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fireworks in osaka
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fireworks display
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nara road
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Grandma
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nara
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Nara deer
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Japanese garden
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Grandma
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Harie
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HK urban on the shore
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reclaiming HK
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HK macau bridge
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under the bridge
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Day 48
Day 48

A visit to Osaka's first Owl Cafe (Lucky Owl). Most of the residents were very friendly...

Day 49
Day 49

Crowds gather around the river to watch the annual firework display

Day 50
Day 50

Various species of fish, insects, and mammals are scaled up and paraded as feature installations on the facades of food establishments in Namba - one of Osaka's busiest entertainment districts. I took a walk around the city and indulged in the local cuisine.

Day 51
Day 51

A blistering hot cycle ride from Osaka to Nara, via Mount Ikoma (38km)...a short but exhausting day in the saddle, sharing the road with the local sika deer!

Day 52
Day 52

An early morning visit to the Buddhist complex of Tōdai-ji - following the sacred sika deer on their daily pilgrimage from the nearby forests towards the temple

Day 53
Day 53

A relaxing walk spotting the local sika deer in the forests surrounding Nara's 'Kasuga-taisha' shinto shrine

Day 54
Day 54

A short 40km cycle ride from Nara to Kyoto, followed by some local chicken and Sake in the Gion district (...spotted Geisha walking to their next appointment)

Day 55
Day 55

A visit to Kennin-ji.- Kyoto's oldest zen temple - to understand the philosophies behind tradition Japanese gardens

Day 56
Day 56

Intimate look inside residents houses in Harie ("the village of living water") - to see how locals cohabit with koi carp *Feature Article to follow*

Day 57
Day 57

Day-trip to Hata Rice Fields with Seita Mori, a local urban planner, and grandma. An interesting day, finding out how rice fields were redeveloped after the war