Japanese Penis Festival – Hounensai – A Fertility Festival.
I had the absolute pleasure of attending a fertility festival in Japan, the Hounensai at Tagata Shrine which is a small town just north of Nagoya. Below is a range of photos covering the festival, and a video – please note there is imagery that may offend.Read More
At the Kansai International Airport there are many images made out of train tickets. It’s a pretty cool thing to see. Acording to this website they are all from the Namba-Nankai line which is the very line I took to travel to and from the airport.Read More
One place I loved on my trip to Japan in November 2008 was Iga-Ueno, specifically the Ninja Museum. Iga Ueno is near Nara in the Mei Prefecture. It is a little bit tricky to get to, but only in that you have to swap trains a couple of times. The way we got there was:
- From Osaka we took the JR Yamatoji Line from Namba to Kamo – in the mornings direct trains to Kamo depart from Namba, but otherwise from Osaka station. All trains aparently depart from Tenoji Station as well.
- Kamo station is three stops after Nara, about 15 mins from Nara. From Kamo station swap trains. The next train is a little one or two car train on the JR Kansai Line. Take this train for five stations, 35mins to the Iga Ueno station.
- From here you take a cute ninja decorated train to Ueno-shi, 3rd station along and about five minutes to get there.
- Hint: don’t get all the “iga”s and “ueno”s confused!
I think overall the trip cost around 1530yen one way.
A short walk from the station is the Ninja Museum. It cost 700yen to get in. First up is a cool demonstation area where a female takes you through some of the tricks ninjas have in their house. They changed all the signs to English and the girl spoke in English to us, she was pretty good. We got to swing around in hidden doors and look out peep holes.Read More
Install some central heating and furniture and I think I’d be happy to call Himeji Jo home. Our day at Himeji was our first, and perhaps with the exception of Hakone our only really cold day. A real chill to the air, and windy too. It didn’t help walking down drafty corridors with our shoes off. After our time in the castle we enjoyed a hot chocolate from a vending machine, and I bought some ear muffs and gloves in Kobe and a jacket back in Osaka.
Here’s a video I’ve compiled of our time in Himeji, featuring getting locked in toilets and chasing cats. It’s not as exciting as I just made it out to be…
I love Osaka at night. We were staying at Dotonbori and it is just awesome at night. Lots of people, bright lights, loud noises. Great food, and not so great food… Warning, lots of photos in this post!
Here’s a video of us coming back to our hotel room after riding the Hep 5 Ferris Wheel, and some of Osaka at night.
Hep Five Ferris Wheel Info!
- Cost: 500円
- 106m high
- Number of Gondolas: 52, max four people per gondola
- Time of Round Trip: 15 mins
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:45
After our visit to Osaka Jo, we went to Umeda to visit Hep Five and it’s ferris wheel on the roof. As soon as we got off the subway we had an older man come up to us to show us to the correct exit. I mean, sure that is nice and Umeda station is easy to get lost in, I’m sure. But if I want help I’ll ask for it! We were perhaps looking lost because we had just got out of one line and were just trying to orientate ourselves. So yeah, I can’t fault the guy, although I felt a bit like English practise, he was nice and helpful, but it was unnecessary.
So we had the right exit but it still took us some time to orientate ourselves to where we had actually been lead to in order to find the building!Read More