Sunday, November 3, 2013

japan in pictures

I got back from Japan last Monday.

Images from my trip keep surprising me: when I look a certain way, when I suddenly want a cup of green tea mid-afternoon, when I sit on the bus on the way to work and think how different the bus was in Kyoto.

Here are some of the pictures I love the most. I'll be back later with the food photos.

Kasugai Train Station

Our umbrellas after we were literally rained out of the parade in Kasugai

Thirteen-year-old Thomas was a big hit with the Japanese girls

Bullet train to Hiroshima

After the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, only the bones of this building remained

The floating gate at the shrine on Miyajima Island

Contemplating the shrine and thankful the rain stopped for 10 minutes

Bamboo grove in Arashiyama

Koi in the gardens in Arashiyama

Japanese maple leaf in Arashiyama

At Kyoto's busiest intersection

Why can't Canadian men dress this well?

View from the Tokyo Sky Tree

Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo

Bride and groom at the New Otani Hotel in Toyko

Last morning in Japan: view from Tokyo hotel room

one year ago: quince jellies
two years ago: applesauce spice cake
three years ago: west african peanut soup via winnipeg


  1. Wow, what a great trip! I am looking forward to hearing about your food experiences - I'm sure they must have been really interesting and different! Margaret (Kitchen Frau)

    1. They definitely were -- with quite a few surprises! Now I just have to gather all the food photos together to get up . . .

  2. Wow, Japan looks amazing! I went years and years ago when I was 13 and remember being like "wow, people here have nice outfits on"
    Maybe next year we should switch and you can check out China and I'll do Japan ;)

    1. That sounds like a wonderful plan! I was in Hong Kong in 1999, just two years after it went back to China, and I would be so curious to see how it is now and to check out more of China . . .And I just say Japanese people still have very nice outfits -- quite inspiring!

  3. Stephanie, these are wonderful! I toyed with the idea of getting a Christmas ticket to Tokyo, to be with the bro... These are making me re-think the decision not to : / So glad you had a good time.

  4. Love your photos! I visited Japan last year and your photos of Hiroshima and Miyajima Island really brought back memories.