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July 13, 2017

Day 14- Sunday, July 9

It was our 23rd wedding anniversary.  Of course we forgot about it until we boarded our flight that afternoon.  We spent the morning packing up our suitcases for the last time and cleaning up the apartment.  It had been a nice 4 days and 4 nights...

July 10, 2017

Day 9- Tuesday, July 4

We made a deliberate choice to bring the kids with us on our dream Japan vacation.  My parents were skeptical.  Some friends wondered if it was a good idea.  But we did it, and while it would have been a much smoother, far-ranging trip without the...

July 7, 2017

Day 7 (technically the 8th day in Japan) Sunday, July 2

Our feet and legs were aching when we woke up.  According to our Steps trackers, we had been walking 8-10 miles a day for the past few days.  Fortunately, right across the street was the Tenzoan Marketplace.  We we...

July 4, 2017

Japan 4

Day 3

As Geri entered the women’s side of the baths, a group of old women exclaimed, out loud, “Hakujin!”  We know this word.  It means white person.  Geri knows this word.  She suddenly knew what I felt when I walked into a grocery store in Rapid City, South Dak...

July 2, 2017

Monday, June 26- 2nd full day

Flying through the Japanese countryside at 200mph is a surreal experience.  Rice fields inhabit every square meter of land possible.  Farms dot the landscape.  Rolling hills covered in lush green tress fly past the window, and every once in...

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