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November 04 2012

waka
01:13
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Boil On Nose Tip - YouTube doctor

October 23 2012

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08:37
Japanese architecture - Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and a Travel Tip - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka

Osaka is a city with many architecturally interesting buildings and amongst them the Aquarium Kaiyukan certainly stands out. Inaugurated in 1990, Aquarium Kaiyukan was designed by Peter Chermayeff LLC, an American company specialized in aquarium architecture. The best angle to admire its shape is from… above and the nearby Tempozan Ferris Wheel offers the best opportunity for this (as you can see from this photo).

Travel tip: If you like to visit it (and I warmly recommend it), you can buy the Osaka KAIYU Ticket (2400 yen) a pass valid for one day, which offers entrance to the museum (which by itself costs 2000 yen) and unlimited rides on subway lines, new tram lines and city buses in Osaka city. Plus 50% discount to 30 other attractions, like the Tempozan Ferris Wheel mentioned above (which costs 700 yen) or the Osaka Bay Cruise Santa Maria (which is 1500 yen).

September 25 2012

waka
17:40
students tip for clean dishes

September 17 2012

waka
11:09
Tea-serving Karakuri doll and a travel tip - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Karakuri doll, Karakuri Museum, Inuyama

The Japanese interest in karakuri ningyo - mechanical puppets - which probably led to today’s passion for robots, appeared several hundred years ago. The most spectacular karakuri are the zashiki karakuri, which where used as a form of entertainment for the Edo period lords. And among them, the most popular was the type from this photo, the tea-serving doll, cha-hakobi ningyo.

To serve the tea, the doll is placed facing the guest and when the tea cup is put on the tray, it automatically starts walking towards the guest. When the tea cup is picked up, it stops and waits. And when the emptied tea cup is returned on the tray, the karakuri turns back and walks to the initial position. And it knows a few more tricks, like bowing its head, plus that the distance to the guest can be preset.

Travel tip: Obviously, the tradition of making karakuri dolls was kept until today and if you wish, after visiting the Inuyama Castle, you can see the master Tamaya Shobei IX at work, at the Karakuri Exhibition Room. He is present in his workshop every Friday and Saturday, between 10 AM and 4 PM.

August 27 2012

waka
07:42
Sailing in Osaka bay and a travel tip - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

Of the many amusements in Osaka Bay, the most tempting for me was a ride with Santa Maria, a ship replica of the famous Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción, the flagship used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to discover America.

Actually, the Santa Maria from Osaka Bay is powered by modern engines and it is twice as big as the original one - but it has to be, since it carries… a lot more explorers (^_^).
So, I explored the Osaka Bay and I discovered… a bit of America, of course: the Universal Studios theme park…

Travel tip: Santa Maria leaves every hour from 11 AM from the pier next to the Kaiyukan Aquarium, located 5 minutes walk from the Osakako Subway Station. The trip takes 50 minutes and the price is 1600 yen.
There’s also a night cruise (for which you’ll need a prior reservation) which takes one hour and 45 minutes and costs 2500 yen.

August 01 2012

waka
09:04
Tokyo Opera City and a travel tip - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Tokyo Opera City, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Since the skyscrapers from Nishi-Shinjuku are one of my favorite photography themes, there are just a few not yet presented here… Today, I would like to show you the Tokyo Opera City skyscraper because, while planning my next trip, I just learned that an interesting contemporary art exhibition currently takes place here until September 2: “Beat Takeshi Kitano, Gosse de peintre". One of the most acclaimed actors from Japan, Takeshi Kitano is a complex artist, a film director, actor, screenwriter, poet, singer and painter… If you’re in Tokyo this summer and interested to visit, see more information here.

Returning to the Tokyo Opera City skyscraper, with its 234 meters, this is the third tallest building in Shinjuku and the seventh tallest building in Tokyo. Built in 1997, it has an elegant modernist architecture, as you can see from this picture taken from the Tokyo Metropolitan Building Observatory.

March 31 2012

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10:49
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February 10 2012

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17:33
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January 18 2012

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15:11
troll tip #764: apple remote

January 10 2012

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November 27 2011

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