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  • Tokyo 2015: Day 1 Part 1 So, here we are, our first proper blog post. We recently visited Tokyo so to get ourselves ready to cover our experiences in China, we’ve decided to cover this trip first! Our first full day In Tokyo was spent in Posted by Gavin_w207 in Whatever Happened to Kathy and Gavin? | Apr 29, 2015
  • TokyoLeaving Rio for my 30 hour journey to Tokyo, who knew there are no direct links between South America and South East Asia!  Started my journey by flying 9.5 hours to Atlanta waiting there f Posted by trinabean in Trina's BIG 30th adventure | Apr 27, 2015
  • Japan - Tokyo and HakoneTuesday 7 April We are off again. After the trauma in February of finding Ray's cyst was actually a metastatic melanoma and all the tests that ensued followed by a truly restorative month skiing in Meribel we arrive at Heathrow Posted by rduignan in A year together | Apr 21, 2015
  • Hanami and Fresh FishWe didn't schedule our trip to see the cherry blossoms. We figured we'd be too early. Plus the prices go way up. But somehow we lucked out and hit Tokyo just as hanami (cherry blossom viewing) went into full swing. Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Apr 3, 2015
  • Kurashiki AdventuresWe're again woefully behind in our blogging. Now in Tokyo--coming home on Saturday. Hope to catch up before we leave. No, we'd never heard of Kurashiki before we started planning this trip. It was in our guidebook and sounded interesting, Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Apr 1, 2015
  • My Life Was on the Line (by Dick)After three weeks of pretty intense traveling together, a time in which both of us had been sick (and Pam's asthma had been acting up), and frequently too little sleep, a couple can get mighty cranky with one another. Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Apr 1, 2015
  • Lost in Translation and Lost in TokyoDaily Obs: I'm going to miss Tokyo but I'm ready to be able to speak the language of the country. Also, the Japanese people have this traveling thing down to an exact science. Last day in Tokyo! Michelle left this morning Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 29, 2015
  • The Sakuras that refused to bloom earlyObservation of the day: Tokyo is WAY CROWDED on the weekends. Also, department stores in japan are WAY BETTER. Foods for days. My 3 Day Tokyo Metro Card, which has been extremely convenient and cost saving, became a little bent and Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 28, 2015
  • My favorite Japan photoAnd now, for my favorite photo that I took during my trip to Japan (partially because I almost froze my butt off while waiting for the right shot). In contrast to the white castle of Himeji, Matsumoto Castle is the Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 28, 2015
  • So Say GeronimoObservation of the day: I will truly miss how hospitable it has been in Japan from the wet towels to clean your hands when you enter an establishment to the fully stocked bathrooms to the very gracious bartenders. The new Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 27, 2015
  • Dick on Onomichi/InnoshimaOur apologies for not updating the blog or, for that matter, Pam's Facebook, more frequently. After Onomichi, the focus of this blog post, we headed to Koyasan, the subject of a separate post that Pamela's preparing; there, we encountered Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 27, 2015
  • How Could It Get Better After Miyajima?We really enjoyed our time in Miyajima, even though it was close to freezing at night and very chilly during the day. Our ryokan was in a park but only a 7-8 minute walk to the beach. I'm sure Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 27, 2015
  • The Japan experience I feel like this photo summarizes my brief experience with the Japanese people pretty well. They are a proud, strict, polite, and aging group of people. They do their duties with the highest quality and respect of any places that Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 27, 2015
  • Photos, We've Got Photos!The last several days have been really travel/tourist intensive. So we've fallen woefully behind in our blog. We've gone through 3 prefectures: Hiroshima, Wakayama, and Okayama, up and down mountains, and to the sea. We're gonna need a vacation just Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 27, 2015
  • A Tale of Eating, Just Eating.Observations of the day: I still cannot predict when trains will be busy. It seems like people are off work at almost all times. Michelle and I wanted to go to Tsukiji Market to watch the fish auctions but Jade (Michelle's) Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 26, 2015
  • Good View TokyoObservations of the day: I'm going to miss how clean public bathrooms are as well as heated toilet seats. Go figure. Also I am tired of the wind chill. I need warm weather ASAP. Today has been a long day so Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 25, 2015
  • Magical passSome say that a JR Rail Pass is the deal of the century, and it is true given how expensive it is to ride on trains in Japan. Below is a two week rail pass that cost about $400, but Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 26, 2015
  • The castle that stood the test of time Himeji Castle, located in Himeji, is one of the Japan's most famous and most visited castles. Having survived wars, the Meiji period, and natural disasters, Himeji is one of the best preserved building from historical Japan. One of the famous Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 25, 2015
  • Ooh, gold Kinkaku-ji, or the Golden Pavilion, is one of Kyoto's most popular tourist sites. Originally built as a retirement villa for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in the late 1300s, it has been converted into a zen temple and burnt down many times Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 24, 2015
  • Sushi YoshitakeSushi Yoshitake is located on the 3rd floor of an obscure building in Shinjuku. It is a 3 Michelin Star rated Omakase restaurant that took us using Visa Signature Concierge service to get reservations after having failed to get Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 24, 2015
  • Spirited Away to Mikata and ShinjukuRight now, I am confused by the fact that Japanese people seem to be afraid of germs because so many wear masks on a daily basis but in all the bathrooms you visit, soap is wildly unpopular. Someone please explain Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 24, 2015
  • Where the dead waits to reach salvation Okunoin Cemetery, is perhaps the final resting place of Kūkai, the engineer of Manno Reservoir, Japan's largest irrigation project, the inventor of Japan's kana writing system, and the founder of Japan's Shingon school of Buddhism. Located on Mt. Koya, a Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 23, 2015
  • TOKYO!Finally in Tokyo and it is AWESOME. The Narita airport internet kept kicking me off and I had the airport limo bus (3100Y) to catch so I got really lucky that Michelle somehow knew how to estimate when to Posted by E.M.N in Adventure Is Out There! | Mar 23, 2015
  • The not so shiny part of Japan Ah ha! I knew Japan couldn’t be all polite and nice. On the way to another tourist attraction, totally by accident, I stumbled across a red light district. The promoters seems to have quite a few deals that night.. On a Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 22, 2015
  • The no star dining experience Sorry to those who were expecting to see what 5 star restaurants look like in other countries, this is probably the fanciest type of sit down restaurant I'll be eating at in this trip. There something about the feel of Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 21, 2015
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