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  1. UberDog 1wk 0d ago

    With your wonderful commentary and beautiful images I feel as if I could have been right there with you...

    Until next time I will just hideout here in your backpack... =^.~=

  2. moritz 1wk 0d ago

    Konnichiwa Japanese Lovers !

    Well, the Hedgehog had to finish his trip around Lake Biwa under a strong rain. The Cimaron typhoon blew all night long with a terrific noise.

    Friday 23 August was a fine day to go to Izumo Taisha by train. The typhoon was gone, things looked quite normal. The "Hello Kitty Shinkansen" was on time

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    The scenery was amazing

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    At Izumoshi Station, ther was a kawaii old train to take pilgrims and tourists to Izumo Taisha Shrine

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    The arrival on the site of this enormous shrine was enchanting

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    See you later !

  3. UberDog 1wk 5d ago

    What happens to a Hedgehog when it gets wet?
    You look ready for a monsoon there moritz!
    Thank you again for all your wonderful images and commentary.

  4. moritz 1wk 6d ago

    Konnichiwa Japanese Lovers !

    Well, the Hedgehog was back to France before the Jebi Typhoon arrives in the Kansai Region.
    Sorry for my late reports.

    On Wednesday 22 August, the Hedgehog spent the night at Omihachiman, in a beautiful Ryokan run by an adorable Japanese couple

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    On Thursday 23 August, there was a strange sunlight. The Cimaron Typhoon was approaching. The Lake Biwa was beautiful

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    There was a hidden shrine on a Cape, with a private diving board (a pole over the lake) for the Monks

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    The road to Hikone was scenic

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    In the afternoon, it started to rain with a strong Wind. The Hedgehog had to use a special Equipment

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    See you later...

  5. UberDog 3wk 2d ago

    Love the image of the Torii.

  6. moritz 3wk 4d ago

    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers !

    Here are new shots from an iPhone 6s.

    On Sunday 19 August, the hedgehog visited the famous Omi-Jingu Shrine, on the footpaths of Chihayafuru

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    On Monday 20 August, the biking hedgehog started a tour of Lake Biwa (200 km) with à bicycle

    North shore close to Makino

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    See you later

    merged: 08-25-2018 ~ 01:20pm
    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers !

    On the 2nd day of his trip around the Lake Biwa, the hedgehog was lost : Amsterdam or Biwako ?

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    On the 3rd day, the hedgehog was amazed by a torii un the lake

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    Then occurred a succession of scenic views

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  7. UberDog 3wk 4d ago

    Super Awesome Mr. moritz !
    Thanks again for sharing your adventures with us.

    By the Mr. moritz I was wondering what camera you are using to capture all these wonderful images?

  8. moritz 3wk 6d ago

    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers,

    More news from the Japanese Hedgehog :

    On Friday 17 August, the Hedgehog could be seen at Yanaka, a charming quarter close to Ueno and haunted by cats

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    On Saturday 18 August, the Hedgehog moved to Otsu (Lake Biwa) by Shinkansen

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    He had to climb a high tower to find his nest

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    On Sunday 19 August, he joined a Dragonboat race on Lake Biwa

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  9. UberDog 4wk 1d ago

    Once again you have graced us with beautiful and stunning images from you adventures Sir moritz.

    Thank you.

    The Great Buddah and The Engaku-ji gardens are simply majestic ! =^_^=

  10. moritz 4wk 2d ago

    Konnichiwa, Japanese Lovers !

    The wandering hedgehog is enjoying Japan and would not forget to share some great moments of his trip.

    On Tuesday 14 August, Ochanomizu Station at Akihabara was a good spot to watch trains

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    Some beautiful shrines are hidden behind the skycrapers

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    On wednesday 15 August, Yokohama was the right place to celebrate Pikachu’s Birthday

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    And the Sunshine City at Ikebukuro was a great spot to watch the Sky Tree (but not the Fuji-san)

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    On Thursday 16 August, the Great Buddah at Kamakura was radiant

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    The Engaku-ji gardens were peaceful

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  11. UberDog 5wk 2d ago

    Hurray for you moritz! We all can't wait to see all the awesome images you capture on your adventure.

