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We went to: the Suntory Yamazaki Distillery!

October 22, 2017

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We had to. Who wouldn’t? We had the perfect excuse/reason: My brother-in-law LOVES whiskey. We were going to be in Kyoto. Who wouldn’t put those two together? While I’m not sure exactly how my BIL feels about Suntory SPECIFICALLY, I don’t think any whiskey-lover would turn a distillery tour down. I certainly never turn down […]

We went to: Hiroshima!

October 21, 2017

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My sister and her husband also wanted to visit Hiroshima. They’d been to see Pearl Harbor the year before, so it made sense to see ‘the other side of things’ while they were here. Mark and I were really excited about this, as it would be the farthest west we’d been on Japan’s main island, […]

We went to: Himeji Castle!

October 20, 2017

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When my sister and her husband came to visit us in September, they had two general requests: See a castle. See a temple. Simple enough, right? They also wanted to go to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Memorial (coming up next), so I thought it would be a good idea to take them to THE […]

Nikko has kind of been ruined for me :(

October 20, 2017

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I love Nikko. It’s great! It’s a straight shot north on one of a few different trains you could take from Tokyo. It’s small. It’s hike-able. It’s got a lot of great places that are NOT Toshogu that are absolutely amazing (and often, free!). But in May, we made the mistake (if you can call […]

It’s about control.

October 14, 2017

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I had a great talk with a student last night. She is over 50, married and has a teenage child, and came in a bit late. We talked about her recent trip to the salon, where she had her hair dyed and treated with a wave. In the conversation, she said ‘I MUST dye my […]

I finally went to a Cat Cafe

August 19, 2017

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Again, this is how behind I am. My steps tracker tells me it’s been OVER 70 DAYS since my in-laws left, and I’m just getting to writing about the Cat Cafe we visited TWICE while they were here. I don’t remember if someone researched the place and found it, or if we just happened to […]

We went to Fuji Rock and it was…

August 13, 2017

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Wonderful is the wrong word. It was everything. It was perfect. It has ruined every other future festival concert for me. We’ve been to other concerts here. Mark and I have both been to plenty of festival concerts in plenty of countries. I went to my first festival concert when I was 15. I saw […]