Steve Schutt in Tokyo, May 2005

Steve Schutt in Tokyo, May 2005

5/17/2005

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Tsukiji Fish Market

When coming from the US to Japan, most people are suffering a little jetlag, waking up around 4am, and thinking "what can I possibly do at this hour?". Well, the Tokyo has the largest fish market in the world, and all the action takes place early in the morning, starting around 5am.

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Steve at an Inari Fox shrine, where the fishermen might wish for a good catch.
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Nosy cats investigate
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Slicing up a bluefin tuna, probably purchased earlier at the auction.
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It is called "Hoya" in Japanese and "sea squirt or ascidian" in English. Eaten with vinegar after cutting it into slices.
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Frozen tuna, also purchased at the morning auction, which has both fresh and frozen fish

Hama-Rikyu Garden

Once kept as a duck hunting preserve for royalty, now a park

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Wisteria (Fuji) in bloom
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300 year old pine tree

Meiji-jingu: Shinto Shrine

National Shinto shrine of Japan

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a wedding in progress
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Hamamatsu: Tako Matsuri

Kites for the "Boys Day" festival. Different neighborhoods in Hamamatsu construct the kites and try to knock down the rivals, by pulling on the hemp rope and trying to cut each other's lines.

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A casualty of war
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Hamamatsu: Tako Matsuri (nighttime)

After a hard day's kite flying, there's a parade with about 40 floats

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These two decided to adopt Steve and myself, talking with us and giving us cloths to wear as headbands.
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Asakusa

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Steve lighting a candle at the Senso-ji temple, one of the largest and livliest in Japan
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Steve in front of the "Golden Turd"... the Asahi building in Asakusa, the "turd" is actually supposed to represent a flame
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The ultra-modern water taxi "Himiko", designed by a famous manga artist.
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Takao-san (Mt. Takao)

One of my favorite places, where they are shrine/temple complexes on top that seem to mix Shinto and Buddhism in equal measure.

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Old "tengu" (mountain demon)
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Young "tengu"

Kamakura

An old capitol of Japan, now mostly a tourist destination

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Shrine being re-furbished... about the only time you'll see the copper roof looking like copper, before it's green patina.
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The "Daibutsu"... a large bronze Buddha cast in the 1200's
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Kabuki

This time we got to see a modern kabuki play, a comedy poking fun at the "revenge dramas" typified by the Tale of the 47 Ronin.

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Miscellaneous

This time we got to see a modern kabuki play, a comedy poking fun at the "revenge dramas" typified by the Tale of the 47 Ronin.

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Steve's brother works for McDonalds, so a photo for him.
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The Ginza at night
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Togo Shrine
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Tokyo night view, from Steve's hotel in Tokyo
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Mt. Fuji, from my apartment... only clear enough to see the day after Steve left
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Tokyo from Tokyo Tower.