Konbanwa, sweet Japan

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Can't say too much of interest happened between the 4 trains from Hiroshima to Narita airport, save for Japan having the opposite security policy of requiring any lighters to be carried onto the plane rather than checked where they might do some real damage in the baggage hold. I'm sure between that and the TSA someone has got it right but darned if I know who.
I'll just close with a few miscellaneous observations of Japan:
a) Though we had loads of new experiences, to be honest Japan didn't feel all that different from home, a feeling that both Ryan and I noted and were surprised by. Perhaps it was for me being somewhat familiar with some aspects of Asian cultures between growing up in Irvine, piano lessons at Yamaha, and of course 4 years at Cal, or perhaps Japan and the US are not all that different, both a product of good people working hard in a fairly stable environment to do well for their families and country. In any case, it was a brilliant time there and I am anxious to return. Let's just work on valuing that dollar just a little higher than the expensive yen first, shall we? :)
b) There are more red and blue swirl-striped barber poles in Japan than I've ever seen in my damn life. No theory here, just a lil' FYI.

Moral of the story: I forgot to mention that earlier I learned a touch of Japanese before arriving and let me just say that I was practically accepted as a native. Just ask any of the dozens of people I bellowed "good evening" at regardless of the actual position of the sun at the moment.
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