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    Any suggestions in these spots for April?
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    I haven't been to China, but I've been to Japan in March. It happened to be in the middle of cherry blossom season. You might check the current status of cherry blossom season just before you go (there are some web sites in English that give updates, though I no longer remember exactly where), because you definitely want to see them if you're lucky enough for the timing to work right. Shinjuku Garden is a great place for them. Not only are the cherry blossoms beautiful, but the large crowds of Japanese there to see them are quite amusing to watch too (imagine a cherry tree covered in pink blooms surrounded on all sides by about fifty people, with places where there are six people with tripods lined up in a row!).

    Other than that, Tokyo isn't all that interesting for tourists. Sure, there are some things to do (a decent museum, gawking at the skyscrapers in government-office part of Shinjuku, gawking at the lit-up streets at night in the nightlife section of Shinjuku, etc.), but nothing really on the must-do list. I'd recommend a day trip to Nikko instead, which is pretty easy to do by train as a day trip from Tokyo. It has beautiful historic temples in a pretty wooded setting. If you have a little longer, Kyoto is also much more interesting than Tokyo (with a great many beautiful temples).

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    Bob,

    I've had the good fortune to have visited all three, some multiple times. Personally, I adore the Japan culture, so Tokyo is always a draw for me. If you can take the train out to Kamkura, there are many wonderful temples and the great Daibutsu (Buddha). The Harachiku (in Tokyo) area is fun for street photography of the kids in their wild outfits.

    Shanghai is a wonderful place for contrasts between old and new, western (or rather European in the Bund area) and Oriental. Try to get to the old part of the city or cross to Pudong for the new look.

    Beijing was, for me, less interesting than the other two, but if you can get to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall or the Summer Palace, you'll see some spectacular sights. Unfortunately, Beijing has a horrific problem with air pollution, so it can tax the lungs and eyes.

    The Chinese & Japanese are wonderfully friendly but an awareness of the cultural differences, as can a few learned words and phrases, can make your experience much richer. I highly recommend a series of books called Culture Shock to help you get prepared.

    As to timing, for April, just be aware that Beijing is going be noticeably colder than either Shanghai or Tokyo. Bon voyage!

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    I'd add to that,
    China:
    Temple of Heaven (it's interesting as it is all wood - no metal nails.)
    Whatever prep for the Olympic games you can get in to see.

    Shanghai:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bund
    Shanghai has the best McDonalds I've ever eaten at. Of course, I may be biased. It was the first time in my 2 week China trip, that I could readily identify what the heck I was eating.

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    Just wanted to post a few.
    In general, I have learned (and continue to have difficulty with) the advice that "if the photo is no good, you are not close enough"
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    Very nice, Bob!

    Ciao,

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    Some more, these from Beijing

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    Continuing in Beijing (first day)
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    Great Show , Bob
    Love the bicycles.......xiexie helen

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    Bob,

    Great job on the images. Brings back fond memories.

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    Bob - first one from Beijing is very nice. Love the spirit in the one with all the cameras.

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    Beijing from the Hutong (day two)

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    Thanks for the kind comments folks.
    I took a trip to the Great Wall. Unfortunately it was a very hazy day, so I was disappointed.
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    The Great Wall:

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    Well, what to do when the air is thick with haze and the sun just fades away without creating a "sunset"? Maybe I make my own
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    Bob - nice job on the added sunset! I might consider burning in the shrub/tree in the lower right of the image. The brightness holds my eye there too much.

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    Thanks, you are right, is this one better?
    Now I must attend a couple of days of meetings
    -bob
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    Bob -
    I looooove the day two photos / The Two Courtyard Shots
    depicting their inner Life........Wonderful

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    Well done! Enjoy the meetings, Bob, and look forward to more images soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    Other than that, Tokyo isn't all that interesting for tourists. Sure, there are some things to do (a decent museum, gawking at the skyscrapers in government-office part of Shinjuku, gawking at the lit-up streets at night in the nightlife section of Shinjuku, etc.), but nothing really on the must-do list.
    I would disagree with this. I think it is like saying that all there is to do in New York is to go to the Statue of Liberty, Empire of State Building and hang out in times square or at the Moma. Tokyo is a mega-city...it would require a lifetime to exhaust the possibilities of things to do or see, and by the time you did, there would be countless new things to do. In that way, it is like New York, London, Beijing, Moscow, Sao Paulo or any of the other giant cities in the world.

    Don't get me wrong, I agree that it is very much worthwhile to travel outside Tokyo; I lived for six months in Sapporo, a minor city, and I travelled all over Tohoku and Hokkaido. That said, I think it is incorrect to imply that Tokyo is only about skyscrapers and neon lights. It is a very new city though...we destroyed the old city in the fire bombing in 1945, essentially flattening the entire city. They built it from the ground up in the 50s and 60s. If you are looking for old Japan, Kyoto or Nara are better options, but that does not mean that Tokyo is of no interest to tourists -- it really depends on what kind of tourist you are. Anyway, I wish I could offer more concrete advice, but I have only spent two weeks or so in Tokyo, spread out over several visits, so I do not know it as well as Sapporo, for example. That said, I always had a good time just wandering around in different neighborhoods -- there is always so much going on on the streets that it is worth setting out for a specific neighborhood and seeing what it brings you. Shiodome is a lot of fun, and quite different from Shinjuku, which is different from Akihabara, which is different from places like Chiyoda.

