February 28th, 2009

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It’s taken far too long for me to do this, but today I updated my WordPress blog to allow crossposting in LiveJournal. This makes me very happy because it means that I don’t have to feel like there are two seperate blogs to update, and it also means I will probably be more inclined to […]

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February 27th, 2009

Shiodome City Center & Caretta Shiodome Flash Panorama
View of Shiodome City Center from the Yurikamome Shinbashi Station. The Caretta Shiodome Building containing the Wicked Gekidanshiki Theatre is also visible in the distance. Shiodome City Center is a modern building which houses many corporate offices and restaurants. The view from the top-floor “sky” restaurants is exceptional.

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February 26th, 2009

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku functions as Tokyo City Hall and also houses two free observatories for tourists. North and South observation decks are located on top two floors and provide a good free way to see much of the city while shopping for souvenirs at the observatories’ gift shops.

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February 25th, 2009

Ueno TGI Friday's Flash Panorama
The interior of the Ueno TGI Friday’s in the Nagafuji Building near Ameyokocho and the edge of Ueno Park.

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February 24th, 2009

Nomura Building & Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower Shinjuku Flash Panorama
Lighted trees decorate the entrance to the Nomura Building on the West side of Shinjuku Station. The Nomura Building is adjacent to the I-Land Shinjuku Building which houses the first of the new Burger King restaurants. Also pictured is the new Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower.

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February 23rd, 2009

Symphony Tokyo Bay Cruise Flash Panorama
The Symphony Tokyo Bay Cruise is a dining cruise around Tokyo Harbor. Guests have their choice of French, Italian or buffet lunch, sunset or dinner courses. There is also a bar lounge course with appetizers and wine as well as a tea time course of cake or just coffee.

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February 23rd, 2009

Another Korean Temple Flash Panorama
This last Korean temple was in downtown Seoul. If you can identify its name, please comment or send me a message.

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February 22nd, 2009

Korean Temple Flash Panorama
Interior of a Korean temple close to Namdaemun Market.

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February 22nd, 2009

Korean Temple Flash Panorama
This Korean temple was close to Namdaemun Market, but I couldn’t read the characters on the temple or around it to tell what it was called.

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February 22nd, 2009

Gyeongbok Palace Coutyard Flash Panorama

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February 22nd, 2009

Gyeongbok Palace Gate Flash Panorama

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February 20th, 2009

Gyeongbok Palace Flash Panorama
Geunjeong-jeon or Keunjeong-jeon is the Imperial Throne Hall of Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul. Built in 1394, it is Korea’s largest surviving wooden structure. Kings used the hall for state affairs, official functions and for receiving foreign envoys.

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February 19th, 2009

Dora Observatory Flash Panorama
Dora observatory is located in South Korea on the edge of the DMZ. From the observatory, tourists can view the Demilitarized Zone and North Korea through binoculars. Those who want to take photography are required to do so behind a yellow “Photo Line.”

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February 17th, 2009

Dorasan Station Flash Panorama
Dorasan Train Station, just south of the border between North and South Korea, will someday reunite the two halves of the country if and when passenger trains begin running between them. In December 2007, freight trains began running from Dorasan Station into North Korea. The trains transport materials to Kaesong and return with finished goods.

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February 17th, 2009

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This week I’m very busy with new things, but I’ve decided to try and get pictures from my June 2006 trip to Korea online. During the trip, I and two friends saw some of Seoul and the DMZ. I have many, many still shots of the pictures to share, so I probably should start using […]

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February 16th, 2009

Dorasan Station Flash Panorama
Dorasan Train Station, just south of the border between North and South Korea, will someday reunite the two halves of the country if and when passenger trains begin running between them. In December 2007, freight trains began running from Dorasan Station into North Korea. The trains transport materials to Kaesong and return with finished goods.

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February 16th, 2009

Namdaemun Market Flash Panorama
Namdaemun is a large, 600-year-old open-air market in Seoul, South Korea. It was named Namdaemun after the nearby “Great South Gate” and is Korea’s largest traditional market. Almost anything – textiles, food, accessories, cosmetics, etc. – can be purchased at the market. Namdaemun is open 24 hours every day except Sunday with the best discounts after midnight. Namchang-dong (Jung-gu, downtown, Hoehyon Station Line 4), Seoul. Phone 2128-7800.

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February 15th, 2009

Odaiba Valentine's Day Flash Panorama

This is a Tokyo Harbor panorama taken from Odaiba the rainy day before Valentine’s Day. The Statue of Liberty wasn’t red as in previous years, but Tokyo Tower was pink.

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February 14th, 2009

Old Shinbashi Station Flash Panorama

Old Shinbashi Station, or Shimbashi station, opened on October 10, 1872 and was closed in 1939 when two train lines were merged forming the Tokyo Metro Ginza line. Part of the original building and platform was reconstruted in 2003 behind City Center near the Yurikamome Shiodome Station.

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February 13th, 2009

Tokyo International Forum Flash Panorama

The main building of the Tokyo International Forum, located a few steps away from Yurakucho Station, is a breathtaking structure. The forum is used for concerts, exhibitions and conferences. Several shops, restaurants as well as a public courtyard are contained within the complex.

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February 9th, 2009

Kaiten Zushi (Rolling Sushi Bar) Flash Panorama A new kaiten zushi or rolling sushi bar opened up on the East side of my station a few months ago. They have great 10-piece lunch packs for only 500 yen, and lots of other cheap, fresh sushi.

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February 6th, 2009

Nakakin Tokyo Bay Cruise Flash Panorama
Today I attended a private karaoke / dinner party on board a Nakakin Tokyo Bay Cruise. Cruises include drinks and lots of great Japanese food like nabe, sashimi, tempura, etc. There are also awesome views of Tokyo Harbor both inside and outside the boat.

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