Nikko Picture Post Three

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This is the last of the Nikko Picture Posts...well, sort of. I'm sure I will go back again, but these pictures were taken at what I want to say is Rinnouji (輪王寺 or りんのうじ). This temple had a lot fewer people, but was equally interesting. I especially liked the statues of the different guardians. Enjoy! Nikko was another of Japan's "power spots," as Japanese people like to say. There just wasn't a whole lot not to like about this place. One regret I do have, is Continue Reading …

The Nikko Picture Post Two

One of the cool looking structures inside of the Nikko Toshogu.  I don't know the name of this building yet.  But I will find out.

Let's take a look at some more pictures from Nikko, that cool city in Japan's Tochigi Prefecture. I spent quite a bit of time at the Nikko Toshogu, but I had a chance to see some other things as well, like t See you tomorrow for Nikko Picture Post Number Three ;) Donald Ash Continue Reading …

The Nikko Picture Post One

A view of the main Nikko Toshogu's main courtyard

Nikko (日光, にっこう) is another one of those places that I’ve always wanted to go, so I made some time and I took a day trip there. Nikko is famous for Nikko Toshogu Shrine (日光東照宮 or にっこうとうしょうぐ), waterfalls, focal fall leaves. One particular carving I really wanted to see was the Three Wise Monkeys (Sanzaru (三猿 or さんざる)): In this particular carving one monkey is covering his eyes, another covering his ears, and the the third covering his mouth... see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. This Continue Reading …

How Do You Match Up To Your Parents?

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The other day at the elementary school, we had like five flies get into the teachers lounge, and one of the other teachers wasn’t able to take care of them. So he gave the fly swatter to me, I closed my eyes and breathed deeply...the zen-calm came over me. When I opened my eyes, everything around me was moving in slow motion. With three swift swishes of my fly swatter, I sent three flies to insect nirvana, while the other flew out of one of the open windows. When I blinked again, things had Continue Reading …

Fall, My Favorite Japanese Season

Fall Leave in Nikko, Japan

When people consider moving to Japan, they are often curious about what the weather is like just how extreme Japan’s seasons can get. In most parts of Japan, you can experience all four seasons. I know here in Tsukuba, we definitely have a distinct four. I would say it can get pretty cold here in the winter time, with the occasional snowy day. I’ve never been a huge winter fan, because winter is the time for colds, for runny noses, the flu, and all kinds of other bacterial and viral Continue Reading …