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Stunning Kinkaku-ji

Kyoto
Japan, finally

February 4th 2014
Preparing myself for the ultimate culture shock, I get off the airport bus in downtown Osaka. J., whom I met up with at the airport, has already been to Japan various times, making her mind less likely to be as boggled as mine. The hotel receptionist is the epitome of what I assume to be the Japanese corporate image that never wastes any motion, or emotion, for that matter. Our room is, well, rath ... 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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22nd April 2014

Great photos and perspectives!
You had me laughing at your wry comments and feeling so moved by your Hiroshima reflections! Good to hear there's yummy, affordable veggie food, even if you have to work to find it. And amazing that the sites were so crowded--I imagine they'd be impossible had the cherry trees been blossoming-yikes! So, now on to kim-chi, eh?
28th April 2014

Thanks for reading!
Thanks for the nice comment, Tara! Japan is so different in every aspect, making it a pleasure to explore and discover. Yeah, the vegetarian restaurants are great, but if you can convince people in regular restaurants to prepare a meat-free dish for you, it might even be more rewarding. It does require a lot of planning and language skills, though, plus the vegetarian restaurants are not to be found in smaller cities and in the countryside. Haha, yeah, there will be kimchi, a lot of it, in fact. Might take a while for me to write that blog, though, as I'm currently getting acquainted with México. Cheers, Jens

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