Japan – part i –

Gosh it has been a while since I’ve done this, lets see if I remember how this goes….

Last November I had the chance to go somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. If you follow along at all you’ll know I tend to travel a bit and I’ve been quite a few different places. But this place is one that I’ve been dreaming of for a long time.

JAPAN. 

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Now these images are barely edited, not cropped, nor are they presented in any particular order. I’m not going to write extensively about them unless inspiration hits, nor am I going to try and choose pictures that capture the vast extent of our travels. I’m just gonna share some of my favorite photos and hopefully that will be good enough.

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Japan is a trip I’ve been dreaming of forever. We managed to cram Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo into a one week-ish trip that was far too short. We were ambitious, we saw a lot, we were exhausted.

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I can talk forever about how amazing and gratifying this Japan trip was. I think I was not disappointed by anything the entire trip. There is a lot I can say about each city individually, but using broad strokes Japan was a beautiful synthesis of old and new. Modern and traditional. Technology and history.

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For every ancient shrine there was a completely contemporary home. On almost every corner (in fact maybe more than every corner) there was a vending machine filled with cold and hot drinks. The streets were incredibly narrow and everything aside from the sprawling city seemed scaled down (from a plus sized American’s perspective).

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One thing immediately noticeable was the cleanliness of the city. Although we found it rather difficult to find public trash cans, the streets were almost completely free of debris and liter.

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And the overwhelming politeness of the Japanese people prevailed over everything. I’ve never been somewhere so alien and accepting simultaneously.

I’m going to try to limit this Japan series to three concise posts. Stick around for parts 2 and 3! 

Or whatever, free country. 

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