This week on the podcast, something a little different: My first time traveling purely as a tourist in Japan, with a very special guest star.
Featured image: Isaac striking a pose at Himeji castle.
Unfortunately, my transcription software is bugging out this week. I’ve created a map with short descriptions of the places we talked about in this episode. Spots in green are great destinations for tourists. Spots in red are places we wouldn’t recommend as tourist destinations, although they may hold some interest to people who are curious about Japanese history and politics (and if you’re listening to this episode, I’m assuming you’re either interested in Japanese history or quite badly lost).
I’ll be adding our stops in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara to this next week.
All photos were taken by us! We were trying to get shots of things Isaac couldn’t easily find on Wikimedia Commons and similar free photo sites.
Himeji castle surrounded by cherry blossoms. Seriously, if you’re doing cherry blossom season in Japan, try to swing by Himeji.
A historical reenactor at Himeji castle posing with tourists. He may be a feudal warrior, but he can still take modern covid precautions.
Himeji castle illuminated at night.
A samurai contemplates the cherry blossoms at Himeji castle.
Some interesting wording on a plaque at Meiji shrine.
A whole lot of wine barrels at Meiji shrine.
A lot of sake barrels and someone who’s about to drink a lot of sake at Meiji shrine.
The mascot of the Senkaku Islands, one of the three disputed territories covered in the National Museum of Territory and Sovereignty. If you want to go to relaxing tourist destinations, do not travel with Isaac.
All three mascots of the disputed territories.
Isaac having a modern art experience at teamLab Planets TOKYO.
Another room at teamLab.
Fox statues at Toyokawa Inari Betsuin.
Even ancient shrines have modern mascots. We found this one at Toyokawa Inari Betsuin.
Even more fox statues at Toyokawa Inari Betsuin. There are always more fox statues.
A guard tower opposite modern office buildings at the Imperial Palace East Gardens.