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Nagasaki Peace Park and A-Bomb Museum

JAPAN | Monday, 16 Sep 2019 | Views [20]

THE CLOUDS OVER KOKURA JAPAN HAD A SILVER LINING on that August morning in 1945.  Bad luck for the residents of Nagasaki, though.  Kokura had drawn the short straw and was the primary target for the world’s second nuclear bomb. ... Read more >


Nagasaki

JAPAN | Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 | Views [19]

NAGASAKI’S DORMY INN WAS A WELCOME SIGHT, visible as it was from the #5 Airport Bus stop at Shinchi.  It was after ten, we had been traveling all day and hadn’t eaten since lunch.  ANA, All Nippon Airways, was affordable, efficient ... Read more >


Photos: Nagasaki

JAPAN | Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Kelp!

JAPAN | Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 | Views [24]

OCHIISHI NATURE CRUISES SAIL ONLY ON WEEKENDS.  Their website is so poorly translated from Japanese that we had to drive all the way to Ochiishi to get the bad news.  This would have been our last chance to get a good look at a spectacled ... Read more >


The REAL Red-Crowned Cranes of Hokkaido

JAPAN | Tuesday, 10 Sep 2019 | Views [24]

ONSEN IS JAPANESE FOR A HOT SPRING but it can also be a spa.  Or in the case of Akan Onsen, an entire town.  Akan Onsen sits on a lake which was formerly the caldera of a volcano and where Connie hoped to see Japanese waxwings.  We passed ... Read more >


The Grizzly Details — Shiretoko National Park

JAPAN | Saturday, 7 Sep 2019 | Views [44]

BROWN BEARS — GRIZZLIES TO US YANKS — were on everyone's minds.  Scores of weekend visitors— I didn’t realize it was Saturday until I saw the buses — hoped to see one of Shiretoko National Park’s Yezo brown bears.... Read more >


A Damned Good Feeling

JAPAN | Friday, 6 Sep 2019 | Views [35]

THE 325 KILOMETER DRIVE FROM SAPPORO was in its way nostalgic.  No, we've never been to Abashiri, nor have we driven in Hokkaido before yesterday.  But the long drive north brought back memories of other drives in other cars in other countries.... Read more >


The Birds in the Band

JAPAN | Thursday, 5 Sep 2019 | Views [29]

TUJI KOJI WAS JUST STEPPING OUT OF THE WOODS as we arrived at Lake Utonai Sancturary.   When he saw my camera and Connie's binoculars he beckoned to us to see what he had in the small cloth sack.  Smiling broadly, Tuji-san — we didn't ... Read more >


Photos: Hokkaido

JAPAN | Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Time Out at Misawa

JAPAN | Monday, 2 Sep 2019 | Views [30]

WE ARE TAKING A FEW DAYS OFF — MAINLY BECAUSE WE CAN!  We're staying here at Misawa Joint Air Force/Navy Base.   It’s a little noisy with the F16s and the Navy P3 Orions taking off and landing at all hours, but we can handle it.... Read more >


Guardian Rabbits of Hirosaki

JAPAN | Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 | Views [30]

LIKE A ROLLING STONE, CONNIE GATHERS NO MOSS.  As soon as she wakes up, she’s out of bed and soon on her way — unlike a certain slug-a-bed who will remain nameless.  She is pretty religious about her morning walks as her iPhone ... Read more >


Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

JAPAN | Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 | Views [53]

JOHN IS PRETTY COMFORTABLE DRIVING ON THE LEFT as they do here in Japan.  He has had enough practice, after all — nearly a year in Australia and New Zealand, half a year in South Africa, several trips to the UK and even six months in Uganda ... Read more >


Chūson-ji and the Golden Hall of Konjikidō

JAPAN | Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 | Views [48]

IT WASN’T EASY TO LEAVE NIKKO.  EVEN THE Frank Lloyd Wright designed station seemed to tug at our sleeves.  But the shinkansen was coming faster than a speeding bullet and we didn’t want to miss the train.      ... Read more >


Photos: Hiraizumi and Hirosaki

JAPAN | Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Two Shrines and a Temple: Nikko's Tōshō-gū

JAPAN | Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 | Views [38]

CONNIE DID INDEED SAVE THE BEST FOR THE LAST.  The Tōshō-gū Buddhist Temple is the cherry on the sundae that is Nikko.  The restoration for the 400 th anniversary of Tōshō-gū won’t be completed until 2024, but it’s easy to forgive ... Read more >


Two Shrines and a Temple: Nikko's Rinnō-ji

JAPAN | Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 | Views [40]

NIKKO COULD JUST BE THE JERUSALEM OF JAPAN.  Both cities have UNESCO World Heritage status and each has three important religious sites.  It’s probably a poor analogy — there is no strife in Nikko — Buddhist and Shinto practitioners ... Read more >


Much Ado About Nikko

JAPAN | Friday, 23 Aug 2019 | Views [45]

IT ISN’T OFTEN THAT THE FIRST PLACE YOU VISIT in a new town is a cemetery.  And not a famous one like Arlington National Cemetery or Normandy, either.  We had to work with a map and the lady at Nikko’s Tourist Information Center ... Read more >


Photos: Nikko

JAPAN | Friday, 23 Aug 2019 | Photo Gallery


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A Rough Road to Nikko

JAPAN | Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 | Views [73]

WE HAD THE DEVIL OF A TIME GETTING FROM Takayama to Nikko, a route that ended up requiring a bus —two depending on how you count — and five different trains.  We were in the second car of a two car train heading to Toyama with four ... Read more >


So Long Vagabonds3 — Hello GraynomadsUSA

JAPAN | Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 | Views [32]

WELL, HERE WE ARE AT OUR NEW HOME, journals.worldnomads.com/graynomadsusa  If you have just discovered us, you can get our backstory (don't you just love that word?) at journals.worldnomads.com/vagabonds3 (2015-2019) , journals.worldnomads.... Read more >


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