The weekend before the workshop in Tokyo I had some time to explore the city. On Saturday I met up with Rio for a dance photoshoot, you can see the photos in the “Tokyo on pointe” blog post. For Sunday I headed to the Ueno Park, and the Tokyo National Museum.
If you are curious about what we did at the meeting, then see the separate Tokyo Workshop blogpost. The day after the meeting I headed to a nearby train station to buy a Japanese Rail Pass. Armed with the JR pass I headed to Kamakura, where the Shogunate had been based from 1185 to 1333. I spoke with an American on the train who had lived in Japan for a long time, he gave me directions to Hasedera, a Buddhist temple dating back to 800th century.
In the evening I headed to Shinjuku where Johan Nordström lived. We went out for sushi to a local restaurant where Johan knew the chef.
The following day I headed to Kyoto in the morning.
The first time I was in Japan I flew via Osaka, and had a free day there, which I wanted to use to go to Himeji castle, but unfortunately the train tracks were being repaired that particular day. So when I was walking to the train station on Saturday my original plan had been to go see a famous temple, but I changed my mind and decided to take the Shinkansen to Himeji Castle.
On the Sunday I met up first with Emily and then with Jane. My internet data had run out, so it was a bit of an adventure to find each other, but in the end it worked out. Those photos will be in a separate blog post.