Japan in photos (part ii)

iv. Matsumoto

Every attraction we entered required us to take off our shoes, and the same went for Matsumoto Castle. I always thought wood would be good insulating floor material, but in the wintry air, they were dead icy to the feet. I wondered if the samurai running through the castle wore their shoes.

 

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The mustaches they attached to their samurai mannequins made them look rather like dogs.

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(This makes me think of the Undertale dog guards.)

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v. Hakone

It was only on the second day, when the clouds blocked our view of Mount Fuji, that we realised how lucky we were on the first. When the clouds moved away the next day, I snapped a picture of Mount Fuji every other second, as if it might disappear any time.

 

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Pola Museum: I never thought glass and concrete could create a warm feeling, but something about this place made me feel absolutely serene. The proportions and lines came together so cleanly. I have never felt this way about a modern building.

 

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Since it was the new year, we decided to go along with the Japanese tradition of making a wish at the Hakone shrine. All the visual novels I played that were set in Japan (cough Hatoful Boyfriend) came to mind.

 

 

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Spot our wish!

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Bonus pic of Hatoful Boyfriend

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vi. Tokyo

We became yoshis for about two hours and did not trip over any banana peels.

 

 

 

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Now for the classic: the Meiji shrine, during New Year itself! We severely underestimated the number of people. We also did not know that we were queueing for an hour to throw some coins at a huge upside down tent xD

Before we saw the sheer human mass:

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Well we queued up for an hour so we might as well

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Happy new year folks!

(Part i here: https://melodily.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/japan-a-photoessay-part-i/ )

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