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I hope you are well and happy.
I am back from Japan my friends! It was an unforgettable trip.
I am looking forward to share my experience with you in detail. For now, enjoy some pictures taken by me.
Japan’s capital was a fishing village then it grew to become a monster city of 30 million. This is Northern Tokyo.
This is Southern Tokyo. The pictures are taken from the Tokyo tower. Tokyo is not as dense as NYC but it expands for as far as you can see.
This incredible 5-story pagoda is located in Central Tokyo. Popularly known as Asakusa Kannon this is Tokyo’s most sacred and spectacular temple.
Cemetery: Death in Buddhism is defined as the gradual separation of body and mind. As this separation is a gradual process, death is not a point in time, like in Western thought, but it describes a period during which this separation occurs.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium: Second largest aquarium in the world.
I was mesmerized! I could not get my eyes away from all these creatures. Aquarium after aquarium I spent hours looking at fish and oysters.
There are environmental consequences too when over fishing. I like octopus in Greece grilled with oregano and served with olive oil dressing and lemon.
Are you a sushi eater? Then you know what that is. It is safe to assume that during this trip I had plenty of sushi. Sushi breakfast, sushi lunch and sushi dinner with tempura interruptions and weird sea weed salads.I have to tell you though, after eating sushi and Asian food for three weeks, I could not wait for the time for a T-bone steak with mashed potatoes and corn.
This dish was prepared for dinner by the family I stayed for an overnight in Okinawa. Very friendly and generous people. They spoke English and we had a wonderful opportunity to exchange political and philosophical views.
SOUPER DOOPER - At 3,776 meters Mt. Fuji is Japan’s highest peak. During the summer months one can relatively easily hike up to the volcano’s rim.
This is how Japanese perceive fashion… whatever…
Wedding a la Japan: This is the bride’s sister. Her name is Haruna Mitsimoto (she is very mean and jealous of her sister’s good looking husband). The guy to the left is her brother Taiga.
Groom’s family (left to right): Sakura (mom, she is the best sushi roller in Tokyo), Souta (the groom, he works for Sony), Shouta (groom’s brother, he works as a janitor for Mitsubishi), Miyu (groom’s sister, obedient wife herself), Rin (youngest sister, fashion designer wanna-be), Aoi (ugly sister), Nanami (auntie, she is a Panasonic secretary).
Let’s not forget that the trip’s purpose was educational. It is financed by the Japanese government in order to strengthen the already excellent diplomatic, economic, and social relationship between the USA and Japan. These are middle school students.
Due to China's Tang Dynasty opening of doors to the Japanese, the Japanese musical development and style somewhat resembles that of the Chinese music. Here is an elementary school student in Okinawa practicing a local version of the shamisen instrument.
High school boys, more reserved, introducing themselves. Notice that some of them are wearing a mask. In Japan when someone is sick it is a cultural norm that wears a mask in order to protect others from getting sick.
This is elementary school art work. The kids used paper clay to make shisas. A shisa is a lion originally from China that wards off evil spirits and was initially placed at the entrances to castles, temples, imperial mausoleums and communities.
PS. Important: By no means I am trying to play down or insult Japanese culture through my captions.
I am only having fun expressing silly thoughts. The Western world has certainly a lot to learn from Japan.
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O φίλος μου ο Αντώνης ζει και εργάζεται στην Αμερική.
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Εγραψε απλά, καθαρά, με το δικό του ιδιαίτερο τρόπο, μιλώντας για μικρά και μεγάλα θέματα που ίσως ενδιαφέρουν περισσοτερο από τα διάφορα αξιοθέατα που μπορεί να δει κάποιος επισκεπτόμενος μια ξένη χώρα.
Ο Αντώνης αν είχε blog, είμαι σίγουρος ότι θα είχε ένα πολύ πετυχημένο blog. Γιατί γράφει τις σκέψεις του τόσο απλά και κατανοητά κάτω σα να απευθύνεται σους μαθητές του. Και δεν κρύβεται, ούτε ωραιοποιεί, και δεν διστάζει να πει τα πράματα όπως τα λέμε και μεις στις μεταξύ μας κουβέντες.
Προς το παρόν τον παρακάλεσα να δημοσιεύσω αυτό του κείμενο εδώ και δέχθηκε χωρίς ενδοιασμό και δεύτερη κουβέντα και τον ευχαριστώ πολύ για αυτό. Ήθελα να μοιραστώ αυτό το κείμενο και με άλλους. Να δώσω ένα άλλο δείγμα γραφής. Που μου αρέσει πραγματικά.
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