Final Day Freelancing | JAPAN DAY 4

No schedule, no problem.  A later breakfast around 9, we enjoyed the wonderful pastries the Hyatt Regency bakes. A short walk up the street lead us to a little Shinto shrine.  Deserted except for the few elderly Japanese preparing for an upcoming festival, we were able to feel the full effect of the serenity of…

Nishiki and Nara | JAPAN DAY 3

If you want your senses to be overwhelmed, go to Nishiki market.  A tiny maze of alleys, this market is chalk full of little stalls hawking goodies from fish to tea to fans.  In one place the smell of squid and sea will fill your nose, but one step to the left and you’ll sniff…

A Royal Affair | JAPAN DAY 2

Japan knows how to do pastry right.  Our first morning, our hotel breakfast included fresh croissants.  Their buttery goodness almost made me cry.  Today, a mom and pop shop selling filled buns and more croissants set off the day right.  For less than $10, we filled up our bag with croissants, an apple fritter, red…

Temple Tempest | JAPAN DAY 1

Serenity can be found in negative space, and the Japanese sure know how to use it to it’s full potential. Our day consisted of Buddhist temple followed by another Buddhist temple followed by a Zen temple complex to be finished off with a Shinto Temple.  Although each one varied, what strung them together was beauty.  The mixture…

Land of the Rising Sun | JAPAN DAY 0

Within the first hour of landing at Haneda Tokyo Airport, I managed to make several cultural blunders. My Dad and I step up to the baggage check counter for our domestic flight, stiff from our 10 hour flight from San Francisco, and signal the attendant that we have no knowledge of Japanese with a sad…