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Japan fabulous photos part two

October 8, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Japan fabulous photos

Favourite photos Japan

Japan fabulous photos part two, I have travelled the length & breadth of this great country & taken thousands of photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The sushi Seafood Market in Kanazawa, Omicho was a delight to visit, the noise, the atmosphere & the food. I enjoyed a terrific lunch with edible gold leaf sprinkled on my sashimi.

Deer wander the streets in Nara

Favourite photos Japan Nara is around 50 minutes by train from Osaka, there are around 1200 deer in the park & around the nearby streets. 

The drummers of Nagasaki

Favourite photos Japan

These high energy performers really put on a show.

More drummers in Kanazawa

Fabulous Japanese drummers

I was so lucky to be in the right place at the right time, I was walking through Kazue-machi, the old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge, when I heard these fabulous drums.  

My friend Kayo at the market.

Favourite photos Japan The Tsujiki fish market has now moved to another area.

Buying lunch at the market.

Favourite photos Japan The old marker was fabulous, I wonder how the new market will compare?

Intercontinental hotel

Favourite photos Japan Yokohama, much of the city was destroyed on September 1, 1923 by the Great Kantō earthquake. The Yokohama police reported casualties at 30,771 dead and 47,908 injured. Follow THIS LINK for more photos.

Beautiful Tokyo wedding

Favourite photos Japan Very stylish indeed, as many things are in Japan.

Remembering the horror of Hiroshima

Favourite photos JapanThe mass murder of thousands of innocent children in Hiroshima Nagasaki is for me the saddest part of this horrific event which we can only hope will never be repeated.

Everybody loves their photo being taken.

Favourite photos Japan This happy crowd was in Nagasaki. 

Fabulous oysters in Sendai.

Favourite photos Japan A nice city on the coast 2 hours by train north of Tokyo.

Osaka castle

Favourite photos Japan Every city seems to have a magnificent castle.

How gorgeous is this little princess?

Favourite photos Japan Certainly one of my favourite Japanese photos from Kanazawa.

Traditional dress in Kyoto

Favourite photos JapanThere are many shops all over Kyoto when you can hire the traditional dress.

The Golden Pavillion

Favourite photos Japan Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting many visitors annually.

Omotesando Tokyo The Cellar Grill

Favourite photos Japan A TripAdvisor rating of #5 of 85 Restaurants in Kitaaoyama.

At the Cellar Grill in 2015.

Favourite photos JapanAnother excellent dinner with my friend Hamish Elton.

Many thanks for visiting my Japan fabulous photos photo blog. Before you leave please check out Part One Japan photos.

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Favourite photos Japan part one

October 6, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Favourite photos Japan

Favourite photos Japan

Favourite photos Japan, there are so many, I need to do two, maybe three posts. Such a fabulous country with a wonderful mix if old & new, or should I say ancient & modern. 🙂 The beautiful garden above was in Kyoto.

Yokohama station

Favourite photos Japan There is a surprise around every corner in Japan. 

Tōdai-ji Nara

Favourite photos Japan

Originally founded in the year 738 CE, Todai-ji temple was not opened until the year 752, absolutely spectacular. 

Nara is 50 minutes by train from Osaka.

My favourite Tokyo restaurant.

Favourite photos Japan Sushizanmai is a well known restaurant chain, this branch is open 24 hours a day & was adjacent to the old Tsujiki fish market, without a doubt it’s my favourite restaurant in Tokyo. 

I really love this photograph.

Favourite photos JapanIn Kabukicho there is a small lane called “Piss Alley”, there are many tiny restaurants serving fabulous food. I have named this photo “Only the Lonely”.

Peace & serenity

Favourite photos Japan One of the many artists in Ohori Park in Fukuoka.

Kanazawa castle

Favourite photos Japan A huge fire in 1759 destroyed the whole castle then it was re-built in 1788. That year is also when 11 ships with 1,530 people onboard, 736 of them convicts, arrived in Botany Bay a few miles south of Sydney Harbour in Australia. This event is known to all us Aussies as “the first fleet”.

Nagasaki Peace Park 

Favourite photos JapanAwesome statue commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II.

Boat ride around Hikone castle

Favourite photos Japan Hikone Castle is a Japanese National Treasure, one of five in the whole country. It is regarded as one of Japan’s most beautiful and historic castles.

Here I am with some Harajuku girls.

