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Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world
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Japan, March 2014: Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world

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I visited Japan in March 2014 and shared my experiences on Facebook and some blogs. Find here an overview in powerpoint. Enjoy!

I visited Japan in March 2014 and shared my experiences on Facebook and some blogs. Find here an overview in powerpoint. Enjoy!

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  • 1. Japan, March 2014 Discovery voyage in a country on the other side of the world By Annet van Betuw Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 1
  • 2. Japan, here I come! Amsterdam, March 6 Seoel, March 7 Hiroshima, March 7 Meeting my husband Rob Jongman in Japan, no more skyping but IRL Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 2
  • 3. Saijo Hiroshima airport > Saijo, apartment Rob Jongman Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 3 Rob worked 3 months at IDEC, Graduate school for International Cooperation and Development, Hiroshima University
  • 4. Lots of excursions, starting in Saijo March 10, Sake excursion in Saijo What do you say in the Netherlands if someone makes a photo, asked the guide. ‘Cheese’ we answered, so he did and we laughed. In Japan people count 3, 2, 1 and take a picture. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 4 From spring in the Netherlands to cold Saijo… brrr Rob tasting the good, healthy pure water in Saijo. Therefore there are Sako breweries in this town.
  • 5. With Dutch eyes Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 5 In traffic cars come first, even if there is a pedestrian crossing. One gets used to it. But surprising is that pedestrians and cyclists join one road. Walkways are only at main roads. Mostly there is no or a small walkway. And often cars are parked there. Parking is an other issue: Japanese are very good in parking backwards, even without inside camera’s.
  • 6. Traditional houses Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 6 Saijo area
  • 7. Hiroshima • 13-18 March, 61th Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan • Earthquake 15 March, early in the morning! Read my blog, sorry just in Dutch http://www.vanbetuwadvies.nl/een-aardbeving-zonder-social-media/ Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 7 View from our room, 20th stock
  • 8. Conference Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 8 Rob giving his presentation at 61th Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan. Nice dragon play after conference dinner.
  • 9. Hiroshima, peace memorial park Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 9 Being in Hiroshima, I had to go to the museum and parc. In the museum (of course) you are not allowed to take pictures, but I forgot and remembered after making this picture. Sorry. I was impressed by the tekst on this poster: nuclear weapens are the fruits of war. The tree is one of the two or three trees that survived. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/775
  • 10. Miyajima On Sunday, March 16, we visited the nice island of Miyajima, the island of Gods, known from the floating Torii gate. There were many tourists, a samurai and deers used to beg for food. Actually we did not visit the temples and shrines, but decided to go up with the cable- way and walk down. That was very nice, although my knees complained a lot! http://visit-miyajima-japan.com/en/ Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 10
  • 11. IDEC March 20, dinner IDEC staff Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 11 Rob’s official farewell from IDEC took place on March 20. We were invited to the staff’s dinner. In all Japanese houses and some restaurants (like this) you take off your shoes. If you go to the toilet, you can use slippers that are waiting for you. Rob talking to Prof Nakagoshi. They already know eachother from 1986!
  • 12. Kyoto 20-23 March http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinkansen Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 12 After dinner we took the Shinkansen to Kyoto. A very nice city. Here are some impressions from the wonderful market that we visited on March 21.
  • 13. Kyoto – Kiymizu-dera Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 13 March 22 we visited the amazing temple of Kiymizu- dera. If you climb there, you pass a big cemetary. It was very crowded, we did not know that it was a day off in Japan  http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/lang/01.html
  • 14. With Dutch eyes Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 14 “What is this?”We wondered in Hiroshima, seeing a lot of young girls walking with the front of their feet bowed to each other. ‘Fashion’ we heard. Yes, it probably will cause knock-knees or other physical problems, but if it is fashion… Once we noticed it, we saw it everywhere like here in Kyoto and not only teenagers. We were also fascinated by all the girls walking with short skirts and bare upperlegs… even when it was very cold or freezing! Fashion…
  • 15. Kyoto – Highashi-Hongan-ji Temple Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 15 The Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple is amazing. Just look at the picture from the website InsideKyoto and you understand. But I was even more touched by a small ‘incident’. At the temple there were posters about collecting money for the victims of the tsunami three years ago. While having a look from a distance I saw a woman slowly walking there and starting to cry, soundless and holding her hands before her mouth. Of course I did not make a picture. The photo that you see here, was made the next day, when we went to the railwaystation, passing the temple again. http://www.insidekyoto.com/higashi-hongan-ji-temple
  • 16. Himeji Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 16 March 23 we had to go back to IDEC, Saijo, being present at the graduation of the students. We stopped at Himeji, to visit the castle. Unfortunately the castle was under construction and we were short of time. Then a young teacher asked if her students could ask something in English. The girl in the white jacket did and was very happy that we understood her and answered some questions. Some days later we experienced the same in the hotel in Aso: young children really enjoyed asking some questions in English. This is very good, because most Japanese who we met (apart from students and staff) hardly speak or understand English.
