Japan

Great Buddha of Kamakura

Right in the middle of our thumbnail, you can just make out the shape of the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Around 13 metres tall, the bronze statue is said to have been cast all the way back in 1252, and…

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Tuesday, 29th November 2005

Asahi Beer Hall

This is the Asahi Beer Hall or, to give it its proper name, La Flamme d’Or building in Tokyo. Designed by Philippe Starck, the golden flame rises up from the roof of a solid black building which has gently curving…

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Thursday, 25th August 2005

Japanese Ferris Wheels

Daikanransha is a 115m Ferris Wheel on Odaiba, a island in Tokyo bay built on reclaimed land. There’s all sorts of cool looking buildings on Odaiba so have a good scroll around, I haven’t a clue what any of them…

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Saturday, 13th August 2005

Bullet Trainyard

This seems to be some sort of Bullet Trainyard in Tokyo (perhaps that should be Bullet Train train-yard?). I can count 15 with 4 more slightly south. Also, could this be part of one of the Doctor Yellow trains we…

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Monday, 8th August 2005

Haneda Airport, Tokyo

This is a cracking shot of a plane coming into land at Haneda Airport (AKA Tokyo International Airport). By sheer passenger throughput, Haneda is the busiest airport in all of Asia and the fourth-busiest airport in the world, handling over…

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Wednesday, 3rd August 2005

Shinkansen Bullet Train

Here you can see the unmistakable ‘noses’ of a couple of Japanese Shinkansen Super Express trains, although you might know these better as ‘Bullet Trains’. Their nickname is well deserved however, as they regularly run at speeds of 300 kilometres…

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Thursday, 28th July 2005
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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