Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Grand Tour II – An Epilogue, or Goodbye to the Far East

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So inevitably, I have arrived at the epilogue to Part II of my Grand Tour, on the Treaty Ports and Imperial Cities of China, Korea and Japan. 15 glittering cities of the Far East – Hong Kong, Macao, Canton, Amoy, … Continue reading

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Walking in the Lake District…or a post about Nothing Much At All

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So in the last week, I’ve been in Ambleside, in the Lake District, scaling pike and fell, fording beck and ghyll, skirting tarn and pond, and generally clambering over a number of summits to take in stunning views of Lake Windermere and … Continue reading

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The Tokyo Station Hotel

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The other historic grand hotel in Tokyo – and the one I actually stayed at – is the Tokyo Station Hotel. The Tokyo Station opened its doors in 1914 – it was built by the same architect that designed the Bank … Continue reading

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The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

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The Imperial Hotel is THE grande dame of the hospitality scene in Tokyo. It was built in the Meiji Era – the first Western-style hotel in Japan, built to cater to European visitors. It opened in 1890 but unfortunately, burnt down in … Continue reading

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The Imperial Palace, Tokyo 皇居

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The Imperial Palace in Tokyo stands on the foundations of the former Edo Castle, which has existed on the same site since 1457. In 1868, the Meiji Emperor moved from his Imperial Palace in Kyoto to the Edo Castle, renaming it … Continue reading

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Meiji-Mura Museum 明治村, Inuyama, Japan

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To really view specimens of Meiji-era architecture up-close, one has to travel Southeast to Inuyama 犬山, a small town on the outskirts of Nagoya, for the one-of-a-kind Meiji Mura Museum. Literally meaning “Meiji Village,” Meiji Mura 明治村 is a sprawling … Continue reading

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Meiji 明治, Taisho 大正 and Early Showa 昭和 Architecture in Tokyo

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In 1868, the Meiji Emperor, upon ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the Imperial Capital, Kyoto 京都, subdued the Tokugawa Shogunate and abolished shogunates altogether, declaring that from henceforth, political power would once again be restored to the Monarchy. The last time … Continue reading

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