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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from Hokkaido


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Red-crowned cranes, Tsurui, Hokkaido*

Ainu elders seated in front of their Japanese conquerors Close to the summit of Mt. Asahidake, Hokkaido
For details of the new trip to Hokkaido please click here
Fishing boats at Abashiri
Lift attendant, TV tower, Sapporo
Large crabs for sale at Hakodate Fish market
Steller's eagle above drift ice on the Sea of Okhotsk* Hokkaido deer Ice sculpture - Sapporo Snow Festival*

Our lodge on Asahidake Hakodate marketeer View from the Asahidake cable car



Hakodate colonial period building Fresco at Yakuoji Temple, Hiwasa, Shikoku The Konpon Daitô (pagoda) at Koya San's Garan.
The tree in front is said to have received the dorje
thrown by Kobo Daishi from China,
when choosing the site for the Koya complex

Japan's oldest extant kabuki theatre, Kotohira, Shikoku Visitor to the Ryozen ji temple, Bando, Shikoku Nuns walking on Shijo Dorje, Kyoto

Lake Abashiri Cigar smoker in Beppu Tangle of pine, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu

Clione, Sea Angel, common to the seas around Hokkaido* New York skyline reflected in a glass of beer, Sapporo Beer Museum Bar ornament, Ing, Kyoto

Summit of Mt Misen, Miyajima Close up of 19c. beer advert at Sapporo Museum Miyajima Island

Miyako Odori dance, Kyoto Miyako Odori dance, Kyoto School kids let loose in Korakuen Garden, Okayama

 Moyoro Shell Mound Museum, Abashiri, Hokkaido Exhibit at Abashiri Prison Museum - bath time for detainees. Stretch of the Shimanto River, Shikoku, the last 'true' river in Japan

Followers of a buddha watching a buddha die , fresco at Fukuchuin, Koya San Buddha in the foreground, vending machine at the back Pair of glasses in a bar

That's all for now!

With best  wishes for a dry and summery Summer

 from Phil and all aboard
The Oriental Caravan

Chief Caravaneer Phil Colley enjoying  a glass of Sapporo beer, somewhere deep in Hokkaido's snowy wonderland...    

For details of The Oriental Caravan's new trip to Hokkaido please click here

*Courtesy of JNTO  

Trips for 2009/10...


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Taiwan - a Caravan to the Beautiful Isle

Japan - the Land of the Rising Sun

Japan - the Narrow Road to the Deep North

Japan - in the Footsteps of Pilgrims

China Taklamakan - in the footsteps of Aurel Stein

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