    If you are interested in history (or even Asian current affairs), places like the Yasukuni shrine and its museum are fascinating as they offer a totally different view (and pretty much universally discredited) of world war II -- one where the Americans were the aggressors and where Japan did no wrong in China. It is a window on why the Chinese and Koreans were so upset when Koizumi went there to pray every year.

    Or, there is Nikolai-do -- a Russian Orthodox cathedral built by Nikolai Kasatkin, who later became St. Nicholas of Japan. I did my graduate work on him, so I am biased, but he was a fascinating man. He was sent to Japan alone on missionary work and to found a Russian orthodox church there...alone among Western missionaries, he learned the language fluently and conducted services in Japanese, translated the bible into Japanese and gained great traction among the locals. I am agnostic myself, but his life was fascinating. He built a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Surugadai that is still around today and rather interesting (to me anyway).

    I am not saying you have to go to these places, but I offer them as examples of what is out there if you look for it. What kind of things interest you? Because if you do research beforehand, you should be able to find some amazing things in Tokyo that relate to your interests. Obviously it is chock full of camera gear and photo galleries, it is mecca if you are a record collector, and there is a tremendous music scene. The fish market at Tsukiji is amazing, and if you are interested in architecture a place like Shiodome will be fascinating. Overall it is a very interesting city. I recommend you pick up a Time Out guide for Tokyo...they seem to do excellent guides in my experience. It might help you out.

    Shiodome

    And the elevated walkways there:


    Shinjuku outside yodobashi camera...I am sure you will go here!

    Also shinjuku


    Sorry, I don't have many pictures from there...I did not spend as much time there as I would have liked.

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    Charlie, Helen, Chris, Simon,
    Thanks for your comments.
    It looks like I will be staying at a hotel at the lake in Hakone next Saturday and Sunday night. I hope the weather is good, since I am competing with "Golden Week" holiday crowds for hotel rooms.
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    Bob

    The Hakone lake is beautiful so I hope you have good weather.

    I second the notion of going to Nikko. This is the shrine of the great Shogun Tokugawa and is set on a very large property filled with Shinto shrines, beautiful Cryptomeria trees etc.

    I would also suggest the Tsukiji fish market about 4 A.M. when the fish are unloaded and the days business begins. Wonderful opportunities for "street shooting" in a very unique setting in this world.
    Have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Bob

    The Hakone lake is beautiful so I hope you have good weather.

    I second the notion of going to Nikko. This is the shrine of the great Shogun Tokugawa and is set on a very large property filled with Shinto shrines, beautiful Cryptomeria trees etc.

    I would also suggest the Tsukiji fish market about 4 A.M. when the fish are unloaded and the days business begins. Wonderful opportunities for "street shooting" in a very unique setting in this world.
    Have fun

    woody
    The market sounds good.
    I won't be able to make it to Nikko this trip, but I have been there in the Autumn to see the foliage at Lake Chuzenji.
    Although will be my 24th trip to Japan, it will be my first opportinuty to see Hakone.
    thanks for the tip
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    From my meetings...
    It is raining outside so I might as well

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    Back to walking around the Olympic Area

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    Bob: What are they doing in those helmets???

    Seriously, great series!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Bob: What are they doing in those helmets???

    Seriously, great series!!!

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    Bob,
    since you have traveled to Japan so many times, can you give me some pointers. We are planning on going to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary but have no idea where to get good rates or deals or anything.
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    Jack, Thanks, I am still trying to get the hang of street shooting
    Carlos, I don't know about where to get the best deals since I mostly stay wherever the folks at Hitachi arrange. Japan is much more expensive than China since they are much more developed over-all. I try to leave the hotels for food, and just search the little streets that can be found almost anywhere. In the Tokyo area I can recommend the Takanawa Prince Hotel just up the hill from Shinagawa Station, and the Sheraton at the Yokohama Station. Both stations are direct hops by Narita Express from the Airport.
    In Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Nikko I have stayed in a traditional Japanese hotels known as Ryokan. I seek these out here http://www.ryokan.or.jp/index_en.html Most train stations have what is known as a "station hotel" which is meant for businessmen who just can't make it home. These are cheap, but the rooms tend to be on very small side. In many of these there will be nobody that speaks English, but if you have a little Japanese, you can get by very well. For transport, get to the nearest station and take a cab. Bring the name of where you are going, or perhaps a little hand drawn map to give the driver. The Japanese bus system can be pretty confusing since routes sometimes change by time of day.
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    Bob,
    The stadium is pretty cool looking. Is that the main venue for opening/closing ceremonies and track and field?