Favourite photos Japan Harajuku girls are famous ‘Fashion Aficionados’ or ‘Beauty stars of Japan’ which are known all over the world for their unique clothing style.

Coffee in Tokyo

Favourite photos Japan These coffees certainly have the “wow” factor. 🙂

The Shibuya crossing

Favourite photos Japan I love to sit in Starbucks & watch the peak hour crowd swarm across this famous intersection.

Shabusen in Tokyo

Favourite photos Japan In the heart of the Ginza this terrific restaurant is a great place to enjoy Kobe beef. Go at lunch time when the special are cheaper. 🙂 TripAdvisor rating is #45 of 8,342 Restaurants in Chuo.

Another look at the Shabu Shabu.

Favourite photos Japan I visit this great venue every time I’m in Tokyo.

Favourite photos Japan

Favourite photos Japan This is Dotombori in Osaka, there are so many restaurants & such little time. 🙂

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Shuck more oysters please

August 28, 2019 by David Herd

Shuck more oysters please

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

Shuck more oysters please they taste wonderful, and did you know that American and Italian researchers found they are rich in amino acids, which  trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Consequently their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone. 

This photo blog will feature many of the places in this wonderful world where I have indulged my love of this incredible delicacy.

The photo above is from the Surf & Turf restaurant in Pattaya Thailand where I enjoyed lunch on Friday August 24 2019.

Look at these beauties

Shuck more oysters I was in Sendai in Japan in June 2018 at Ostra de Ole restaurant & found that the Monday special offered half price oysters, I thought I was in heaven, sitting in a great little oyster bar drinking ice cold beer, listening to Abba singing Dancing Queen, & waiting on my 10 oysters to arrive. And as I said, tonight they were half price, 300 Baht or $12 AUD, priceless. 

I’m a very happy guy.

Shuck more oysters My waiter Ryuichiro Yamamoto a nice young university student who was studying Space Engineering, rolled up with a bonus 3 oysters on the house. 

The Oyster Bar at Marina Pier Glenelg South Australia.

Shuck more oysters My old friend Dennis Young from the 70s & I are enjoying Coffin Bay oysters. Coffin Bay is a 700 km drive from Adelaide via Port Augusta or a 50 minute flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln Airport.

Two dozen oysters = two days food poisoning on Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

I was totally out of it for 48 hours after eating these oysters on the beach, this was way back in 2006.

The Evil eye

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

The look on his face should have warned me about eating his oysters. He even had madman printed on his cap. 🙂

Back in Brazil in 2009

Shuck more oysters And back on a beach in Florianopolis pigging out on oysters au naturel.

Oysters are good for your heart. They are high in omega – 3 fatty acids, potassium and magnesium which can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and lower blood pressure. 

Pataya Thailand in 2003

Shuck more oysters I’m at one of the waterfront restaurants in the famous Walking Street.

Gold Coast Australia at Chevron Island seafood.

Shuck more oysters This is the best seafood shop on the Gold Coast, that’s my old friend Frank who always looks after me.

Shuck more oysters please

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise I have been eating oysters here for 30 years.

El Mercado in Bangkok

Shuck more oysters Currently the best value oysters in the northern hemisphere. 🙂

Oysters from Cancle in France

Shuck more oysters

A huge selection from the Brittany coast. For prices & information please check out THIS LINK.

Renowned for its oyster production, the commune of Cancale is located in Brittany, in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. Fishing port, it takes place at the western end of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, on the Emerald Coast, about fifteen kilometers from Saint-Malo. 

Do I enjoy the oysters at El Mercado?

Shuck more oysters You bet your bloody life I do. 🙂

Finally we are at Port Macquarie on the west coat of Australia.

Shuck more oysters  People either love them or hate them. If you love them, head to the NSW mid-north coast, where a string of oyster farmers have opened up their doors to oyster lovers who know that fresh from the farm is best.

First trip to Tokyo in 2007

Shuck more oysters please The quality of food in Japan is wonderful.

Dining with Phil & Junko

Shuck more oysters please This was my first trip to Japan & I was very lucky to have my friends show me the ropes.

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Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

June 23, 2018 by David Herd

Day & night Tokyo is fantastic.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan come alive at night as does most of this great city. The lights, the restaurants, the bars, there is so much to do and see in Tokyo. Above is a busy arcade at Asakusa.

Early evening & the crowd is building.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A slow build up however the crowds will come.

A little hole in the wall for dinner.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A typical small Tokyo restaurant.

