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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from Kyoto...

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Spring 2003


Dear All,

The Oriental Caravan passed much of this April travelling the highways, railways and blossomful boulevards of Japan. 

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Geisha, Kyoto

Mount Fuji as seen from the Kyoto-Tokyo bullet train

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Pagoda at Horyu Ji, the oldest extant wooden building in the world Lanterns in Kyoto

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Deer on Miyajima Island

Cherry blossom

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Fox statue at the Fushima Inari shinto temple, Kyoto Dog mannequin modelling sunglasses, Harajuku, Tokyo
There, among  surprisingly varied flora and fauna, it found as always a country safer than most and more exotic than almost any.
With so many bridges left to be built between the shores of the wider world and those of this cypressed and cedared archipelago, the welcome for the historically unencumbered visitor can be deep. 

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Nagasaki canal

Pagoda and incense burner at Senso Ji

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Street corner, Horyuji temple, Nara

Now and zen is the art of thinking like a fish

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Earth Star puffball mushroom, Mt. MIsen, Miyajima

Eternal fire and giant iron pot (Dai Chagama), Mt. Misen, Miyajima - the fire is said to have been lit by Kobo Daishi (774 - 835) and has been burning continuously ever since... 

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Incense burning, Senso ji temple, Tokyo

Inari shrine in the grounds of Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto
Spring is a month not just of manifold blossom but also some quite unusual mushrooms.
The practise of zen is still important...
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Notice on the door of  the Hiroshima Peace Museum

Tunnel of Torii gates, Fushimi Inari, Kyoto

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The biggest wooden rice paddle in the world, Miyajima Temple entrance, Mt. Misen, Miyajima

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Temple roof, Horyuji, Nara

Safety sign, Tokyo underground

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Safety sign, Mount Aso volcano Umeda Sky Building, Osaka
So much that is interesting about Japan lies in the boldness of its design and attention to detail by skilful craftsmen. 
That's all for now. Next stop is Tohoku as The Oriental Caravan follows in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho...


Best wishes,


from Phil and all aboard The Oriental Caravan


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Okonomi Yaki restaurant, Miyajima

Night scene, Kyoto

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Night scene, Kyoto

'Sleeping' Buddha, Daisen-in, Miyajima



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