Japan — Day 5

Today we explore fascinating and frenetic Tokyo.  We stop by the Meiji Shrine. Emperor Meiji came into power in the 19th century when the shogunate powers fell. Under his leadership, Japan adopted modern customs and became a serious world power.

This afternoon we learn about sumo wrestling when we visited a restaurant that is owned by a former wrestler. We learn about a sumo wrestler’s past experience as a wrestler and to discover sumo traditions. I tried to push one of these guys but he never moved an inch. Not to often you see a Power Point presentation from a sumo wrestler.




Japan —Day 4

Today we experience the serene splendors of the Kiyosumi Gardens. The highlight of this garden is it’s decorative stones, which are highly valuable in Japan. Most notable are the stepping stones, called isowatari, that seemingly float on the surface of the garden’s pond.

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Next stop was at the Edo-Tokyo Museum where we can trace 400 years of history.

Philosophical Fridays



Photo Credit — Danny James

                        Clambering up the Cold Mountain path,
                        The Cold Mountain trail goes on and on:
                         The long gorge choked with scree and boulders,
                         The wide creek, the mist-blurred grass.
                         The moss is slippery, though there’s been no rain.
                         The pine sings, but there’s no wind.
                         Who can leap the world’s ties
                         And sit with me among the white clouds.




Japan — Day 3

Spent the day exploring the heart of downtown Tokyo.



Later in the day we visited the Mori Art Museum. I added my name to Yoko Ono’s Refugee Boat.



Entrance to Museum



Yoko’s Refugee Boat

IMG_0079Still learning to use the subway station. Amazed how clean they all are.

Japan — Day 2

We begin the day with a subway ride (one of many on this trip) to the Ueno district. where we see what the city was like in the old days, including a wonderful section of museums and galleries said to be the best in Japan.

Ueno Park is one of the city’s largest open spaces and renowned for its seasonal cherry blossoms. The we make a stop at the Tokyo National Museum. the largest museum in Japan, with some 87,00 items. The world’s largest collection of Japanese art, including some of the most important Buddhist artwork, is housed here along with many other treasures.