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Bunkyō-ku

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  • Day199

    Tokyo épisode 8 : Ueno et Yanaka

    July 26 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Aujourd'hui, direction Ueno, un quartier au nord de la ville connu pour son grand parc ! Malgré la chaleur, nous arpentons les bords de l'étang recouvert de nénuphars et entourés de buildings, un paysage typique de Tokyo. Nous visitons le Kyu-Iwasaki-tei garden, un jardin qui marie habitation traditionnelle japonaise et un bâtiment fortement influencé par l'architecture européenne. Fort d'un pass qui nous ouvre les portes de beaucoup de musées, nous visitons le Shitamachi Museum qui retrace le Tokyo d'antan. Après un bol de soba, nous partons à l'assaut de Yanaka, le vieux Tokyo. Coincé entre Ueno et la voie ferrée, le quartier vit au ralenti. Nous déambulons dans le grand cimetière éponyme, les ruelles habitées et le Yanaka Ginza, avenue rassemblant les boutiques traditionnelles du coin. Une promenade des plus plaisantes qui nous rappelle qu'il n'y a pas que des hommes d'affaires à Tokyo !
    On termine la journée par un Kura sushi, un restaurant qu'on adore alliant tapis roulants, commande à la tablette et délicieux sushis !
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  • Day200

    Tokyo épisode 9 : Kasumigaseki

    July 27 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 31 °C

    Aujourd'hui, direction l'hypercentre de Tokyo, le quartier de Kasumigaseki, connu pour abriter les bâtiments administratifs du pays. Le ministère des affaires étrangères, le parlement ainsi que la Diète (demeure du gouvernement) sont ainsi concentrés jusqu'à côté de l'immense parc du château impérial. On flâne dans les parcs zens et essayons d'apercevoir le mystérieux bâtiment où vit l'empereur japonais, inaccessible au commun des mortels...
    Pour l'après-midi, direction le Tokyo Dôme ! Connu pour accueillir les grands matchs et concerts, l'infrastructure est fermée pour cause de virus épidémique. Mais juste à côté, le centre commercial et parc d'attraction se mélangent pour donner un lieu insolite ! Les montagnes russes traversent les immeubles, les descentes d'eau arrivent devant les magasins... Un lieu pas banal ! On se pose manger une pizza (premier plat européen depuis longtemps) avant de se diriger vers le Koishikawa Kōraku-en, un grand jardin zen ou petites rivières et colinettes sont quelque peu gachées par le Dôme en arrière plan. Pour finir la journée, direction Ebisu ! C'est dans ce quartier du sud-ouest de la ville que nous retrouvons Riana, une amie japonaise qui avait vécu en France ! On se pose au Yebisu Beer Garden pour déguster une bière du coin. Après de passionnantes discussions sur la France et le Japon, on se mange un bol de udons avant de se quitter. On part déjà dans deux jours, on doit préparer nos sacs !
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  • Day79

    Tokyo 5 - Universität und East Garden

    April 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Erstes Ziel heute war der Hauptstandort der Universität Tokyo. Wie auch bei unseren großen Unis, sind die verschieden Fakultäten hier in Tokyo über die ganze Stadt verteilt aber der Hauptcampus ist natürlich der größte und historisch wichtigste Standort. Das Camupsgelände ist sehr weitläufig und durch die vielen Bäume und Grünflächen sehr schön gestaltet. Soweit ich es sehen konnte, gibt es auf dem Campus auch keine "neumodischen" Gebäude, was ich sehr schön finde.
    Anschließend war ich im East Garden des Imperial Palace. Es handelt sich dabei um die Gartenanlage, die den ehemaligen Palast umgeben hat. Vom Palast existiert heute keines der Gebäude mehr, aber die Gärten sind für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich und gerade jetzt im Frühling wirklich toll.
    Selbst die Geschäftsleute nutzen ihre Mittagspause, um durch die Gärten zu spazieren.
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  • Day17

    Kodokan = où tout a commencé.

    April 27, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Jigoro Kano a 22 ans lorsqu'il crée le judo au Kodokan. Avec beaucoup de respect, je suis allée voir l'emplacement du premier Kodokan. Il est représenté par une stèle après sa destruction dans un incendie.
    C'est toujours la même émotion qui accompagne mes premiers pas dans le Kodokan actuel. Cet immeuble de 8 étages regroupe l'histoire du judo et des grands maitres dans un musée. Le Kodokan est le lieu d'apprentissage pour les plus jeunes, un centre d'entraînement du haut niveau. J'y ai aussi suivi des cours de kata et vu une compétition des haut gradés c'est-à-dire pour les 6ème, 7ème et 8ème dan.
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  • Day11

    Découverte de Kyoto

    April 21, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Le contrôleur salue à son entrée dans le wagon, il traverse tout le wagon puis se retourne salue les voyageurs revient sur ses pas et seulement il démarre le contrôle des tickets. Ce scénario se répète pour tous les wagons...
    Kyoto est ville à visiter : temples, jardins.....Une journée ne suffit pas pour tout découvrir. J'ai eu l'occasion de voir une cérémonie de mariage locale.
    Le pavillon d'or en est un parfait exemple.
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  • Day14

    Day 13 - Asakusa, Tsukiji, Nezu Shrine

    March 8, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We had a sleep in and left for a 7-11 breakfast after 8:30am. Checked out, and had them store our luggage. Our first stop was to Tsukiji for Jason to buy another knife from Tsukiji Masumoto. On the way there we passed through Akiba yodabashi, so we let the kids visit the toyfloir for a few goodies. Then it was on to Tsukiji. The old fish market area has only changed slightly.

