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2021 Photo Journal

A Side Street in Mariko

Last weekend, a friend and I visited a traditional handcrafts center in the town of Mariko, Shizuoka. There was made some windchimes, had a nice lunch, and went for a short walk. This is the entrance to someone’s house, along with the traditional gutter system, which these days are usually covered with stone slabs or metal grates. I couldn’t help but feel like it’s very reminiscent of a scene out of a Ghibli movie.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Golden Mie

Mie Prefecture is best described as spralling acres of farmland interspersed with rivers.

Last weekend, a few friends and I went there for a sports meet. We got up super early and met up at the station, before riding a bus for a couple of hours to a gymnasium.

On the way home, I managed to get a window seat, so I spent a significant amount of time sending pictures to a friend back in the US. He agreed that Mie had a whole lot of farmland.

Apologies for any blur or odd reflections. Many of these pics were taken using Line’s camera feature, from a bus speeding down a highway, with the sun setting almost directly in front of me.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Yamanashi Autumn 

Yamanashi is beautiful this time of year.

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2017 Photo Journal

Rolling Hills

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It’s hard to believe that Golden Week is over. It went by too fast. My next vacation isn’t until August. I also can’t believe that it’s something I can find complaint about.

Back in the US, I never really had any holidays. If I was lucky, I might have Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Easter off. Since coming to Japan, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to not only have two days off a week, but to also have paid vacations.

When I speak to people from outside the US, they can’t believe that vacations aren’t the norm for us, especially if we don’t come from a white collar – middle class family. I’ve lived here for just under a year and I already find myself wondering if I could ever go back to living as I did back home. Something tells me I wouldn’t. it’s startling, but I wonder if I’ve left my home country for good.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Up High – Meijimura

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In Meijimura, there is a tall partial building, which was once part of a bank. It’s about four or five stories tall and afords one hell of a view.

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2016 Photo Journal

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Yamanashi, Japan

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Changing

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The leaves are starting to change. It’s slow going for now, but I’m expecting an explosion of color soon. When that happens, I plan to take a trip West, to Kyoto. I’m told that it’s one of the best places to see the fall foliage.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Fujisan and Lake Biwa

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If you ever have a chance to visit Yamanashi, I would recommend that you do. The area has a lot to see, things to do, and foods to eat. Also, if wine is your thing, I’m told that it is one of the things Yamanashi is known for. As I am unable to drink, I will never know for sure, so I am relying on the opinions of others.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

From Yamanashi, with LOVE

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A view of the return trip home from Yamanashi, almost two weeks ago.