Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Japan Expedition 2008

Stone lantern in the courtyard of Heian Shrine, Kyoto.

Last October, I spent two weeks on vacation in Japan. As I get around to writing about the highlights of the trip, links will be collected here.

  • Introduction - liveblogging Japan.
  • Overview - basic rundown on the trip, posted at Burger's Onion.
  • Lodging - where we stayed.
  • Washinomiya Shrine - the oldest shrine in the Kanto region, now the destination for a new type of pilgrim.
  • Asakusa - iconic Tokyo cultural sites.
  • Odaiba - Tokyo's artificial island utopia of the future, today.
  • Akihabara I - an introduction to the anime city.
  • Akihabara II - in which our heroes sightsee, appear on national television, and selflessly attempt to mitigate the Japanese recession through consumer spending.
  • Shinjuku - skyscrapers in the heart of Tokyo.
  • Ghibli Museum - a journey into Hayao Miyazaki's mind, with a goth-loli cosplayer guide.
  • Shibuya - old and new Tokyo collide.
  • Harajuku - indie rockers, ex-pats and Shintoists mingle in Yoyogi Park, in what is probably some sort of allegory about the importance of tolerance.
  • Nakano - before Akihabara, there was Nakano Broadway.
  • Tokyo Miscellany - quick odds 'n' ends from Ochanomizu, Hongou and Ikebukuro.
  • Nara - a day trip and 1300 years of history in one of Japan's old capitals.
  • Kyoto I (central and western) - another former capital. Bring spare camera batteries.
  • Kyoto II (eastern) - the Higashiyama district, the wellspring of Japanese culture, according to tourist pamphlets from prominent Higashiyama attractions.
  • Loot Roundup - K-Books is a harsh mistress.
  • Japan Trip Finale - all's well that ends well. Mostly.


cdndave said...

I just posted 20 minutes ago and just clicked on your japan trip link. Haven't read it at all yet but I know I'll enjoy it as I've some of your other blog posts and like your writing style plus I'm very interested in Japanese culture. Keep up the good work. Thanks again.

Matt said...

Thanks for the kind words!