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Leaving SFO
Day 1: First impressions of Japan

October 15th 2009
And we're off! Our 11-hour flight on an ANA Airlines 777 was uneventful. We arrived in Tokyo a little after 3:00 pm local time - which was about 11pm San Francisco time - so our goal was to stay awake for as long as we could to try to minimize jetleg - it worked, sort of. Since Tokyo's Narita airport is 40 miles outside of Tokyo, figuring out how to get to the city required some research. Taxi ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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