Archive for March 30, 2018

Not a great view of Japan’s icon

My first time at Mt Fuji, and it seems we’re a week too early for the cherry blossoms, also it’s a cloudy hazy day, so people waited at the pagoda observation platform waiting for a better view to emerge. BUT! The clouds cleared just as we got into the hotel at the end of the day. So, I got a beautiful view that includes a power pole 🤦‍♂️

At the last (and most exciting) day of the Osaka Spring Sumo Tournament

At the last (and most exciting) day of the Osaka Spring Sumo Tournament. It was a great day. It’s been a long while since I’ve followed the sumo. Today, many of the junior ranked wrestlers are now in the upper ranks, and Kakuryu is Yokozuna! The top ranked guy. The final bout was awesome. We all expected that Kakuryu would win, but it wasn’t so clear, so we were treated to a rare rematch.
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Quick update 19th March 2018

I’ve been really super busy trying to finish writing a textbook that I should get to the printers either today or tomorrow, because for the next couple of weeks I’ll be touristing about Nagoya, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Shizuoka. For Osaka, I’ll be there for the final day of the Spring sumo tournament on the 25th; should be super exciting. Then see the deer in Nara; and a few days in Kyoto (my favourite city). I had hoped to get a classical photo of cherry blossoms and Mount Fuji, but it seems the way they are blooming, we’ll get them in Kyoto and may miss them in Shizuoka.

Latest items at ablyth-shop.com

Latest items at ablyth-shop.com

During this time, I’ll be getting tonnes of great photos, and new t-shirt and poster ideas for ablyth-shop.com. If you haven’t already noticed, there is a competition where you can win upto USD$150 worth of ABlyth branded clothes. This will allow you to choose what shirts, designs, and products you want. Which means, you could also choose from any new designs that are created while I’m travelling about. Enter either at JapanesePhotos.Asia homepage, or at ablyth-shop.com/pages/win-prizes.

Also, I’m really excited to see people ordering ABlyth products, and even happier to see photos of these sent to me. FYI, there are discount codes available if you show your ABlyth product on FaceBook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #ablyth and the ablyth-shop.com link. Yes, this project is still new, and so we’re doing everything possible to get the word out, and we’re very happy to give you discounts for helping. So, post your photos with the ABlyth products, and alert us, and we’ll get you a 15% discount code for your next order.

Shrine Maidens at the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018

Shrine Maidens at the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018

Last week was a terrible week for me (Andrew). I have four days straight of migraines. On the day of the Tagata Fertility Festival, I decided I had to get out, and I had to use my last migraine pill. I spent the day there getting photos like this one below, without pain, but totally spaced-out on analgesics. Now, big question, will there be a t-shirt with a fertility festival theme coming out? Hmm… On another note, I learnt that anyone can apply to be a shrine maiden for this event, and I assume the same for the men who carry these phallic palanquins through the town. I will write about the Tagata Fertility Festival in the future, but no time today, I’m afraid. More photos will be on the way, and more on the Tagata Fertility Festival in these previous blog posts.

Men carrying the half-tonne phallus and palanquin through the town in the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018.

Men carrying the half-tonne phallus and palanquin through the town in the Tagata Fertility Festival 2018.

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