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Japan 2012

with the Daibutsu ("big Buddha")

Daibutsu is big, yeah yeah yeah. It's not small, no no no. Kamakura.

Shinto shrine at Nanzenji

A small Shinto shrine in the hills above the big Zen temple Nanzen-ji. It's not at all unusual to find Shinto shrines on the grounds of Buddhist temples, as odd as that might seem to us. (Imagine finding a Christian chapel in a corner of a Jewish synagogue.)

Shinkansen: the only civilized way to travel

Kyoto station. Taking the shinkansen from Kyoto to Osaka feels a bit indulgent, would never be cost-effective without a Japan Rail Pass. But I had one, so...why not enjoy the only truly civilized way to travel?

Nanzen-ji, Kyoto

Main hall at Nanzen-ji.

"No Nukes" dog, Saisho-in, Kyoto

Cartoon drawing on the temple gate of Saisho-in, Nanzen-ji, Kyoto.

random Tokyo street shot

Just to show it's not all temples, shrines and gardens. Most of Tokyo looks more like this.

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