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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from 



September 2005

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Jizo statue Yamadera  

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Mount Fuji as seen from the from the banks of Lake Ashi

self-mummified 19th c. monk, on display in a temple in Tsuruoka 

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Miyajima's famous 'floating' torii at sunset
(courtesy Bob Crowe)

Atop Mount Aso volcano, 
(courtesy of Bob Crowe)

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Osaka by night

Cherry blossom picnic, 

Kyogen falls, Nikko

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Chief Caravaneer about to log on in Kyushu's first ever public telephone
 box, introduced in 1959 
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Spring Caravaneers in Tokyo 
courtesy Jo-Ann Trevethick)

taking a break in Nikko

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A birthday party to remember...
(courtesy of Bob Crowe)

Bright lights, big city - Osaka

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Contemplating the ducks
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Stanislav, Yevgeny and Jan 
cruising through the bay of Matsushima


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An august group of Caravaneers preparing Okonomi-yaki in Tokyo

Man walking his dog past the A Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few buildings to survive the cataclysmic blast of 8.15am August 6th, 1945

After hours in Miyaji
(courtesy of Antony Helliwell)

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Glasshouse lilies, Beppu

Clairvoyant chimpanzee

The Bank of Japan, Tokyo (modelled on the Bank of England)

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View from the teahouse in Hama Rikyu garden 
site of Emperor Meiji's meeting with visiting 
US President Ulysses Grant in 1879

The Isle of Man flower club 
with Mount Fuji in the distance

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Kimono clad girls 
in the grounds of Himeiji Castle

Hi-tec cruise ship on the Sumida River passing by Philippe Starke's Asahi Flame building in Tokyo

Mist shrouded islands 
of Japan's Inland Sea

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Recruitment poster, Himeiji

View through a twisted pine

Nara's Todaiji temple, largest wooden building in the world

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Eaves in Himeiji Castle 

Giant statue of huge statue of Magokuro, the Shinto Goddess of Sincerity, situated in Tokyo's Mitsukoshi department store

Chief Caravaneer with acclaimed artist Shinya Yamamoto and assistant Akira Yuichi at Shinya's famous 844 Cafe

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The shores of Lake Yunoko, high above the town of Nikko

Leonore flies the Manx flag in front of Japan's '0 mile marker' on Japan's Nihonbashi bridge

Lawn cutting with scissors, Beppu

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Monument with poems by Zhou En Lai commemorating the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China, in Arashiyama,near Kyoto. 
Zhou En Lai's stay in Japan 
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Landmark Tower, Yokohama

Yokohama night scene

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Koya San temple interior

Entering the grounds of Yasakuni Shrine, Tokyo

Bas relief commemorating 1930's victories of the Imperial Army in China on the approach to Yasakuni Shrine, Tokyo

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Boiling eggs, Umi Jigoku 'Sea Hell' Beppu

Red umbrella, Yamadera

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Crow takes a rest, Osore san

Dwarfed teahouse, Hama Rikyu Garden, Tokyo

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Boxed set of two musk melons 
costing 42,000 yen (approx GBP210)

Recently renovated Shin-kyo bridge, 


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Figure, Okuno-in, Koya San 

Late afternoon stroll 
in Shinjuku Koen Park

Statue of Saigo Takamori,
 the real 'Last Samurai', in Ueno Park

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Aerial view of typical shojin ryori 
Japanese vegetarian meal

Manx caravaneers 
clad in traditional Japanese yukatta

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Sunlight on a monk 
near Yasakuni shrine

Shinto symbols

Deer, Nara

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Tree, Suizenji 
(courtesy of Bob Crowe)

"Diviner than the A that there is none" - T shirt on Osore-san statue

Torii tunnel 
(courtesy of Bob Crowe)

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Laughing kimono-clad mannequin

Stele, Okuno-in, Koya-san

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That's all for the now. There'll be more photos online soon from The Oriental Caravan's summer trek through the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Until then, best wishes,

 from Phil

and all aboard The Oriental Caravan


more photos (Japan 2004/2005)

Cherry blossom, Beppu 
(courtesy Val Robertson)

N.B. Most of the above photos were taken on either our 'Land of the Rising Sun' or 'Narrow Road to the Deep North' journeys around Japan.



Trips for 2006...

Japan - the Land of the Rising Sun

Japan - the Narrow Road to the Deep North

Mongolia - a trek through the land of the Khans

Tibet - Mount Kailash and the Kingdom of Guge

Russia - a trek amidst the Shaman of the Siberian Altai

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