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Mar 7, 2007 - Osaka

The seas were fairly normal last night but the night turned quite cold. We had expected a very cold day in Osaka, but were again blessed with good weather, very sunny and in the low 50's, with a bit of wind. Osaka is a city of approximately 2.6 Million, cluttered with tall buildings and neon, not unlike Yokohama and Tokyo. Osaka is contending with a declining birth rate and more older people than young. Its economy depends largely on the manufacturing of home appliances and electronics. We went on a morning city tour which started with a...

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Dec 15, 2005 - Izushi Town

Last week we left off in beautiful Kinosaki, Japan. This week we slowly make our way to Kyoto, in hopes of meeting a real-life geisha or maiko (I am on an exclusive "Memoirs of a Geisha" tour). STORK PARK Leaving Kinosaki, we got picked up in a phat new van. This thing was sweet! It had soft red velvet seats that could swivel around, making for a congenial atmosphere. A few of us hung out in the back and shared travel stories, while we admired the picturesque scenery passing by. Thirty minutes into the trip we made our first stop: Stork...

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Dec 12, 2005 - Kinosaki

KINOSAKI In the late afternoon we arrived in Kinosaki (also called Kinosaki Onsen). Onsen means "hot spring," and Kinosaki is full of them. There are seven public bathhouses in this amazing resort town that boasts a 1400-year history. They are so popular because the water is believed to be good for muscle aches, nerve pain and upset stomachs. Kinosaki, situated in northern Hyogo Prefecture, is one of the most beautiful towns I've ever seen. A river (Otani Stream) runs through the center. Along its banks, sweeping willow tress line up one...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

Sep 11, 2005 - Weekend with Grayson

Grayson is an old friend of mine from Richmond, VA. A few years ago he moved to Japan to teach English. We reconnected and he invited me to stay with him in North Western Kansai. He lives in a small town of Izushi. I welcomed a chance to visit rural Japan since most of my stops were in large cities. Grayson picked me up at the train station for an hour drive to Izushi. The time flew by as we caught up on the goings on and remembered old times. After spending over 3 years in the area Grayson new a whole lot of people. Sometimes it seemed...

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