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The Dead Bambis in Japan

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Best bass ever

Rock and Roll baby

Sushi

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Thanks to my friend Rio, a masterful sushi lunch in Ginza at Gonpachi. Best sushi so far this life.

Up and down art

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Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Senso-Ji Tokyo

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Though the weather was gray and drizzly, the temple was beautiful.

(Bits from a previous visit here.)

Meiji Jingu and Peace

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This Shinto Shrine in Tokyo is an oasis of peace in the bustling, teeming city.

Ginkos in full turn.

Rock and Roll Fantasy Tokyo

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If you go out carousing with Pat Dunne, don’t expect to be home much before daybreak.

Tokyo nightlife

After some great cocktails and some snacks, we were off to catch a couple of bands.

The opener, The Dead Bambies, talked and joked as much as they played, but when they played they were punk as fuck.

Jungles!!! was loud as hell. Standing in the speaker cone was probably a bad idea. Two days of hearing recovery required. All four musicians were women, but a “girl band” this was not.

Three Shrines in Japan

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As a tourist visiting Japan, shrines are a must. We spent time in three large temple complexes.

Tokyo Meiji Jingu

This shinto shrine is relatively new and is somehow associated with the imperial family post WWII. The gardens and parks are in the middle of Tokyo and are a respite from traffic and crowds. Lots of people but lots of coexisting.

 

Tokyo Senso-ji

This temple seems very much more Buddhist. Also in town, it is surrounded by shops and stalls on all sides. The zen gardens are the best aspect.

 

Kyoto Fushimi Inari

This world heritage site is just incredible. Millions of arches all painted orange of different sizes create an line a long path up and around the mountain. When we walked this path it was a warm day and by the top I was soaking wet with sweat. Beautiful views from the 15 or so stations/shrines juxtapose the natural beauty of the mountain with the bustling city of Kyoto in the distance.