Delicious Yakitori

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan My favourite Japanese cuisine, as you probably know by now.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Asakusa is fabulous at night as is most of Tokyo.

Wet night in Shibuya

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan My last night in Tokyo tomorrow I take the Shinkansen to Sendai.

Shibuya is about 45 minutes from Asakusa

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A direct ride on the Ginza line.

Time for dinner.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan So many restaurants to choose from, there must be 5,000 restaurants in Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan.

Soup & dumplings.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Both delicious.

Starbucks in Shibuya overlooks the famous Shibuya scramble.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Check out THIS LINK for the scramble.

Ping pong club

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan Very different from those in Bangkok. 🙂

Tokyo Sky Tree

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan The view from Asakusa.

Creme cake in Asakusa

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan

You are never too old to enjoy a creme cake, I hope he is hungry. 🙂

Glass skyscraper in Asakusa.

Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan A terrific building in Asakusa. Many thanks for visiting my Asakusa Shibuya Tokyo Japan photo blog. 

Tawaramachi Station

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Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

June 13, 2018 by David Herd

You gotta love the Ginza

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment, a square meter of land in the district’s center is worth over ten million yen, making it one of the most expensive real estate in Japan.

Ladies in traditional dress.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining EntertainmentIf you want to see more people wearing a Kimono just visit the shrine in Asakusa.

Lunch at Shabusen

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining EntertainmentShabusen has a very high TripAdvisor rating, #96 of 7,835 Restaurants in Chuo.

From one extreme to the other.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining EntertainmentCalled 300BAR 8 it is one of 3 bars in Ginza serving all drinks for 300 Yen + tax.

Quite small but great value.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining EntertainmentThe Margaritas were a bit on the small side but still very good value.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment & Super cars.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

A fabulous Nissan concept car.

One more look at the beast.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo vehicle on display at Nissan Crossing showroom in the Ginza.

New shopping mall Ginza 6

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

There are a number of luxury shopping malls in the Ginza, this one seems to be much the same with all the luxury labels.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

Ultra modern concept as you would expect.

If you want a great Sushi restaurant look no further than Sushizanmai

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

Fifteen minutes walk south near where the old fish market was.

Dinner with my friend Claibourne Jones.

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

Our chef in the background recognised me from previous years.

My YouTube clip has been viewed 62,000 times.

Fantastic chaotic Sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

This gives you a sample of the chaotic atmosphere at Sushizanmai. Thanks for visiting my Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment photo blog.

kabuki theatre tokyo

Ginza Tokyo Shopping Dining Entertainment

The building was destroyed on October 30, 1921. Since it burned down from an electrical fire, the second building was designed to “be fireproof, yet carry traditional Japanese architectural styles”, and at the same time using Western building materials such as lighting equipment. The reconstruction commenced in 1922, and was uncompleted when the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake struck and caused it to burn down. It was rebuilt in a baroque Japanese revivalist style, meant to evoke the architectural details of Japanese castles, as well as temples of pre-Edo period. The theater again burned down in the Allied bombing during World War II. It was restored in 1950  preserving the style of 1924 reconstruction, and was until recently one of Tokyo’s more dramatic and traditional buildings.

Tawaramachi Station

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

This trip I stayed at the Agora Place hotel which was a wonderful location close to 3 metro stations Tawaramachi, Ueno & Asakusa. You can get an express train direct from Narita & you can catch the Shinkansen from Ueno. Tawaramachi Station is on the Ginza line so it’s direct to the Ginza in 23 minutes.

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Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

June 12, 2018 by David Herd

Sensoji Temple

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo is the cities oldest temple. Senso-ji is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually. The temple was completed in the year 645, making it Tokyo‘s oldest temple.

30 million visitors means it’s always busy here.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo There are many festivals throughout the year in Asakusa, the most famous of them is the Sanja Matsuri, also known as Sanja Festival in May.

The purification process.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo Prior to entering the temple take the ladle in your right hand and pour some water over your left hand. Then repeat the process using the opposite hands. 

 Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo incense burner.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoMany people believe that touching the smoke with injured parts of the body may have a healing effect.

I’ll have one of those please…..

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoAs you can see food is sold within the temple grounds.

Let’s dress up as a Geisha

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoA delightful tradition, many ladies & gorgeous young girls hire a Kimono to feel more in the moment at the Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo.

Don’t they look wonderful and happy?

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo It really is a joy to see their happy smiling faces.

