Winter in Japan My trip, January 2017

After nearly two years away, I was finally able to return to Japan. Living in Japan for nearly three years changed me so much that I felt more homesick when I returned to America than during the first few months I spent in Japan. Even though it was cold, January was a good time to return to Japan because the touristy spots aren't so crowded.

Fun in Tokyo!

In Tokyo I saw my friend Yoko at Meiji Shrine, near Harajuku. The weather was gorgeous that day. Later, I went up Mori Tower in Roppongi hills. I saw a really good view of Tokyo Tower!


This is Kenrokuen, an old style garden in Kanazawa city.

During the winter, there's a risk that falling snow can weigh down the branches of trees and break them. So the gardeners protect the trees with these cages.

This statue is the focal point of the garden.

Kenrokuen is beautiful in all four seasons.


The Atomic bomb dome viewed from Orizuru Tower.

Orizuru Tower is a new addition to Hiroshima since the summer of 2016. The name means "Folded Crane Tower." The paper crane is an important symbol for Hiroshima. The tower showcases some beautiful watercolor art centered on Hiroshima life and culture. But the most important feature is a view of the Peace Park from above.

Here's a video I found on Youtube that introduces tourists to the Tower.


Miyajima is an island about thirty minutes outside Hiroshima city. It's a World Heritage site. The landscape is famous for fall colors, and famous foods are oyster rice and maple leaf cakes. Of course, you can't forget the deer!

The largest rice paddle in the world


The famous floating gate

On top of Mt. Misen


Nara Station

Nara is famous for its park filled with adorable deer. This shrine houses an impressively tall Buddha statue.

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