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    • Day 20

      Thinking out of the Box

      August 10 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

      Wir starteten mit der Besichtigung des Naga-machi District, auch Samuraiviertel genannt.
      Und natürlich fand ich die Häuser wieder schön. Doch irgendwann hat man sich an den Anblick dieser wunderschönen geschwungenen Dächer gewöhnt.
      Eventuell haben die 37°C ihren Teil dazu beigetragen, dass ich nicht die Ruhe aufbringen konnte, die Robert sich gewünscht hätte...

      Trotzdem haben wir damit die Wartezeit auf unsere Führung durch den "Ninja-Tempel" sinnvoll ausgefüllt. Der Tempel hat nichts mit den Ninjas selbst zu tun. Vielmehr erinnern die im Tempel verbauten Fallen und Geheimwege an das Haus eines Ninjas. Das Gebäude ist von außen gesehen in zwei Stockwerken gebaut. Ganz den damaligen Regelungen entsprechend.
      Im Inneren kann man sich jedoch auf sieben unterschiedlichen Ebenen bewegen. Diese wurden durch Türen im Wandschrank oder Treppen unter dem Dielenboden gut versteckt.
      Auch für die Verteidigung war gesorgt: Reispapier zwischen den Treppenstufen zeigten das anschleichen eines Gegners durchs Gegenlicht. Schon konnten die Verteidiger unter der Treppe auf die Füße einstechen.

      Fotos durften hier leider nicht gemacht werden.

      Weil das Wetter ja so gut war, haben wir uns danach noch den Kenroku-en angeschaut.
      Der Garten wird als einer der schönsten Japan's bezeichnet. Und das können wir auch verstehen.

      Nach unserer letzten Fahrt mit dem Shinkansen, sind wir nun wieder in Tokio, diesmal in Shinjuku, angekommen.
      Den Ausblick von diesem Teil der Stadt aus konnten wir kostenlos vom Observatory Deck des Tokio Metropolitan Government Building genießen. Wir haben sogar ein Feuerwerk von hier oben gesehen.

      Weil der Tag heiß und anstrengend war, sind wir bei Zeiten jeder in seine Kapsel gehüpft und sammeln nun Kräfte fürs morgige Shopping.
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    • Day 7

      A day in Kanazawa

      November 4 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      We walked to Kenrokuen Garden where we strolled around the paths enjoying the ponds, fountains, lanterns and statues. This meticulously kept landscape garden dates back to 1546. Next we went over to Kanazawa Castle Park through the impressive fortified gate and across the moat where we saw the watchtower, park and learned about its history. We exited the park into another beautiful garden, the Gyokusen'inmaru Garden. This garden was built as a privately courtyard in 1634. Next we found Oyama Shrine which is dedicated to Maeda Toshiie, the first lord of the powerful local Maeda Clan It is surrounded by lovely gardens and ponds. It is known for its unusual gate. We stopped for lunch before visiting a couple of museums dedicated to life in Kanazawa and Samurai history. We caught a bus back to the station where we booked some further train journeys then walked back to hotel via 7 Eleven where we bought dinner and tomorrow's breakfast.Read more

    • Day 7

      Last day Kanazawa

      September 26 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Today a more relaxing day. Walked through the Samurai district. The houses ranged from those of the lowly to a large house of a Samurai overlord. The gardens were stunning. Many of the houses in the narrow streets are private homes. There were artisan galleries along the way but not pushy.Read more

    • Day 12

      Oumicho sushi 🍣

      November 25, 2022 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Et là pour se remettre de nos émotions de la veille on se fait un petit sushi dans le marché de Omicho, un vrai régal, tout est délicieux !

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    • Day 6–8

      Shirakawa and Kanazawa.

      November 3 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      We set the alarms early to check out then walked, with our luggage, through the cold, foggy morning to catch our 7.20am bus to Shirakawa. We travelled through many tunnels and arrived at the World Heritage Site showcasing a building style known as gasshō-zukuri (traditional thatched houses). We stowed our luggage in a coin locker and then explored the village. The sun was emerging from the fog as we wandered about this lovely village. Later we stopped for an early lunch of skewered sesame dumplings and beef patties before making our way to the bus terminal for our bus to Kanazawa. It was running late due to traffic so we chatted to a couple from Melbourne while we waited. We arrived at Kanazawa at around 2, found our hotel and were able to check in. After we settled in to yet another tiny room we walked to Kanazawa old district near the river (about a 30 minute walk). Here there is a preservation area from the Edo era. In this area tourists often dress as geishas and there are streets of old timber buildings. On the way back we stopped at a convenience store (Lawsons) and picked up dinner which we heated in our room's microwave. We have a nice city view from our hotel.Read more

