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The 44th Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Big Sight
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Big Sight Saw
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Bmw
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Mercedes
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Mercedes Interior
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Concept Van 2
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Concept Van
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Honda Sports
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Car Concept
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Bubble Concept
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Car Interior
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Model F1
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 F1
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Sexy Sports
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Bikes
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Future Bike
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Slingshot
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Gull Wing
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Mitsubishi Car
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Mini Concept Car
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Shop Van
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Trike
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Wander Stand
Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Small Concept

This car show is held in Tokyo once every two years. In the most recent one, there were 42 world debuts of either improved models of existing cars like the Prius, or else concept cars, some very futuristic. Though many of the manufacturers represented at this show were Japanese, there was a strong showing by Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Peugeot and many other foreign manufacturers.

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Climbing Mount Fuji: not a task for wimps

Mt.fuji Base Sign
Mt.fuji 5th Station
Mt.fuji Climbers
Mt.fuji Sign To Top
Mt.fuji Windbent Trees
Mt.fuji Sunbleachd Tree Roots
Mt.fuji Barriers Rockslide
Side Of Mt.fuji Green
Mt.fuji Cloud 6th Station
Mt.fuji Pole Flag
Mt.fuji Pole Stamps
Mt.fuji Stopover Shop
Mt.fuji Rocks On Building Roof
Mt.fuji Rocky Climbers
Mt.fuji Ascent Clouds
Mt.fuji Red Torii Rays
Mt.fuji Backpackers
Mt.fuji Red Earth Looking Down
Mt.fuji Silhouette Clouds
Mt.fuji Sign Partway Up
Mt.fuji Red Torii Gate
Mt.fuji Side Clouds
Mt.fuji Food Oxygen Sign
Mt.fuji Almost Top
Mt.fuji Summit Rock House
Mt.fuji Top Tony Smyth
Mt.fuji First Sunrise
Mt.fuji Sunrise
Mt.fuji Scenery
Mt.fuji Beginning Descent
Mt.fuji Zigzag Route Down
Mt.fuji Badge
Mt.fuji Sunburnt Hand
Mt.fuji Sunburned Tony Smyth

O snail
Climb Mount Fuji,
But slowly, slowly!

(Haiku by Kobayashi Issa)

There’s a well-known Japanese proverb that says, “A wise man will climb Mt Fuji once; a fool will climb Mt Fuji twice.” I have just returned from climbing Mount Fuji for the second time. Why did I do it again? Mainly to get photos for this website. Here’s the story; first a little background (the next two paragraphs below are taken direct from my book ‘Fukushima and the coming Tokyo earthquake: and what it will mean for a fragile world economy’). Buy it and learn lots, grasshopper.

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Summer Fireworks Displays

Tokyo Bay At Dusk
Japanese Yukata Fireworks 3
Japanese Yukata Fireworks 2
Japanese Yukata Fireworks 1
Japanese Fireworks Photographers
Japanese Fireworks 4
Japanese Fireworks 1
Japanese Fireworks 2
Japanese Fireworks 3

You could say that Japan has five seasons. From June 10th or so to mid/late July is the rainy season when, though it is warm, the cloud cover and frequent rain keeps the temperatures in the low twenties. After that, the temperature and soars and the humidity is very hard to take, no matter how long you’ve lived in Japan. It’s a bit like being in a sauna with your clothes on, and nights are only marginal easier to take than daytimes. Many of my friends head off to Europe for August to escape what one of my friends calls, “the blast furnace”.

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