Japan Part III

Goodbye land of convenience where there are warm toilet seats so my bum never gets a chill, toilets that flush by themselves and sing you a wee tune while you do your business, vending machines literally at ever corner (whether it be located next to a sugar cane field or bar), baskets for your purses and coats next to ever table, a container for anything and everything. 

Goodbye machine that pours your beer with thee perfect amount of foam; by mimicking how one should hold and pour beer over a tab, plastic bags made specifically for your freshly rain soaked umbrella and 7/11’s with everything imaginable at every street corner: t-shirt, coffee, late night snack.  Someone I met on my trip said it well, "the Japanese think of everything you would need, before you even realize you need it." 

I feel like Tom Cruise explained Japan well in the Last Samurai "Everyone is polite. Everyone smiles and bows. But beneath their deep courtesy, I detect a deep reservior of feeling. They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake, they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seen such discipline. I am surprised to learn the word samurai means to serve." 

Until we meet again Japan, the place of my childhood. 

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Funny story: we followed a typhoon from one Okinawan island to the next and it caught up with us in Kyoto. We stayed in this old wooden Japanese style home. The first night we were there we woke up to the windows shaking violently and the second floor swaying. I felt like we were transported to the Wizard of Oz alongside Dorothy inside the home while the tornado took its tole. 

Funny story: we followed a typhoon from one Okinawan island to the next and it caught up with us in Kyoto. We stayed in this old wooden Japanese style home. The first night we were there we woke up to the windows shaking violently and the second floor swaying. I felt like we were transported to the Wizard of Oz alongside Dorothy inside the home while the tornado took its tole. 

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