July - August 2017
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  • Day13

    Tanpopo Restaurant - Hiroshima

    August 8, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Okonomiyaki Hiroshima style and at a great little "ma & pop" place that not only showed us how to eat it but treated us very well (& I believe talked with us and put up with us until 27 mins after close). We also met a very nice man, Kenji, who talked with us a bit about the area, travel, and showed us some of his beautiful travel blog (with photos of Cuba, etc).
    We both think this may be our overall favorite Japanese food so far!!!
    The Hiroshima nihonshu was also quite good.
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  • Day13

    Himeji Castle - 1

    August 8, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    I have no idea what the person whose blog we read which mentioned "about an hour" for this castle was thinking.
    It is gorgeous and immense and we only went through the main keep (all 5 stories) and the small, surrounding keeps and it took us about a little more than two hours to do that... Not to mention the other buildings and the garden that we had to skip (mostly to get back to the train on time, but also because it was again very hot as well as staying too rain a bit and seemingly threatening.
    Beautiful and totally worth it!!! (¥1000/adult plus ¥40 for the garden.)
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  • Day11

    Nara - Todai-ji Temple - 1

    August 6, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Why go to deer park when they are and you everywhere?!?
    Also this place was amazing, with many temples and shrubs, including Todai-ji (with huge Buddhas); the largest wooden structure in the world!!!
    ... This entry just has deer and funny signs though.