Monthly Archives: September 2011

Congrats! You are homeless!

It’s not every day you get an email with that subject line… and feel great happiness. That was the case this morning. As we slept, the final closing documents were signed on the sale of our house. The final item … Continue reading

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Random Travel Tips and Observations About Japan

Our favorite travel resources include Lonely Planet, Trip Advisor and CouchSurfing.  Bring lots of patience. The Japanese people have tons of it. They are not complainers and simply smile back to those who are complaining to them. You won’t usually … Continue reading

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Beware! Mythical creature loose in the streets!

Kyoto’s Kiyomizu temple is beautiful any day. But it’s more FUN on the day of the Seiryu-e festival!

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Staying with a Japanese family: An Introduction to CouchSurfing

Our major goal on this trip is to meet other people and learn about their cultures and what makes them unique. We are members of the perfect organization to help us connect to locals, www.couchsurfing.org. This online group is 3 million … Continue reading

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Rethinking Hiroshima

For many people (myself included), Hiroshima is synonymous with an event that took only a fraction of a second: the detonation of the first atomic bomb used in warfare, on August 6, 1945. I was eager to see the Hiroshima … Continue reading

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Scenes from Fuji-Q

A couple favorite pix from our adventures at Fuji-Q: The park’s mascots are generic Power Ranger-ripoffs. I joined the yellow one in fighting crime, but we should have been fighting long lines instead. All is well at the top of … Continue reading

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Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park

Watch the video (by Ken)! Read the review (by Karen)! . Oh, there were some amusements all right! And some things that left us unamused. Warning: this review comes from a Western standard of amusement park enjoyment. We have been … Continue reading

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Arigato, Fuji-san

Our legendary “mountain karma” came through once again. Yesterday, Mt. Fuji (the tallest peak in Japan and a sacred site to many) was socked in, with cloudy skies and rain. Today, blue poured into the sky and the clouds parted. … Continue reading

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Traditional Japanese style

Checking into our first traditional Japanese accommodations takes us a bit out of our comfort zones.

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Sushi!

I’m surprised we went this long without having sushi. I mean, we’re in TOKYO… It was worth the wait.

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