Journey to Japan v.5: About Japan…

Fushimi Inari hanging lanterns

More About Japan… We fell asleep ridiculously early again last night and I woke up in the middle of the night to Jeff coming back from a late-night snack run. One of his favorite things to do while traveling is raiding the country’s snack selection at convenient stores. Last night, out and about Japan, he […]

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Journey to Japan v.4: More Temples In Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

More Temples in Kyoto So, yeah. More temples in Kyoto today. Because we haven’t had enough of those. They’re all really beautiful, though, I promise. Totally worth it. We started our day by walking to Sanjusangen-do Temple from the hotel. 1,001 Buddhas in Sanjusangen-do Temple This temple features 1,001 gold buddhas. All in one place. […]

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Journey to Japan v.3: A Day In Kyoto

Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan

A Day In Kyoto I woke up sore and fatigued from a couple days of touring and hard walking. Mentally preparing myself for a day in Kyoto. 12 miles in two days doesn’t seem like much, but (1.) I’m jet lagged; (2.) we’re doing a lot of this walking with packs on; (3.) it’s hot […]

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Journey to Japan v.2: Sumo Wrestling in Tokyo

Tokyo-Kyoto bullet train

From Tokyo Sumo To The Kyoto Bullet Train IT’S SUMO DAY!!! And, yes, sumo wrestling in Tokyo is every bit as awesome as it sounds. But, of course, the day didn’t start there. It started with yet another curious Japanese modification to a standard American item, the Q-Tip. The Gaijin Education Continues I was looking […]

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Journey to Japan v.1: Introduction to Tokyo

Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

A Very Gaijin Introduction After the usual work-pack-depart marathon, we flew 3.5 hours to Dallas and another 13.5 hours, impatiently awaiting our big introduction to Tokyo. Despite the flight time, both flights were pleasant and seemed to pass by pretty quickly. I sat in a center seat next to a super tiny Vietnamese woman, so […]

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