Japan 2002

Chiba-ken Prefecture

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Chiba-ken Prefecture is an area located to the East of Tokyo.  Narita (NRT), Tokyo's International Airport, is located in Chiba-ken.  Unbeknownst to most visitors, Narita is not close to Tokyo at all.  Narita is 60 kilometers from Tokyo and access to Tokyo by rail, bus and motor vehicle takes a minimum of 60 minutes.  In addition, taxi rides in Japan are extremely expensive.  I took a taxi from Roppongi to Shinjuku early one morning (15 minutes cab ride) and the cost was 2,180 yen (roughly $16.75).  That's a distance of roughly from Times Square to Soho.

About Chiba...Andy was nice enough to play tour guide.  On my first full day in Japan we visited the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple.  I had my first Japanese lunch on the main shopping street around this temple.  It was also here on this street that I had my first exposure to the Japanese tradition of displaying "sampuru" food outside restaurants.  For lunch I chose curried pork cutlet over rice.  It was yummy.  Although Andy tried his best to decipher and translate for me the Japanese menu posted on the walls, madam restaurateur was nice enough to take pity on me and provide me with an English menu.

To learn more about Chiba prefecture, visit the Chiba Tourist Information website.  Take me to Chiba!

Enroute to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

  Hotel Chapel Christmas - a LOVE Hotel.  What a hoot!

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Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and Surrounding Streets

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Nama Kiri Fudo ("Cut-the-Wave" Temple)

 

In a little town of Naruto, a bright red temple is located on a hill.  Known as "Nama kiri fudo" which translates to "Cut-the-wave Temple".  Legend has it that hundreds of years ago, when shoreline was much closer than it is today, a huge tsunami came along and destroyed everything except that temple.  The wave was supposedly parted by it and the temple survived.  Story reminds me of Moses parting the sea.  Many thanks to Andy for filling in the gaps regarding this temple.

     

   

     

     

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