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Squeezing through Buddha’s nostrils

There is a pillar in the great hall at Todaiji in Nara with a small hole at its base. It is believed to be the size of the Daibutsu’s (Big Buddha’s) nostril.  Anyone who manages to squeeze through that is … Continue reading

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>Day 9 Kyoto

> Let me say upfront that this is one of the worst days of the trip for me. At least, it ended like that.The day started out bright and sunny as we made our way via subway and bus to … Continue reading

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>Day 8 Kyoto

> We took the Thunderbird from Kanazawa station to Kyoto in the morning. Skimming past the shores of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake, the morning sun in my eyes, the lake was an endless stretch of silver water rimmed by … Continue reading

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>Day 7 Kanazawa

>Bright and early we left the hotel for Kanazawa’s, or indeed one of Japan’s, star sights – Kenrokoen. This large sprawling garden is one of Japan’s top 3 gardens. This early in the morning, Kenrokoen was free of crowds. The … Continue reading

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>Day 5 Nagano & Shibu Onsen part 1

> This is how we travel. Backpacks on our backs. This trip, we packed three big backpacks for everyone. We used compression bags, one per child, each clearly labelled. We brought extra bags for laundry. KH, Gillian and Isaac each … Continue reading

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>Day 8 24 Nov 2007 Kyoto, Tokyo

>The day was physically and mentally exhausting and filled with drama galore! First off we only had the morning left in Kyoto before taking the 2pm shinkansen back to Tokyo. So we checked out early, but left our bags in … Continue reading

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>Day 7 23 Nov 2007 Arashiyama Kyoto

>Definitely one of the best days of the trip for me. We took our brekkie with us to Arashiyama. Arashiyama is a leafy, hilly district in the west of Kyoto, dotted with temples and bamboo groves. While it is usually … Continue reading

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