Here are an additional 40 small pictures (total size about 1 meg) from a 5 week Asia vacation trip in November and December 2004. Travels included Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Links to 10 pictures: small (total ~300k) or medium size (total ~800k)
Link to the same 40 pictures: medium size (total ~3 meg)

Here's the 4 word summary of each destination:

  • Japan: Excellent trains; great food
  • Singapore: Fantastic food, very orderly
  • Malaysia: Inexpensive, friendly, and chaotic
  • New Zealand: All about the outdoors
  • Australia: Huge, varied, and scenic

    Japan / Classic Mt. Fuji shot from the Tokaido Shinkansen

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    Japan / The A-Bomb Dome in the Hiroshima Peace Park. This is a reconstruction of one of the buildings near the atomic bomb blast.

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    Japan / The moat around Tokyo's Imperial Gardens

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    Japan / Kyoto hillsides in late November, near the Kyomizu-dera temple

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    Japan / An enormous temple at Chion-in in Kyoto

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    Japan / Capsule hotel in Fukuoka. Yes, it's small, but I fit fully stretched out just fine. Complete with TV, radio, alarm, and air vents; toilets down the hall. About $50USD.

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    Japan / The Fukuoka capsule hotel from the outside. This featured fancy communal baths on the top 2 floors and the rooftop.

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    Japan / Cool looking bridge in Fukuoka. Reminiscent of the Zakim bridge in Boston.

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    Japan / Tokaido Shinkansen 300 series train

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    Japan / In the Hakone area on lake Ashinoko, the Pirate Ship--a tourist ship shuttling the lake between gondolas and buses

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    Japan / In Kyoto, a lowered Toyota minivan; you don't see these in the US...

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    Japan / Japan would not be complete without Hello Kitty, and Kitty apparently drives a stylish Toyota (that's Lexus to some) convertible

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    Singapore / Outdoor food stall in Chinatown, filled with an endless variety of inexpensive dishes

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    Singapore / I can be bought!

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    Singapore / A monkey hanging out in a Singapore park. Note the turtle swimming behind the monkey.

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    Singapore / Government built housing: orderly, efficient, and/or monotonous, depending on your point of view

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    Malaysia / One of the Petronas towers

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    Malaysia / Jungle shot from the slow but relaxed Singapore to Kuala Lumpur train

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    Malaysia / Downtown Kuala Lumpur, featuring terrible traffic but efficient and inexpensive new urban rail lines

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    Malaysia / Malaysia's largest hotel, located up in the mountainous Genting Highlands

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    New Zealand / Spectactular shoreline on the west coast of the south island

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    New Zealand / Poporari River in the Paparoa National Park on the west side of the south island

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    New Zealand / Franz Josef glacier on the west side of the south island

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    New Zealand / Shoreline view seen from a quality walking track in Abel Tasman National Park on the north end of the south island

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    New Zealand / Coastside mountains on the eastern shore of the south island

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    New Zealand / Sheep with a view from the eastern shore of the south island

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    New Zealand / Seals hanging out on the eastern shore of the south island

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    New Zealand / The Toyota Echo rental car along the eastern shore of the south island

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    Australia / Lady Musgrave Island, part of the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef

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    Australia / Long fish swimming near the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef

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    Australia / Sunset from the east facing beach north of Noosa

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    Australia / Spectacular weather with waterspout (maybe) from Mt Coolum, near Noosa

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    Australia / The Christmas lights say "Merry Christmas Bargara", Bargara, Queensland. Took this picture wearing shorts and flip-flops.

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    Australia / Waterfall near the Great Ocean Road, near Lorne, west of Melbourne

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    Australia / One of the 12 Apostles, along the Great Ocean Road, west of Melbourne

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    Australia / An offer from the agricultural belt west of Melbourne

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    Australia / "Which way does the toilet water swirl?" everyone asked me. The answer is: Straight down with great force. No swirling involved.

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    Australia / Inner suburban Melbourne, with commuter train (above) and tram (down the road).

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    Australia / The Holden Astra rental car. Yes, GM does make a fun to drive small car, and it's just half a world away.

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    Australia / Virgin Blue (Australia's largest discount airline), Boeing 737s

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