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Okinawa Day 2 (Shuri Castle and Kokusai Street)

Our second full day in Okinawa began with a visit to Shuri Castle, the palace of the Ryuukyuu Kingdom.  It’s been around since at least the 1300s, but was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.  They began reconstruction … Continue reading

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Okinawa Day 1 (Zamami Island)

Our first day in Okinawa was spent in paradise.  More specifically, it was spent on Zamami Island, one of the smaller islands surrounding Okinawa.

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Okinawa Day 0 (First Impressions)

A group of us decided to take a trip to Okinawa during Golden Week (a period in Japan with several holidays one after another), because we had school off those days.  But, we made a mistake and thought Golden Week … Continue reading

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The View from Kawaguchiko

Can you believe that a year ago I was looking at this view?  Sometimes, I can’t believe it myself.  It really feels like it was just a long and wonderful dream.  But in March of last year, I took a … Continue reading

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Cat Cafe 299 in Ikebukuro

Japan’s cat cafes are quite well known by now.  When I was visiting Tokyo last March, I’d already been in Japan for almost seven months, and I’d still not been to a cat cafe.  So when I met up with … Continue reading

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Akihabara Maid Cafe: Heart of Hearts

(Not the best English, but she gets points for trying.) During my visit to Tokyo, I spent a day exploring Akihabara, the mecha for otakus, anime fans, idol fans, computer nerds, and, of course, maid and cosplay cafes.

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More Fun in Tokyo: Ice Skating and the Tokyo Trick Art Museum [Image Heavy]

Continuing to recap my trip to Tokyo last March, I met up with an old friend from when I studied in Taiwan.  He invited me to go ice skating with him and his friends, and then we went to the … Continue reading

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