Category Archives: Japan

Start with a slice of green tea and chocolate tart

Where did we start our round-the-world trip? We weighed the merits of various countries, calculated whether going East or West made the most sense, and looked at climate charts for where best to visit in September.   We considered a number … Continue reading

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Typhoon!

While in Kyoto, Typhoon Man-yi headed our way.  In the evening the winds picked up, and a heavy rain followed. Before we went to sleep, we opened the curtains and looked out at the rapidly rising water in the canal … Continue reading

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Death Defying Leap

The practice is now banned, but, during the Edo Period, to fulfill a wish, people would jump off the veranda of the Kiyomizudera Temple. If they lived, their wish would be granted. 85% survived the 40-foot fall.  As we stood … Continue reading

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(Mis)adventures on our trip to Nijo Castle

Lost!  We were only 2 weeks into our trip, and we lost our little traveling companion, Solbit.  Joe searched everywhere, but the zippered pocket where Solbit resided was wide open.  We were distraught. Solbit came to us unsolicited in an … Continue reading

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Japan is more affordable than we expected

A few years ago, when we were choosing which countries to visit on our round-the-world trip, we decided against visiting Japan.  We were sure that it would be over our modest budget. However, our friend, Stephen, was so enthusiastic about … Continue reading

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Who are “the most helpful people in the world for travelers”?

Between the two of us we’ve been to 36 countries.  OK, not a huge number, but enough to see a clear winner among those countries for our award for “the most helpful people in the world for travelers”.  The winner … Continue reading

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Tokyo Themes

While we strolled, we played a game of spotting “Tokyo themes”.  Themes set a place apart.  If we gave you some examples of themes from Washington, DC they would be too many cupcake shops, a preference for wearing black (women) … Continue reading

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