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some Japan trip stuff [Nov. 16th, 2009|08:29 pm]
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I'm back! It was nice, but I'm *so* glad to be home. In my own bed. Petting my darling noisy attention-whore cat. XD

Basically I took pictures of scenery and food, when I bothered to take any pics. So here are some of the prettier scenery ones.

There were some trees with changing leaves in Takayama. This was taken in the Old Government House, which was open to the public for free when I went because it was Culture Day (or something like that). So...there were many people. And the floor was COLD. There is nothing more miserable than walking on cold wooden and tatami floors in weather cold enough for snow in only some thin socks. :P

The view from the hotel room as the moon rose from behind the mountains.

One funny thing I overheard on the shuttle to the (rather inconvenient if lovely) hotel from the train station during a conversation between a bunch of Australian tourists with their Australian tour guide. I don't remember the exact words but this is the gist of the funny bit:

Guide: If you rub me right I put out.
One of the tourists: You know, that is so wrong.
Guide: It was so wrong yet so right. I couldn't rephrase because it'd ruin it.
*more laughter*

Just imagine it all being said with Australian accents. So perfect!

A pic of the stairs down to the open air hot springs from the ryokan we stayed at in Oku-Hida. You can barely see the river beyond (the hot spring baths are at the same level as the river). The leaves had mostly changed in the area, but there were some left here and there. And the open air hot springs were, of course, lovely.

A random store called "The Wrong Gallery" somewhere between Shibuya and Harajuku. The name drew me, but I also adored just how *tiny* the thing is. I think the building is maybe 10-15 ft wide, maybe 15-25 ft deep. I love the Japanese and their tiny tiny (and at times oddly shaped) buildings.

A tree bare except for an abundance of persimmons (I think) in front of some train tracks and a very lovely autumn blue sky.

I'd write more, but I'm rather tired. Got back yesterday, went to work today. :P

[User Picture]From: wednesday_10_00
2009-11-17 01:39 pm (UTC)
Nothing says welcome home like an attention-starved cat. XD

What beautiful pictures! I love the one with the moon rising.

The tiny little shop reminds me of that Japanese remodeling program (Before and After or something?) because they were always doing these tiny little houses. My favorite was the triangle house: they were so dramatic about it! "Everywhere you look--TRIANGLES!!" XD
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-11-18 05:23 am (UTC)
Yes, warm fuzzy insistent balls of fur are so comforting. XD;

I'm so happy the pics came out. It's so hard to tell looking at the little screen on the camera, and I'm not very practiced in taking pictures. I had to retake that moon one so many times since I had to have the flash off to avoid reflection at the window and I kept jiggling the camera.

I love high-concept Japanese houses. I don't want to live in them, but they are so cool to look at.
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[User Picture]From: warui_futago
2009-11-18 01:22 am (UTC)
Welcome back. I can't believe you just got back yesterday & returned to work already @_@ ! Did you get to stretch yourself back from the long trip LOL.

The first picture is verypicture perfect. It looks so peaceful.

That small building looks so cool. It's like 2 boxes on top of each other LOL!

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-11-18 05:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! I usually feel like jello the next day after a long trip with much walking, but I was actually pretty good yesterday. Glad you liked the photos. XD
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[User Picture]From: ariss_tenoh
2009-11-18 06:41 pm (UTC)
Persimmons... your picture reminded me of how many years it takes for a tree to bear fruit^_^
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2009-11-19 06:49 am (UTC)
I wish I'd eaten more when I was there. They just taste different (good!) there. :P
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