Saturday, August 25, 2007

My Adventures in Japan Part 1: Nikko and Kawagoe

As you can see by the map above, I have been to many places in Japan.

This is a picture of Tosho-gu Shrine.
The first place I went to was Nikko. I went in October. The leaves were very beautiful.

You can see the beautiful autumn leaves in this picture.

I went to Yokohama to celebrate my first New Year's Eve in Japan. First I went to China Town. I ate Yaki soba. Japanese traditionally eat soba on December 31st.

Then I went to a countdown party on the Hikawa Maru.

After the countdown party, I went to Landmark Tower. I saw the sun rise. It was very beautiful. The picture below is Landmark Tower.

On New Year's Day I went to Kawagoe. Kawagoe is also known as "Little Edo" (小江戸) because it is much like Edo (Tokyo's name during the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate).

As you can see, many people come to pray for good luck in the new year.

This a good example of the mixture of traditional and contemporary culture that you can see everywhere in Japan.

In this picture I'm standing next to a stand selling daruma (達磨).

This is a picture of one of the many interesting shops in Kawagoe.


  1. Anonymous10:21 am

    Who is that young man?

  2. It's me!
    Who are you?

  3. i have been to Nikkou when i was in elementary school. i know that there were very architectual buildings and i loved the statue of three monkeys! They are so cute and i think i bought some keychain of that monkeys for my friends and i had imagined you really enjoyed your visits to many places in Japan.
    BTW, i renewed my blog today. if you have a time for visit, plz comment on me!;-)