Here is this month’s Japan Blog Matsuri, with a bumper haul of sixteen entries, including a few new-to-me blogs, so I hope you all can find something new too.

First out of the trap is a fellow Kansai blogger, sleepytako, a name that already suggests slow times! His relaxation is getting gently boiled in various hot springs around the Kansai area, and the story also serves as a pointer to his rather useful Kansai Onsen Guide.

Next up is another Kansai resident, Harvey, who submitted an older post, but it’s about a walk I’ve always wanted to do myself, as I find disused railway lines fascinating. He walked a portion of the old Takarazuka to Sanda JR line.

Jamie at Frugalista Japan posted on not really a slow time, more a downright boring year in Yokkaichi, which I suspect might be near Tokyo, but it sounds far too dull to even bother looking up!

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There three guys above were the quickest to post, so I’ll give them the space above the fold, and I’ll cover the remaining entries a bit more quickly!

Deas of Rocking in Hakata manages to cover both Hello Kitty and shipbuilding talking about his home town of Imabari which seems even slower than Yokkaichi above. Billy from Tune In Tokyo describes a slow time with his wife in Okinawa. Muza-chan at the Gate to Japan has a super set of photos of Sensoji at night, one of which I show below.

Sensoji at night

Nick at the Long Countdown makes me even more jealous of his lazy internet entrepreneur life, and our man in abiko gets pissed and sleeps. Honor at TokyoTopia gets annoyed by random slowness in the busy metropolis and McAlpine of The Soul of Japan gets annoyed in the hot springs.

Yah! Back to Kansai with Janne In Osaka, who goes down the coast to Suma and Akashi.

Chris of i cjw deserves a whole blog post of his own for a review of his stories of mountain climbing that are both Slow and Fast Times! This time though was a relaxing summer hike with his usual stunning photographs. He should get a coffee table book deal for himself!

Shane at the Nihon Sun discusses slow Tokyo waiting for trains, waiting for wrapping, or just trying to fight through crowds. Hao at Instant Ramen photographs the Kansai Institute and the surrounding area near Kansai Airport. Brian at Gaijin Bash has a nice and simple before and after plum wine, and Blue Moon at Blue Lotus has a Slow Time in a love hotel!

Just three more to go now! Jon Allen, A Seoul Man in Tokyo, is not just slow, but comes to a dead stop in Aoyama cemetery. Harvey at Japan Newbie gets buried in hot sand, and last but not least sophielynette at Four Thousand Miles goes to a cat cafe (real cats, not cos-play!) in Akihabara.

Whew, that was a bit of an epic entry! Thanks to everyone who submitted, and we’ll hopefully see you all next month with Shane at Nihon Sun! Which reminds me, I nearly forgot my own Slow Time with cake!


Muza-chan · April 25, 2009 at 01:35

Oops! It’s Muza-chan, not Muzu-chan… 🙂
Thanks for featuring my photo!

Deas · April 25, 2009 at 09:26

Great job! Thanks for hosting this month’s matsuri. I’m reading through all the entries and commenting on them now. 🙂

yaschan · April 25, 2009 at 13:31

Very cool.

Jon Allen · April 25, 2009 at 15:37

Hi Ken, thanks very much for hosting the Marsuri this month and the link.
I love disused railways line as well so I enjoyed Harvey’s post.
I found a disused railway track running from near Okutama station (at the end of JR Ome line) up to the Okutama dam. I took a lot of photos that day. I must upload them sometime.
There were some links in the comments on Harvey’s post to 3 or 4 websites with other locations to go exploring abandoned railway lines.

Our Man in Abiko · April 25, 2009 at 15:40

Lovely job.

(What Abiko thinks)

Ken Y-N · April 25, 2009 at 23:35

Thanks people, I fixed Muza-chan’s spelling, and found a few more mistakes that needed correction!

Hao · April 26, 2009 at 08:43

Great entries, all these slow times articles are making me want to relaxing for a while 😀

Honor · April 26, 2009 at 23:52

Hi Ken,

It’s already been said but thanks for hosting the Matsuri. It’s my first one and it’s great to actually get my first article published. I kept meaning to join each Matsuri and then *poof* I’d missed the date! Finally I’ve got my act together : ) Some great articles! Personally I love Muza-chan’s story. That’s something I’ve got to do.

Sophie · April 28, 2009 at 06:37

Thank you for including me in this blog carnival! It’s my first one for this blog and it’s an honor to be listed among so many other great entries. I can’t wait to visit Japan again.

McAlpine · April 30, 2009 at 11:09

Nicely done!

silah oyunları · May 8, 2009 at 07:14

wonderful – thanks =) it’s amazing..

manken resimleri · May 8, 2009 at 07:15

hahah superr thnasnnnskks

Max M · September 9, 2009 at 22:59

Yess, I agree, don’t have too slow a time in Tokyo

peter lau · January 27, 2010 at 17:54

it’s really beautifull place and photo, thank;s and nice to know you.

Japan Australia · March 18, 2010 at 16:26

Amazing photo!!
Very nicely taken. I love the light.

Oyun1 · September 13, 2010 at 15:13

thank you for good sharing.

japanese melbourne · February 16, 2011 at 12:37

i heard from my friends that the best time to visit Japan is the spring festival, you can wear the japan special and traditional cloth, (i forgot what’s its name), and sitting on the grass to watch the fireworks.

JapanSoc · April 25, 2009 at 11:03

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