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Old 03-14-2012   #1 (permalink)
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snappysammy goes to japan

not a trip report per se, but i will post some pix and some comments
and i will brag a little and try to answer questions
had i landed in japan before i landed in cancun it is very likely i would be speaking japanese now instead of spanish
i'm glad it was cancun for the weather, but gor blimey and begorrah these people are amazing, the culture is incredible and i am every bit as comfortable as i am in quitana roo, where i wanted to kiss the ground the very first time i landed in cancun

a smile a bow and an arigato and almost everyone will do almost anything to solve your problem, and trust me when you know 10 words, there is no verbal communication going on

i love japan

mostly pix to come
pardon my gushing commentary
i will keep it to a minimum as long as nobody lights my fuse
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these are in reverse order, i am not very good at this
i have some excellent commentary, there is some on my fb, don't have time right now
i recommend starting at the bottom and going up, only because that is the order in which the pix were snapped
except for the ones that are out of order because i am such a novice at all this

bear with me, and welcome to japan, land of the rising sun




























































































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Glad you are having a good time Steve- would love to see more pics!
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excellent perspective on the pics
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a most unique TR Steve......thanks and looking forward to more......sonofdob
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I can't believe he found his way to Japan; 2 weeks ago, he couldn't find his way through the jungle!
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Where abouts in Japan are you?

I like the pics of beautiful women and beer signs!
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I can't believe he found his way to Japan; 2 weeks ago, he couldn't find his way through the jungle!




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Where abouts in Japan are you?

I like the pics of beautiful women and beer signs!

we landed in tokyo and went north the next day to the tsunami stricken area
since it was the one year anniversary of the disaster, we were unable to get accommodations close to otsuchi, which is a sister city to my friends small town in norther california
thus we were staying in a town called kitakami, the town in the pictures
now i loved this little burg, but it was over two and a half hours by train to get to where we needed to be to do our work, which means two and a half hours on the return as well
we did this for a week, about half of my time in japan, but it was very important for my friend to help these people in their time of need

we were befriended by an older couple one day, and were in a van together, and the van stopped at a desolate place that had been flattened by the tidal wave
the old man pointed at a nearby spot and said: my house
i have tears in my eyes just typing this
with all that this older couple went out of their way to help us thru the details of attending the service and then tried to pay for the meal we shared
my friend tom, who is hosting me on this trip, knows a lot of people in otsuchi, and hosted japanese exchange students from there, some of whom i met
it was heart wrenching to be here, especially for the memorial service
i will try to post some pix if there is time

a lot of bittersweet moments during the first week in japan

now we have moved on to kyoto, a really beautiful larger city
there are fast trains that go all over japan
600 miles, we left at 9 and arrived at 2:30


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excellent perspective on the pics
i feel so inept with a camera in my hands

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Wonderful pictures....thanks for taking the time to share!
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a lot of bittersweet moments during the first week in japan

I can just imagine there were.
A whole country in mourning; It must be quite an atmosphere.
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Looking forward to more...
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I can just imagine there were.
A whole country in mourning; It must be quite an atmosphere.

the people are just remarkable
yes, an entire country in mourning
yet smiling and laughing and being so accommodating

any mention of the tragedy immediately sobers everyone and tears come often and easily

kyoto is very beautiful
just a few miles from the hectic center of the city and we are in a tranquil japanese painting staying in a small ryokan run by a couple in their eighties
it is old school and very peaceful
and there is beer in the vending machine and coffee in the morning
and a good fast wifi connection

snappy <3's japan

more pix to come as time permits
off to visit myoshin-ji, the main temple for rinzai zen buddhism
very exciting for me
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Very good, Steve. Even vicariously it's quite an experience. Looking forward to more.
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i don't have much free time
miss daisy keeps me pretty busy
but today, the first day in kyoto, was pretty amazing
i will post pix, i am afraid if i start commenting, i will get carried away
it's gonna be hard, so much to say, so little time

so i will just repost my very brief FB description for today so far:


oh my god
oh my god
oh my god
oh my god

kyotoooooooooooooooooooooo
let me die right now and be born as a rock in a garden here

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