When in Nikko, you have to visit the most famous of all the sites there, the Toshogu shrine. Built by the Tokugawa Emporer and one of the most lavishly decorated shrines in all of Japan. In fact it is totally over the top, being almost all made of lacquer and with gold highlights. Good tsate was left at the gate when they built this place, but it is very impressive, if only for its scale. …

Utsunomiya Part II - Emperors Holiday Home


After a coupe of days in Utsunomiya, we headed to Nikko to join the hordes of tourists and see what the famous town has to offer. The first stop of the Emperors holiday home - his mountain villa so to speak. It was built in the 1920’s, so it not old, but it is very interesting. I cannot help but think the building of wood and rice paper must be freeaing in the winter, but very cool and comfortable in the summer given the 1,000 meter elevation. …

London Second Time - Docklands


Earlier I had a set on the blog for the first of 2 trips to London in the space of 3 weeks. The second time I was in London I was visiting my company offices in Canary Wharf - I work for Thomson Reuters, so this is the spiritual home of the company. We had a large company meeting involving a video link between London and New York - and the Asian management team got to go to london to be all jet-lagged and part of it. …

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