    • Day 8


      September 27 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Now In Kyoto. How about buying your Gucci or Prada at the train station. Massive underground shopping and food mall. Saw these Kokodama bonsai at one of the stores In Kyoto. Cecilia found a fabric store to get lost in. I found an art store. Bought paint sets for $12 back home $50. The art supplies were extensive.
      Signs at the crossings for cyclists.
      Walk through Pontocho Alley. Originally home to geishas from the Edo period. These tea houses today are small restaurants and artisan stores. Walking along the Main Street to this area you were confronted by high end shops and department stores. It is amazing that this area has survived.
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    • Day 7

      Quartiere dei Samurai

      September 4 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Dopo un'enorme colazione giapponese a base di sushimi, zuppe di pesce e tante altre cose, ci addentriamo nel quartiere dei Samurai, dove visitiamo una ex casa di un samurai, tra tatami, vesti da samurai, katane, giardini e té. Poi mangiamo un favoloso okonomiyaki.Read more

    • Day 7

      Kanazawa Omi-cho market

      November 29, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Veel minder toeristisch dan de markten van Tokyo en Kyoto is de Omi-cho markt in Kanazawa. Kanazawa ligt heel dicht bij de zee en is daarom gekend voor zijn verse vis. Op de markt verkopen ze mooie stukken vis aan spotprijzen. Wij waagden ons aan rauwe zee-egel en aten ook een grote verse Sint-Jacobsnoot, heerlijk!Read more

    • Day 12

      Kanazawa - Gartenkunst

      August 2, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      1,5 Tage Kanazawa in kurz zusammengefasst. Kanazawa hat mit dem Kenrokuen-Garten einen der 3 schönsten Gärten in Japan, den habe ich heute in Ruhe genossen und auch mal ein Stündchen gelesen (auf den Rasen legen ging leider nicht). Und heute abend gab es sogar noch eine Lichtshow. Daneben hat Kanazawa eine Burg aus der Edo-Zeit (1603 bis 1868) und alte Samurai-Häuser (auch mit Garten). Zum Abschluß gab es dann noch Kultur vorm Bahnhof.

      So langsam schafft mich das Wetter - über 30 Grad und Luftfeuchtigkeit von 50-60% bringen selbst mich zum schwitzen. Eindeutig nicht die beste Reisezeit für Japan.
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    • Day 3

      Samurai District

      December 31, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Samurai were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan from the 12th century to their abolition in the 1870s. They were the well-paid retainers of the daimyo (the great feudal landholders). They had high prestige and special privileges such as wearing two swords. They cultivated the bushido codes of martial virtues, indifference to pain, and unflinching loyalty, engaging in many local battles. During the peaceful Edo era (1603 to 1868) they became the stewards and chamberlains of the daimyo estates, gaining managerial experience and education. In the 1870s they were 5% of the population. The Meiji Revolution ended their feudal roles and they moved into professional and entrepreneurial roles. Their memory and weaponry remain prominent in Japanese popular culture.

      The philosophies of Buddhism and Zen, and to a lesser extent Confucianism and Shinto, influenced the samurai culture. Zen meditation became an important teaching, because it offered a process to calm one's mind. The Buddhist concept of reincarnation and rebirth led samurai to abandon torture and needless killing, while some samurai even gave up violence altogether and became Buddhist monks after coming to believe that their killings were fruitless.
      Some were killed as they came to terms with these conclusions in the battlefield. The most defining role that Confucianism played in samurai philosophy was to stress the importance of the lord-retainer relationship—the loyalty that a samurai was required to show his lord.

      Literature on the subject of bushido such as Hagakure ("Hidden in Leaves") by Yamamoto Tsunetomo and Gorin no Sho ("Book of the Five Rings") by Miyamoto Musashi, both written in the Edo period (1603–1868), contributed to the development of bushidō and Zen philosophy.

      The philosophies of Buddhism and Zen, and to a lesser extent Confucianism and Shinto, are attributed to the development of the samurai culture. According to Robert Sharf, "The notion that Zen is somehow related to Japanese culture in general, and bushidō in particular, is familiar to Western students of Zen through the writings of D. T. Suzuki, no doubt the single most important figure in the spread of Zen in the West."

      In an account of Japan sent to Father Ignatius Loyola at Rome, drawn from the statements of Anger (Han-Siro's western name), Xavier describes the importance of honor to the Japanese (Letter preserved at College of Coimbra):

      In the first place, the nation with which we have had to do here surpasses in goodness any of the nations lately discovered. I really think that among barbarous nations there can be none that has more natural goodness than the Japanese. They are of a kindly disposition, not at all given to cheating, wonderfully desirous of honour and rank. Honour with them is placed above everything else. There are a great many poor among them, but poverty is not a disgrace to any one. There is one thing among them of which I hardly know whether it is practised anywhere among Christians. The nobles, however poor they may be, receive the same honour from the rest as if they were rich.
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    Mameda-honmachi, 大豆田本町

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