This morning, we got home from our whirlwind trip to Japan. We visited four regions across the main island of Honshu in just about seven days. My head is spinning from the things I learned and memories I’m trying to take down before I forget. Also, I just can’t sleep on overnight flights no matter how many time zones I cross! The trip was a great introduction to the country. We saw and did (and ate!) some wonderful things, but still we barely scratched the surface of the country’s deep history and beautifully complex culture.
I’ll be spending a lot of time this next week sorting and editing the 1,800 pictures of Japan that Kevin and I took, so that I can start to share some stories soon. In the meantime, I’ve posted a few that I took on my phone to Instagram. Follow me to see all the photos, or just check out some of the ones I’ve shared so far:
Tokyo (Akasaka district) by night:
Kinkaku-ji (“Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), Kyoto:
Godaido Temple — Matsushima Bay, Miyagi Prefecture:
Arashiyama, a natural bamboo forest in Kyoto:
Seasonal early spring plum blossoms: Japan’s enviable high-speed rail system (the “shinkansen”) makes it very easy for travelers to get across the country:
Lots of delicious and artfully-prepared food:
High-brow art and culture like this exhibition on the ancient craft design of silk kimonos…
To the very low-brow like this cafe catering to obsessive fans of an anime series…
One of Japan’s finest natural and cultural treasures, Mt. Fuji:
Kevin and I are grateful for the opportunity to explore Japan and look forward to sharing our stories with the world. Thank you to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, and our talented (and endlessly patient!) guide, Eiko Sato. She was a wonderful teacher guiding us in Japanese history, culture and customs.
More posts and photos to come!