1. Byodo-In Temple
This temple was built by Buddhist Bishops in 1968 to Commemorate 100 years of Japanese immigration to Hawaii. It is a replica of a 900 year old temple in Uji Japan.

2. Byodo-In Temple
Located on the east coast of Oahu off the Kahekili Highway

3. Chinaman's Hat Island
This island is on the east coast. It's Hawaiian name is Mokoli'i, perhaps that is a more politically correct name these days. This side of the island is the windward. Even though the island of Oahu is only about 40 miles long and 24 miles wide there are three distinct climates. The windward which is often rainy and windy, the leeward which is very changeable, (It can pour torrential rain in minutes) and the valleys between which can be either.

Posted by Hello4. The Banzai Pipeline
This beach is famous for it's surfing. Because of the coral reef and the undertow, it is dangerous. A top surfer was killed here last year. That's me at the end. The surf you see was not good enough on this day and a major contest was cancelled. The surf wasn't high enough. We were told this was six feet. It was probably eight to ten but, it can reach thirty feet and higher in the winter. (November on)

5. This is the Arizona Memorial.
The attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese on Dec 7, 1941 killed 2,390 soldiers, destroyed 18 battleships and 200 aircraft. Under us, there are over a 1000 people who lost their lives when the Arizona suffered a direct hit.

7. Germaine's Luau
Germaine's is a popular Luau on the west coast. It seldom rains here. Each day they prepare a Kalua pig in a traditional imu or underground pit. It is covered by leaves and cooks all day. The Luau is a mixture of food, drink and entertainment. We took a bus. Lucky we did. Germaine's is at Barber's Point.

Posted by Hello6. Queen Lil'uokalani
Hawaii's last monarch. She was removed from her throne and placed under arrest in her own palace by a coup of American businessmen. Although not supported by President Cleveland, a democrat, it passed through a republican provisional government. Many people in Hawaii still seek independence to this day and we met a few. The United States has offered an official apology however, it does not change anything.

Posted by Hello 8. Polynesian Cultural Center
On the east coast is the PCC a Disneyland type village belonging to the Mormon Church. It is near Brigham Young University, Hawaii Campus and uses students as cast members. They are actually Mormons from Tonga, Tahiti, The Marquesas, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa and Hawaii working for their university tuition. This is something we should consider in Canada. It is a great idea. This student was a favourite with Eleanor.

Posted by Hello9. Looking for the Pig
I got to act up a lot at the Polynesian Center but, I'm not a Mormon.

Posted by Hello10. Tonga
My buddy and I. I taught him all I know about the drums.

Posted by Hello11. These are buddies from New Zealand. The Maories.
You can see that I have friends that take care of business. Please do not upset me.

Posted by Hello12. Waikiki Beach
In November, the waves here are small compared to the east coast but, there are surfers everywhere. Note the Labatts umbrella.

Posted by Hello13. Hibiscus

Posted by Hello14. Backyard of our Ryocan in Nara
Ryocan's are traditional hotels in Japan. Some offer meals but, they are definitely not bed and breakfasts. You sleep in a futon on a tatami mat. Sometimes comfortable but often it takes getting used to. Nara was the first capital of Japan in 710 and contains much of Japan's early culture.

Posted by Hello15. Eating Breakfast
This Ryocan did provide breakfast. The room and breakfast was about 10,000 yen or close to $120 Canadian, $100 US. This is about the cost when you go. Hotels are much more expensive.

Posted by Hello16a Yoshiko
This was our guide in Nara for nearly ten hours. She is now our dear friend.

Posted by Hello16. Inside our room
Here you can see the two futons on the tatami mats. The futon is about a three inch pad covered by a comforter. On the left side is a heater, the only way to heat your room. In this area the average temperature in November is 10 degrees C or 50F. While we were there is got up quite a few degrees higher. You only needed a light jacket. Also, out of the picture is a TV. We never watched while we were there but, it had a box that you fed 100 yen coins into. That's a little over $1.

17. Todaiji Temple
The is the largest wooden structure in the world. It was re-built in 1709 and is only two thirds the original size. It houses a giant bronze Buddha which took five years to cast and nearly crippled the economy of the time in 746. The Buddha is over sixteen meters tall. To complete the casting, the artisan climbed through the Buddha's nose.

Posted by Hello18. Gardens in Nara, Japan
Japanese gardens are well known and they are everywhere in Japan however, they rarely are flower gardens. They consist of trees, ponds and tea rooms.

Posted by Hello19. Cleansing before entering a Temple or Shrine
It is customary that you was your hands and take a small drink to cleanse your mouth before entering a Shinto Shrine or a Buddhist Temple. Most Shintos will also worship in a Buddhist Temple. We are still in Nara with Yoshiko, our guide. If you go to Nara, book a guide in advance. Yoshiko took us around Nara for nine and a half hours ... just Elle and I and it cost us her lunch. There is no charge and, there is no tipping anywhere in Japan. You will insult waiters, taxi drivers etc. if you try to tip. We correspond with Yoshiko often. Her knowledge of Japan was of great value to our trip.

Posted by Hello20. Shrine Day
When a girl or boy reaches 30 days, three, five and seven years they dress in their finest Kimonos and go to the shrine with their parents for what is probably an equivalent to our first communion or baptism. There is probably $15,000 worth on Kimonos here or more. A good quality one will run you $5,000. You can of course rent them.

Posted by Hello21. Cute

Posted by Hello22. Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto
In Nara, we were on our own. We met Carolyn in Kyoto which was Japan's second capital. Edo (Tokyo) became the seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603 and Kyoto became marginalized. In 1868 The emperor Meiji adopted Edo as his capital. This is the Golden Temple originally built in 1397 as a retirement villa for the third Shogunate. A monk obsessed with it's charm burned it in 1950 and it was rebuilt 1955 with gold leaf five times the original thickness. It was finished completely in 1987.

Posted by Hello23. Another view

Posted by Hello24. The little Man
These statues can be garden decorations or, more usually remembrances of the dead, even headstones.

Posted by Hello25. Ginkakuji Temple
One of the later Shoguns in 1482 wanted a pavilion covered in silver for his palace yet it was never covered in silver due to a lack of funds. It became a temple later, thus this temple is called The Silver Temple.

Posted by Hello25a. Ginkakuji Temple
A view from the hill above.

Posted by Hello26. Choosing a Meal
This way of buying food, by first looking at a plastic replica, is common in Japan, not just for tourists. 500 yen is about $7.00.