Tsukiji Fish Market

Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market commonly known as the Tsukiji Market is the biggest fish and seafood market in the world it handles over 2000 tons of marine products per day, some call it a grandfather of the fish markets. It opens in the early morning, about 5 AM for the tuna auction and a limited number of 120 tourists per day is allowed inside, position in the queue counts. I didn't manage take part in it, as the metro did not operated that early.

Tourists are also not allowed inside the main market before 9 AM, but for some reason (did not plan it) i got inside about 6 AM and had a good hour stroll before getting kicked out by the security, it benefited with some shots from the rear side of the market, usually out of reach for the tourists. Happy days, even though people i photographed that day look tad serious, but they must have had a busy shift.

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Hiroshima's Lantern Ceremony

While traveling in Japan i have been lucky, honoured and humbled to take part in 68th Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, kept on the day of the explosion right next to A-bomb Dome. Thousands of lanterns had been flowing down the river, pictures does not give it justice as it was happening in stages, not in one go. It is believed that the lights guide the spirits of departed back to the other world.

You can find more in-depth report about Hiroshima and it's tragic history here.

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Nara Dreamland

My second and last exploring stop during the stay in Japan.

Online resources were giving me different perspectives on the way site is being protected. Some talking about cameras, motion sensors and angry security, trying to rip you off for damaging the premises, while others telling a story of a pretty easy and straight forward to do site. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst as they say, i assumed that the first scenario is the case and approached Dreamland quite cautiously. Did a few rounds around it, looking for mentioned devices and personas, had a brief brake after bumping into a Japanese clacking security device at one of the side roads, that scared the crap out of me (but trucks been using it, so i assumed it was placed to protect something else). Eventually i got inside with eyes and ears peeled to anything suspicious. Chosen the roller-coaster for the first stop, as it had good view range in case something was about to happen. Unfortunately it didn't, so no copy/paste drama here. It turned out to be an easy and quite pleasant explore accompanied by the hot and extremely humid summer morning.

History: Built by the Japanese Dream Sightseeing Company in 1961 park, was an idea of Kunizo Matsuo who had previously visited Disneyland Resort in California and based the Dreamland idea on it. Japanese developer cooperated with Disneyland during the construction process, until the final stage when something went wrong between companies and Dreamland had to redefine it's style i.e. by making it's own mascots, using Disney's trademarks has been banned by the Americans. After opening, park got swarmed by the boom of visitors and it remained fairly popular until early 1980s, when similar park was opened in Tokyo (Tokyo Disneyland, 1983). Ultimate decline to the Dreamland popularity brought the opening of the Universal Studios Japan park in near by Osaka (2001). By that time most of the smaller and older theme parks around Japan has been already closed. Nara Dreamland closed permanently on August 31, 2006.

Reclaimed by nature wooden roller coaster Aska was based on Coney Island's Cyclone. It is one of Nara's biggest exploring attractions. It wins a golden medal and gets a separate section  as it was a lot of fun to photograph :)

Rest of the park was definitely as interesting just not so high and curvy. Attractions including screw coaster, merry go round, western city, nearly untouched swimming pool and many others. I did not cover everything though, perhaps next time.

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