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Tires and Trash

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Just a big pile of tires around a dumpster that I came across one day while wandering through Vancouver. Yep, it’s not all glass towers full of snobs with credit card debt.

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Bicycle in Gion Alley

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Gion is a historic Geisha district in Kyoto. Its narrow streets and traditional buildings make it a uniquely charming area of an already charming city. Tourists and locals alike can be seen roaming the neighborhood in elaborate kimonos which are available for rent. Like most places in Kyoto, people arrive by bicycle and then just […]

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Nijo Castle – Kyoto, Japan

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Nijo Castle was probably one of the more awe-inspiring places we visited while in Japan. It just happens to have been the home of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the last Shogun of Japan. I know him better as his fictionalized version, Toranaga, from what is probably my favourite novel of all time, the aptly name Shogun by […]

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Shrine at Iwatayama Park

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People come to Iwatayama Park to see the monkeys, but the first thing you’ll see at the bottom gate is this shrine. It’s like the hundreds scattered all over Kyoto, and yet completely unique.

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Monkeys at Iwatayama Monkey Park

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Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyama, Kyoto is must visit destination. It’s not a zoo, it’s not even really a nature reserve. It’s just a park on the mountain top where the monkeys roam free. Something like this could never exist in North America due to our nanny-state safety culture. Regulation would kill it instantly. They […]

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Tenryu-ji Temple – Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

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A quiet, peaceful scene at Tenryu-ji temple in Arashiyama. And I thought I had captured it perfectly. Until I noticed the very modern stroller propped up against the wall. No problem, I thought. I’ll just choose a slightly different angle and hide it behind the rock. Naturally, that was easier said than done, and I […]