Daily Archives: Sunday, June 28th, 2009

My Side-trip to Japan: Shibuya Crossing and the Shibuya Dog

My friend Ian had described to me the mesmerizing ebb and flow of the pedestrians crossing the street at Shibuya Crossing, a scene made famous, in addition to Shinto temples and the act of reading one’s fortune, in Lost in … Continue reading

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My Side-trip to Japan: The Imperial Palace Grounds

My students very kindly took me to the Imperial Palace; we were unable to go inside, of course, but we were still able to take in a subdued, majestic beauty. The next photograph shows the backside of the famous bridge. … Continue reading

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My Side-trip to Japan: The Shinto Meiji-Jingu Shrine

In contrast to Buddhist gates, which usually stand between demonic guardians sculpted or painted on a larger than human scale, the distinctive outer Shinto gate exists in bare simplicity. The above gate is the entrance to Meiji-jingu, the Japanese equivalent, … Continue reading

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My Side-trip to Japan: Asakusa & the Buddhist Senso-ji Temple

The neighbourhood of Asakusa (pronounced “a-sock-sa,” as far as I can tell), enjoys the presence of the splendid and historical Senso-ji Buddhist temple. As you can see, this is not a pleasure to be dismissed on a rainy day. The … Continue reading

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My Side-trip to Japan

While in South Korea last April, I took a solo two-night trip to Japan to visit a good family friend and several former students of mine from UBC. I had a delightful time, and everyone spoiled me; it was also … Continue reading

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Two More Blogging Holes Filled–Or not

This is another picture I have been waiting to take for the last couple of years. My wife’s parents live in Z, and to go to Seoul we always got on the commuter train at Y Station. There is only … Continue reading

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The Historic and Eclectic Samcheongdong, Seoul

Samcheongdong is one of the most historic, classy and creative parts of Seoul. I had never taken photographs there while I lived in South Korea before, so this post is my first on this neighborhood. I was lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Another Blogging Hole Filled

I believe that the only picture I ever had of the small pavilion on the island at the back of Gyeongbokgung palace (Koreans and expats in Korea must excuse the redundancy) was of a former student of mine, a nine … Continue reading

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The White Tiger in Seoul Grand Park Zoo

While in Seoul on one of our several daytrips from the countryside where my wife’s parents live, we visited Seoul Grand Park, the large zoo in the city. And thus I filled in a photoblogging hole that has bugged me … Continue reading

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A Trip to South Korea: A Twosome Place

The month of April saw my family on a vacation to South Korea to visit my wife’s family. It was a time full of nostalgia for me, as my dear friend Ian still lives there, and since I met my … Continue reading

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