After three or four wordy blog posts, it's time for some pictures. Here are some of my favourites from my recent trip to Japan.
In a small bar, in an area called Golden Gai, we had a few drinks to start our holiday.
At a temple in the middle of a park, near Harajuku, we happened to witness the end of a traditional ceremony.
In Shimokitazawa these chains of colourful origami cranes took my eye.
Tsukiji fish market is an unusual but incredible sight to see.
A colourful shop shutter, showing all of the stereotypical features of traditional Japan.
In the build up to this trip, I saw one photo many times: a picture of this pagoda, surrounded by cherry blossom trees with Mt Fuji in the background. Well... we made it to the pagoda. Sadly there was no cherry blossom and Mr Mountain was playing peekaboo behind some clouds. Even so, it felt so good to be there.
A few short kilometres from the base of Mt Fuji was a forest full of shrines. It was incredibly peaceful.
At the end of the forest, the trail to Mt Fuji begins.
The modern stairwell inside Nagoya Castle
Taxis queue to collect tourists who have gathered to see the cherry blossom.
Little League at the park in Osaka
Pagoda in Nara at sunset
An aquaduct at Nanzen-ji in Kyoto
Bright lights, late night, big city.
One to show I was there.