Of course everyone wants a selfie with the girls. 🙂

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo And why not? They really look fabulous.

Lining up to see inside the temple.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoThere certainly is lots of gold inside the temple.

Lets have a closer look.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo is rather spectacular don’t you think?

Kaminarimon or outer gate.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo This fabulous gate has been destroyed & rebuilt many times throughout the ages.

Hashimoto Yakusi-do Temple

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo The temple houses a seating figure of Yakushi Nyorai (Physician of Souls).

Lets have a peak inside. 🙂

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoIn every nook & cranny there is something special to see at the amazing Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo.

Another beautiful setting.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoAround every corner awaits a surprise.

A shopping arcade at the temple entrance.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo As you can imagine there are lots of temple souvenirs here.

Finally the old & the new.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoThat’s the famous Tokyo Skytree, check out MY PHOTO BLOG from a previous trip.

One last shot of the gorgeous girls.

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Tawaramachi Station

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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Amazing World Food Volume Two

June 25, 2017 by David Herd

Eat to live or live to eat?

Amazing World Food Volume Two starting with Japan

Amazing World Food Volume Two

 Amazing World Food Volume Two closely following  “Amazing Food Planet Earth Volume one” featuring my favorite food from all over this wonderful world. I’m not pretending to be a food critic I’m just highlighting some memorable food I have enjoyed over the years.

Kanazawa

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Salmon sashimi with salmon caviar sprinkled with edible gold leaf.  The gold leaf is used in jewelry, cosmetics etc as well as the edible product you see here.

Shabu Shabu at The Ginza

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 Wagyu beef at Shabusen at the Ginza, a terrific restaurant for Shabu Shabu, go at lunch time for special prices. I could dedicate this whole post to Japanese cuisine which is my favorite food, however I do that in another photo blog.

 Itaewon in Korea

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 This particular street in Seoul where all the restaurants are looks very ordinary through the day but it comes alive when night falls. It is the best bar restaurant area I have ever seen anywhere in the world.

Korean Street food

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These street snacks look rather interesting.

French food in Seoul

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To be honest I’m not a huge fan of Korean food which is mainly due to ignorance, in future I must try ta few more dishes. Consequently here I am in Seoul eating french food, an entree of prawns, avocado & egg followed by steak tartare. 

Steak Tartare

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As I have found over the years this is a very tasty dish but too much for one person, better to share next time.

Lisbon in Portugal

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A wonderful city for food & wine, in fact it quickly became one of my favorite European cities. 

What an amazing atmosphere

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I’m sure this restaurant has not changed for hundreds of years. 🙂

One of the 6,000 restaurants.

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TripAdvisor show around 6,000 restaurants is Lisbon so I’m guessing nobody eats at home. 🙂

The cakes & tarts

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My downfall, how can I possibly resist?

Amsterdam 

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Let’s start with breakfast in a private home with two suites for rent.

A light lunch at Cafe de Prins

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Rated by TripAdvisor #322 of 3,241 Restaurants in Amsterdam. A fabulous baguette washed down with a Heineken.

Dinner at De Belhamel, lamb cooked to perfection.

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TripAdvisor rate #93 of 3,241 Restaurants in Amsterdam. Here is the Michelin guide description; This art nouveau style restaurant is located at the confluence of two canals and has a delightful terrace overlooking the water. Influences from France and Italy combine to deliver tasty dishes with clearly defined flavours.    

Manhattan Island New York City

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Food in the big apple is amazing, Gallagher’s lived up to it’s reputation as being on of New York’s best steakhouses, in fact my Surf & Turf could have fed two people easily.

Aged beef at Gallagher’s

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All fresh beef is aged for at least few days and up to several weeks to allow enzymes naturally present in the meat to break down the muscle tissue, resulting in improved texture and flavor. These days, most beef is aged in plastic shrink-wrap—a process known as wet-aging.  All fresh beef is aged for at least few days and up to several weeks to allow enzymes naturally present in the meat to break down the muscle tissue, resulting in improved texture and flavor. These days, most beef is aged in plastic shrink-wrap—a process known as wet-aging.

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Amazing World Food Volume TwoLast but not least is a typical Australian lunch at my home when I was living on the Gold Coast in QLD Australia, I entertained often & this food took very little preparation.

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Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains

December 11, 2016 by David Herd

Explore Japan in comfort

Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 Shinkansen Japan’s high speed bullet trains are the perfect way to see this wonderful country. Rather than arrive at an airport 2 hours before your flight simply travel to the centre of one city to centre of the next.

