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  • 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
  • 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
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