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2020 Japan 2016~Current Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Furukawa Branch Museum Saburo Memorial

After visiting the main building of the Furukawa Art Museum, a staff member who was bringing an item to the Annex building was kind enough to show me the way and chat a bit. She took me though a shortcut and introduced the building and explaining that there was an antiques exibit that I might be interested in. As someone who loves old architecture and the art deco period in particular, I was more than happy to check it out.

The house-turned-museum is absolutely breathtaking. But for me, the antiques on display were even more so. There were household items, like glassware and flatware, as well as jewlery and handbags.

The best part though was being able to speak to an antiques specialist, who explained the history of some of the items that I was particularly interested in.

The exibit called Esprit Antique, hosted by Hideko Kitamura, is running until 6/28 (Sun) and contains 85 pieces.

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2020 Japan 2016~Current Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Furukawa Art Museum

Today, on a whim, I visited the Furukawa Art Museum. I had been running errands at Nagoya Station when I caught sight of a flyer similar to the one above. Being a cat person, I googled the exibit, before deciding to go. It wasn’t too troublesome to find, though I did almost go the weong way, since I am not at all familiar with the area around Ikeshita station.

The current exibit is dedicated to animals and although the building itself isn’t overly large, there was plenty to look at. The real draw to the museum is that for the price of ¥1000, you get access to two interesting sites: the art museum and the annex.

At the annex, there was a different exibit of antique items. If this is something that interests you and you are in the Nagoya area, it’s only a few minutes walk from Ikeshita station on the Higashiyama line. However, please be aware that like most tourist or cultural places here, it’s closed on Mondays. Here is the site (Japanese) http://www.furukawa-museum.or.jp/

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2019 Kanto (関東) Photo Journal

Tokyo Station

Did a daytrip up to Tokyo to visit a few friends. The return trip took me through Tokyo Station, so I had a quick look around, before catching the train home.

Tokyo Station is an absolutely beautiful mix of modern and Meiji Era design. As I’ve stated before, in my earlier posts about architecture, I love the era’s design aesthetic.

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The Dragon of Enoshima Cave

There is a legend that a dragon inhabits the caves of Enoshima Island. To bring the legend to life, the tourism board put a statue (complete with sound and lighting effects) in said cave.

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The Caves of Enoshima

Earlier this spring, I took a daytrip to the island of Enoshima. While there, I took the opportunity to visit the caves there.

While the caves themselves wheren’t especially vast, it was still my first time in a cave, and the experience was a memorable.

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Yokohama Landmark Tower Plaza

The child in me loved this.

Since I had a little time before my bus, I stopped by downtown Yokohama.

It was terribly rainy and windy, but metal looks amazing in these conditions.

It was totally worth it!

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Ruins

Enoshima Island in Fujisawa, Japan

It was rainy and cool, but the trip was well worth it.

These are the ruins of someone’s workshop.

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The Sea Candle

A.k.a the Shonan Observatory Lighthouse

The weather wasn’t so great so the top observation deck was closed, but I was able to visit the lower one and get some pictures.

There wasn’t much to do there, but I’m still glad I went. It was an interesting way to spend ten minutes and it got me out of the rain.

This is the bridge you need to cross to get onto the island.

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The Journey to Enoshima

While in Yokohama, I visited Enoshima Island. There, I visited the park, a tower, a shrine, and some caves.

To get there from Yokohama station, you can take the JR train to Fujisawa, and then another train/tram to the island itself. There’s also a bus you can take. I took the tram there and the bus back.

Also, if you take the tram, there is a long bridge you have to cross to get onto the island.

It reminded me a bit of Spirited Away.

My first stop was a shirine.

After that, I went wandering. It was a windy, rainy day and my umbrella kept blowing inside out while I walked. So, I decided to ditch it and pull up my hood.

There are many stairs to climb to get to the top of the island. But there is also an escalator you can pay to ride. They also sell combination tickets, so I could ride all three escalators and visit the Sea Candle for ¥700.

I walked on the way down.

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Downtown Yokohama

Last weekend, the itch to travel was particularly strong, so I reserved a seat on a highway bus to Yokohama. It was my first time going so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

My bus left Nagoya at 10:20 pm and arrived at 5:20 am the next morning. I didn’t sleep particularly well on the bus, so I visited an internet cafe to take a nap and charge my devices.

After that I had some breakfast and headed out for some sightseeing. I visited an island called Enoshima and all of the various spots there. The trek in the rain was exhausting, so I took a shower and another nap at a cafe.

Then it was time for dinner. After eating, I still had a little bit of time before my bus home, so I took the subway downtown.

Eventually, I found my bus stop and took another highway bus back to Nagoya, where I promply took yet another nap.