    From here we headed to Nezu (behind Ueno) to visit Nezu Shrine. This shrine has a mini tori gate line similar to Fushimi Inari, and has a shrine built in the 1700's. As well as some koi fish in ponds and we also saw lots of turtles sunning themselves. Today was a beautiful clear day, though a bit chilly.

    From here we returned at 2pm to grab our bags and head to Tokyo station. Once at Tokyo station we reserved some tickets on the NEX using the last day of our JR East pass. We then had an hour and a bit to kill, so we found the nearest 7-11 for snacks.

    We jumped on the 4pm NEX headed for the airport. We then let the kids loose with some more capsule toys. Theb we collected tge luggage we taqbined to the airport (note terminal 3 is 1st floor of T2). We then joined the mega long check-in queue for our flight home.
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  • Day6

    TeNQ You Sailor Moon?

    April 13, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Of course Tokyo had a cool JAXA space museum that includes a lab with some actual physicists in it and an exhibit dedicated to Sailor Moon. Because Japan.

    Observations:

    (TeNQ is also at Tokyo Dome but it gets a post of it's own because, Space-Geek).

    Don't be intimidated by the Japanese-ness of this museum, it's staffed by people who are what I'm learning are typically Japanese in their hospitality - super helpful and super friendly. We were even offered an Easter Egg lucky dip at the purchase of our tickets.

    When you purchase your tickets you can get an English version of the pamphlet that pretty much explains the narration. But a staff member came over and explained what would happen next anyway. There are also English descriptions on all the exhibits/games and the staff speak enough English mime to help get you through everything. I think there was only one game we couldn't play - and it had a warning in English that it was Japanese language only.

    I had to use some pics from the internets for the viewing screen and the wall projections since you can't take photos - they don't really do either justice anyway because they are a pretty darn cool use of projection mapping - this ain't no PowerPoint presentation!

    After being bedazzled by projections, you go through to a science exhibit about space research. I'm enough of a space geek to know that their material is all pretty recent though - so they clearly keep this section up to date.

    The University of Tokyo has an annex in TeNQ called the "Science Area" which is basically some scientists in a glass walled lab that everyone can see working. No photos allowed of their research of course. A lot of universities do this these days, it's like a really geeky version of Big Brother.

    They have some interactive games including a personality test that I think was better in the way it asked the questions than for the actual result:

    Spacecraft personality type: You are the "Sakigake" type, constantly pursuing a new path. Like Sakigake, which was launched as a test probe for Halley's Comet.

    Alien personality type: You are the "Princess Kaguya" type, the lunar princess boasting great beauty.

    Speaking of Sailor Moon, Princess Kaguya was a main villain multiple times because her main mission was to cover the Earth in snow and ice to make it part of her "collection" of ice planets. So I'm not sure what TeNQ is trying to say about that one...

    The Sailor Moon is totally for the fan-girls, of which there were some. Possibly the main reason why some of them were there in the first place. But whatever works really.

    You can also get your photo taken with an life-size replica of an Asgard from Stargate SG1. Combined with the Star Wars merch outside and I'm thinking the special exhibit is a revolving collection of pop culture references. Sassy.

    Kaiju Collections: happy snaps from Mars
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  • Day2

    Tokyo Hotel Agora Place Asakusa

    March 13, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    After a long trip on the plane, a long trip on the train then navigating via Google map it was wonderful to arrive at our hotel. our first experience of the Japanese heated toilet with the squirt option, it was love at first try, once your butt hits the heated seat it has won you over, not to mention the rest ( I promised Ray I wouldn't mention the squirt option).
    The girls loved the night shirt supplied by the hotel, Immy wouldn't give it up, Ray sort of looked OK in it and of course mine didn't fit!
    April was really happy with their room especially when she saw ours.
    There were lots of goodies in the bathroom, little hairbrushes, sponges shape like animals as well as the usual shampoo, conditioner and tooth brushes.
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  • Day2

    Narita Airport Tokyo

    March 13, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    After collecting our luggage our first job was to locate the Exchange Office for our rail passes.
    Over to April and the job she would have to take on for the entire trip, well almost.
    It was a long process as we had purchased four 7 day passes then thought about it and purchased another four 7 day passes for the second week. This proved to be an advantage but more about that later. We were all given a rail pass lanyard to carry our passes in and hang around our necks.
    We also had to purchase Suica cards to ride on the Subway trains, the cards were 5 yen each then you loaded money on to it as required.
    Next we had to catch a train to Asakusa which looked close on the map but took over an hour.
    There was a friendly guy on the train that asked if we needed help, he worked for a Japanese domestic Airline, had finished work and was on his way to his girlfriend's place. He spoke English which we were to find was a rarity on our travels.
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  • Day6

    Fox Village

    March 17, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    11-3 Fukuokayatsumiya, Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture 989-0733, Japan.
    Up in the mountains but where I still couldn't tell you.
    I missed a very important turn when the navigating job was handed over to me while April had a sleep. As a result it took 5 plus hours and a few paying toll gates before we were on the right track. Ray ended up driving all day without complaint.
    The Fox Village cost 1000 Yen each and was an experience. The foxes looked well cared for and there wasn't much doggy smell. There were lots of Foxes and a few different colours, they were so cute you really did want to pat them. Inside there were Goats , one took a liking to Imogen and I think she thought it was sweet.
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Bunkyō-ku, Bunkyo-ku, 文京区

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