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Will the real Venice please stand up!

Posted in Far East Cruise 2007, Japan, Travel by Dennis Wright on September 23, 2007

After Nagasaki we had a day at sea including some cruising between Japanese islands. It was typically hazy (or polluted?) but warm and sunny, so many passengers were out on deck enjoying the view.

Japan islands bridge

I did wonder at one point if the captain had messed up his navigation. Could we really be off the Venetian coast? Well it is a passable facsimile of the Campanile in St Mark’s Square. St Mark’s Basilica alongside is less convincing.

Japan islands Venice

For comparison here’s a flash-forward to the real thing, taken when Naomi and I returned to Venice in June after a twenty-five year absence.


As my camera sadly lacks GPS I can’t tell exactly where the Japanese mock-Venice is. If anyone knows what it’s in aid of please leave a comment.

Back to Japan’s waterways …

Japan islands

Japan islands

Japan islands


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  1. Dennis Wright said, on September 26, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks Askin. I need a new book so I’ll try yours. Venezia Due sounds hilarious.

    Just finished The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. I enjoyed that immensely and I’m sure I’ll like yours.

    All the best.

    Still don’t know about the fake Venice in Japan though …

  2. askinozcan said, on September 26, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    THE SECOND VENICE by Askin Ozcan
    ISBN 1598000888 (Outskirts Press)
    A fabulous fantasy humor.

    Sold on major internet bookshops.

    Was No. 1 in ITALY MAGAZINE, among top rated books.

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