  • 17. Saijo - IDEC Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 17 March 23. After graduation at IDEC of course a lot of pictures were taken. After that there was a small farewell party were Rob was thanked by the students and received a nice present.
  • 18. Nagasaki 24-26 March, travelling to Nagasaki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dejima March 24, Dejima (Dutch: Decima) Dejima (Japanese: 出島?, "protruding island"), in old Western documents latinized as 'Decima', 'Desjima', 'Dezima', 'Disma', or 'Disima', was a small fan- shaped artificial island built in the bay of Nagasaki in 1634 by local merchants. This island, which was formed by digging a canal through a small peninsula, remained as the single place of direct trade and exchange between Japan and the outside world during the Edo period. Dejima was built to constrain foreign traders as part of sakoku, the self-imposed isolationist policy. Originally built to house Portuguese traders, it was used by the Dutch as a trading post from 1641 until 1853. Covering an area of 120 m x 75 m (9000 square meters, or 0.9 hectares), it later was integrated into the city. In 1922, "Dejima Dutch Trading Post" was designated a Japanese national historic site. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 18 Rob and Mrs Nakagoshi, who joined us on our first day in Nagasaki, looking at the first cherry blossoms in Dejima.
  • 19. Nagasaki – Botanic garden (1) March 25, warm welcome by Prof Nakanishi who showed us the botanic garden Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 19
  • 20. Nagasaki – Botanic garden (2) Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 20
  • 21. Nagasaki – story of Hashima From the botanic garden we saw Hashima Island, now a ‘ghost island’ but being a coal mine island in the past. Coming from a colemine family myself, I was hit by the idea that people actually lived here. It must have been a hard life. Prof Nakanishi took us to a small museum, showing pictures of the island when used. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 21 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashima_Island picture from Wikipedia
  • 22. Kumamoto We continued our travel on the south island via Kumamoto. We arrived in the evening of March 25 and the next day Dr Abe showed us the castle and one of the gardens. It rained and once again we had to use the umbrella’s that we bought in Kyoto. But it was nice, especially when the two gentleman suddenly changed in people from another era. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 22
  • 23. Aso March 26-28 Very interesting is Aso (Kumamoto) and Mount Aso, a vulcano. We were not allowed to go any further. Walking road and cable car were closed. You can see the steam coming from the vulcano. We decided to go to the museum. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 23
  • 24. Aso Mr Hoashi showed us Aso area, vulcano, museum, the caldera and temple. To give you a better impression, I wrote a blog, which is translated into English: smart communication in Japan Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 24
  • 25. Shrine Aso Streetview Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 25
  • 26. Shrine Aso From streetview to courtyard Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 26
  • 27. Shrine From courtyard to shrine Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 27
  • 28. Shrine Having a look inside the shrine Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 28
  • 29. Kumano brush museum Our visit to Japan was about to end. On March 29 we visisted Mrs and Prof Nakagoshi’s house and Mrs Nakagoshi took us to the Kumano brush museum. Of course, being guests we had to try some kalligraphy. I designed my childrens names; read it from right to left, from top down. It ends with my signature. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 29
  • 30. Kure In the afternoon we visited an island close to Kure. It happened to be ebb tide and we could walk to these ‘wild’ oysters. Some 100 meters further we noticed several (cultivated) oyster breeds in the water, as we saw on other places. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 30
  • 31. March 31 Hiroshima - Seoel Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 31
  • 32. Seoel In Seoel we had a whole day to spend, waiting for the flight to Amsterdam. We took the train from the airport and next to that a tourist travel hop-on- and-off bus. Soon Rob found the spot next to the river where he was in 2005, visiting a conference in Seoel. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 32
  • 33. Reconstruction Cheonggyecheon River This river was changed into a highway and later into a river again. Rob was very pleased to see the changes in the past years. Citizens of Seoel are using it as a meeting point. I found a nice short video on Youtube: best restored river in the world Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 33
  • 34. What did you do at 13.00 h While walking next to the river, we saw this girl working on her exhibition in an open space. Nice idea. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 34
  • 35. Seoel, mix of old and new Seoel is a very modern city, but mixed with tradition. The bus passed the residence of the president. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 35
  • 36. 10 meters from the road Close to the busy highspeed road, suddenly there are people walking, shopping, selling on the street. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 36
  • 37. Spruitjes We enjoyed Japanese (and French, Italian and Indian) food. But coming to the lounge for frequent KLM flyers as Rob is, we were very happy with ‘spruitjes, Brussel sprouts! Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 37
  • 38. April 1 Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 38 Leaving at 0.55 Seoel, arriving 04.45 Amsterdam
  • 39. Japan, March 2014 - Annet van Betuw 39 www.vanbetuwadvies.nl

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