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Japan trip 2019

Monday, June 24th, 2019

We went to Japan again this year. Naoko and Zen were there for nearly three weeks, I was there for only 1.5 weeks as I didn’t have much leave time (and I had a big business trip to Australia in early June). This year we did a few day trips, to Osaka, Ako and Kyoto, and I also met up in Himeji with my ex-boss, Emmanuel Daniel of The Asian Banker, which was great fun. Here are the pics from the trip!! Click on the pics to see larger versions.

(Note – I went to the gym today, after four weeks away, two of which were spent in Japan not exercising, chilling out, drinking beer, eating what I want… I found that I’d gained: 0.00 kilograms!!)

Naoko & Zen at the family home in Himeji.
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At Naoko’s brother’s house, with his niece’s pet snake.
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My wife’s niece and her baby snake – yikes!!
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At Naoko’s brother’s house with Naoko’s niece and great-nephew!
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With Zen, my father-in-law, and his friend from Nepal at the Nepali restaurant.
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Lovely curry and cheese nan at my father-in-law’s friend’s Nepali restaurant in Himeji
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With Emmanuel Daniel in front of Himeji Castle.
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Emmanuel Daniel in Himeji Castle.
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Himeji castle
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Behind Himeji Castle.
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Himeji castle area at sunset.
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Naoko in front of her parents’ house at sunset.
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At Minatoya okonomiyaki restaurant in Ako.
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Hanging out with our old friend Trevor at Minato-ya in Ako.
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A picture taken of us 16 years ago at Minato-ya in Ako that we found hanging on the walls there still!
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Posing with our picture of 16 years ago at Minato-ya in Ako.
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With Trevor and Kayo at Minato-ya in Ako.
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Frying up some okonomiyaki at Minatoya in Ako.
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Hanging out with our pal Trevor at Ako Misaki.
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Oishi shrine in Ako.
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Zen meets Daikoku-ten at the Oishi Shrine in Ako.
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Yebisu-san statue at Oishi Shrine in Ako.
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Tsutenkaku in south Osaka.
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The best kebab sandwich I’ve ever had in my life!! With Jason & Matt in Osaka.
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Getting ready to enter Jigokudani in Osaka!
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Maid (mei-do) bar in Jigokudani in Kyoto. Great food, lovely karaoke, great prices!
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In Osaka’s jigokudani with my posse having a great time.
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An illuminated gin & tonic in Jigokudani in Osaka.
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With my friends Jason (who I know from living in Nishinomiya) & Grant (who I know from living in Ako) in Osaka.
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The entrance at the Fujino ranch in Himeji.
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Big family Father’s Day dinner at the Fujino home in Himeji.
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Daichi wearing my hat at the Father’s Day family gathering – makes him look like Jiggen Daisuke from Lupin Sansei!!
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Me and my brother-in-law.
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My father-in-law with his great-grandson.
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Dinner, big Father’s Day family gathering.
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My father-in-law trying on my hat at the big Father’s Day family gathering.
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Heading out for our bicycle tour along the Ichikawa river to North Himeji.
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A reinforced rapid along the Ichikawa River in North Himeji.
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Beautiful roses at the North Himeji rose garden (bala-in).
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Zen & Naoko in front of a beautiful rose bush at the North Himeji rose garden (bala-in).
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Getting ready for some monjayaki and okonomiyaki in Himeji.

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A nice meal of monjayaki with Naoko’s mom.
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Fushimi Inari Taisha in Fushimi town, a part of Kyoto. The front gate was not so crowded when we entered around 8:00 AM.
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Fushimi Inari Taisha.

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View of Kyoto from Fushimi Inari Taisha.
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Fushimi Inari Taisha.
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This shrine with a tree growing through the entrance… wow!
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Fushimi Inari Taisha.
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Daruma statue at Fushimi Inari Taisha.
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Fushimi Inari Taisha front gate – now much more crowded.
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Interesting eel complex in Uji, near Kyoto.
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Statue of Murasaki Shikibu in Uji, near Kyoto, where a large part of her Tale Of Genji is set.
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Uji bridge, supposedly the oldest in the world.
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On the Uji bridge over the Kamogawa in Uji, near Kyoto.
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The Kamogawa from Uji bridge in Uji, near Kyoto.
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Drinking tea next to the Uji bridge in Uji, near Kyoto.
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Zen’s ocha soba in Uji.
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An old tea house in Uji, near Kyoto.
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Strange “watch out for running kids” sign in Uji, near Kyoto.
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Beautiful wisteria structure in front of Byodoin in Kyoto.
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Byodoin, the building that can be seen on one side of a Japanese 10 yen coin.
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Byodoin in Kyoto – a group of elderly setting up for a group photo, and a group of students heading to do the same.
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Family portrait in front of Byodoin in Uji, near Kyoto.
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Another Nepalese restaurant! This one in Kyoto, near Tofukuji.
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Tofukuji in Kyoto
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Tofukuji pond.
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Buddhist altar in Tofukuji in Kyoto.
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Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto
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View of Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera.
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Hydrangea at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto.
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View of Gion from Kiyomizu-dera.
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View of Kiyomizu-dera.
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Taking in the waters at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto.
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Jizo-sama in Kyoto.
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Yae no ume in Kyoto!!
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Kyoto, and the world’s most demure Starbucks!

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Heading down a shady trail to Yasaka-jinja in Kyoto.
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Funky modern architecture in Kyoto.
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Gion-kaku tower in Kyoto.
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Yasaka-jinja in Kyoto
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Leaving Yasaka-jinja in Kyoto
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Kamogawa in Kyoto
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The Kamogawa near Ponto-cho in Kyoto.
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Naoko & Zen chilling on the banks of the Kamogawa, Ponto-cho restaurants seen behind them.
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With Naoko & Zen & my mother-in-law at the Nagahama Ramen shop in Himeji.
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Zen, my brother-in-law and me on our last (full) day in Japan)
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View of Himeji from Tegarai-yama on our last (full) day in Japan. A bullet train is passing.
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View of Himeji from Tegarai-yama on our last (full) day in Japan. Himeji Castle can be seen in the distance.
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With Zen on Tegarai-yama on our last (full) day in Japan.
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Dinner at the Fujino ranch in Himeji on our last (full) day in Japan.
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I found this old picture from 1996, celebrating Naoko & my engagement. That’s Daichi sitting on my father-in-law’s lap.
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Four generations of the family, including Naoko, her nephew, her mother and grandmother. This picture was probably also from 1996.
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An old picture of Naoko’s grandmother’s chrysanthemum exhibition. This may have been 1999 or so.
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And now for the best part… the food!
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