|Tokyo - Reflection of Tokyo Tower from our room.
|Japanese Printmaking Bench - Tokyo
|Kamikochi Valley (Photo: Catherine Smith)
|Alps Autumn Colours
|River Fish Cooking in Traditional Way
|Arashiyama Bamboo Walk (Photo: CHS)
|Traditional Dress in Kanazawa Garden
|Golden Temple, Kyoto
|Margaret, Tsukiko, Catherine - Kyoto
And so back to Tokyo in the 'Bullet Train', shinkansen. Very fast, very efficient and as we found in all our travel by public transport, you can set your watch by the train times. I was nearly cut in half by being half a nanosecond late getting off a train!
|Japanese Excellence in Food Presentation (Sashimi)
|Geisha (Photo: Catherine Smith)
I was deeply impressed by Japan and its people. Despite their high population and modernism they adhere to their traditional customs. They are hard working and disciplined people with very polite, kind and respectful attitudes. While I admire the different cultural characteristics of the world's peoples I do like the idea of adopting the best of all things - at the same time preserving our own cultural identities. As we have with food.
Our tour was organised by Journeys to the East; it was guided by excellent English speaking local guides and we thoroughly enjoyed it.