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The Oriental Caravan's 

Yuletide Postcard


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Beppu Moonlight

Moonlight over Beppu

Miyajima Floating Torii Kyoto girl with vermillion
Miyajima torii at sunset Kyoto girl at the Aoi (Hollyhock) festival
Maple leaves Okuno in at night Pruning Japanese Pine
Changing leaves at Koya san Okuno-in Cemetary, Koya san, at night time Pruning Pine
School hats Shinto bride headress Ozore statue
Yellow-hatted school party at Nikko's Toshogu Shrine Shinto bridal head-dress - symbolically hiding the horns of jealousy! Jizo statue prepares for nightfall at Ozore san
Aso cattle Shinto rope Nikko lantern
Cows, a rare sight in Japan, grazing on the slopes of Mount Aso Symbols of Shinto adorn the entrance to Aso Jinja shrine Mossy lantern, Nikko
Shinto bride Blurred geisha
Bride dressed for a Shinto ceremony, Okayama Maiko  dancers performing at the Miyako Odori cherry blossom dance, Kyoto Traces of Geisha
Mitsukoshi at night Yamadera view
Shrine carrying Kodenmacho
MItsukoshi Department store, the Selfridges of Japan, at night, Tokyo View from Rissha Kuji temple, Yamadera Carrying the mukoshi  shrine float at the Bettara no Ichi 'radish' festival, held in Kodenmacho, Tokyo each October
Ozore jizo Tokyo Mitsui building Miyajima sunset
Brightly dressed jizo  statue, Ozore san Mitsui building, Nihombashi, Tokyo Cockle picker returning with his harvest, Miyajima
Nikko Jizo
The other side of Tokyo... Offerings for lost children at Ozore san Chishaku-in temple, Kyoto
Korakuen cherry orchard Todaiji fishtail Ozore dusk
Cherry Orchard, Korakuen garden, Okayama Close up of fishtail that adorns Todai-ji Temple, Nara - symbolically warding off fire. Dawn at Ozore san
Mount Aso Lake Ozore Hama rikyu teahouse
The smoking crater of Mount Aso, scene for the helicopter gunfight in James bond's "You Only Live Twice" Banks of Lake Usoriyama, Ozore san Taking tea in Hama Rikyu garden teahouse, Tokyo
Phil in Kyoto That's all for now!

With best  wishes for a warm and festive Yuletide,

 from Phil and all aboard
The Oriental Caravan

Chief Caravaneer Phil Colley somewhere deep in Kyoto's cultural heartland    
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Trips for 2009...

Japan - the Land of the Rising Sun

Japan - the Narrow Road to the Deep North

Japan - in the Footsteps of Pilgrims

Tibet - the Himalayan Caravan

Taiwan - a Caravan to the Beautiful Isle

Morocco - a Caravan Trek across the Jebel Sahro

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