Dano Tanaka graduated from the 2002 class and had his
practicum in Tokyo, as well as traveled to Matsuyama, Okayama, and Kobe.
Currently he is continuing studies at Grant MacEwan and plans to return to
*Here I am at a festival in Asakusa (in Tokyo). *The festival street
has many rows of shops for gaijin to shop for souvenirs on the way to the
temple. *Many different groups carry their mini shrines and traditionally
men carry these shines, now it is not uncommon for groups of women or
children to be involved. *All over Japan there are vendors that sell these
tasty Octopus treats. They have a batter around the Octopus that is
pan-fried making it quite tender and tasty with the sweet sauce that it is
served with (honest it is good!).
*Many shops sell summer Kimono (yakata) made of a light
cotton, the ones in the photo are about $300 CAN, but you can purchase some
nice ones for only $100 CAN, much cheaper than $3000 for a silk kimono.
*There are many places that make you feel as though you are not in
Tokyo, Odaiba is one of those places for me, . In the background there is the
Rainbow Bridge, a very large suspension bridge that not only carries cars,
but a monorail across the Tokyo Port. Also there is a replica Statue of
Liberty, the original was rented from France and a copy was made when it was
*Ueno Park is quite amazing at is a fairly large and connects
to many other attractions such as a zoo, museums and historical sites.
Pictured is a large pond with giant (and I mean HUGE) lily pads.
also a small temple inside the park.
*The Sunshine Building in Ikebukuro is an excellent place to
see the city from. The building is billed as an enclosed city holding “3132143”
on 60 floors. The building contains offices, a shopping center and many
restaurants. To view from the top, you pay on the top floor $7-$8 CAN, but
well worth it on a clear day as there are no other large buildings directly
around it leaving an unobstructed view. *An elevator hostess prepares the
elevator for passengers. *Pictured is one of the entrances into the
building, this was taken on a Saturday afternoon, so not especially busy
compared to the rush during regular business hours. *Me with the Sunshine
Building taken with a very wide angle lens.
*In Ebisu, just one stop past Shibuya, a French Manor was
imported. *Sapporo named one of their beers after Ebisu (or the other way
around), on this day they we celebrating the launch of a new beer and giving
away free “cups” of beer!! Not little cups either. *Here are some
friends at Shinjuku park, in Tokyo, you can meet people from all over the
world not only just from Japan. *My friends and I went for Japanese Karaoke;
it was a private room where there are several microphones, a tambourine and
maracas for everyone to have fun.
*On the island of Shikoku, I saw the Matuyama castle. I
have heard people say that they did not like it because it is dark, but I
thought it was quite nice and very authentic compared to the Okayama castle.
*A doll from a display case in the castle. *Samurai armor on display,
this was the first of three displays I had seen in Japan and this was the
best one. *One of the views from the top floor of the castle of the city.
*Okayama castle, this castle is quite large, unfortunately
when it was restored (the original was burnt to the ground in an air raid in
WWII) the inside was made to be very modern with linoleum floor, drywall,
elevator and air conditioning! Not exactly authentic, but a fantastic
building viewed from the outside. *Koi fish in the Korakuen, across the
bridge from the castle. *A close up of one of the golden roof figurines.
*A Light Castle at Tivoli Park.