a wild night… Continue reading Tokyo: Roppongi continued (Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo City View, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight)

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Tokyo: Strolling around Aoyama and Roppongi (Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park, Aoyama Cemetery, The National Art Centre)

After my stroll through Akasaka in the morning, I decided to continue on to Aoyama - which is very close by. I passed the Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park, which is a small park next to a residential area. I would not have stopped, if I had not seen these little stone fellows standing there - I do… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling around Aoyama and Roppongi (Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park, Aoyama Cemetery, The National Art Centre)

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Tokyo: Strolling through Akasaka (Hie Shrine, New Otani Garden, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Nogi Shrine)

Tokyo is one of my favourite places to visit in Asia - and it is also very easy to visit with a baby. In fact, it is so easy (compared to Hong Kong) that we visited it twice within three months. Let me post a little bit about the different places we visited over the… Continue reading Tokyo: Strolling through Akasaka (Hie Shrine, New Otani Garden, Toyokawa Inari Shrine, Nogi Shrine)

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B&W Photography: Japan trip 2013

Our Japan trip would not be complete without my favourite black and white pictures from the trip. The first one was taken while we were waiting at Kyoto station for the Shinkansen to take us to Nagoya. From there we would take the train to Takayama in the Japanese alps. I like this picture because… Continue reading B&W Photography: Japan trip 2013

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Photography: Japan trip 2013 in colour

Finally, we've come to the end of our journey across Japan, which took us from Kyoto to Tokyo. We've had an amazing time, ate great food, meet nice people and saw so many modern and traditional sights, it was fascinating. I've selected my favourite pictures from this trip, first - all colour pics. Tomorrow, all… Continue reading Photography: Japan trip 2013 in colour