    Love the tall building and crane with the lone young tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Bob,
    The stadium is pretty cool looking. Is that the main venue for opening/closing ceremonies and track and field?

    Love the tall building and crane with the lone young tree.
    Yes indeed that is the main stadium they call "the Bird's Nest".
    Sadly it was not possible to get an unobstructed or "pretty" foreground since there is construction going on like mad absolutely everywhere around the Olympic Area.
    Construction seems to be a bit out of order from what I am used to, but I think that they were eager to get the landscaping done first and filled in the buildings later.
    They are also cutting-in those paving blocks with the aligned raised bumps which aid the blind in following sidewalks THROUGHOUT BEIJING. This is a massive undertaking and they say they have imported one million workers from the hinterlands to work on the 10000 construction projects stimulated by the games.
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    From yesterday's walkabout. Jin Shan Park, Forbidden City

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    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    Bob,
    since you have traveled to Japan so many times, can you give me some pointers. We are planning on going to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary but have no idea where to get good rates or deals or anything.
    I know you asked Bob, but I figured I would comment.
    If you go to Tokyo, I highly recommend the "Park Hotel Tokyo" in Shiodome. http://www.parkhoteltokyo.com/index.html
    After staying several times at the old standard, the Keio Plaza Hotel, I changed to the Park Hotel and was pleasantly surprised. It was vastly more modern, well-situated (though not right in Shinjuku like Keio Plaza), it was cheaper, and overall I just thought it vastly better. One exception, Kyubei, the tiny sushi restaurant in the Keio Plaza hotel is considered one of the best in Tokyo (i.e. the world). It is definitely worth trying, though it is pricy.

    Bob's recommendation for the station hotels is a good one, though I don't know if I would stay in one while on an anniversary. Toyoko Inn is a very good chain, at least for the single male traveler...they have an English website too. http://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/ I have not stayed in their Tokyo hotel, but I have all up and down Tohoku, and in Hakodate in Hokkaido -- they are very consistent. Clean, free internet, coin op laundry and small, but comfortable rooms. Very good for business travelers.

    If you are adventurous and up for something traditional, Jodogahama Park Hotel in Iwate Prefecture (the boonies) is amazing. It had the most beautiful view I have ever seen in a hotel. It is built right on a cliff overlooking a beautiful bay with nothing but pine trees, rocks and the ocean. The food is amazing, fresh from the ocean (some of it still kicking...the sea urchin was still twitching, and the giant clam was still alive when the woman set it cooking). The bad news is that it is expensive...get an ocean view though! In English here: http://www.japanhotel.net/data/hotel...MIYAKO%5FIWATE
    I speak Japanese and I think I was one of the first foreigners they had staying there. You should be able to get by though.
    It looked like this in my room:

    You can see the cliffs in the distance. This was the meal...for one....it was brought to the room, as is traditional.

    This is from the boat tour...I went on a fairly stormy day:

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    Bob & Stuart:
    thanks for the replies.

    Stuart: WOW! Those images are amazing! What a breath-taking view! I know enough Japanese to say I don't speak Japanese. Looks like I'm going ask for Rosetta Stone for my birthday. Don't know about the food though. We will be traveling as a family (me, the missus, our kids - currently 10 & 7, 11 & 8 when we plan to go) so going totally native with the food won't fly. I eat sushi but the wife doesn't and the kids will eat chicken katsu (that's what the local Japanese restaurants here in Miami call breaded chicken fingers) or they will subsist the entire trip on edamame. Even then, my sushi palette is very limited and I wouldn't want to insult the Jodogahama cooking staff by acting like the brutish gaijin we are.
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    Carlos,
    You might practice:
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    Eigo de hanasute kudasai"
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    Today, a walk around the Temple of Heaven
    Tomorrow on to Japan.

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    Sunday at Lake Ashikono.
    I came here with hopes of getting a Mt. Fuji shot, but the haze is so thick, that even though the weather man calls it sunny it is almost two stops down from full sunlight.

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    My mother has been to Japan three times (and never taken me!) and she has never seen Mt. Fuji. She thinks its a myth.
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    Nope,
    I have seen it from Yokohama at a distance so I know it exists. On the greater than zero chance that it might be a clear day I thought it might be a mythtake to not try.
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    You can actually see it from Tokyo on a clear day if you are in a skyscraper in the right place. Also look out the window of the shinkansen if you take it from Tokyo to Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe...you can see it from that too. It is an interesting looking mountain...

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    I was lucky enough on my one trip to Japan to get a crystal-clear, close-up view of Fuji from the shinkansen train between Tokyo & Kyoto. No good photography from a fast-moving train, however...

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    Nope, In all my trip here I have never seen Mt Fuji clearly other than from the top floor of a Hotel in Yokohama. From that same hotel I was able to watch a Yokohama Carps baseball game.
    Even when I partially climbed the darn thing it was shrouded in mist.
    I am told that the best time of year to see Mt. Fuji is in the winter since weather more often cooperates in that season.
    -bob

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