Report From Japan, Part One

by Derrick Bostrom in


My wife travelled to Japan last week -- a quick work trip that netted her almost as many flight hours as actual time in Tokyo. She had problems connecting with her luggage, and the jet lag was staggering. But she managed to return home with some pretty nice pix.

For one thing, the cherry trees were in full bloom, and one can hardly take a bad picture of those. She was also able to document some truly awesome moments spent in front of the television. (Nice flat panel -- gotta love a business trip). But most important, she made sure to find the statue of Hachiko, which she'd never heard of before she encountered it in her guidebook.

Hachiko was a two-year-old white Akita whose master died at work one day. The pup spent the next 12 years in front of the Shibuya train station, waiting for him to return. Fortunately, the station master more or less adopted Hachiko, and he became not only a fixture at the station, but also a national celebrity. When he died in the 1930s, a bronze statue was erected in his honor. It was melted for scrap during the Second World War, but was replaced in the late 40s, where it remains one of the most popular attractions in the city. Hachiko's stuffed remains are on display at the National Science Museum.

My wife didn't really have much time to drink otherwise of Tokyo's pleasures. She did manage to watch some manic children's programs, snap some nice citiscapes and capture some of the local color. She also brought home a big pile of odd Japanese treats. However, since I forgot to resize these photos before I uploaded them, I squandering my entire Flickr bandwidth allotment for the month. So the candy pictures will have to wait.

Tokyo, Japan - April 2006

Tokyo, Japan - April 2006

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Tokyo, Japan - April 2006

Tokyo, Japan - April 2006