Japan Day 3 : A day at the Museum

Ueno Park is home to a lovely museum and being so close I decided to soak up a little history of the slightly more curated variety. IMG_0645 IMG_0647

Alas, one of the Shogun’s old house was in no real condition to be visited.IMG_0648What is this? What a curious looking little marker. I wonder what it is?

It’s the what?? This tiny burning flame is known locally as the Atomic flame. A man survived one of the atomic bombings and found his family dead and his house on fire. For years, he kept the fire burning as a symbol of revenge, but somewhere along the line he realized that his hatred couldn’t prevent the same horrors from happening again. And so the flame was brought here to Ueno park where it stands as a symbol of peace, and a reminder of what we all have to lose in a nuclear disaster.

After that deep moment, I was seeking a little relief in a fanboy way, so I sped into the museum, and like the 16-year-old boy I  am inside began to coo over the various swords. IMG_0653 IMG_0655 IMG_0656

This one, in particular, held my attention for some reason, and when I looked down I realized why it had. IMG_0658

It was one of Masamune’s Katana, a master swordsmith of Legendary prowess. IMG_0650IMG_0662 IMG_0663 IMG_0666 IMG_0667Many of these artifacts are from the Early Japanese tribal period. There were several groups of native Japanese on the island before it was colonized by the Chinese.

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This was the seal of the Shogun! It’s quite impressive. IMG_0674 IMG_0675 IMG_0676 IMG_0677 IMG_0680 IMG_0679 IMG_0678 IMG_0681 IMG_0682 IMG_0684 IMG_0686 IMG_0689It was a rush hour when I got out of the museum, and it’s started raining.
IMG_0691I was tired and slightly hungover as  I walked the streets of Shibuya, and seeing a McDonalds, I broke a little.

IMG_0693I just had to have a little taste of home. Something I noticed, Japanese Mcdonalds Fries were much less Salty than their American counterparts.

See you tomorrow dear readers!

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