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trip to Japan
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This year of course one of the big highlights of my trip was finally being able to see Takizawa Enbujou. So, before I continue, I want to post a couple of pictures of the theater, Shimbashi Enbujou. It is actually not easy to take pictures there, because of people milling around. I finally managed at intermission to capture the theater shop (that's the permanent shop, as opposed to stands selling pamphlets, etc.) and one of the hallways. To the right of the hallway are niches with seats where people were eating their bentos.  
                 Theater shop, Shimbashi Enbujou

Hallway, Shimbashi Enbujou

takki.us has several photos of the theater.

I only had three days in Tokyo, really only two, as the first was taken up by Enbujou, and I tried to make the most of them. I was staying in Asakusa, which is a pleasant older district with a labyrinth of shopping alleys near the famous Kaminari-mon gate and Senso-ji temple. I spent a lot of time shopping in the Ginza!

But one of the things I like in Tokyo is looking at the interesting modern buildings. I found two I had not noticed before:

 "warped" building, Ginza

"cage" building, Shinjuku

Finally, one of the charms of Tokyo, for me, is its parks. Some quite recent, like the pocket parks of Shinjuku, between the skyscrapers, or very old ones, like Hama Rikyu, which is between the Ginza and the harbor. This last is unique in having salt water in its ponds, which fluctuate with the tide.

Cormorant drying its wings, Hama Rikyu park

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I hope you don't mind, but for these long reports, I always prefer to comment back to the person via MS Word. lol It's out of habit and if anyone knows me well as much as you do, I always end up writing a book. lol I wouldn't be able to properly write what I'd want to say on here as the space is very limited. lol

So, I hope you'll end up being patient w/me and I'll try my best to write back to u on all ur reports as soon as I can. It might take me awhile but, I'll hurry. lol Maybe I'll make them in 3 or 4 seperate word documents and label them as Part 1,2,3 & 4. lol

LOVE ur pics btw and I hope u dun mind I took them all. (for my own personal only of coz) I promise not to repost elsewhere or anything. =D

I should share w/u my own personal pics too of Japan when I went back in '99. I've TONS of pics to share. LOL (one of them was Hiraizumi/Chushonji temple visiting Yoshitsune's grave or tombstone and Taira Kiyomori's [fr. NHK taiga Yoshi] gravesite w/the famous red Torii gate in the water.)

Let me know if you'd like to see or not. I was trying to post them all up on my photobucket album long ago but, I ended up giving up cuz there was SO many to my collection of pics. I never finished posting them all. (I should)

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