Monday, December 11, 2017

Underappreciated Volumes

Monday, December 11, 2017


"I thought the job would kill me with boredom, and for a while it nearly did, but over time I came to like it: the smell of old paper and the taste of the dust, the deep hush of the place, a sanctuary of silence broken only by the squeaking wheels of my cart, and discovering that nobody had checked it out since 1936. A twinge of anthrophomorphic sympathy for these underappreciated volumes often inspired me to read a page or two, so that they might feel wanted."

~ Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors, 2016

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Favorite Experiences in Japan

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

We just got back from a two-week trip to Japan, where we explored the Kansai and Chubu regions. In Kansai, we stayed at Osaka, Kyoto, and Koyasan in Wakayama. We also spent several days in Takayama in Gifu Prefecture in the mountainous Chubu region.

Here are my favorite experiences:

Hiking the Choishimichi Pilgrimage Trail to Koyasan in Wakayama

Staying at a shukubo (temple lodging) in Koyasan

Exploring traditional houses at Hida-no-Sato (Hida Folk Village) in Takayama

Grocery shopping at local supermarkets and convenience stores


Seeing autumn foliage for the first time at Osaka Castle Park

Sampling the street food along Dotonbori in Osaka

Watching marine animals at the Kyoto Aquarium

Finding an ancient Mickey Mouse suitcase in a thrift shop in Takayama
 
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