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Shops, colour and katakana (Japanese characters) overload in Sapporo 's shopping malls

Shops, colour and katakana (Japanese characters) overload in Sapporo ‘s shopping malls

who knew you could make SHOES out of Salmon skin!! amazing

who knew you could make SHOES out of Salmon skin!! amazing

Amazing fish and traditional 'chika' deer soup for lunch with our Ainu community hosts

Amazing fish and traditional ‘chika’ deer soup for lunch with our Ainu community hosts

Hanging out with a lovely Ainu elder and the Kiwi boys

Hanging out with a lovely Ainu elder and the Kiwi boys

Kikuye, Shuka and I having deep and meaningful chats on  the bus

Kikuye, Shuka and I having deep and meaningful chats on the bus

Hokkaido coastline

Hokkaido coastline

Ainu rock band

Ainu rock band

Dance competition in Osaka

Dance competition in Osaka

Summer purification ceremony at a world heritage temple Kyoto

Summer purification ceremony at a world heritage temple Kyoto

Koi at the conference venue

Koi at the conference venue

Tea ceremony

Tea ceremony

Caligraphy exhibition... this really is 'art'

Caligraphy exhibition… this really is ‘art’

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Good luck mania

Good luck mania

Glimpsing Geishas

Glimpsing Geishas

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Koyasan

Koyasan

Out for a morning run on one of the pilgrimmage trails in Koyasan

Out for a morning run on one of the pilgrimmage trails in Koyasan

Buddhist statue

Buddhist statue

Buddhist temple accommodation in Koyasan

Buddhist temple accommodation in Koyasan

Monks praying in a really OLD cemetery

Monks praying in a really OLD cemetery

Rice paddy landscapes

Rice paddy landscapes

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