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Dispatch from Japan!

Due to the wonders of the International Date Line, Thursday and Friday conflated into one superlong biorhythm-confusing day. But we had smooth (if nauseatingly long) flights and here we are! We've had lots of fun with everything, except possibly the confusing bath process.

Yes, I am not smart enough to take a shower in Japan. Last night thank the gods I had the women's bathing room all to myself, because, well, having onlookers would've just been embarrassing. There's this spicket hookup thing and a bowl and a stool, and well yeah. Anyhow.

We got into Nagoya yesterday and puzzled customs since we had only two backpacks apiece (everyone else had the ginormmous mega-suitcases). We had dinner at the Japanese equivilant of Denny's, which deeply cracked me up though I'm not sure why. Maybe it was that each table had a large thing of what would've been coffee in the US and here was some not-tea not-coffee but-still-yum cold beverage.

This morning we woke up at 5:30am, absolutely wired, and got up, got breakfast of rice cakes from FamilyMart (kinda like a 7-11 meets deli), and took an express Shinkansen train to Kyoto. Which, oh man, are bullet trains the kick! We spent the day checking out temples. One was an uber-mobbed, uber-commercialized place known for its healing waters and its Love Rock, where you touch a rock, close your eyes, and wish for love. At various places you could buy and hang up placards of wishes the chief priest would pray to make come true for you the first Sunday of each month. Incidentally, I can't decide if it's nice or sad that the most wished-for thing appears to be love.
The second temple we went to was much quieter and quite frankly looked like the temple in Rashomon (and I totally plan to look up later if it was). It also had a gorgeous zen garden and pools with beautiful fish who all swam up to mouth hello. We just got back from dinner and I'm writing this from the hostel's main room.

Tomorrow we're going to do some more sightseeing and then head back to Nagoya for Scott's conference. I'll report more then, I expect.

In the meantime, wish me luck figuring out the showers...

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 6th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Budda
Did you ask the Buddah for a new rocket, and pony ... (a la Serenity) :) Andrew
caitri
Aug. 6th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Budda
No, but I should've!!
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