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user interface developer, wordpress theme designer, nature lover, hobbyist photographer and a dragon
user interface developer, wordpress theme designer, nature lover, hobbyist photographer and a dragon

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Today we visit the Matsumoto Castle, one of four castles designated as 'National Treasures' of Japan with over 400 years of history. With the Japanese Alps in the the background and a red bridge connecting the surrounding moat, it is one of the most picturesque castles in all of Japan.
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The collection at Tougyoku Dolls Museum is diverse and the exhibits include imperial court dolls and hina dolls among others. The town of Iwatsuki is famous for its cute dolls and is said to have over 300 doll-makers. They’ve been making dolls here since the 1700s when it was discovered that the Paulownia trees here are excellent for woodcarving. Soon the town became a center for the production of hina dolls, and the tradition continues to this day. #travel   #japan   #wanderlust   #dolls   #saitamaDolls   #hina  
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On my evening walk, I dropped in at Ukimido Pavilion today. Umikido is a hexagonal gazebo over the Sagiike Pond in an aloof area of Nara Park. During the summer evenings the floating pavilion is illuminated and it feels very relaxing sitting in the center of the pond surrounded by enchanting lights.
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We head out to the Shorinzan Darumaji Temple in the Takasaki countryside. Constructed in 1697, the Zen temple is the birthplace of "Takasaki Daruma" dolls used as a talisman for good luck. In January, many from all over Japan gather here every year, seeking the divine protection of the temple's deity through its lucky charm, the Daruma. #japan   #travel   #gunma   #daruma   #wanderlust  
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Enjoying the Japanese Samba dance #japan   #travel   #travelblog   #kobe   #wanderlust  
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I love walking around Osaka Castle in evenings. The castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. The stone walls and moats surround the castle separating it from the bustling city. The sodium lamps light up the pathways surrounding the castle. The weeping sakura leaves along the wide moat briskly sway in the wind and the castle itself looks like a fantasy structure from the mythical age of dragons. #travel   #japan   #osaka   #travelblog   #wanderlust   #fromwhereIstand   #nikon  
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Suizen-ji Jōju-en is a traditional Japanese garden landscaped around a natural spring pond. It was built by the Hosokawa family in the 17th century. The most interesting aspect of the garden is that it reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido, the road, which connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period, in miniature form, including a small Mt. Fuji. #travel   #japan   #kyushu   #kumamoto   #wanderlust   #nikon  
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Mani & I took the train to Kobe to check out the stunning illuminated harbor but we were sucked into the Bon Odori festivities happening on the same day. Food and beer stalls were everywhere. Surrounded by a sea of Kimono clad couples, on a small wooden stage, a group of lovely ladies were dancing to traditional music. It was great fun watching this 500-year-old tradition that is celebrated yearly to honor the spirits of their ancestors. #travel   #travelblog   #japan   #kobe   #sunset  
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Tōjinbō is a series of basaltic cliffs located within the Echizen-Kaga Quasi-National Park in Sakai, northern Fukui, bordering Ishikawa. Pronounced Toujinbou, the rugged, precipitous cliffs stretch for over a kilometer, and is designated as a precious natural monument. #travel   #travelblog   #japan   #fukui   #wanderlust  
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