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A Family Reunion in Shinjuku

It was a very clear day yesterday so we thought that we might take advantage of the view from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Government Building opposite our hotel.  There are some spectacular views across the broader Tokyo area. On a very clear day you can just see Mt Fuji on the horizon, 100…

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Nikko National Park

Nikko National Park is reputed to be one of Japan’s most beautiful nature parks. It is located 125 kms north of Tokyo; about 2 1/2 hours by bus. It is a mountainous region with shrines, temples, rivers, lakes and bridges scattered throughout its area. Our day excursion took us to three of its sites that…

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Lunch With Yuki’s Parents

We had a very enjoyable day today, meeting up with the parents of our Daughter in Law, Yuki, for lunch. Our lunch was at a very nice restaurant in the vicinity of Nezu Station called ‘Hantei Nezu’. It was a place that Yuki recommended as having good food and being easy for both her parents…

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My Birthday at Mt Fuji

On Tuesday, we took a tour to Mt Fuji and to some of the surrounding areas which are about 2 hours south -west of  Tokyo (depending on your form of transport). Our first stop was at Lake Kawaguchi by a tourist town of the same name just to the north of Mt Fuji. It was…

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Rikugien Gardens

We tested our train navigation skills today by making our way to the Rikugien Gardens near Komagome Station. Yuki had suggested that we visit them. I use an App on my iPhone called MetrO when we are away as it provides guidance for public transport systems in virtually every major city in the world. You…

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We’re Back in Tokyo

Jill and I are back in Japan to spend a few days in Tokyo and catch up with some people we know. Perhaps because we have been here before, we find this to be a very comfortable city to visit. It is bright, bustling and very friendly (apart from the young lady that knocked Jill…

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Images of World War One

The Melbourne Museum is currently holding an exhibition of items from WW1. It commemorates the Centenary of the First World War. All of the items come from the IWM (Imperial War Museums) in London and they are first to ever leave Great Britain and visit Australia. There are over 350 precious artefacts including the artillery…

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ANZAC – Our Family Story

April 25, 2015 is the commemoration of the Centenary of ANZAC.   I have a great deal of pride in being one, of what I estimate to be perhaps as few as only 15,000 to 20,000 Australians, who are third-generation returned servicemen. I wrote this rather longish post in an attempt to describe the experience…