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Banpaku Kinen Koen. Annual flowering of roses and water irises. 31 May 2014.

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Images of various cultures. Japan National Museum of Ethnology, Banpaku Kinen Koen, Suita, Osaka. My favorite museum because virtually everything may be photographed and many may be touched. Some exhibits are designed to be handled by museum goers. 31 May 2014.

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Lunch at Muu Muu in Nu-Chayamachi Building, Umeda, Osaka. Hawaiian themed coffee shop, popular in Japan these days (along with pancake houses). Delicious, a bit expensive. 31 May 2014.

http://nu-chayamachi.com/sp/
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Ice plants in bloom on roadside next to bus stop. Delosperma cooperi, native to South Africa, commonly used in landscaping. Observed after morning class at Kansai University. 30 May 2014. More info at: Missouri Botanic Garden. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=b464

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Typical Kobe City Bus stop design. Across Kobe University Hattatsu  campus. 28 May 2014.

Typical Kobe City Bus stop design. Across Kobe University Hattatsu campus. 28 May 2014.

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Nahomi Kawasumi TV interview after winning 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam. 25 May 2014. 

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_AFC_Women%27s_Asian_Cup

Nahomi Kawasumi TV interview after winning 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam. 25 May 2014.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_AFC_Women%27s_Asian_Cup

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Street corner, newly renovated. Tsurukabuto, Kobe, Japan. A testament to Japanese workmanship. 22 May, 2014.

Street corner, newly renovated. Tsurukabuto, Kobe, Japan. A testament to Japanese workmanship. 22 May, 2014.

Tags: street corner
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Visited the World Heritage village of Shirakawa-go. 40 minute by bus from Takayama. 14 May 2014.

More Info
http://www.hida.jp/english/index.htm

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Shop and grindz. Walked about the famous Sanmachi area with traditional houses (machiya), clothing stores, sake breweries, miso shops, traditional craft stores and eateries. Then back to our minshuku (Kuwataniya) for superb hida-gyu (beef) kaiseki dinner. 13 May 2014.

Hida info: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hida-Takayama
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Ekiben hunting! Shinkobe station before getting on Shinkansen to Nagoya. From Nagoya to Hida Takayama by Wide View Hida (ワイドビューひだ) Limited Express train. Long ride, great scenery. 12 May 2014.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Hida-Takayama