Kyoto, Japan: Forests of Bamboo and Shrines to Buddha

Kyoto is often referred to as the cultural capital of Japan. Its historic place as the former capital of Japan is only surpassed by the massive number of temples that cement its spiritual importance. About 3 blocks from the train station, locals and tourists queued outside of two small shack-like buildings. The ramen in Kyoto … Continue reading Kyoto, Japan: Forests of Bamboo and Shrines to Buddha

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Planko Parlors, Billikens, and Bowls of Ramen: Osaka Japan

Our flight landing in Osaka, Japan was nerve rattling. I watched the shimmer of the water reflect the intermittent flashes from our plane‚Äôs lit wing tips. At any moment I thought the wheels would touch water to a disastrous end. On the edge of my seat, I saw a strip of land appear just below … Continue reading Planko Parlors, Billikens, and Bowls of Ramen: Osaka Japan