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Nara Lights August 18, 2009

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An old friend of mine, Albert, went on a quick trip to Japan in the past few weeks, a short interlude to his business life. (He is certainly on his way to being a CEO, one of the smartest and most socially adept guys I’ve known.)

He uploaded photos from the trip onto facebook, and tagged me in this photo:

smile! nara night lights

It was a picture from the Nara night lights when he was there. He said it was because I was always smiling every time he saw me.

The photo made me smile.


Blurry Photos July 3, 2009

Posted by Dengke in friends, Japan, My Life, Retrospect, Uncategorized.
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It’s been over a month since Aya’s grandarents sent us the photos from back in Japan, so tonight I was looking through some that I could print off and send to them as well.

In the folder where I rarely looked, were the photos that brought back a rush of memories and feelings.  As if by time warp, the starry night swirled, and I was transported back to the places that I’ve been, breathing in the atmosphere that I’ve seen.

And I was back. In front of the Yaki-pan nightstall at Asakusa Tera. Bright lights dazzled my eyes. I blinked, slightly disorientated.

Asakusa Night Stalls

I snapped this photo of the night restaurants as we left the food stall area, knowing it'd become I good memory.

In my hands were a packet of the Yaki-pan (which is what I call it now, since I’m not even sure of it’s actual name). At the time I think we bough it, half because we thought the girl working at the stall was cute. (more…)

Nara, Japan June 4, 2009

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A few days ago I received a letter from Aa-chan an Ojii-chan from Japan. It contained a letter along with photos from when we visited Nara together.

This was from when I visited Japan together with Alex and Tim at the start of this year.

Aa-chan was our host grandma. We called her Aa-chan because she insisted us not call her Obaa-chan. Ojii-chan is Ojii-chan, he was our host grandpa.

Nara was one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. The sky was such a deep blue that you felt like you could just embrace it. It felt like if you dropped a rock into the sky, you would see it ripple like in a still spring. It was so open, with nothing to get in its way. There were a few mountains, but they were low and unobtrusive. There were trees, but they did not clutter up the scenery at all. They just fit in.

There were deer in the park, and we fed them biscuits. In fact, we got chased half way down the road because the deer wanted more. One followed us all the way in to the temple, so we had to run back to try and lead it out. Lots of little kids had little deer pully toys, and I enjoyed watching them tottering ahead and pulling them along.

The three at Nara 2

These photo really surprised me. Looking at us from another perspective – one that I could never have seen before if Aa-chan or Ojii-chan had not taken it – is that we look like we are having alot of fun. Everything’s just simple, three guys together, on a trip, enjoying themselves.

The three at Nara

Despite other things, perhaps we did have fun.