  12. moritz 5wk 2d ago

    Konnichiwa Japanese Lovers !
    Pretty soon, I will be back again in Japan and I would like to share with you the best moments that I'll live during my trip.
    I'll start in Tokyo and Kamakura, then I'll take a Shinkansen to Otsu, which is located on the southern shore of Lake Biwa. This will be the starting point of a 4 day bike tour around the Lake Biwa (Biwako). Then, I will be going by train to the famous Izumo Taisha Shrine. After that, I'll drive along the Coast through magnificent landscapes, with a stop at Kinosaki Onsen to enjoy the hot springs. I'll spend the last days in the bustling metropolis of Osaka. I'm looking forward to be there !

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  13. UberDog Sep 05, 2017

    @moritz: Glad you had a safe and fun journey. We all enjoyed the beautiful images of Japan that you shared with us. We look forward to anything else that you want to share.

  14. angelxxuan Banned Member Sep 04, 2017

    aww so sad, home so soon :( but there's always next time! glad you made it home safe and sound, travels can be worrisome, all those annoying crying babies! yikes! @_@

    but it still amazes me how such a chaotic electrical wire strapping works. however, with that chaotic hookup they should stop asking how their electricity and land line goes down so quickly and often. not even a storm and out goes the lines. although that sounds familiar for my territory and it's suppose to be modernized. can't wait to see further adventures with the hedgehog, either past or future travels.

  15. moritz Sep 03, 2017

    Hi Japanese Lovers !

    I'm back home and happy, however I'm sad to have left Japan. I intend to post more pictures and comments during the next few weeks to extend the trip.

    I'll start with this picture :

    Electric Sun : Onomichi - Sanyo Coast, 2017.08.22

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    See you soon !

  16. angelxxuan Banned Member Aug 28, 2017

    post when you got the time moritz it's all good. vacations are suppose to be fun, not riddled with obligations.

    oh my gosh you got a pre and post tide fun yay for the hedgehog! and look at the masses trying to get a good shot themselves, goodness how can you take a picture without getting a person in there.

    apparently the girl had all her essentials, a float device and her cell, well, all is set! hope that's a water proof cell or there will be complications on the car ride home.

    another Japanese castle yay! nice bridge and garden shot, and the Japanese are so considerate they even decorate manhole covers to provide a calming effect.

    the building you can drive through and I saw Woody about to enjoy some food, and that one guy looked super happy in the end, thanks once again for the shares of your adventures moritz can't wait to see another traveling installment with the hedgehog!

  17. moritz Aug 28, 2017

    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers !

    I'm sorry for having been too tired for posting. So much to see, so much to live !

    The Miyajima fireworks were a great, great, great festival. The show was on the earth and in the sky. 300 000 people crossing the sea and gathering around the majestic torii to share a magical moment !

    In the afternoon, the torii was surrounded by the sea.

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    Many photographers and the shooting hedgehog were there to take the best shot.

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    Many Japanese wore the traditional yukata.

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    Sunset before the fireworks.

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    Grand finale over the beautiful torii.

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    Recovered serenity.

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    A Japanese family on the week-end.

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    Manhole at Hiroshima.

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    Underground fire hydrant.

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    Flying mailbox at Okayama.

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    The wonderful gardens and castle of Okayama.

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    Osaka from above.

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    Osaka from below.

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    Takoyaki festa.

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    See you later !

  18. angelxxuan Banned Member Aug 25, 2017

    for those unaware beer dehydrates just as much as sweet drinks such as soda, water is the best when you have been outside playing for awhile, or Gatorade.

    aww an iconic red bike and a rare hedgehog encounter!

    oh my gosh, a pirate ship and a slide in the water!

    that private onsen looks nice, bet it felt nice after the long ride.

    can't wait for Miyajima, try to get high and low tide of that mysterious floating torii!

  19. moritz Aug 25, 2017

    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers !

