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Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan :: Töku–ji Temple, Hagi Castle, Mt. Shizuki

Here’s some photos of my recent trip to Hagi, which is a historic castle town in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. 

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MOVEMBER Day 14 – looking creepier by the day…

Please take a minute to have a look at my MOVEMBER page, it would be really great if you donated a couple of pounds to the fund 🙂

http://www.jeffmainwood.co.uk/movember

Thanks a lot,

Jeff. (Taken with instagram)

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The Shinkansen

First I’ll start by saying that I’m no trainspotter, but then again the Japanese Shinkansen is no normal train. Think about the Shinkansen as a domestic aeroplane on rails without the checking in, security checks and turbulence. Simply rock up at the station and buy your ticket, then be propelled at close to 200mph towards your destination.

Very cool, if you ever get the chance to go on one don’t think twice – it’s amazing.

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The Shinkansen

First I’ll start by saying that I’m no trainspotter, but then again the Japanese Shinkansen is no normal train. Think about the Shinkansen as a domestic aeroplane on rails without the checking in, security checks and turbulence. Simply rock up at the station and buy your ticket, then be propelled at close to 200mph towards your destination.

Very cool, if you ever get the chance to go on one don’t think twice – it’s amazing.

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I’ve been in Tokyo for just over a month and I’ve still not been aboard one of the world famous Shinkansen (Bullet Trains). Well, this weekend that’s set to change as I’m planning to travel to Hiroshima then making my way back to Tokyo over the following few days. 

Hiroshima is obviously famous for the A Bomb attack during the Second World War, but according to travel books and various websites the City is far from a derelict wasteland and is a testament to modern Japan.

As I am travelling so far west I thought it would make sense to stop off at a couple of places along the way, and as Japan is famous amazing sights at this time of year i’m hoping that the weather stays clear so I can get some good photographs!

At the moment the plan is to travel to Hiroshima and go on a little further to Hagi, then make my way back via Kobe and Kyoto to get back to Tokyo by the end of next week.

Support Movember 2011

The Movember 2011 Charity

This year I’m taking part in Movember. What’s that I hear you cry….

Movember (a combination of the words ‘Moustache’ and ‘November’), is an annual month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November. The best bit though is it’s all for a very worthwhile charity.

This time last year my Dad was undergoing treatment for Cancer of the Oesophagus, it’s pretty nasty stuff but luckily after a fairly hefty dose of Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy the doctors were able to clear him of the Cancer.

A year has passed and I’m pleased to say he’s as fit as any middle aged man can be, which is a big relief for my whole family and I. As I said, a year has passed and already I’m starting to take the fact that he is alive and well for granted, therefore I thought it would be a good idea to do my bit for charity.

I’ve chosen to support Movember this year because I’ve learnt that cancer really is one hell of a nasty illness, and before it hit my family in the face I really hadn’t given it much of a thought.

Part of what Movember is all about is raising awareness of cancer amongst us men. The best way to fight cancer and win is to hit it hard and early. So even if you’re being really stingy and not donating money please just get down to your doctors and have a checkup.

I’m going to put this next bit in B O L D to try and get more attention…

PLEASE HELP…

DO IT IN TWO WAYS – EITHER SPONSOR ME AND THE MEMBERS OF MY TEAM OR JOIN MY TEAM AND GROW A NICE SHINY MOUSTACHE FOR NOVEMBER AND GET FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SPONSOR YOU. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

Please don’t just read this, shrug your shoulders and close the window… Do something that’ll actually make a difference.

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” – Steve Jobs 2005

Steve Jobs – 1955 – 2011 

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Took some photos of Tokyo by night at the weekend from Odaiba. You can see the Rainbow Bridge stretching across Tokyo Bay with the skyscrapers towering in the background.

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Temples and Buddah…

Here’s some photos I took on Friday when I visited Temples south of Tokyo. I really did see some beautiful buildings and the colours were incredible. 

Very pleased I braved the Japanese train network to get to them!

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This is the main shopping street in Kamakura it’s pretty popular and very narrow!