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Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Awaji Island, Himeji, Kanazawa, Naoshima (Setouchi Art Festival), Hiroshima, Fukuoka

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    Tokyo - Day One

    Brian Butterfield
    May 30, '10 12:25 AM EST

    So this is very backdated, but I wanted to get something up here. I will go back to Tokyo at the end of my trip to more Architecture related sightseeing. I was in Tokyo for 3 days before heading to Kansai.

    This was a house on Daikanyama Hill, a very posh neighborhood in Tokyo. I have so far been unable to determine the architect of this particular house, but it was one of my favorites.

    Kenzo Tange's Olympic Park

    The Meiji Shrine in Shibuya. This is probably the most visited shrine (touristy) in Tokyo but it is pretty impressive. In Japan you have to get used to traditional architecture not actually being original. Most of the shrines and temples have a history of constantly being rebuilt, either after fires, decay, or in many cases destruction during World War II. This temple was rebuilt in 1958 with public funds (according to wikipedia.) This is something that I had heard but now have come across several times. Preservation in Japan is more about the methods used than preserving the original material. Master Temple Carpenters (Miyadaiku) still rebuild with traditional tools and methods, thus preserving the ancient nature of the shrine....makes sense, just a little different than a western idea of preservation.
    hand washing station
    you must also cleanse your mouth
    wooden prayer cards
    Mori Museum at night
    had to end the first night with karaoke

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