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The Morris clan takes Japan (Part 1 - Greater Tokyo)

2008.01.14
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This is what we affectionately dubbed, "shutter art". Closed stores never looked so great.
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A scene from Ueno Park.
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This is the room I made my Mother sleep in for two nights. I'm a bad son, that's all there is to it. Thank goodness she's a champ.
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Mom and Taylor Giddy with jet lag on the wild streets of Asakusa.
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Chomping on a fresh senbei (rice cracker).
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Sensou-ji at night.
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A rather nice looking Pagoda in Asakusa on the grounds of Sensou-ji.
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Not sure what this guy's deal is, but those are some of the creepiest eyes I've ever seen on a statue.
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Somehow she just isn't as intimidating as the guardian spirit behind her. Good effort though.
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A lovely steak meal to welcome them off the plane.
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This tree is over 300 years old, and also one of the coolest I've ever seen. This photo doesn't do nearly enough justice to how large and intricate it is.
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Okay, so this is the first picture I've been in, and you'll notice something missing around the lower face region. Yes, after a year and a half, the beard has been put into retirement. Not sure how long for, but please, a moment of silence...
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Chatting with our guide for the day, Masako.
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Some rather interesting Tokyo Architecture. I'm pretty sure it's a bank.
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A view from above of South Eastern Tokyo. Those curved buildings in the center are Tsukiji Fish Market which will be seen more in depth soon.
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Taylor and Mom downing a much needed beer after a long day of exploring Tokyo.
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If you've never taken the time to hang out with South Africans, I suggest you do so. They can be a bit dangerous at times, but it's well worth the risk.
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This adorable specimen was charming us all night long. Sometimes it's just unfair how cute little Japanese children can be.
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I will now draw your attention to the bilboard above Taylor's head. In case you can't quite make it out, Nikka is a Japanese whiskey brand of the not expensive variety. Taylor is showing us the effects (suspiciously accurate too I might add) of imbibing Nikka in mass quantities.
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That weird Modern art looking thing over Mom's head is actually the headquarters of Asahi Brewing in Japan. It's a drop of beer. Get it?
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How great is it seeing musicians passed out on the sidewalk with their instruments at 1:00 PM? Pretty darn great.
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In retrospect I feel bad to have passed up on such a good deal, but such is life.
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This dude was blasting U2's "One" and singing along at the top of his voice. Not for money or anything like that. Just cause. It was weird.
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Standing below a Torii gate in the Meiji shrine area of Yoyogi park near Harajuku.
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That's a big darn Torii.
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Purifying ourselves. And after the time we had the night before, let me tell you, we needed it.
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Oh beard, how do I miss thee, let me count the ways.
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Mom really liked this door decoration.
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Tokyo is obviously a pretty crazy place. It's especially so when you only have a 48 hour period to try to fit everything into. I'd say all in all we did a pretty good job. Granted we stayed awake for most of those 48 hours since we woke up at 4:30 the first day to hit up the fish market and then went to a hip hop club until 5:00AM the next night. Whee!
2 Comments
yvonne i miss you AND your mommy!!! (and taylor of course) i wish i could've been there with you guys. dude... did you know that right under this comment box, there is an ad for "Japanese Brides"? >< ai yai yai yai yai yai yai.....
yvonne · 2008-01-21: 02:06
Jubin I do not miss the beard. No offense old friend.
Jubin · 2008-01-30: 21:43
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