Category Archives: Japan

Goodnight, Japan; Good Morning, Vietnam

Well, it’s time to wrap up the Japan section of the trip. All in all, we loved Japan. It’s a beautiful country and we are so glad we went there. A month, it turns out, was a little long. By the end we were getting a little bored of shrines, temples, and Japanese shopping, and we’re really looking forward to a change of food.

We’re spoiled at home with a wide range of foods available to us, there ...continue reading

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Deer Attacks and Geisha Packs

We spent eight nights in Kyoto, but have surprisingly few pictures to show for it. I think this has a lot to do with a little bit of travel fatigue on our parts. Once we got there, we sort of crashed for a few days. We did a little bit of sightseeing, but also a lot of catching up on sleep/quiet time. One really nice thing about staying ...continue reading

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Fish Tales and Monk-y Business

Okunoin Cemetery - Koyasan, JapanAfter three and a half weeks in Japan, I no longer have Turning Japanese in my head 24 hours a day; it’s been replaced by Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. Oh Japanese-inspired pop ...continue reading

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Mark and Pia Go To (A) White Castle

So…yeah. This is a restaurant we walked past in Kumamoto. We would have gone in but were too terrified of what we might end up ordering. I mean, cabbages are disgusting.

After leaving Takayama, we took a couple of trains farther south to Hiroshima. It’s a very nice city, with wide streets and super easy to ...continue reading

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Vending Machines and Temperature Extremes

tokyo to takayamaWell, we’ve been in Japan for a week now, which makes seven days of having the song Turning Japanese in my head. We’re loving it here. The people are lovely, there is so much beautiful old (and old fashioned) architecture, and I find Tokyo, despite being the largest metropolitan area in the world, to be remarkably calm ...continue reading

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