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  • Last leg of the journeyWe arrived in Tokyo 2 days ago and evidently brought the start of the rainy season with us. It has been POURING ever since our arrival. Last night, after a nice dinner with our friends, we were about to leave, Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | Jun 6, 2014
  • Finding FamilyOne of the questions I'm frequently asked is whether I have family still living in Japan. Unfortunately, on my mom's side, I don't think anyone knows. On my dad's side, however, the picture is a bit clearer. Dad and many Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | Jun 5, 2014
  • August 6 Equals August 5Since I was eight or nine years old I've known that Japan's August 6, 1945, when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, was August 5 on the American side of the international dateline. Calculating precisely when it occured Seattle Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | Jun 1, 2014
  • Onomichi AgainThe minute we saw Onomichi, I realized I had made a big mistake. I'd booked us for only two nights. Not enough time. We'd just finished a 3-week stay in Kyoto, which is totally landlocked. Onomichi is on the sea--the Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | Jun 1, 2014
  • Onomichi's Sea Wall GatesOver the past 3+ years we've been mildly obsessed by Japan's Tohoku earthquake, the subsequent tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown. We've watched hours of documentaries about the events, the aftermath, and the plans and efforts to avert Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 31, 2014
  • Kyoto LivingToday was pretty mellow compared to our last couple of days in Kyoto. We woke up and had a very nice breakfast at home with Keiko. She prepared sautéed vegetables, hard boiled eggs, bread rolls, and cantaloupe. Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 29, 2014
  • Cape Sôya !!!===May, 28th 2014=== Toyotomi - Wakkanai Driven km: 46.63 km Time: 2:02 h Average speed: 22.82 km/h Max. speed: 39.52 km/h So Barry and me went off to Wakkanai, Japan's northernmost city around 11 a.m. The trip was short and sweet, ju Posted by Kitaine in Crossing Japan | May 29, 2014
  • Fun Fun in KyotoToday was a long, busy, and fun day. We started the day by going to breakfast with Keiko and Nob at a cute little place called Akamanma Cafe. Justin had a BLT (he doesn't eat breakfast very often) Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 28, 2014
  • Into the Mountains on a Hot DayA few days ago, the forecast for Kyoto was in the mid 80's. A good time to go to the mountains, we thought. Not the real high mountains, but mountains close enough to make an easy day trip. So we Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 28, 2014
  • Hokkaido with Irish company===May, 25th 2014=== Takikawa - Rumoi Driven km: 58.58 km Time: 3:09 h Average speed: 18.57 km/h Max. speed: 37.29 km/h Having relaxed most of the day before - at the onsen and having done laundry – I was refreshed enough to go to my next Posted by Kitaine in Crossing Japan | May 28, 2014
  • Random Thoughts from Pam1. Why does a country that gave us the heated toilet seat with the toilet cover that automatically raises when you open the stall door place the hook to hang things on at the very top of the stall door, Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 27, 2014
  • Travel Day: Hakone to KyotoWe started off the day packing up and leaving Hakone. We had one last tea time at the Ryokan and took a couple of more pictures. It rained all night last night, but we were lucky that it Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 27, 2014
  • Chilly Day in HakoneWell the weather really prohibited us from doing too much today. We woke up to strong winds shaking the window panes of our room, so we assumed it would be a cold day. Once we left our cozy Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 26, 2014
  • Travel Day: Tokyo to HakoneKaela started the day off by waking up at 9:15 to finish off any last minute packing before we started our journey to Hakone. I, on the other hand, started the day off by waking up at 3:30 am in Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 25, 2014
  • GinzaToday we visited the Ginza area. We started off by exploring the Sony Building, which has the newest Sony products. It was a very interesting store,it had over nine stories yet each story was split into sub-divisions. The Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 24, 2014
  • Hokkaido! Two centuries and new encounters!===May, 20th 2014=== Sendai City - Ichinoseki Driven km: 90.83 km Time: 4:15 h Average speed: 21.36 km/h Max. speed: 44.46 km/h Well...in my last blog entry I said that nothing happened, that was around 6 p.m. Shortly after I uploaded t Posted by Kitaine in Crossing Japan | May 24, 2014
  • Fushimi InariSome of you may remember that our 2012 trip to Japan was marred by my getting tendonitis in both legs midway through. As a result, we never made it to Fushimi Inari, which was supposed to be one of the Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 23, 2014
  • Tokyo: Day 2We started off our day with another adventure on the train (it only took us 5 minutes to get our tickets this time!). We visited Ueno today where we saw the large and beautiful Ueno Park. There were tons Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 23, 2014
  • Kon'nichiwaWe survived our first day in Tokyo! We had a driver pick us up from the airport last night since we got into Tokyo so late...we were both very happy that he picked us up because there was no way Posted by JK_Adventures in Justin and Kaela's Adventure | May 22, 2014
  • Animals (NOT the zoo)In the last few days, we've been seeing a lot of animals not in the zoo, so we thought we'd share them with you. It's the best month for birding all over the northern hemisphere, at least in temperate climates, Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 21, 2014
  • Couchsurfing through Japan ===May, 17th 2014=== Utsunomiya - Shirakawa Driven km: 90.12 km Time: 4:50 h Average speed: 18.60 km/h Max. speed: 44.11 km/h The weather was pretty sweet, except for the extreme winds that were making Posted by Kitaine in Crossing Japan | May 19, 2014
  • Living snakes and dying bikes===May, 16th 2014=== Kasukabe - Utsunomiya Driven km: 80.03 km Time: 3:59 h Average speed 20.08 km/h Max. speed 37.85 km/h After the pagoda I had planned to stay at was blockd by another traveller I chose to sleep on a bench in the pa Posted by Kitaine in Crossing Japan | May 15, 2014
  • Nanzen-JiWe don't always go to all the big tourist spots. But since Nanzen-ji is so close to where we live, we decided to walk there today. It was worth it. Nanzen-ji was originally the retirement villa for an emperor. When he Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 16, 2014
  • Aoi MatsuriYesterday we watched the parade for the Aoi Matsuri. It starts near the Imperial Palace and winds its way up to another temple. People who want reserved seats can pay for the privilege, but like most other parade watchers, we Posted by pokano in Jizo Diary, Paato 2 | May 14, 2014
  • Meeting old Kansai Gaidai friends / Tokyo City===May, 13th 2014=== Gotemba - Machida Driven km: 71.36 km Time: 3:26 h Average speed 20.06 km/h Max. speed 52.92 km/h The night in Gotemba was rainy, very very rainy. Too rainy to set up camp anywhere, especially since I didn't know Posted by Kitaine in Crossing Japan | May 15, 2014
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