Kyoto Starts Here

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Planning a Kyoto itinerary requires organization and self-reflection, but it’s actually not that difficult.

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Autumn and Our Very Life Force

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Sometimes, perhaps more often than we’d like to think, our very life force floats in a cask of death.

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Nara—Maybe for the Night

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Visit Japan’s infamous urban deer on a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, or buck trends and stay the night.

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Japanese Gothic

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The Japanese have perfectly reconciled their past with their present—I need to learn how to do this.

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Hub of Hokkaido

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While it’s true that Hokkaido begins and ends in Sapporo, I prefer to think of the city as a current that runs through every trip.

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Hokkaido Monsoon

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I had lavender and hollyhocks, in spite of all the clouds and rain.

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How to Time Travel from Tokyo

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Nikko is just a short trip away from Tokyo, geographically, but it feels like going back in time several centuries.

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Love Japan? You’ll Want to Read This Post

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I’m a big believer in the idea that if something is too loud, you should turn it up.

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