Japan – Final impression

Okayama, Japan

And today, the Japanese series on my blog ends.
I hope you like posts from March and maybe I even surprised you with some Japanese facts. ๐Ÿ™‚
This time, I basically didn’t mention Tokyo. I showed you some pictures from Tokyo, but there was no post strictly about the Japanese capital. One day, in future, you’ll read here about Tokyo. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow, we’re starting a new monthly series about…
Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Japan – Sumo

Tokyo, Japan

Sumo is a national Japanese sport. However, a sumo wrestler doesn’t look like a typical Japanese person… ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I was in Tokyo, I wanted to visit a sumo stadium and museum. Unfortunately they were closed. Well, it was still interesting to walk along nearby streets and find so many “sumo statutes” (like the one from today’s picture).

(The other famous Japanese sports are of course judo and karate.)

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Japan – Sushi

Sushi in Tokyo, Japan

Sushi is probably the most popular Japanese meal, however it doesn’t mean that Japanese people eat it everyday.
The way it looks like, is other common misunderstanding about sushi. Sushi, it’s not only sashimi nor “maki”. Sushi, in total, consists of variety ingredients, e.g., cooked vinegared rice, seafood, seaweed, vegetables, meat, fruits, etc. Sushi is often served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.

While being in Japan, definitely try sushi as well as other traditional Japanese foods!
Enjoy not only the taste; the way it’s served is usually very interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Japan – Kamakura

Great Buddha, Kamakura, Japan

If you’re planning to spend some time in Tokyo, try to also visit nearby places.
Kamakura is a nice, small, coastal city, located about 50 km from Tokyo.

Kamakura is a popular tourist destination.
You’ll find here many temples, shrines and historical monuments together with the large bronze Buddha statue presented on today’s picture (it’s possible to go inside the statue!).

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Japan – Coastline

Coastal town Kamakura, Japan

Japan consists of almost 7,000 islands, so it has to have a very long coastline. Actually, Japan is within the first 10th countries with the longest coastline!

Unfortunately, the Japanese islands are located in a volcanic zone on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. Because of that, earthquakes or tsunami are not unusual here…

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Japan – Kabuki

Tokyo, Japan

Have you ever heard about Kabuki?

When I was planning my trip to Japan, I wanted to experience something typical Japanese. So, watching kabuki performance was on my list.

Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama.
To watch it, I visited a theater in Tokyo. It was very interesting and colorful.
What surprised me the most, people weren’t elegant, and during the intermission, they’re eating meals while sitting inside the theater!

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Japan – Nagoya

Nagoya Castle, Japan

Today, I’m showing you a bit dark view of the beautiful Nagoya Castle.
I think, it’s the most interesting place in this city.
In general, I like a lot Japanese castles, they are very unique buildings!

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Japan – Inuyama

Inuyama, Japan

Inuyama, another Japanese city with very old wooden castle.
Here, you’ll also find a tunnel of red torii gates (in Sanko Inari Shrine). My favorite “torii path” is the one from Kyoto, but this from Inuyama is also nice.

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Japan – Nara

Nara, Japan

Nara is a beautiful city with very old temples. Definitely, you can spend there busy days visiting all sites.

In Nara, you’ll also meet many deer. They can be cute as well as aggressive (I couldn’t resist with this photo ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
Deer can be also quite persistent to get some food, so play with them on your own risk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Japan โ€“ Kokeshi dolls

Kokeshi Dolls, Japan

Kokeshi, it’s a name of the Japanese dolls (a few examples presented in today’s picture).

Kokeshi are simple dolls without legs or arms, handmade from wood, with painted faces and patterns on their clothes.

If you want to have a nice souvenir from Japan – buy Kokeshi doll. ๐Ÿ™‚

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