Those weeks in Japan
A while ago Maaiki and myself traveled to japan. Do I have to introduce this sovereign island nation in East Asia, located in the Pacific Ocean. I guess not 😉. You know what they say about this country. Jumping and pumping all night long... Let's say that would be the definition of Tokyo. Crazy, funny, sometimes not-understandable for westerners like me... In a nutshell, it is an experience. It surrounds you. Every moment of every day is filled with new discoveries and cultural difference and utter delights. I can’t describe it beyond that, but everyone who has been in Japan knows exactly what I’m talking about. Japan, "Land of the Rising Sun 🇯🇵 ". The main goal of our travel was to work on the project "Jacuzzi Monkeys". The photographic project is on the website. There is also a visual story about those epicurean Japanese Macaque.
Besides Nagano where the monkeys live, we also visited Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. It's difficult to describe Japan in one blogpost... There are so much incentives that bloggers can write about. So, here some non-mainstream, personal images and thoughts that we wanted to share...
Osaka is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. It has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries. Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa. Before the Nara Period, when the capital used to be moved with the reign of each new emperor, Naniwa was once Japan's capital city, the first one ever known. Apart from te fact that this city is a megalopolis, you can experience a line-up of old traditional temples, new urban areas, parks, and very important, the huge amount of choice in local Japanese yummy food-dishes... Recommendations:
Minami (Namba): Southern downtown of Osaka.
Osaka Castle: The entire Osaka Castle Park covers about two square kilometers with lots of green space, sport facilities, a multi-purpose arena (Osakajo Hall) and a shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The park is one of Osaka's most popular hanami spot during the cherry blossom season, which usually takes place in early April.
Shitennoji Temple: One of the oldest temples in Japan.
Shinsekai: Nostalgia evoking district.
Kita (Umeda): Northern downtown of Osaka.
Osaka Station City: Attractive complex around Osaka Station.
Umeda Sky Building:
Skyscraper with observation deck.
District known for its shrine and shopping arcade.
District around one of Osaka's busiest stations.
Grand Front Osaka:
Shopping complex north of Osaka Station.
Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today. Recommendations:
Fushimi Inari Shrine:
The ultimate torii gate experience.
Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.
Zen Temple in the Arashiyama district.
Temple on Kyoto's western mountains.
Town with shrine in the northern mountains.
Famous temple southeast of Kyoto.
Fresh food market street in central Kyoto.
Sleep in a traditional ryokan!
Tokyo is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces and temples in the city center, this within relatively short train rides at its outskirts. My personal opinion, Tokyo is kind of amazing crazy. It is a kind of postmodern science-fiction story with chapters in every street. Recommendations:
District for electronic and otaku goods.
District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
Large temple in the Asakusa district.
634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
Popular district among younger generations.
District around Japan's busiest station.
Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
Spacious city park in Shibuya.
333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.
Go visit maid-bars, Japanese sex-shops, cat-bars and al the other crazy things you cannot imagine it exists...