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All posts for the month January, 2009

Nikko, Japan

Dec 18 – 20 After spending a week with Chika and Shinsuke, then a few days with Chika’s family, I packed my bags and headed to the train station for Nikko. I didn’t make any hostel reservations, so I’d just have to show up and hope there was room for me. Chika was so worried […]

Yamanashi, Japan

Dec 15 – 16 At the end of my stay with Chika, she told me she wanted to take me to visit her family. They live in a small town called Hokuto in the Yamanashi Prefecture. The town wasn’t listed in my guidebook and Chika said that probably no one there has ever met an […]

Tokyo, Japan

Periodic visits between Dec 8 – 21 I’m not usually a huge fan of big cities, but Tokyo kinda sucked me in. It’s quirky, colorful, and perfect for someone who just wants to walk around endlessly and and stare at everything. Shopping districts and neon lights occupy much of Tokyo, but there are some nice […]

Kawasaki and Yokohama, Japan

Dec 7 – 15 My friends Chika and Shinsuke (who I met first in Austin) live in Kawasaki and so I made plans to meet up with them. They met me at the train station and showed me the way to their lovely house. They were the sweetest hosts I could ever have asked for […]

Hiroshima and Miyajima, Japan

Dec 5 – 7 Hiroshima is a place everyone should visit when they are in Japan. Based on the recommendation of a guy I met at a hostel in Osaka, I stayed at the World Friendship Center. The room was a little more expensive than I was used to paying, but it was a really […]

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