Miyazaki Prefecture

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If we mention the name “Miyazaki” to someone with a basic knowledge of Japan, they probably will not know what we are talking about. If we ask someone with advanced knowledge, they will tell us that Continue reading “Miyazaki Prefecture”

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Shikoku

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We went to Shikoku because in Tadotsu there is the Shorinji Kempo main Dojo, martial art that my friend and travelbuddy in this trip Manuel Martín practiced. Since we were going to go, he insisted that we stay one or two more days; literally his words were: “I do not know what is there, but I think it has to be cool.” Since I knew absolutely nothing about Shikoku I could not refute his argument, and from this anecdote I learned that sometimes it is not bad to let go by instinct, because the overall experience was very positive. Continue reading “Shikoku”

KYOTO

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  • I was here: 3 days in October plus another in November 2008, and 3 days in May 2013.
  • Recommended number of days: minimum 3, plus at least a day and a half more for the main day trips in case Kyoto is our base.
  • My score: 5/5. Exceptional.

I have not visited all of Asia, but I dare to say that Kyoto is the most beautiful big city on the continent and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Continue reading “KYOTO”

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA) AND GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY

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This is my face on more than one occasion in terms of modern / contemporary art. It’s true that I do not know how to appreciate it (so I hope my criticisms do not offend any scholar in the subject) as I am not even by far an expert in classical art, but I do realize what I like when I see it, whether because I find it aesthetic, original or hardworked. My first criterion is that when something is good most people like it, may they understand what they are observing or not. Continue reading “MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA) AND GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY”

JAPANESE ALPS: KAMIKOCHI

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  • We were here: two days in mid-October 2008.
  • Recommended number of days: at least 2. I would have stayed one more day.
  • My score: 3/5, but if I lived in Japan, I would certainly repeat it frequently.

Just 60 km east of the traditional Takayama, and with dozens of routes varying in length and difficulty, from simple flat walks along the river bank, to multi-day treks that Continue reading “JAPANESE ALPS: KAMIKOCHI”