Had the most amazing time in Japan, I already want to go back.
So here are a few snaps, and I'll have some book reviews of my holiday-reading up soon!
This was right near our hotel in Tokyo: a steam-punk themed clock designed by the famous Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.
My first encounter with manga in Japan!
Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo - that's me!
So, I was a real geek and looked up where Lost in Translation shot around Tokyo, and found some movie trivia that said Sofia Coppola filmed lots of the Shibuya scenes from Starbucks - so that's what we did too.
Shibuya at night.
Yep, did Tokyo Disneyland. It's pretty awesome hearing Buzz Lightyear speak Japanese.
Secondhand bookshops in Japan are the absolute best, and most amazing places to find hidden treasures. I paid $3 each for about 10 painting prints.
First taste of sake. Yum!
Nara Deer Park, about an hour out of Kyoto, was my absolute favourite. Especially because we walked a little further away from the main entrance, to a secluded park where there were dozens and dozens of deer, but not another soul around. Perfect.
There was a baseball game on the day we arrived in Hiroshima, so we tagged along to support local team - Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
I can't say the game itself was overly thrilling, but crowd enthusiasm was astounding!
The Atomic Bomb Dome, Children's Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum - this was such a moving experience.
Osaka Castle, and a time capsule that's to be opened in 5000 years.
First-time karaok'ing, but it won't be my last!
Amerikamura, Osaka (America-village)
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo.
Didn't get to the Studio Ghibli Museum (requires booking advanced tickets, and the person I was travelling with wasn't familiar with the films) but I did stumble across an official store that had a little gallery-display area that was pretty damn cool.
So that was my trip to Japan!