Inside the Imperial Palace.
Imperial palace, just after the Emperor gave a short speech for his Birthday. The palace is only opened to the public twice a year.
Grounds of the Imperial Palace
Near some holiday light displays in Tokyo.
The Thunder Gate, in Asakusa, Tokyo.
At the north end of the grounds with the Thunder Gate
Tokyo's new tower, with construction nearly completed.
Akihabara, Tokyo - Electric town.
Small bhuddas like these are seen all over Japan. These are at a temple near the Tokyo Tower.
Looking Northwest from the Tokyo Tower.
The Tokyo Tower
Yuki's harp, played by Junko, in Yuki's Tokyo Apartment.
Ginza, Tokyo - a high-end shopping district. We had the most delicious Shabu-Shabu for dinner nearby.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
View from the top.
Looking southeast from the Tokyo Metropolitan government building, towards Sendagaya.
The Shinkansen bullet train station. We rode this one from Tokyo to Nagoya; a 90-minute ride.
Mane and Yoko enjoying their morning coffee. Kintetsu station, Nagoya, on our way to Ise.
On the Kintetsu train to Ise.
Bento on the train!
Curry Udon, yummmmmm.
Yoko's Tempura Udon, with a fancy garnish.
At the shrine in Ise.
In front of a wall of sake barrels at the Ise shrine.
Zenzai! Hot mochi - a soft, sticky mass of rice dough - in a bowl of sweet red beans. Really hits the spot after a cold day walking about. This sort of outdoor cafe is very popular in Japan.
Making mochi - pounding cooked rice and warm water with a big mallet.
I think this seat was made for someone smaller...
Walking around one of the temples at Ninna-Ji. No shoes allowed!.
5-story pagoda at Ninna-ji, Kyoto.
We took a second trip on the Shinkansen from Nagoya to Kyoto, a 30-minute ride.
Toji Temple, Kyoto.
The 5-story pagoda, which are used to house valuable relics, at Toji Temple, Kyoto.
Okonomiyaki - Japanese pizza - for lunch! You cook it yourself in the middle of your table.
Kei, Junko, Megumi, Yuki, and Yoko outside Kinkakuji temple.