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Tokyo Subway Route Map

Tokyo Subway Route Map Explained by a salaryman who commutes a lot ( numbering in the post is wrong.  Tech glitch )
Toei Line
This post is going to tell you about my own experiences riding on these lines, and some input on places of interest that I feel showcase some of Tokyo's charms.   A good point I would like to suggest is that often times places that are off the beaten track and that are not in travel magazines are the best places to visit.   Sometimes, it is okay to get lost in Tokyo and explore the place without having to worry so much about if you can find your way back to your hotel or not.   You will be amazed at what you discover if you take a step out and explore new places.   

List of Train Lines in no particular order: Asakusa Line :  Clean and comfortable carriage cars.   Plush seating with good suspension and clean.    Trains come often so no long wait times.   Fares are cheaper than JR.   Asakusa Line is both surface and underground and connects you to Oshiage Tok…

Board of Education: The selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde ( pg. 162 polestar English textbook)
Preface:  Here is yet another example of how the Board of Education is implementing Christianity in its textbooks to teach kids values.   The purpose for teaching kids about Christian virtues is to help instill values and a sense of morality, I suppose, but then, that would mean Japanese do not have virtue by birth nor upbringing.   Basic considerations for human beings and the general welfare of others has always been a cultural feature of the Japanese ever since Buddhism merged with Shintoism, thousands of years ago, way before North American colonizers discovered the teachings of the Ten Commandments of the Bible, or even knew of the contents of the original Bible for that matter.   In fact, most Anglo colonizers could hardly read the written words nor understand the content in their own Constitution of 1776 scribed in English.    Japan had had a written Constitution long before North America had one, and was in…

Japan Board of Education: Amazing Grace...?

Japan Board of Education Textbook.
Amazing Grace
Shuken Shuppan  Polestar textbook English Communication

Preface:  Japanese / Japan is  one of the leading donors in humanitarian aid around the world.   They have donated billions of yen to charities, developing countries, and startup business to just about every country on the globe.  Some Japanese have even taken matters to the extreme  to the point of poking their noses into hotspot areas like Palestine and Isreal, things the Japanese may want to avoid.  Had Japan shared its borders with an ethnic minority with its own government, the relative peace and calm of this country would be questionable.   No other country can be like nor emulate Japan.   So, where does this spirit of charity and altruism come from exactly?   Why do the Japanese feel they need to save the whole world, while caring very little for its own people?   It's the Board of Education...?  The essay below is one such example of what Japanese kids learn in school,…

Antique Pool Antik Yüzme Havuzu

Antique pools in the Mediterranean are beautiful.

Before I moved to Japan, I had spent years travelling around the world in search of amazing cocktails, beautiful vistas, and natural hot spas.   In the picture above is a photo taken at an antique pool in Turkey, sort of like a hot spring museum under water.   I have been to this country about 3 times as it's been the intersection of culture, language, and religions for entire civilisations for  centuries!   Parts of the Holy Bible were even written and inspired by God in parts of Turkey - The New Testament.

In this photos is a place in Yuzme Havuzu called the Sacred Pools of Hierapolis.   Underneath this potassium-rich water are submerged fragments of fluted marble columns which has rested at the bottom of this pool for centuries.   Dating back to the 2nd Century before the birth of Jesus Christ, this same water was used to treat the sick and the dying after wars  fought and lost.    Many soul…

Koi Fish Museum Garden Park: Nishikigoi no Sato

Welcome to carp heaven!  

No other place in Japan can you find a garden more replete than Nishikigoi no Sato.  Though relatively small, the park maximizes the use of space through minimalism.   You have waterfalls, bridges, bubbling brooks, pagodas, and lastly, big beautiful carp, each prized and beloved for its own unique beautiful patterns.

Why travel this far up to see a bunch of fish in a garden?   In Japan, there  are over 827 prized gardens, each with its own uniqueness, and international appeal.   There are a variety of garden / parks in Japan.   I say garden/park because here in Japan gardens allow you to walk, hike, and picnic in  gardens, which is what a park allows.   A standing garden is typically a place where you look at, grow, and cultivate flora, shrubs, flowers, and is not often open to the public.   In Japan, many gardens allow you to sit amongst the trees and flowers while enjoying a tea with snacks all while admiring the beauty of the garden - the best of both wor…

Old ~ Ichinobe Onsen

Old ~ Ichinobe Onsen

After thoroughly soaking away the stiffness in my back,  in a mineral rich  hot spring bath for thirty minutes, I could slowly feel the tension ease away down through my legs.     While in that state of peace I reflected on the events of the day and what was to come the next day.   Dinner  and drinks with a local girl was fantastic tonight.    I had met her  a few times,  once in Nagoya and the second time in Tokyo, and this time in Gunma - her hometown.  Nice being served chilled sake again, like how her nimble fingers delicately held the bottle when she poured the sake in my cup.   I like how she rested her hands under her chin after serving me,  while watching me sip the rice brew.

Ichinobe is another off the beaten track hot spring / onsen town; no street lights after dusk.  Nights are so quiet you can hear mosquito wings.   Autumn nights are nice in Gunma.  A bit chilly, but comfortable enough to wear a flannel and some sandals.   Dinner that night was grill…