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Fire Station 21, Matsumoto, Japan

Originally posted on Having a ball in Japan:
Matsumoto Fire Station #21 covers Uchida and Kotobukidai areas south-east of Matsumoto CBD where 2,646 households and 6,357 residents are there. This cross-cultural exchange had been arranged via Yuri at the Matsumoto City Government…

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I thought Honda and Endo were the stars?

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Well, another football game against Japan is over. The centre of another trip. The excuse for drawing 3 others into our traveling party this time. Joining with the Green and Gold Army. Joining the 62,000 singing and screaming Blue Samurai … Continue reading

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Warming up

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Well the game is over, with Australia getting a well deserved draw after an exciting 0 – 0 draw against Japan on Tuesday 11th June. The warm up for the game started at the Hobgoblin pub in Roppongi, chosen I … Continue reading

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Ito port and great sashimi

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Sunday 13th May, 2012 On the recommendation of the great staff at K’s House Ito Onsen, the fungry travelers followed the directions to the Tokuzo-maru restaurant: – go up the road, turn left at the JR Ito Station, first street … Continue reading

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Matsumoto Taiko Festival

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Taiko means great or wide-drum – and aptly describes the annual Matsumoto Taiko Matsuri (Drum Festival) held with an exquisite backdrop of Matsumoto Castle and the Japan Alps. The stage was large, the drums large, the troupes varying from 5 … Continue reading

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Watarase railroad … the little train that can.

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Moving from Matsumoto to Nikko can take about 4 hours at best, using a mix of JR Limited Express and Shinkansen. Options are to Nagano, then looping back to Tokyo, then north to Nikko; or to Tokyo via Otsuki, and … Continue reading

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Narai-juku to Yabuhara via the Torii Pass

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Kiso Valley (木曽谷), is surrounded by mountains such as the Central Alps to the east and the North Alps to the west.  The old Nakasendo Highway, which was completed in the Edo Period 1603–1867) as a trunk road connecting Kyoto … Continue reading

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