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Eric Williams
08-16-2006, 12:35 PM
This is just sort of random, but I thought I would post it here for the fun of it. In March 2006, I went for my first time to Japan. Needless to say, it was one of the most fun and interesting experiences of my life. It was great learning about a different culture, and the uneasy balance of consumerism and the traditional ways. Here are some pics I took...

Underpants in the vending machines...(tacky ones at that)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v484/tolg/100_2205.jpg

Traditional Japanese wedding at the Meiji shrine
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v484/tolg/100_2137.jpg
(I felt bad taking a photo, but everyone else was and no one seemed to mind)

We went to a traditional temple buried in a Tokyo residential neighborhood where they had a number of 19th century paintings. Many were extremely politically charged.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v484/tolg/100_2151.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v484/tolg/100_2148.jpg
The man working there was even gracious enough to give us a hardbound book with all the paintings since we made a small donation to the temple!

The sun begins to set at the Inari shrine in Kyoto. Famous for the gorgeous view of the city and mountains.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v484/tolg/100_2177.jpg

Sunset!
http://ewcomics.ca/images/japan1.jpg

The fish in the backyard of our ryokan.
http://www.ewcomics.ca/images/japan2.jpg

Too gorgeous to not take a picture of.
http://www.ewcomics.ca/images/japan3.jpg

Another temple in Kyoto.
http://www.ewcomics.ca/images/japan5.jpg

The famous Himeji castle.
http://www.ewcomics.ca/images/japan6.jpg
VERY steep stairs...we had a fun time getting through the castle without falling down.

Anyways, that was a snippet of my Japan experience. If anyone else has pictures from the region, feel free to share them. :)

Caley Tibbittz
08-16-2006, 12:40 PM
Cool pics. I'd heard about those vending machines, but it's still weird to see one. And that sunset is subtle yet striking.

Eric Williams
08-16-2006, 12:43 PM
Cool pics. I'd heard about those vending machines, but it's still weird to see one.
Oh yeah. I did a double take when I saw it. They also sell hot coffee and tea. I love it.