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Kyoto, Osaka, Nara

That is what I have seen so far. I'm planning on boring you all later with indepth descriptions (behind an lj-cut once I get home), so there is not need to do it now. But I should point out that I have seen the temple I came to Japan to see - the Fushimi-Inari shrine - and I have been slobbered on and head-butted by deer. That and a convenience store dinner. Mmmm - preservatives.

I have also been to nbumerous "peace museums" (due to my mother's thesis and what have you) and have been deeply moved by them. We are heading off to Hiroshima today, which should also prove perhaps a little distressing to say the least. Tomorrow we leave for Kochi, where we will spend two nights (and I may get to watch some naginata training at a highschool), followed by one night who knows where (possibly Himeji), then our last night in Narita.

For those who don't know, there is NOTHING in Narita except for an airport, really, but given my mother's morning flight we decided to be as close to the Airport as possible the night before she leaves. Hence Narita.

To be honest, the polish has worn off a little and I am beginning to get homesick. We had a really, REALLY hot day yesterday, and tempers were running hot, so maybe that had something to do with it... but I can't help but feel a little longing. One of the reasons I like travelling in Europe is that I am not an oddity, appearance-wise, there. Where as here, there will always be *someone* who will take a second look. That and negociating a language I have little knowledge of is tiring.

Don't misunderstand, I am enjoying myself. I just miss you guys.

All my love.



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Apr. 22nd, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
This may be a little late in the piece but given your mother's thesis, she may want to visit Liberty Osaka. It's a museum dedicated to human rights violations by and to the Japanese. Things like the Japanese untouchables, the Ainu - it's pretty amazing. Google should be able to furnish you with details if you want to go, Osaka's not far from Kyoto and a JR rail pass will get you there post-haste.
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Apr. 22nd, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
We miss you as well and I am looking forward to hearing about those peace museums.
Apr. 23rd, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
looking forward your naginata pics!
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