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... on the plane. After a pretty long nap, it was explore and dinner time, going into Yokohama center was wicked with everyone dressed up in Halloween gear and drinking it up in the Izakayas (Japanese Pubs). After having a few and buying some donuts it was time for bed and Tsukiji fish market bright and early the next day. I could tell i was gonna like Japan! ...
Kamakura is a seaside town of temples that was Japan's capital city many years ago. Kamakura is today known as artists and writers haven and is a popular day trip for Tokyoites. As we would soon learn, planning a visit on a Saturday during peak "koyo" (leave changing) season guaranteed we would not have the place to ourselves.
Our first stop was the town just outside Kamakura called Hase, so upon arriving at Kamakura JR station ...
... the restaurant. Only in Japan!
After all the insanity of the weekend, I was much less efficient with the time I had on my own while Mariko was at work. However, even just successfully navigating the Tokyo subway by myself was an achievement. My plans to go up to the top of the Tokyo Tower for views of the city were scuppered by Tropical Storm Yagi in the western Pacific causing poor weather in Japan. I also tried to go the ...
... the next best thing to do. Walking along the streets by a highway underpass, we come upon our first Ice Cream Vending Machine with a ton of flavors and a hot day. It was like heaven. This is the first of many Vending Machines that will be a cheap and quick solution while on our travels. It's at this point of walking for about two miles down a main stretch of road that we realize, we aren't heading anywhere and it's time to think quick and find something new to do to close out the ...
... We walked back slowly, feeling like we had observed a unique instance in nature. The sight we saw was unique to Japan, and really, unique to the world. Never again in our lives would we see such a spectacle, and feel so terrified and enthused at the same time. On the walk back, the trees continued to stand like soldiers, the mountains managed to whistle some more, and the misty clouds hushed the serene setting accompanying us back to the ...