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Nothing Too Interesting

I think I’m coming down with something, so I don’t have much to say today. Hopefully this will be my one and only bout of illness for the whole winter. I hope the extra hour of sleep tonight will make me feel better.


Cutest Buddha ever, photographed when we visited the Hase Kannon Temple in Japan.

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As someone who speaks other languages, I found this article (and its accompanying slideshow) to be fascinating: Shanghai Is Trying to Untangle the Mangled English of Chinglish

There’s not a lot of mangled English in the European countries I’ve been to (oh sure, you can find it, but it’s not endemic), but when Mr Lush and I were in Japan last year, we did find some gems. My absolute favorite was this rather extensive list of rules in the hotel we stayed at in Hakone:

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Ramen

Mr Lush and I ate delicious ramen when we were in Japan–how could we not? (Yes, I ate sushi too, and it was delectable.) I wish we had had time to explore more ramen shops, and I wish we had not chickened out from ordering from a machine and then taking our ticket inside to get our ramen because that would have been a super cool experience.

And now, after reading this article, I am craving ramen. It does not help that this time last year was when we were getting ready to go to Hawaii and then Japan, and this year we are going nowhere. Can I even get authentic Japanese ramen in Minnesota? Doubtful.

Sigh.

One Noodle at a Time in Tokyo

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Modern Life

If Only Literature Could Be a Cellphone-Free Zone

Even with the seeming ubiquity of cellphones, there are still plenty of opportunities for missed connections, not to mention the fact that not everyone has a cellphone. Yet. When Mr Lush and I were in Japan, for example, our cellphones didn’t work at all since they aren’t 3G, and we never managed to find any wifi signals either. Totally incommunicado for 10 days, except for the very occasional (and expensive) Internet café visit.

Personally, I’m more impressed by authors (and film makers) who incorporate new technologies rather than look for clever ways to circumvent them.

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Souvenirs

These are two of my very favorite things that I purchased in Japan:

Girls India!

and

Tetris DS

Well, and the kimono and obi. But I don’t have any pictures yet, mostly because I have absolutely no idea how to correctly tie the obi.

And this limited edition, only available in Japan, Retro Lush gift:

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Japan Video

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Tokyo at Night

We're in Osaka, waiting to begin the endless journey home. Boo for
vacations ending!

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Japan Update

I am in Japan, and it is awesome. There will be lots of pictures later, but it’s too much work to get them off of the camera right now.

There was one last post from the airport on our way out of Hawaii, but it seems to have gotten lost in the ether. Maybe it will show up at some point.

Yesterday we went on a bus tour of Tokyo and saw Tokyo Tower, participated in a tea ceremony, saw the National Diet Building and the Imperial Palace Plaza, took a short boat cruise, visited the Asakusa Kannon Temple and then came back to the hotel and collapsed.

Today we went on a walking tour of Kamakura, which included seeing the Hasedera Temple, the Great Buddha, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and then came back to the hotel and collapsed.

Tomorrow is a free day, which will be spent shopping and gawking in equal measure. We’re having tons of fun!

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