    @uberdog : Sorry, I didn't visit the inner part of the Dogs Museum.

    The biking hedgehog has finished the Shimanami Kaido ride and is still alive, resting now at Matsuyama, on Shikoku Island. He drank and sweated gallons of water (beer was not recommended).

    Scenic view from Innoshima Island.

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    Dangerous encounter...

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    Moritz's bike close to the bridge between Innoshima and Ikuchijima islands

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    The Long Riders are the stars of Shimanami Kaido.

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    Long Rider moritz is watching the mutant creatures of the Seto Inland Sea. Ah, if the hedhehogs could swim !

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    moritz's private onsen at Suminoe Ryokan.

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    Sunset Beach on Ikushijima Island.

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    Pirates of the Inland Sea.

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    Crowded beach on Hakatajima Island.

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    Kurushima-Kaikyo Bridges are 4 105 meters long.

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    See you tomorrow at Miyajima.

  20. UberDog Aug 23, 2017

    @moritz: Did you find any of my cousins at the Dog Museum?

  21. angelxxuan Banned Member Aug 23, 2017

    if you're going to be that close to Hiroshima make certain to look for mutant wildlife, heck from the research I know of, there are mutant wildlife all over Japan, even in the seas of mutant sharks.

    oh my gosh what a beautiful shot of one of the Japanese castles with that sunset in the background.

    thomas the train! which serves point on a post earlier created to discuss Japanination, you will see all sorts of things in the same store related to animation.

    well at least you posted a "clean and normal" vending machine, and you so should look for the crab machine! you can catch live crab with a claw and the newest one is a crab being sold in a small box, alive! that mailbox is super friendly, for those out there who have mailboxes, it shouldn't be that complicated to mimic or do a variation of it. nothing wrong with either blending in, or being fun.

    I forget where, but someone over in Japan (maybe more) there are cat train conductors. and there's cat city, somewhere there's cat island! a tiny island by the name of Tashirojima, a true cat person's paradise!

    thanks for the shares moritz and enjoying every moment of it. have fun on your bike ride, be amazed by weird flowers if you see any.

  22. moritz Aug 23, 2017

    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers !

    Tomorrow, the biking hedgehog will rent a bicycle at Onomichi and follow the Shimanami Kaido road to Shikoku Island. It will take 2 days to ride from island to island, including a night in a traditional Ryokan.

    Onomichi is a very pleasant place close to Hiroshima.

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    Cat City.

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    Local train.

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    Still life at Kurashiki, between Fukuyama and Okayama.

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    Dogs Museum of Kurashiki.

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    Mailbox at Kasaoka.

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    Seifuku !

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    Otaku !

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    Vending machine !

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    See you tomorrow, after having lost tons of sweat !

  23. angelxxuan Banned Member Aug 21, 2017

    at least they can see their volcano and it's activity, sadly one of the most lethal volcanoes resides in America, which is currently showing a lot of activity, wish Yellowstone will go back to sleep now.

    aww now I want a school bag!

    you know in a way the first one could be both but I'm going with Kagoshima, because it's on the coast and by the designs present, but, there again other countries do mimic other designs so it's a tough call.

    second I'm going with garage too short, Japan has space issues, that's why they have created rotating garages for more than one family housing so they can fit all their cars into one tiny spot.

    third going with real I believe it was related to when the English sailed their ships into their harbor.

  24. moritz Aug 21, 2017

    Konbanwa Japanese Lovers !

    The City of Kagoshima is dominated by the Sakurajima volcano, which violently erupted in 1955 and is still active.

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    It's forbidden to approach the crater within 2 kilometers.

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    The Kagoshima-Chuo station has a Ferris wheel on top.

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    There are many food stalls close to the station.

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    That is all you need to build a traditional girl's school bag.

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    A boy's schoolbag weighs 3.2 kilograms potatoes.

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    And now, let's take a little quiz !

    1) Kagoshima or Los Angeles ?
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    2) Car too long or garage too short ?

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    3) Real or unreal ?

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    See you again tomorrow !

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