08 mai 2008

Early fish and geek heaven

. Early in the morning, Tsukiji market hosts an incredible daily action featuring fishermen, wholesalers, workers, fish specialists and around 15,000 of Tokyo’s restaurateurs. The unlucky hosts are the 450 products of the sea which will begin their road to agony on these grounds: tunas, salmons, crabs, clams, eels, squid, seaweed, lobsters, you name it, it’s there. This is no secret, Japanese are fond of fish and sea food. We wake up early and are immersed with the stench under a light rain. Small motor carriers are circulating... [Lire la suite]
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06 mai 2008

Cos Play Zuku 2

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04 mai 2008

Cos Play Zuku

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01 mai 2008

Gothic girls meets traditional wedding

. On Sundays - and today is a Sunday - a most incredible crowd gathers at Harajuku – one of Tokyo’s districts. We’ve seen some pictures of gothic boys and girls with heavy make-up and funny hair styles. On search for the famous Cos-Play-Zuku (teenagers bedecked in goth make-up, a mixture of SM queen arch-vamp, black taffeta, blue lipstick and cartoon nurse exaggeration), we run through a wedding ceremony celebrated in the heart of Yoyogi park, at the entrance of Meiji-Jingu temple. The bride and groom are walking... [Lire la suite]
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26 avril 2008

Koya San to Tokyo – from zen to crazy!

. A bell sound, then silence. Five other distinct sounds break the silence of Mount Koya. It’s six o’clock, time for the morning service. Out of the room, it’s cool and windy. We kneel in the main temple in complete silence and observe the ceremony. Inside, incense and candles are burning. Few monks arrive but we can’t see them. We hear their prayers in forms of lamentations at first. Then silence. A beautiful voice starts chanting. A drum, rhythmic beats, the chanting continues. A third monk recites mantras at the same time.... [Lire la suite]
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24 avril 2008

Koya San

. At around 7am Mrs. Tani is getting busy preparing breakfast in the kitchen. ‘Rita-saaan’ she calls out for me to say goodbye and offer us a souvenir gift: a box of 2 nicely designed chopsticks. I don’t know what to say when faced with such kindness. Koya San is our next destination. A succession of transportation means is required to get there: we catch a bus, to jump on a train, grab a metro to take another train, and eventually board a cable car that gets us to the famous city. Koya San (Mont Koya) is a raised... [Lire la suite]
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22 avril 2008

Magnificent temples

Kyoto is cloudy and particularly cold today. This is our last day and we keep the best for last. Sanjusangen-Do attracts lots of Asian and western tourists. The venerated Kannon surrounded by 1000 statues of Buddha is a unique sight. This is a new Buddhist deity for us, but seems very popular in Japan. It is said that the founder of Canon was inspired by Kannon and has merged cameras with the adored deity. In formidable precision, the 1000 golden statues (with around 36 hands each) stand on... [Lire la suite]
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20 avril 2008

Delicious food

We wake up to the sound of water dripping from the trees. The small garden next to our room is soaked. Rainy day. We take our time, waiting for the rain to stop. Finally we take our umbrellas… Daitokuji temple is almost empty. It’s like a small town of old houses, beautiful trees and…small temples. Stoneways aligned with fine sorts of trees and plants lead to individual houses or small temples. The rain continues without a halt and we hear prayers in the background but we cannot enter. Shintoism is the most... [Lire la suite]
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18 avril 2008


Nara is a small town very rich in history and tradition. Japan’s first real capital, it is only second to Kyoto as a repository of Japan’s cultural legacy. Al though brief (in 710, for a mere 75 years) the Nara period was extraordinarily vigorous in its absorption of influences from China, a process that laid the foundations of Japanese culture and civilisation. The adoption of Buddhism as a national religion made a lasting impact on government, arts, literature and architecture.  The lady at the tourist... [Lire la suite]
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17 avril 2008

Beautiful Geishas

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