Photo of the Day: Kyoto, Japan

Photo of the Day: Kyoto, Japan

Photo of the Day: Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto Kimono

Last week was Osaka.  For the last gallery of photos from Japan, here is Kyoto.  Home to the tower, the Protocol and the stunning Inari Temple.  I hope you enjoy this selection.  Click on the above image to get to the photos.

Next week, Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

In Praise of Diversity – Part 4

In Praise of Diversity – Part 4

Biriyani

Biriyani

A final 10 observations in Asia.  You know you are no longer at home when…

  1. A delicious plateful of Mutton Biriyani served on a banana leaf can be had for slightly more than $4.25. (Singapore)
  2. The seediest areas are the ones filled with the tourists. Come on people! (Everywhere)
  3. Seeing a Caucasian person triggers an involuntary double-take, even though I’m one! (Everywhere)
  4. People randomly blurt out perhaps the only English they know because you are clearly a foreigner, and you respond, hopefully with at least the same amount of their language. (Everywhere)
  5. Even just speaking about the Royal family can get you locked up. (Thailand)
  6. Railway authorities think water, soap and toilet paper on trains are a luxury (China, Malaysia)
  7. You can stand at one 7-Eleven and see the prices on items in another they are so close together. (Guanzhou,China)
  8. A 7-Eleven can happily sit next to Ballenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Dolce and Gabanna in a mall. (Singapore)
  9. Sitting in a swimming pool can give you the best rooftop view of a city. (Marina Bay Sands, Singapore)
  10. A 4 Star hotel can cost $27 per night. (Mekong Delta, Vietnam)

Photo of the Day: Osaka, etc., Japan

Photo of the Day: Osaka, etc., Japan

Photo of the Day: Osaka, Etc., Japan
Snow Monkeys

This week’s selection of photos include Osaka, Snow Monkey Park, and Hiroshima.  There are photos of the Snow Monkeys sans snow, Osaka including Dotonbori Street and Ground Zero in Hiroshima.  Click the above image for the entire selection of photos.

Next week will be Kyoto, Japan.

In Praise of Diversity – Part 3

In Praise of Diversity – Part 3

Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-Tuk

Part 3 of some observations while in Asia.  You know you are not at home when…

  1. People in a stadium not only clean up after themselves when they leave but are so conscientious they help clean up everything on their way out. (Tokyo, Sumo Stadium)
  2. People bow out of courtesy. (Thailand, Japan)
  3. More than one local person on a bus will alert you when it is your stop.(Everywhere)
  4. People will pro-actively walk up to you to provide assistance when you are clearly lost. (Japan, Vietnam)
  5. The vehicles drive on the left side of the road. (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong)
  6. Protesters block off huge swathes of a major city and it remains that way for weeks without a single murder by the authorities. (Hong Kong)
  7. When people protest and the police don’t show up like they are going into a war zone and their enemies are the people. (Hong Kong)
  8. You are initially confused about which side of the escalator to stand and which side to walk. (Everywhere)
  9. One of the most well know works of art in the world sits on a street corner. (Rodin’s, The Thinker, Singapore)
  10. One railway station can have 4 McDonald’s restaurants. (Shanghai, China)

The final installment next week,  Send me your observations.

Photo of the Day: Tokyo, Japan

Photo of the Day: Tokyo, Japan

Photo of the Day: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Today’s photo of the day is actually many photos.  It’s a link to my photos from Tokyo, Japan.  Over the next several weeks I’ll post links to my photos from each different city that I have visited on my current journey.  This week is Tokyo.  Click on the above image to see the entire selection.

Next week is Osaka.

In Praise of Diversity – Part 2

In Praise of Diversity – Part 2

 

Last week I posted 10 things I’ve encountered in Asia that are just pleasantly different.  Here are some more observations.

You know you are not at home anymore when…

  1. The people struggle with your language and apologize for not knowing more, when I am the one in their country and know nothing of their language. (Everywhere)
  2. Everyone, but you, knows who Eddie Peng is. (Singapore)
  3. Locals ride the streets to find an address for you, the lost tourist. (Tokyo)
  4. You are out walking after dark down unlit alley-ways trying to find your way back to your hotel and don’t feel the slightest bit uneasy. (Thailand)
  5. The music is completely foreign but really rocks! (Sepang, Malaysia)
  6. People go out of their way to help you enjoy the experience of being in their city. (Everywhere)
  7. You can check into a beautiful boutique hotel, centrally located for less than $50 per night (Thailand, Vietnam, etc.)
  8. Obesity is not a problem (Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, China)
  9. The tourists are the ones who are overweight and badly dressed. (Everywhere)
  10. The subway trains are spotless floor to ceiling. (Tokyo, Osaka)

More next week.  Send me you observations.  I’d love to hear from you.

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