Japan | Last Asian Adventure: Tokyo

Our departure from Kyoto happened on the perfect day, as it was too dreary to do much more than sit in a surprisingly luxurious bus piled to the nines with obscure snacks. Japan’s scenery is exquisitely pretty, filled with rolling hills covered in lush greens and purples. And the air is clear! Such an agreeable change from China. Unfortunately, it turns out that finding anything... Read More

Japan | Himeji, Kyoto, and a Few Really Long Days

Given the prices of rail passes in Japan (seriously, I’m still on about the $80 cantaloupes), we decided to make a really long day of it and work our way to Himeji, return to Osaka for our things, then leave for Kyoto. Happily, the train systems in Japan are superb, and the whole experience was pleasant. Even wandering Himeji blindly was uneventful, by and large. The Himeji Castle,... Read More

Japan | Osaka is Bustling, We Are Starving

The first thing I will say is that we miss China for the sake of food. You really could just stumble upon any random bricked hole in the wall and emerge with a full stomach and happy demeanor. In Japan, you pay a minimum of $6 for any kind of meal, and portions are stingy, to say the least. I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that I have witnessed multiple $80 cantaloupes... Read More