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J2K1 – Tokyo

Still trying to figure out how I want to share the photos I’ve taken on my trips to Japan; for others to see, and for me to revisit.  It’s been interesting looking back at the photos I took on my first trip: things I wouldn’t bother documenting now, I did then, and seeing how much has changed in just 16 years is amazing.  I think I’ll take the blog approach, as I can add information, rather than just slapping photos up without any context.

Japan, October 1-17, 2001

This was back in the day when we arrived in Japan with only accommodation for the first two nights.  We awoke early to visit Tsukiji Fish Market (back before they regulated tourist visits), only to discover it was closed for the day.  A deserted Tsukiji is also fun to explore, so we did.

One of Japan’s famous vending machines.

We headed over to Tocho (the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings) in Shinjuku, for an amazing and free view of Tokyo.

The tiny unit bath in our hotel.  My first experience with them.  Not ADA compliant.

The following day, we experienced Tsukiji in all of its chaotic glory.  Most of my photos are blurry, because I couldn’t stand still long enough to take them; we had to keep ducking out of the way of vendors, buyers, or transport agents.

The bandsaws we had seen the day before, being used to cut tuna.

The Outer Market, which is amazing in and of itself.

Back in the day when Japanese style toilets were the norm.  As was “bring your own toilet paper”.  I quickly learned this.