Buddhas Birthday in Kyoto

Buddhas Birthday in Kyoto

April 6, 2013 – We have been traveling by the seat of our pants, and it seems to be working in our favor. The first people we met in Osaka, turned out to be absolutely wonderful people! Dai and Haruna. After discovering we had no plans for accommodation the following night, they insisted we stay at their condo. Well, they actually didn’t live there, it was an extra place they normally rent out, but since…

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Observations in Hiroshima

Observations in Hiroshima

I tend to be such a creep when I travel. I catch myself watching foreign people, and studying their ways. Always staring to observe mannerisms so different than my own. By nature i’m curious. I feel the need to know why and how, and all over Japan, I felt like I was a walking question mark. How can the Japanese hold onto their traditions for so long. The bowing, the removal of shoes, the geishas,…

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DC to Japan

DC to Japan

April 3, 2013 – I’m sitting on a double decker Mega bus at Union Station in Washington, DC – Asia awaits. Visiting Japan has been a dream destination of mine for quite some time. I wanted to see the sites, the customs, and the culture. I want to feel the zen vibes. It will be a much needed break from my fast paced District life. After long stints in aggressive DC, I’m always happy to…

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Japan to Korea

Japan to Korea

Today, I am leaving Japan. I will take a ferry from Hakata (Fukuoka) to Busan, Korea. The price is $140 for the 3.5 hour ride, but it’s cheaper than flying. I had my last meal of raw fish, seasoned beef and onions over rice, miso soup, pickled vegetables, and hot tea. I spoke my last words of Japanese to the lovely guesthouse workers, and ventured to the port. With immigration and customs documents completed, I…

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