briancottam Out for a bit of an explore by mtbike & had to stop for this tranquil scene complete with nesting swan half hidden in the grasses (look carefully). #Surreylife #Surrey #cycling #bike #ride #countryside #lake #sunset #tranquil #quiet #UK #England #catfoodrun #totheshops #boathouse #swan #nest 8h

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briancottam Shinkansen about to depart, bento box & Asahi beer in hand If you look carefully the cleaner has the seasonal sakura blossom in her hair #Tokyo #shinkansen #train #platform #travel #Japan #staff #passengers #people #latergram 1w

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briancottam Decoration in a tea house with writing behind saying 'blessed with a long life'. They serve matcha tea with a sakura sweet here in a very quiet atmosphere. After your tea it is customary to admire the decorations in the room and the view across the gardens. 1w

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briancottam Haneda airport appearing like a model set by night. If you have the choice it's a much more interesting airport to fly from than Narita with its complete street of shops reconstruction & modern architecture. 2w

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briancottam Something you must do while in Italy #coffee #cafe #Italia #Italy 2w
  •   _f7 Lavazza is also at Omotesando, Tokyo. 2w
  •   briancottam ️ we were rerouted from Paris after air traffic controllers have gone on strike across France & ended up in Italy! @_f7 2w

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briancottam A cracking avenue of sakura trees in Fuchu area of Tokyo 2w

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briancottam Early photographers portrait studio in Tokyo 2w

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briancottam Typically random bizarreness seen in the middle of a JR platform in Tokyo, once I have found out the story behind it I'll fill you all in #Hamamatsucho #station #pissing #boy #Japan #statue #Brussels 2w
  •   briancottam Ok, here is the reason for the clothing he is wearing - he's currently dressed as a boy going to school for the first time and he has several differing costumes through the year. He is a copy of the one in Bruge 2w
  •   _shelle777 :O 2w
  •   _shelle777 I thought only my kids did that 2w
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  •   briancottam It seems he fancied doing some travelling! @tove_om 2w
  •   tove_om Indeed;-) I lived in Brussels for a year and there's a whole museum close to Grand place full of outfits given to Manneken Pis! 2w

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briancottam Typical street scene in #Japan #travel #nippon #tree #spring 2w

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briancottam Walking through some stunning landscape in Tsumago deep in Japan after staying in an amazing minshuku house. The lady running it fed us local fish, vegetables and her own rice to point of onaka ipai, pom pom #Japan #walking #rural #deepest #sakura 2w

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briancottam Another shot from the gardens in Kanazowa in the wet weather #Japan #kanazowa #gardens #samurai 2w

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briancottam Probably best to use a different name if they open a shop in the UK ;-) #noneedtoberude #onlyaskedforacoffee #shop #name #Japan #humour #wink 2w

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briancottam Night time sakura viewing in Tokyo rain #Japan #rikugi-en #sakura #viewing #こえん #lighting #あめ #ohanami 3w

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briancottam Early Isuzu logo & tail lights #Isuzu #Japan #rivets #logo #lights 3w

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briancottam Kimono girls enjoying sakura #koen #kimono #hanami #mitsubishi #house 3w

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briancottam Visited a very old samurai garden in the pouring rain, apparently one of the best ways to see it. It has a lake which feeds castle beyond a moat using a very early syphon system through wooden pipes. We had matcha tea & a sakura Japanese 'sweet' in a house overlooking a small lake hearing the rain running off the roof. The trees are nearly 200 hundred years old as many were burnt in a fire and the supporting posts stop the branches snapping under heavy snow. #Kenrokuen #gardens #Kanazawa #Japan #rain 3w

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briancottam Screen in samurai house #samurai #reflection #sliding #door #tatami 3w

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briancottam Cyclists enjoying the sakura a couple of days ago which is now fully out #fuchu #Tokyo #bicycle 3w
  •   blr54 So beautiful, Brian. It must be exciting to visit Japan. Happy Easter 3w

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