mr. zilla goes to town

Sunday, April 11, 2004

travel pix

As you might have noticed, my blogging while travelling worked OK as long as there was a bit of downtime to blog. When that stopped, so did the words here! So, here's a couple of pics I took in Japan to kick things off again.

This is the burial shrine of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate which ruled Japan for 250 years until 1868. It's the highest point in the World Heritage listed Toshogu shrine complex, about two hours out of Tokyo by train. (There's a whole other story there about a great bunch of old Japanese businessmen and an English backpacker who made sure I ended up in the two carriages of the train that were actually going to Nikko, not the rest of the train that was contining merrily on to all points north!)

Enormous snowflakes falling amongst gigantic, hushed Japanese conifers and enormous red-roofed shrines, with an onboard soundtrack of the new album from newly uncovered and quite exquisite Japanese outfit Jazztronik made for a breaktakingly vivid experience and memory.

And then there was the occasional family having the family car blessed. Makes sense when you think about it really...

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