Tokyo was the start of my trip

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

My good friend Kayo came to Tokyo Station to help me sort of all the tickets for my trip to six cities I had never seen before.

Currently a Japanese rail pass can only be purchased outside the country however from March 8th 2017 selected Japanese stations will sell them at a more expensive price.

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

As of January 2017 $100 usd = 11,695 Yen.

Tokyo to Kanazawa 4 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

One thing to keep in mind, I stay in budget hotels which are usually near the station. In many cities you can’t check in until 3 or 4 pm. Often I would just leave my luggage and head off to the nearest attraction.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

How about the edible gold leaf?

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Kanazawa’s history with gold leaf began 400 years ago. Kyoto and Edo (modern-day Tokyo) used to make gold leaf, Kanazawa now is the only remaining production hub of the coveted craft. 

Kanazawa to Hiroshima about 5 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 Hiroshima was an emotional experience that I’ll never forget. Seventy one years ago at 8.15 am on August 6th 1945 U.S. pilots dropped an atomic bomb which instantly killed 140,000 people. 

As if that was not shocking enough 3 days later they killed 70,000 in Nagasaki.

For a super room rate in a great location with free WiFi just book through THIS LINK.

Cenotaph & park

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A memorial is held here every year on August 6th.

 Hiroshima to Kumamoto 2 hours 40 minutes

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

I was on my my to Kagoshima so I thought I would stop for one night to see the damage done to the castle by the recent earthquake.

My budget hotel was in an excellent location, good rooms with free WiFi, for a great rate just book using THIS LINK.

Three years to repair wall

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

 The city hopes to repair the main keep within three years, while the rest of the grounds are expected to require about 20 years to be fully repaired.

Kumamoto to Kagoshima 2 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Well worth a visit, the city lies opposite an active volcano.

Wonderful smiling faces

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Some things in Japan you can be sure of, happy smiling faces, they love to be in a photograph, & people are just so nice & polite.

 My hotel was only 10 minutes walk to lots of restaurants & the ferry terminal, a great location with free Wi Fi and a great room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

Kagoshima to Nagasaki 2 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

I had heard a lot aout Nagasaki so I was eagerly looking forward to visiting this seaside city, in particular the atom bomb site & Battleship Island.

 My favourite Nagasaki sign

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

It’s on billboards, the side of trains & trams, wonderful Japanese humour. 🙂

My hotel was only a three minute walk to the station. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

Nagasaki to Fukuoka 2.5 hours

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

The final leg of my Shinkansen rail trip through Japan.

I would certainly recommend the hotel Ascent, for a very good discount just book through THIS LINK.

Craving a change of cuisine

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

As much as I love Japanese food after 2 weeks I was craving a change. The fabulous pizza is a speciality at Gorm’s, part of a Danish restaurant chain, opened 2014 in Nagasaki & shortly after in Fukuoka.

Fukuoka was anther surprise packet, lots of things to see and do. Think about flying into Tokyo & out of Fukuoka as I did, travel by bullet train in between these 2 cities.

On the way to Osaka in October 2015 with my friend Hamish

Shinkansen Japan's high speed bullet trains

Hamish of course is world famous for the number of selfies he takes. 🙁 Look closely and you can see me in the background. 🙂

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Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

December 6, 2016 by David Herd

Tokyo is a wonderful city

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station were the main areas where I spent my time in October 2016. Three nights and 2 days is just not enough time to fully enjoy this great city. It was however my staring point for my 2 week 6 city adventure on the Shinkansen or bullet train. 

I travelled to 6 interesting Japanese cities, includung Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki & Fukuoka

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Lets start around the Tsukiji area, here is my friend Kayo inspecting the produce. 🙂

Sushizanmai

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

My favourite sushi restaurant located close to the Tsukiji seafood market.

We both love Sushizanmai

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

I have also eaten in their branches in Osaka, Hiroshima & Fukuoka.

The eel is absolutely fabulous

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

 There is always a queue waiting to get in, make sure you sit at the sushi counter on the ground floor.

Bluefin Tuna Sells for $117,000 at Tokyo Auction

I have stayed in two excellent budget hotels very close to Sushizanmai, use these links to book and get a very good rate. Hotel Tokyu-Stay and Hotel Ban.

