Managed to get hold of a card reader so I can upload some pics finally. Just came back from Nagasaki yesterday and now I'm in Kyoto just having a bit of a rest.
On to the photos:
An amusing sign Carl and I found on the way up Mt Misen in Miyajima (the Japanese which says basically the same thing is almost as funny as the English too haha)
The view we were rewarded with for making it to the top of Mt Misen
Too many Melbournians in J-Hoppers Hiroshima
紅葉 (Koyo - autumn leaves) at 東福寺 (Tofuku-ji shrine)
Alex, Aki and Dave at 清水寺 (Kiyomizu-dera - a world heritage temple) at night. Apologies for the blurriness but using super high ISO was the only way to get anything to come out at all...
The weirdest お好み焼き (Okonomiyaki - Japanese pancake) I have ever eaten. At a place called 'Mr Young Men'. It was French style, which apparently consists of a lot of mayonaise and 明太子 (mentaiko - fish eggs) and asparagus, complete with a French flag. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of the American style one ordered by Carl/Dave which was equally weird.
Carl and I in Nara in front of 東大寺大仏殿 (Todai-ji daibutu-den: the giant buddha hall) . Apparently the largest wooden structure on the planet.
Carl throwing a かわらけ投げ (Kawarake-nage) at 神護持 (Jingo-ji). If thrown properly, the thing is meant to sail down to the bottom of the valley and take all your bad karma with it. If thrown the way Carl and I did, it collides into various things including trees and rocks and breaks violently into many pieces - however, it goes further and is more fun.
チャンポン (Chanpon) which is a 長崎 (Nagasaki) speciality. Don't really know how to describe it buts it's sort of a Chinese-style ramen soup noodle dish. Incidentally, for some reason this is also the only photo of Sakura I have from my Nagasaki trip.
めがね橋 (Megane-bashi) - 'spectacle bridge' - in 長崎 (Nagasaki). You can probably work out why.
From tomorrow I'm doing another tour of the 関西 (Kansai) region with Aki, Izumi and Sakura so hopefully will have more interesting photos soon. Oh, and the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum in Nagasaki is sooo much better than the one in Hiroshima. Well, better in the sense of being more detailed. Not a good place for those with weak stomachs.
That's it for now - take care all.