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Ellowyne Wilde in Japan

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In Tokyo, august 2011.

Tokyo is a very exciting city and what catches the attention first is the incredible contrast between modernity and tradition. For that reason the following pictures are a mixture of all that. Here Shibuya crossing with hundreds of people crossing the street.

Serenity in a garden.

The imperial garden.

In the background, the imperial palace.

Daiba, in the Tokyo bay. On the left side there is a reproduction the Statue of Liberty which is smallest than the original one and on the right side you can see the Fuji TV building.

Posing in front of the statue.

A moment of peace in a beautiful garden.

Asakusa is a district of Tokyo, most famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. Here the Kaminarimon door with a giant torch that is 4 m high and weighs 670 kilos.

The other side of the door .

In all shrines in Japan are sold good luck charms that are often associated with fertility, luck and health. We can see here Ellowyne posing in front of those charms.

Sensō-ji temple in Asakusa.

A house in Asakusa.

Looking at the fishes in a garden.

Traditional transportation.

Ellowyne felt in love with Chirimen crafs. The characteristic of Chirimen is its wrinkled fabric. The unevenness is not created by embossing, it is formed by craftsmanship of weaving and washing and rubbing the fabric in hot water. Here posing in front of a shop selling Chirimen products.

The Tokyo International Forum, in Marunouchi district, has been built to look like a modern cristal boat.

At the market, choosing "zori" (traditional shoes used when women wear a yukata, that is a cotton kimono).

At the Tosho-gu shrine, in Ueno Park.

Purity is one of the fundamental virtues of Shinto ethics. There are two significations of purity. One is outer purity or bodily purity and the other inner purity or purity of heart. If a man is endowed with true inner purity of heart, he will surely attain God-realisation or communion with the Divine. For that reason, before entering a shrine people has first to purify their body water.

Visiting Kato Kiyomasa garden which is 400 years old.

This garden is surrounded by the outer moat of the historic Edo Castle, and has a lot of different kinds of trees, flowers and foliage, stone gardens, lanterns, carp ponds and even waterfalls.

It was the occasion for Ellowyne to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation.

It became one of Ellowyne's favorite garden.

Here at the tea garden.

A boat cruise on the Sumida river.

One of the favorite hobbies of the Japanese is to go shopping. Here in a great department store.

In front of a restaurant with plastic food showing the dishes of the restaurant. Most restaurants have plastic food to show what they are offering.

We visited a few doll and toy shops. Here at Joonie Moon, that is, Blythe shop.

Here at Disney store. Ellowyne is wearing a Lolita outfit I made for her.

Shinobazu pond, in Ueno Park.

Elloywyne fascinated by the fishes.

I tried to take a picture with this darling little girl dressed with her kimono but there was no way to convince her to take the doll.

In Hakone, august 2011.

Ashino-ko Lake.

In Kyoto, august 2011.

Evening in the canal.

Walking around Gion, the traditional district.

Where the lanterns look like the moon.

Lanterns of a restaurant.

Walking around Kyoto in the evening may be magical.

Heianjingu shrine.

There are a lot of shrines in Kyoto as well as temples. Shrines are Shinto and temples are Buddhists.

People use to write wishes and hang them from the branches of the bushes that surround the shrine.

In the gardens surrounding Heianjingu shrine.

Those gardens are a delight.

The gardens were designed according to the Chinese style trying to imitate the Heian period (794-1185).

Admiring the garden.

In summer, when it is so hot, it is a real pleasure to walk around the garden.

A bridge over one of the pond.

Another picture of the bridge.

Another pond.

Entrance of Kinkakuyji Temple and garden.

Walking around the park.

Kinkaku-ji temple, also known as Golden Pavilion.

The garden.

The Golden Pavilion is all covered with gold leaf.

It is built on a pond.

The garden.

The garden.

The garden.

Nijo Castle : the entrance.

Nijo Castle : the garden.

The castle moat.

In the garden surrounding the castle.

Another picture of the garden.

Fushimi Inari Shrine : one of the mot famous in Japan.

Red is the color of shinto shrines.


The main attraction of this sanctuary are the spectacular torii tunnels, one of the most typical images from around Japan. These torii have been donated by merchants and businessmen along the centuries to ensure the prosperity of their businesses.

In Miyajima, august 2011.

Miyajima means island sanctuary, the place is sacred since 1500 years ago.

There are a lot of deers in the island, always very interested in tourists.

The famous tori of the sanctuary is about 160 m far from the pier.

I have also made a video about Ellowyne's trip in Japan. Click the image below to see this video on Youtube.

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