In the aftermath of the devastating catastrophe that hit Japan, EB member 3D LEGO has tried to express what I’m sure we all feel at the moment. No bricks here, but I hope you’ll excuse me.
Those of you who would like to donate to the relief effort or are worried about a friend or relative might find the Crisis Response Center set up by Google useful. I do hope you find your close ones safe and in good health.
As we continue the journey in the Brick Adventure 2011 LEGO Event, we have found another contributor and a member of Eurobricks to share with us his mega Japan Railway Kyoto Station. You ought to take a moment to view all of the beautiful details with close proximity. Thanks PrinceWilliam for showcasing the oriental approach of rail transportation.
Onboard the Kyoto Express
In case you did not notice, his MOC comes in day and night version!
Matija Grguric takes us sightseeing to the other corner of the world… Well, depending on where your current location is anyway.
The torii - obviously, at low tide.
The dramatic gate is one of Japan’s big tourist attractions – which however was pretty much all I’d known about it up until 2 days ago. Matija’s recreation of it in bricks has spurred my interest and the beautiful photographs of his MOC leave me wanting to experience that quiescence myself.
Brickshelf member, andybear enjoys travelling to Tokyo, Japan and for his very first train creation, he has decided to build one of the famous trains in the Yamanote Line of the Japanese Railway which has been in operations since 1885.
Yamanote Line of the Japanese Railway
This train is also fully functional with the assistance of LEGO Power Functions. If you are interested about this railway, take a look over here for more useful information.
Andy Hung has constructed a busy post office which draws inspiration straight from the heart of Honshu – both in terms of sedulity, and plain beauty.
Post office, Nihon style.
Andy’s Nagoya Post Office (and especially its flora) is a nice reminder that springtime is on its way all over the world – and even if your town doesn’t have cherry blossoms as eye-popping as the sakura featured here, I’m sure you’ll find something equally fascinating outside the local post office.
This large warehouse distributes Japanese Crabs, Tuna, Scallop, Salmon and much more! It even has its very own in-house freezer to store these seafood items. Don’t forget to take a look at those cute little 4-studs wide Cargo Truck and Forklift that are working in the premises.
TheBrickster, how did you discover the secret location of the Imperial Regalia of Japan which is also known as the “Three Sacred Treasures of Japan”? Is this a dream? We are actually inside the Tokyo Imperial Palace where one of these sacred treasures resides. TheBrickster, I have to give you thumbs up for this feat of yours. You sure have wide connections even in the oriental hemisphere.
Let me explain. These jewels are actually one single item that forms the rare necklace known as the “Yasakani no magatama”. This necklace stands for benevolence, and is one of the three treasures used in the ceremony of imperial ascension. I remembered something interesting about this section. It was rumored that this section of the building is filled with many dangerous bobby traps and guards to deter thieves and ninja from stealing it and the talented builder never leave its name in the books of history, except leaving this weird initials “T.B”. I wonder what it supposed to represents.
TheBrickster, I am getting the shivering feeling of that black wall over there. It feels like as if there is someone standing at that wall hiding in the shadows. Shall we move on and get out of here?
TheBrickster, come over here quickly. We have arrived in Himeji right on schedule. Look at the facade of this old Japanese Castle which has exists for many hundred of years withstanding the test of time. This castle was built by the Master Carpenter of Japan who is known as 007. He was famous for building Japanese ancient oriental architecture during that period.
Most of us might find the White Egret Castle similar to the famous Himeji Castle. In fact, rumors have spoken and foretold that the Master Carpenter was actually inspired by the Himeji Castle elegant majestic design and vowed to build one for the mighty Shogun Tokugawa whom was even more powerful that the existing emperor during the Edo period of Japan.
Look at those menacing fearsome guards standing at the front of its entrance. Do we have to show our tickets in order to get inside? I think we should use the balloon and hop into the back of their courtyard without them detecting.