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Old September 29th, 2004, 08:37 PM   #1
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Skywave AN400.Another tour.Izushi

Welcome to the edo era town of Izushi.Most of the buildings date back to Japan's goldern age when Kyoto was the capital and largest city in the 1600s.The town is located near the Japan sea about 250km north of Osaka.Very small and not important in its heyday,but an important destination in the local area today as most of its buildings still remain.A little Kyoto.

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The well known clock tower of Izushi.Built in the Meji era(1860s) to show off Japan's entry into the modern age.



It was a Monday.Nice and quite.Just a few tourists walking around.To left,if you are wondering,is an ice cream shop.The area is a big prodcuer of dairy products.



A typical residential street in the town.



Cars squeezing their way around the local streets



The local cowboy inviting people into his restaurant.I think I might go in and take a look.



What do we have here.Nice set up!



Its actually a soba(brown noodles) restaurant.Very tradional Japanese food.One serving please....Thanks.If you are wondering how to eat it.You crack the raw egg,put it into the sauce and then dip the noodles in it and eat.Good stuff.



Just a few people in the place.Monday is a great day to tour alot of Japan's small towns.The whole country is working to keep the economy moving!!!!!! producing those Toyota's,Playstations and Suzuki Skywaves




Just outside the restaurant.



The entrance



The view from where I ate the noodles.I couldnt get a shot from the inside.The light wasnt good enough



The local flower shop



I love Edo(1600 to 1860) architecture.The white plaster and roof style



Typical Edo street



Edo temple



Edo temple bell with edo residential buildings in the background



Mmmmmm.Traditional Japanese sake.Love it!!!!



More Edo stuff.The gateway to another temple



Wow! Very Edo.A great example of an Edo house.Izushi is great for this kind of building style



Time to take a break.



Unfortunately the castle was destoyed under the one Nation one Castle law when the Japan entered the industrial age in the 1860s.Many survived though.But not this one.Only the gates remain



Walking up to the castle gate along its walls



Looking down onto Izushi from the Castle gates



And beyond......What a country!!!!! Japan is so green!!!!!!



A buddist shrine was built to replace the orginal Castle.Up I go...up the pathway.Watch your step!



Mmmmmm.Nice stream



Ahhhh.Time to wash my hands before entering the shrine area



The light wasnt good near the shrine.Here is a shot taken from a distance.



Time to head back down



A few sleepy touristy shops near the castle gate



And a women enjoying her ice cream



Ok.Time to head home on a combination of country roads and high speed expressways.On the way up i managed to take this beautiful machine at 165km/h though a 7 km tunnel on the expressway on the way up from Osaka.
Not something I like to do.I was just curious how fast it would go.I figured a tunnel was the safest place to try.

Mmmmmm.Skywave.I will go where you take me



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Old September 30th, 2004, 02:20 AM   #2
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Wow, very nice!
I love the traditional style architecture.

You should make a webpage with all of your previous tours incorporated together.
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Thanks guys.Im glad you enjoyed another tour on the skywave
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I've run out of oooohs, waaaaaws and Iwannagotheres
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A M A Z I N G! I really really enjoy your posts..make sure you never stop posting these great threads. Thanks again for the Outstanding photos.
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Wow, very nice!
I love the traditional style architecture.

You should make a webpage with all of your previous tours incorporated together.
I will have to work out how to do that
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Old October 2nd, 2004, 07:05 PM   #9
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All this talk of scooters reminds me of an old joke:

Q: What's the difference between a fat lass and a scooter?
A: They're both fun to ride but you wouldn't want your mates to see you with one!

Obviously I think this joke's referring to poxy little scooters and not the beasts you guys are into, and of course I would hate to bring potentially sexist material to this site...but it still makes me chuckle.
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Old October 2nd, 2004, 07:14 PM   #10
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All this talk of scooters reminds me of an old joke:

Q: What's the difference between a fat lass and a scooter?
A: They're both fun to ride but you wouldn't want your mates to see you with one!

Obviously I think this joke's referring to poxy little scooters and not the beasts you guys are into, and of course I would hate to bring potentially sexist material to this site...but it still makes me chuckle.
Hahahah Nick.

This weekend in Nara im going to have both mate.You can have to leftovers.
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OMG !!!!

I started this thread almost 4 years ago.I arrived back in Australia in Jan this year,after living in Japan for 8 years.

I miss my skywave tours.I know have a V-Strom 650 and tour all over Australia on it
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