S: Trip to Japan 2012
BC: Love | Strength | Dragon | Happiness
1: My Trip to Japan
2: Yakiniku (Yahkeehneekuh) meaning "grilled meat", is a Japanese term which, in its broadest sense, refers to grilled meat dishes. | Japanese BBQ
3: Ueno Park, Ueno Japan | Torii gate is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred. Inari shrines typically have many torii because someone who has been successful in business often donates in gratitude a torii to Inari, kami of fertility and industry
4: Inspired by the magnificent Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Ueno Kiyomizu Kannon-do was established by Abbot Tenkai Sojo, who was also the founder of the Kanei-ji Temple. Built in 1631, the architecture is similar but structurally is a much smaller scale compares to its model. Miraculously, this Buddhist temple made it through the battles of civil war and air bombing raids. Today, Ueno Kiyomizu Kannon-do is recognized as the national treasure and one of the oldest temples in Tokyo. | Bella washing her hands before entering the temple | Kiyomizu Kannon-do Shrine | Prayer Boards | Japanese people will write their prayers on these papers and tie them to the lines
5: Statue of Takamori Saigo This is the best-known monument in Tokyo, if not all of Japan. Born in 1827 near Kagoshima on Kyushu Island, the samurai Takamori Saigo rose through the ranks as a soldier and statesman. He helped restore the emperor to power after the Tokugawa shogunate's downfall but later became disenchanted with the Meiji regime when rights enjoyed by the samurai class were suddenly rescinded. He led a revolt against the government that failed and ended up taking his own life in ritual suicide. He is known as "The last Samurai" and the movie was based off of his life. | "Tomb of the Shogitai Warriors The fall of the Shogunate government in Edo, Shogitai warriors resisted the new Meiji Government to the last and died here on Ueno Hill."
6: Kaneiji Temple During the Edo Period Kaneiji Temple was one of the largest and wealthiest temples in the city. It was destroyed during the Boshin War, and remnants of the original temple complex, such as its five storied pagoda and Toshogu Shrine, are scattered around the park. The current Kaneiji is a relatively unremarkable, small temple located in a quiet neighborhood near the northwest corner of Ueno Park.
8: This was a very traditional Japanese Restaurant
9: Tokyo National Museum and Garden
10: Toshogu Shrine Ueno Toshogu Shrine was built in 1616 and is one of numerous shrines across the country that are dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Edo Shogunate.
12: YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE
13: Inside the aquarium
14: Dolphin Tunnel | Dolphin Tunnel
15: The Walrus
16: Sea lion Tunnel
18: Oedo Onsen Monogatari
19: Sitting at the Footbaths
20: yukata (kimono-style bath robe)
21: . | Oedo Onsen Monogatari is a large scale hot spring facility in Odaiba, built resemble the old city of Edo
22: Trick Art Museum
25: Odaiba, Japan
26: The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. With a height of 13.35 meters. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. However, the temple buildings were destroyed multiple times by typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries. So, since 1495, the Buddha has been standing in the open air. | The Great Buddha
28: Around Kamura
29: Enoshima Island
30: You have come into the world so tiny, Yet with such great promise for the future. Before you were even born, God planned wonderful things for you. As you are baptized, May you feel His love And the love of those around you, And may you always follow in His way.
31: March 30, 2012
32: Donton Bori Restaurant Okonomiyaki = Japanese Pancake
34: Japan's oddities