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Gokokuji Temple Cats

Posted in Animals, Places by tokyobling on April 14, 2015

Almost every temple in Japan has a few stray cats hanging around and the big Gokokuji temple is not an exception, harboring a small army of them. Obviously the word “stray” might be misnomer, these cats look very well fed!

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Ueno Photos

Posted in Animals, People, Places by tokyobling on April 10, 2015

Just a few photos I took in Ueno when passing through a couple of months ago. The weather in Tokyo recently has been quite bad, so posting these winter photos is not a crazy as it seems. It sure feels like winter right now! Hopefully the spring will come for real next week. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Yuigahama Beach – Kamakura Surfing

Posted in Animals, Nature, People, Places by tokyobling on March 16, 2015

The other weekend I visited Yuigahama Beach in Kamakura City to the south of Tokyo. Despite the cold winds and the chilly temperature in the ocean there were lots of surfers – just as usual. It is always interesting to go down there with a longer lens, something you can’t really do in summer for obvious reasons. A curious gentleman crow tried to join but as any beach goes knows, one does not bring for to the beaches of Japan! The crows are not as bad, it is the kites circling above you are more worried about.

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Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba

Posted in Animals, Places by tokyobling on January 13, 2015

Winter time means fewer festivals and fewer events here in Tokyo, which in turns means that I have more time to just wander around. It is hard to resist the long beautiful walk from Tamachi station over the Rainbow Bridge to the artificial Odaiba island in Tokyo Bay. The beach might be artificial as well, but for inland city dwellers even this combination of sand and ocean is like balm for the soul. On weekends there are usually a few couples out getting their pictures taken, and I got one of them in my photos. From Odaiba beach I walked further on to Diver City and Venus Fort, two of the biggest shopping malls in Odaiba, and through to Aomi port on the ocean side of Odaiba, where the biggest and fastest cargo ships stop by. I am afraid I also bothered one innocent duck the stoically endured my photography. All in all a great day to spend a lazy day in Tokyo!

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