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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from Tokyo...



Summer 2004


Dear All,

Please find herewith a selection of photos taken on The Oriental Caravan's recent Spring and Autumn departures of the Land of the Rising Sun. We hope you will enjoy...



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'Floating' torii gate, Miyajima Island

 'Warm up' entertainer, Asakusa, Tokyo

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 Chess players in Nagasaki Wooden statue of 'healing' Buddha, Nara 

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Maiko Cherry Blossom Dance, Kyoto

Nagasaki Harbour

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House at sunset in Kyushu The Oriental Caravan's ground staff in Miyaji


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Grounds of Thomas Glover's house in Nagasaki




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Different views of Tokyo


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In other words... Sign, Todai-ji, Nara

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Memorial Cenotaph, Peace Park, Hiroshima
   Walking beneath cherry blossom in Korakuen Park, Okayama
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Small white flowers in Nagasaki

 Bartop object in Beppu



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Anti-Yakuza (Japan's mafia) poster in Shianbashi, Nagasaki's nightlife district

Pirate eyes, Hakone

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Painting a white wall white in Kyoto
Mt. Fuji, barely visible beyond Lake Ashi

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Nijo castle moat, Kyoto



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Two engineers from Kyoto, Tanabe Sakuro and Takagi Bunpei, visited the mining town of Aspen in 1888 to study an innovative hydroelectric plant on the Roaring Fork River. With the knowledge they acquired in Colorado, the two built Japan's first hydro power plant (pictured above) in 1891, bringing water from Lake Biwa through a tunnel to supply Kyoto. The plant reportedly powered not only Kyoto's new textile mills but also Japan's first electric trams and lighting for local homes -  text courtesy of Bill Hosokawa

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Kyoto Torii

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School boy cyclists in small town Kyushu    Golden temple, Kyoto

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Nishi Honganji Temple, Kyoto 'Pirate' ship on Lake Ashi, Hakone


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Levitating fork

Looking across to Mount Aso, Kyushu

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wire camel, Nagasaki 

Sumiya Pleasure House, Kyoto

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Lantern embossed with the symbol of the Chrysanthemum Throne, Nara

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Mugshots of villains accessible by mobile

Kurama no Hi Fire Festival...*

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Bare-faced torch bearer at Kurashima no Hi 'Fire Festival', near Kyoto 

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Spectators faces lit up by passing torches

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Float from the Yuki jinja-shrine in Kurama being carried through the streets 

The torchlit procession makes its way along the aproach to Yuki Jinja shrine

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Each year at nightfall on October 22, in one of Japan's most dramatic festivals the two portable shrines of the Kyoto Yuki Shrine (affiliated with the temple Kurama-dera) are paraded  among torch-carrying crowds. Afterwards, large torches are carried about the grounds of the shrine until dawn. * Next year, 2005, The Oriental Caravan will be in Kyoto just in time to witness this exciting and unforgettable event. 



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Fading photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken during their stay at the Fujiya Hotel in Hakone

Torii gate at sunset on the summit of Mt. Tsurumi-dake, Beppu

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Sumo on the telly

Another working lunch for Chief Caravaneer and tireless gastrophile, Phil Colley

That's all for the moment. 

The Oriental Caravan
will soon be heading off to the Altai Mountains of sunny Siberia. We'll be in touch to let you know how it all goes!

With best wishes from,


and all aboard The Oriental Caravan




RUSSIA - A Caravan through the Siberian Altai (trekking): departs 24/07/04

CHINA - A Caravan along the Southern Silk Road: departs 17/08/04

JAPAN - The Narrow Road to the Deep North: departs 03/10/04

JAPAN - The Land of the Rising Sun: departs 22/10/04

LIBYA - A Caravan across the Acacus: departs 21/12/04

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