Category Archives: Curiosities

Keep off the Grass.

Temples are a major focus for devout Buddhist and there are fist-fulls of incense constantly being offered. I rather liked these simple notices which are the equivalent of “Keep off the grass” with a Buddhist sentiment attached.

Found in the temple grounds.

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Time for Relaxation.

As well as taking some time to relax after the intensive traveling I have also been attempting to sort out photos of temples and their significants, or special place, in our ancestry. I’ve made some progress and hopefully there will be a lot more pictures published before we leave for China on May 6th. I can hardly say ‘leave for China’ without a slight sense of disbelief creeping into my mind.
There has been lots of activity which I’d love to write about, notably a wonderful visit in Tokyo last evening, however now it’s 1.05 am and I’d better go to bed.

I have published the photo below for no good reason except that I like it. The concept of people bringing their own seating arrangements to wait for a bus and then leaving for others is an interesting one.


Iain and three chairs waiting at the bus stop near the hostel in Kyoto.

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Please do not Smoke


One of a series of posters found on Japanese trains and stations. Neat!

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Yes, mopping the platform!

Seen at Nagoya station while waiting for the shinkansen (“bullet train”) this afternoon.

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Attention to Detail.

While transferring trains this morning I had a cup of tea ‘to go’ on a station platform. The tea bag label was stuck down with scotch tape to the side of the cup so it wouldn’t fall into the liquid, the way it invariably does. And, if that wasn’t enough, there was a small sticker over the hole one drinks from so that the heat wouldn’t escape. In Japanese the label carried a reminder that the liquid inside was very hot. It was!

For a Briton this is all good news.

Created on Chino Railway Station in a public access Internet room. That’s approx. 50p an hour or 80c USD

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