Back from my two week trip to Japan!
We lived in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka, visited Hiroshima, Sonobe, Kobe, Arashiyama, Nara, Okunoshima, Kameoka… Gawd. I can’t even remember it all.
Main points: fed and pet ‘wild’ deer, fed and pet ‘wild’ bunnies, fed and pet ‘wild’ monkeys, took a train to a random small town (everything was closed and then it started snowing = AMAZING), rode a ferris wheel, went rafting, had two boat rides, saw the nightly Tokyo view from the 50th something floor, wandered around a lantern festival in the Kyoto shrines and temples, ate and drank tons, went to a cat cafe, conquered Harajuku, took a cable car on top of a mountain, gushed at gardens and Sakura, met a bar tender who also works as a kendo teacher and used to be a cop - how cool was he! - saw goofy Japanese TV-shows, saw turtles and apes in the wild, failed at trying karaoke (we hardly knew how the room worked), bicycled in the sunny Kyoto… And visited the Manga Museum and some busy fan culture shops, of course. Animate is loud.
Expect a few inspired pieces before I get it all out of my system!
(Don’t miss out on the Nara deer and Okunoshima bunnies, if you go. And Hiroshima museums. They were powerful indeed.)
((It’s hard to find vegetarian food and not just stuff in fish stew with octopus and shrimp, but y’know. Sadly we couldn’t visit a hot bath, because most of us had tattoos = they wouldn’t let us in. And Japan is expensive for everyone but us fellow expensive-as-balls-country-natives.))
(((A+++ would go again.))))