S: MY SPRING VACATION 2009 HONSHU, JAPAN
FC: JAPAN | MEMORIES
1: POP CULTURE/ ANIME | HERITAGE | LATEST FEATURES | INDULGENCE | ADVENTURE | GOURMENT | MODERN ART
3: We Made It! | After 6 hours of flight and a bus ride, we finally arrived at our 1st destination, Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. This resort is a popular and high-volume theme park that we can't wait to explore.
4: “ To all of you who come to this happy place, welcome. Here you will discover enchanted lands of Fantasy and Adventure, Yesterday and Tomorrow. May Tokyo Disneyland be an eternal source of joy, laughter, inspiration, and imagination to the peoples of the world. And may this magical kingdom be an enduring symbol of the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the great nations of Japan and the United States of America. ” —E. Cardon Walker, April 15, 1983
6: "Disneyland. Where dreams really do come true!" ^^
9: After the long hours flight and an awesome day at Tokyo Disneyland, finally, we checked into Grand Prince Hotel @ Takanawa for the night. | 'Just finished my shower. Going to bed soon. Good night!' | As usual, mum is the earliest to wake up! | The view from our room balcony
12: spot on: | SHINJUKU | SHINJUKU | It's cool! It's hot! And it... | Rocks! | There's no room, there's no escape - earthquakes yet skyscrapers, it's hot, it's humid, it's calm, it's still for this is Shinjuku - a business and shopping district in the west of Tokyo
13: It's box- like yet convoluted but over two million people successfully pass through each day! & the town never sleeps. | Excitment comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. | Streams of screaming neon, high pitched shrieking sounds; people, people everywhere - silent and robotic. | ... the ultimate, overwhelming experience. | TOKYO
14: Views from Tokyo Tower | TOKYO TOWER | Symbolic tower of Tokyo, modeled on the Effel Tower, in Paris, houses a waxwork museum, an aquarium and a trick-art gallery. Its observation deck offers a spectacular view of Giza, Tokyo Bay and Yokohama. | Building Architecture | Tokyo Tower Mascot | Flowers beautifully grown
15: GINZA | GUCCI Tiffany & Co. PRADA Emporior Armani BOSS Burberry CHANEL Cartier FENDI | Ginza is Tokyo most upmarket shopping, dining & entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutique, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafés. A visit to Ginza most pleasant on weekend afternoon, when the central Chuo Dori gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone.
16: The Asakusa Kannon Temple SENSO-JI This temple is dedicated to the Kannon or Goddess of Mercy, said to be founded in the 7th century. | Outer view of temple | Hozomon Gate (Niomon Gate)
20: Every man's memory is his private literature.
21: "The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing."
24: Photo Taking Sessions
26: Beautifully wooded natural setting. | After dinner, we walked around the hotel, enjoying the cool breeze | Later, we went to enjoy the Japanese Hot Spring bath
27: Good weather, clear view of Mount Fuji from the balcony of our room. | The New Star Hotel, Yamanakako stands on a hill 500m from the lake.
29: Visited: Oshino-Hakkai | 8 Spring of Mount Fuji, 8 ponds. | main pond, Wakuike Proud of the max amount of spring water, becomes clear & has transparent spring water in the foot of Mt. Fuji. It takes what and no less than 80 years until the snow which fell to Mt. Fuji serves as the subsoil water here and begins to spring.
30: "Simply de BEST" | Our tour leader - Mr Bin | Still manage to have squid as snack... yummy! | 'SNOW!!...feel it' | 'Ohayo Fuji-san!'
31: Majestic Mount Fuji is the symbol of Japan. Its symmetry and serenity is renowened throughtout the world. Snow-capped tranquility in winter, vitality and energy in summer - seasonal changes glorify this national treasure. From near or far, from the air or on the ground, one cannot look at Mount Fuji without marvelling at its beauty. | Mount Fuji is not a dormant volcano. Being quiet for almost 300 years, it is surrounded by dense, mature forest spreading over lava plateau. | 3, 776 meters
32: OWAKUNDAI VALLEY | Volcanic area where sulfurous fumes arise. Small bubbling pools of mud can be seen as you walked around. | Warning: Patient with weak heart should avoid climbing up.
33: MUST TRY! | Egg boiled in sulfurous hot spring mud. | Can you see how happy my mummy when she get the chance to eat?!?! ^^
34: Breathtaking Scenery | @PEACEFUL GARDEN
35: Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. ~Buddha~ | We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. ~Buddha~
40: It's Rail! | Operating in 300km/h | The Japanese are proud of their trains. And rightly so. Not only was the Japan bullet train - known as the 'shinkansen' - the world's first truly high speed locomotive. | Japan Travel Just Got Faster!
42: OSAKA CASTLE
44: Golden Pavilion | KINKAKU-JI | Its famous Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku), a pagoda made to house the sacred relics of the Buddha. The temple was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. The second and third stories of this lavish structure are coated with lacquer (urushi) over which has been applied countless squares of genuine gold leaf. The roof is thickly shingled with him boards of sawara (Japanese cypress) and crowned with a gilded finial in the form of a phoenix, am imaginary bird with auspicious associations in China.
48: Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. The temple was originally associated with the Hosso sect, one of the oldest schools within Japanese Buddhism, but formed its own Kita Hosso sect in 1965. In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall, 13 meters above the hillside below. | Kiyomizudera Temple
49: Hi Stella & Kent, We are having great time in Japan. We're now at Kiyomizudera Temple. awesome architecture! See you guy in a couple of weeks. Love & Hugs, Dad, Mum & Huii | Stella & Kent No.54 Tabuan Dusun Lrg Kedandi No.6 93350 Kuching Sarawak MALAYSIA | GOD | Maiko
54: UNIVERSAL STUDIO JAPAN | Fulfillment and services that exceed expectation | Osaka Universal Planning Inc. | the leading entertainment and leisure industry company in Asia
55: The Best Movie Theme Park Hollywood Has Ever Produced
56: Snoppy | Spiderman
62: We Miss You, Dad!
63: We Love You, Dad!