Journey to Japan v.5: The 40×40 Conclusion

Fushimi Inari hanging lanterns

Tokyo to DC: The Long Road Home 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 to raid the country’s snack selection at convenient stores. Last night, […]

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Journey to Japan v.4: Golden Week Rush

Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto

Another Day in Kyoto So, yeah. More temples today. Because we haven’t had enough of those. They’re all really beautiful, though, I promise. Totally worth it. 1,001 Buddhas in Sanjusangen-do Temple We walked to Sanjusangen-do Temple from the hotel. This temple features 1,001 gold buddhas. All in one place. You can’t take photos, but I […]

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Journey to Japan v.3: A Whirlwind Kyoto Tour

Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto On Steroids Iwoke sore and fatigued from a couple days of touring and hard walking. 12 miles in two days doesn’t seem like too much, but (1.) I’m jet lagged; (2.) we’re doing a lot of this walking with packs on; (3.) it’s hot as balls every day; (4.) the number of stairs in […]

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Journey to Japan v.2: Sumo & Bullet Trains

Tokyo-Kyoto bullet train

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

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Journey to Japan v.1: Welcome 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 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 that helped significantly with your […]

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