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Around the Tsukiji market area there are many sidewalk stores selling fresh seafood. The huge market was supposed to relocate by now, the 81-year old fish market is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is a Tokyo cultural icon.

Many stores will cook for you

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Many people rate the market as the number one attraction in Tokyo.

Everyone deserves a break

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

He probably started work at 3 am so it’s time for a break. 🙂

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

We say farewell to the Tsukiji market area

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

However I can assure you we shall return. 🙂

Lets take a 15 minute walk to Ginza.

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

On the way we pass the famous Kabuki Theatre.

The theatre dates to 1889 & has been destroyed by fire, earthquakes and war. It re-opened in 2013 and attracts 900,000 visitors a year.

Tokyo love buildings with a twist

 Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

One of the great attractions in Japan is seeing the oild and the new.

The Ginza

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Back in the 1990s real estate in the Ginza was unbelievably expensive, one square meter of land was over 100 million yen. Prices now in 2016 have fallen dramatically however the area is still very expensive.

You can buy anything in the Ginza

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Just make sure you have your black Amex card with you. 🙂

 Kayo & I at a Spanish restaurant

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Close to my hotel there were a number of restaurants including this Spanish one.

So many restaurants & such little time.

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Kayo had a snack & I stuck to the beers & red wine.

Instead of Spanish I chose a busy noisy Japanese restaurant

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

I had only been in Tokyo 24 hours so I was craving Japanese food. 

Shumai?

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

These look more Chinese than Japanese. 🙂

This is more like it

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Chicken Yakitori delicious.

So many restaurants

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

And such little time. 🙂

Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

There is now a bus from Narita that will bring you to a stop opposite Tokyo Station or Sukiyabashi crossing in Ginza for only 1000 Yen. 

Adjacent to Tokyo Station

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

The lights of Tokyo at night are magnificent. 

Akihabara

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

 famous for its hundreds or perhaps thousands electronic shops.

My hotel was excellent.

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

Close to 3 metro stations including the Hibuyu line with with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

After 3 nights in Tokyo

Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station

I’m off for a two week trip to 6 cities I have never seen before. Many thanks for visiting my Tsukiji Sushi Teriyaki Tokyo Station photo blog.

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Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

November 30, 2016 by David Herd

Oyama Shrine

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants kept me very busy for the short time I was in this interesting city. This was my first stop after 3 nights in Tokyo on my 7 city Shinkansen adventure.

The Oyama Shrine gate originally guarded the entrance of Kanazawa Castle, and was later moved to Oyama Shrine.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

The Oyama Shrine is in the heart of the city only 7 minutes walk from my hotel. First established in 1599 and moved to its present location in 1873.

I stumbled on a little princess

 Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

You won’t see too many sweeter young Japanese girls as this little princess. I almost had to beg to get this great photo. 🙂

Map of the city

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An interesting sculpture of Kanazawa city.

My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

People having fun in Central park

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

A sunny day without a cloud in the sky, so lets go to the park.

Central park is between the main city street & the castle, there were some Hawaiian dancers entetaining the crowd.

Kanazawa Hawiian dancers

Tere is a cute little Japanese girl here stealing the limelight from the Hawaiian dancers.

Wedding

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

The Museum of Cultural Exchange is also in Central park, a wedding reception was about to begin in the restaurant.

Gorgeous girls

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

The girls look absolutely gorgeous dressed in Kimonos. 

The bikers come to town

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

  These fabilous looking machines were parked on the footpath outside my hotel. Very expensive looking machines.

Kanazawa parking

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Making the ost of the available space.

Kanazawa railway station

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

A very modern railway station, almost a work of art.

Department store

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 

Most cities I have visited in Japan all seem to have at least one department store at the railway station.

Lunch boxes

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

Naturally I purchases one of these salmon roe or caviar, whatever you wish to call it, absolutely delicious. I ate it on my way to Hiroshima on the shinkansen.

Yakitori tour of Japan 🙂

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 This should be the name of my holiday, I was always searching for good Yakitori restaurants.

Yakitori no Meimon Akiyoshi was the restaurants name.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

 

There are 2,969 restaurants in Kanazawa & tripAdvisor rated this one 426th.

Lots of chefs

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

A typical busy noise yakitori restaurant with delicious food.

Toyoko Inn

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My hotel was great value in a perfect location with free WiFi, book through THIS LINK for an excellent discount.

Kanazawa Japan shrines parks restaurants

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My hotel is beside bus stop number 16 & is within walking distance of all the places of interest.

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