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Feeling the love
After a wonderful visit home, I have returned to the Land of the Rising Sun.
If I didn't fully appreciate before just how blessed I am, I most certainly do now. As individuals, when we become enmeshed in the routine of our daily lives, it is easy to forget about the good that surrounds us…especially the good people that surround us. There is a quote I like: "The best things in life aren't things". This ...
Today, we left Kyoto to head up north to the city of Kanazawa. Every year, on the first weekend of June, they celebrate the anniversary of their founding by Lord Maeda in the 12th Century. The festival started last night, with them lighting lanterns on the river. We missed that part. But today offered something even better: a parade!
We got into the station and dropped our luggage off at our hotel - conveniently directly adjacent to it. The ...
Trains down the west coast from Akita to Kanasawa. Just one change - Niigata, so easy although only 6 minutes between connections so had to hurry between platforms.
It's quite a narrow strip of flat land between the coast and the central alps. Mostly rice farms. In fact the whole time I have been in Japan I have only seen rice plots and vege plots in the countryside. There is no sight ...
My personal observations of Japan so far are: 1) everything here is clean, clean, clean. Whether it be the trains, buses, restaurants or restrooms... things are spotless. 2) the Japanese people are super friendly, welcoming, and love to practice their English. They try to help whenever possible. 3) the transportation system runs on time... to the minute. Luckily for the Hurwitz family, punctuality is our middle name - ...
The first time I heard talk of Japanese Alps, I thought it was a joke. The last thing I expected to see in Japan, prior to my visit, was an Alpine scenery. But there you have it. Now, after my trip through the mountain ranges of Japan's Hida mountains, I can not only confirm their existence, but also proclaim this area as one of Japan's most beautiful and authentic parts. First stop in Japanese Alps: the lovely town of Kanazawa (金沢) Kanazawa was ...
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