on Ferocious Girl She has a reputation for beating up purse snatchers and breaking noses of really bad men. Ferocious Girl was one of my favorite models for the photos below. She has moved to another city and it is unlikely I will have the pleasure of photographing her again. This photo is a tribute to her.
Kenrokuen Hidden Teahouse Hisagoike Pond. This Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation. From its scale and beauty, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful feudal lords' gardens in Japan. This is one of Japan’s top three gardens. It was an Edo period feudal lord’s private strolling grounds over 300 years ago. This is how it looks on the inside: bitesofoishii.files.wordpress.… Tea came to Japan from China around the 9th century. The first teas were black, similar to oolong, though green dominates today. It was expensive and consumed by the elite. Elaborate, guarded processions delivered it to shoguns and the Imperial Palace.
Thank you for the fave on Kyoto Rickshaw in Samurai District. I watched the girls approach the rickshaw driver and negotiate what they wanted him to do. Notice that the rickshaw driver is using both hands to handle currency. In Japan, credit cards, money, and business cards are exchanged using both hands. The girls were also taking selfies and having him take photos of them in the vehicle.
for the fave on Itsukushima view of Hiroshima. This is the hotel Kurayado Iroha dining room in the village of Miyajima on Itsukushima Island, which is off the coast of Hiroshima, Japan. I have never had a better hotel experience than at this place. Itsukushima Island is considered a god. It is famous for its Torii that stands in the bay. The hotel service was beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of expecting. One particular highlight was when I expressed my wish to visit the Kaiten Museum on the main island. (The Kaiten is where suicide pilots were trained to man torpedoes to guide them to their destinations.) In response, the hotel concierge spent an hour and a half preparing an itinerary, map, photos, on how to get to the Kaiten Museum. Just to make certain I would not make a wrong turn, photographs were included of how the particular train stations, bus stops, and transfer places should look like.