Japan – Jizo Statues

Nikko, Japan

Jizo Statues are very popular in Japan and you’ll see them in many places in the country.

On of the examples where you can find them is Kanmangafuchi Abyss in Nikko.
It’s a lovely riverside walking trail with about 70 stone statues of Jizo. A few of the statues are presented in today’s picture; aren’t they nice?

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Japan – Three wise monkeys

Nikko, Japan

Yesterday, I promised to show you something famous from Nikko. So here it is – three wise monkeys. 🙂
“Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil.”

Did you know they come from Japan?

You can find them in the beautiful Tōshō-gū shrine (one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites).

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Japan – Nikko

Nikko, Japan

“Never Say Kekko Until You’ve Seen Nikko” – it’s an old Japanese saying, so no wonder Nikko is a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists.
(“Kekko” means beautiful.)

I’ve visited Nikko and indeed, it’s a lovely place!
There are very special temples plus amazing nature is around (mountainous, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, wild monkeys).

Tomorrow, I’ll show you something from Nikko, that I’m sure almost all of you’ve seen it before. I saw it before I went to Japan, however I didn’t know it’s from Japan…

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Japan – Traditional Houses

Japan

Traditional Japanese houses consist of a few typical things like special flooring, “walls/doors”, “tables” etc. Each of them have their own names, they are a bit complicated (for me) so I’ll mention only 2 of them that you can see in today’s picture. The typical mat on the floor is called tatami. Nice sliding doors made of wood and paper are called shōji or fusuma (they are not synonyms just a bit different kinds of “doors”).

I stayed overnight in this place you see today. And it’s definitely another great experience from Japan. A traditional Japanese house looks much more beautiful than a capsule hotel, but both are worth visiting! 🙂

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Japan – Capsule hotels

Capsule hotel, Osaka, Japan

A capsule hotel is a kind of Japanese accommodation where guests stay in a small capsule (like in today’s picture).
Does it sound crazy? Maybe a bit…

The idea was to provide a basic and cheap overnight stay for men. These days you’ll find capsules for men and separately for women. Each capsule is more or less of the size of bed, but you don’t really feel claustrophobic. There are common rooms to relax, lockers for luggage, washrooms or even sauna, swimming pool etc. So they can be “quite” luxurious!

I stayed in a capsule hotel only once, when I was visiting Japan, and I can recommend it as a very unique experience! Try it while being in Japan! 🙂

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Japan – Trains

Shinkansen, Japan

Japan is famous from high-speed trains. They reach the speed of around 300 km/h, but test runs have reached even over 600 km/h – isn’t it crazy?!?

Japanese high-speed trains are called Shinkansen or simply bullet trains. While being in Japan, you have to take a ride! These trains are very nice, safe and very reliable. If I’m correct, each year the Japan Railways companies make statistics about average delay from schedule and these results are pretty impressive.
However, as you see in today’s picture, the delay can be also quite big (5 minutes is a lot! – seriously! people were very confused because of that!).
Actually, I took this photo on the 31st of December, so the last day of that year destroyed yearly statistics… 😉

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Japan – Toilets

Japan

Today you see two of my first pictures taken in Japan. 😀
Yes, I couldn’t resist not to take a photo of a Japanese fancy toilet. 😀

Fortunately, their manuals are also in English, otherwise I’d be lost…

What’s funny, there is even a separate article on Wikipedia called “Toilets in Japan”! 😀

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Japan – Introduction

Land of the Rising Sun, Japan

Welcome in March!
This month is going to be all about the Land of the Rising Sun – Japan.

Have you been to Japan? What are your impressions?
I have very positive memories from Japan and hope to visit this interesting country again! 🙂

In March, I’ll show you a few nice places I’ve visited in Japan. I’ll also try to share some interesting facts about Japan. Stay tuned! 🙂

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Witajcie w marcu! Tym razem zapraszam na miesiąc poświęcony Japonii.

Uwaga! Od dzisiaj wstrzymuję publikowanie postów w języku polskim.
Tymczasowo (póki co bezterminowo) będą się pojawiać tylko posty po angielsku – jeżeli nie podoba Wam ten pomysł – dajcie mi znać w komentarzach albo napiszcie do mnie używając formularza z zakładki “Contact”.

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Aland Islands – Final impression

Åland Islands

Today, the last day of February, so we’ll finish a series about the Åland Islands.
How did you like it?

Some people may say it’s a boring place, well, it’s kind of boring or nothing-special place, but these kind of places are also charming, and lazy holidays are not the worst options from time to time. 😉
When you spend holidays in Sweden or Finland, consider visiting the Aland Islands; even a weekend there is a good idea. 🙂

And tomorrow, a more “exotic” place on my blog. 🙂

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Dzisiaj, już ostatni dzień lutego, więc kończymy posty o Wyspach Alandzkich.
Jak Wam się podobały?

Niektórzy powiedzą, że jest to nudne miejsce. Trochę w tym prawdy, jednak czasem warto odwiedzić takie “nudne” wysepki – one też mają swój urok, a leniwe wakacje od czasu do czasu nikomu nie zaszkodzą. 😉
Więc jeżeli planujecie dłuższe wakacje w Szwecji lub Finlandii – pomyślcie o odwiedzeniu (chociażby na weekend) Wysp Alandzkich. 🙂

A jutro, trochę bardziej “egzotyczny” kraj na moim blogu. 🙂

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Aland Islands – Apples

Åland Islands

I was quite surprised reading that almost 70% (about 3.5 million of kg) of apples produced in Finland are grown in the Aland Islands.
(other curios you’ll find in http://www.visitaland.com/)

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I jeszcze jedna ciekawostka na temat jedzenia. Prawie 70% jabłek produkowanych w Finlandii pochodzi z Wysp Alandzkich; jest to około 3,5 miliona kg – całkiem duża ilość!
(więcej ciekawostek znajdziecie na stronie http://www.visitaland.com/)

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