So right after finishing university, my friends and I decided to go to Japan for our graduation trip (May-June 2012). Japan was a high in our choice of destination for a vacation. For my friends, it was of cultural interest and a new place to see. For me, it was the Holy Land of anime, and also the place where my figure collecting hobby would emerge. But the loots and food blog entries will come at the end.
The following series of “Japan Trip 2012” blog posts will simply be pictorial guides of my adventure through Japan. I’ll try to caption most of the pictures and include as many anime-related pictures as possible. Sets of photos are roughly in chronological order, though some places (aka Akihabara) will have multiple sets since we went back there multiple times. There’s 30 or so albums of photos from my Japan trip, and each blog post will contain 2-4 albums worth, so prepare your mouse for a lot of scrolling. So without further ado, enjoy the tour!Nara Park Hiroshima
Copies of the letters sent by scientist Albert Einstein to US President Franklin D. Roosevolt. Full text can be found here.
ASDFGHASDFGH! Carnival Phantasm Arcueid Beach Queen! Suddenly my interest in figure collecting skyrocketted. I think I spent over 3k yen (30 tries) trying to win one before my friends dragged me away (keep in mind I’ve never played a crane machine before up til then). Quite a contrast from the quiet, calm and peaceful mood from earlier, kinda feel ashamed now that I look back at it >_>
The Miyajima torii is a large torii that was erect near the shore – at high tide, it looks like it is floating on water and is quite a large tourist attraction + cultural heritage site (or so they tell me)
So we visited this at a pretty bad time unfortunately. Not only was it low tide, but the torii itself was under construction/restoration. In the ideal visit, you would see water up to the dock and a large torii supposedly floating in the water.
There were many, many classes of school kids taking class photos. Had to restrain ourselves from photobombing. Funny thing is that since I usually wear a white dress shirt and black dress pants (my normal attire in North America), I would have easily blended in.
Flickr Nara: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641643886655/
Flickr Hiroshima: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641643886625/
Flickr Miyajima: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keripo/sets/72157641646155623/