- 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
- What if the day remained cloudy? On the fateful date of August 9th, 1945, at 11:02 am local time, Nagasaki became the second city to be decimated by an atomic weapon. Instantly, 70,000+ of the 240,000 residents burned into black char and vaporized. Many more died Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 20, 2015
- Floating gateThe iconic floating torii gate located near the Miyajima Island and its surrounding scenery is considered as one of the "Three Views of Japan."
There are three routes one can take to the top of the mountain, which is around 3 Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 19, 2015
- Adventures on the HozugawaTwo days ago, en route to where this story is actually going, we went to a fancy shiatsu/massage clinic to schedule an early evening appointment for Pam, who hasn't been feeling well pretty much the entire trip. (The massage Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 18, 2015
- A simple Shinto shrienThis may not look much, but it is the the future site of Gekū dedicated to Toyouke no ōmikami, the deity of agriculture and industry, and is one of Shinto's holiest shrines, which must be headed by royal bloodlines.
Rebuild Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 17, 2015
- Life saver boxes If you have been wondering how I was able to visit so many places and didn't collapse from malnutrition, this photo holds all the answer. Bento boxes are complete set meals that are available in all significant train stations and Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 16, 2015
- Honshu, I'm HomeThe sound of water beating the confines of my tub is a stark beginning to the day, a pair of new neighbours above gaining quick insight into my erratic hours as I draw my warm dip at 0230. Following two Posted by Camp-Aztitz in Memoirs of Aphasia | Mar 15, 2015
- Elegance and SerenityWe spent a lovely afternoon yesterday with one of our Kyoto friends, whom I met at a yoga class in 2012. As my friend, Wayne, says, it's best to have a local friend because they know where the really good Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 15, 2015
- The force is strong with this festivalBest snow sculpture in the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 15, 2015
- Further Ruminations by DickThis was to have been the year of Pam's and my first ever trip to Europe together. To France, specifically. Pam has never been there. I'm a low-grade Francophile (well, actually I'm a low-grade pretty much Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 15, 2015
- Femme fatale There is something about female ninjas that is quite alluring. Probably because the combination of mystery, beauty, and danger is a very seductive one. But there is a reason for terms like femme fatale even since the ancient times.
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- Why would people live in coffins? Not quite a capsule hotel, but close enough. $27/night near the train station, which is pretty much as cheap as you can get for those kind of locations in cities in Japan.
Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 13, 2015
- Temples, Tomodachi (Friends), and Tori (Birds)So sorry for the silence. Dick and I have both been under the weather and took off about a day and a half to recuperate/rejuvenate. A few days ago, we visited Toji Temple (temples are Buddhist, shrines are Shinto), a Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 3 | Mar 13, 2015
- What is this food? Oyaki, the small round thing near the right edge of the traditional Japanese grill, or irori, is the traditional food in the Nagano area. Due to the mountainous geography and long winters, it was difficult to grow rice in the Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Mar 18, 2015