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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

With the hurricane incoming, I had to forfait visiting the Ise Jinja. I want to recover part of the visit shrinking the visit to Mitsue Jinja on 20/7.

20/9 09:00 – 13:00 Travel from Shirakawa-go to Ise.
20/9 13:00 – 14:00 Visit Oharai-machi.
20/9 14:00 – 16:30 Visit Ise inner jinja.
20/9 16:30 – 18:00 Arrive at Misugi Onsen.


21/9 08:00 – 08:45 Travel from Misugi to Mitsue.
21/9 08:45 – 10:00 Visit Mitsue Jinja.
21/9 10:00 – 10:30 Travel to Hasedera
21/9 10:30 – 12:30 Visit Hasedera
21/9 12:30 – 13:00 Travel to Oomiwa jinja
21/9 14:00 – 18:00 Visit Oo-miwa Jinja / iwakura jinja / sai jinja (Climb Mount Oomiwa?)
21/9 19:00 – 21:00 Arrive at Asuka.

Monday, September 18, 2017

When you say the calm before the tempest... Typhoon n. 1718 (the 18th of the 2017) is due to pass over Nagoya at around 21:00, yet the day is just cloudy and the wind is still.

The plan is meeting with my friend Kiyoshi in front of my hotel and then visit the Atsuta Jinja, the Nagoya castle and the Tokugawa Art Museum. For the ones not knowing Japanese history: the Tokugawa dynasty was the samurai family achieving the title of Shogun and creating the role of Taikun (a word known as tycoon in English) -- in opposition to the Japanese Emperor until the Meiji restoration in 1868. Or in other words, they were the legitimate rulers of Japan for over 300 years -- and Nagoya is the theater where the most dramatic scenes of their ascension to power take place, hence the museum dedicated to the art pieces they inspired or acquired is located in this city.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

And so, here we are.

As I get down from the flight, I am immediately facing the proverbial Japanese courtesy: at the immigration gate, a couple of gentle airport employee help me completing the filling of the immigration card (where you declare you're a good guy and how long is your visit). Also, the policeman at the immigration gate checks the card and reads the destinations I set as "address". He is a bit confused, (should be just one address, the one of the first hotel you stay in), but he compliments with me for both my Japanese and my list of destinations, and lets me pass in less than one minute.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Air France flight from Heathrow to Paris was late. Probably the news of a bomb in the London subway caused a bit of security hysteria. I had to run to reach my gate, a few minutes after it was "officially" closed, and all this because the french security check in the flight transfer area were changing turn and talking about the grades of their respective kids at school, and the luggage checker that was just entered in the turn at that moment was afraid a Big Ben souvenir I am bringing to my pen pal was, maybe, a perfume bottle holding more than 10cl. liquid.

However, I am in Seoul, and I already breath eastern air.

Here's the entrance of a free show about the Royal Palace in Soul airport.

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Very eastern, isn't it :)
And so, after many years during which I had to keep reserved about my doings and my life, I am finally putting my life don the right track. And so, my old blog can come back to life too. And what better occasion to have it record my first vacation in years: three weeks in Japan, two of which visiting the peculiar locations I wrote about in my book Rai'an, and a third in Tokyo, working from Bloomberg Tokyo office.

My program will touch Nagoya, Shirakawa-go (a small village in the mountains which has been declared a world heritage by Unesco), Ise, Misugi-Mitsue in the mie prefecture, Hase-dera, Sakurai, Asuka, Nara, Kyoto, Sumoto in Awaji-shima and Takamatsu in the Shikoku, and I will be finally back in Tokyo.