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Japan Trip 2019: Kyoto

Having been satisfied with out extensive tour of Tokyo on our previous trip, Kyoto is naturally my most anticipated destination on this trip. Yet despite the reputation of the city as a cultural gem, I was a little worried about temple fatigue. The wife is not known for her great appreciation of historical buildings, of which is there is a seemingly endless list of in Kyoto.

Thankfully, these concerns proved to be overblown. One does not need an appreciation of history to be wowed by these sites. Without further ado, here’s a ranked report of the four we visited on our trip.

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Japan Trip 2019: Osaka & Nara

Even though our stint in the Kansai region was based in Osaka, we didn’t actually do that much here. It all boils down to two places: the Namba district (where Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi shopping arcade meets) and the Osaka Aquarium.

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Japan Trip 2019: Himeji

Just as steady droplets of water can eventually wear down solid stone, after two and a half years of “let’s go back to Japan” from the wife, I eventually caved. I thought it was a bit soon to repeat such an expensive trip, but I would be a liar if I said I didn’t want to, and before long we were packing for a 13-day trip across Japan.

This trip is a bit of a do-over to make up for the horrendous weather from the previous trip. Being the first destination after settling in at the hotel in Osaka, Himeji would set the tone for the rest of the trip, and I’m glad to report it definitely beat being drenched in the streets of Tokyo like last time.

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Nendoroid Isabelle

Isabelle (or Shizue as she is known in the Japanese version of the Animal Cross) is cute. She’s damn cute. I mean, Animal Crossing knows a thing or two to make cute character in order to make their chore-simulator game work, but they really hit it out of the park here. With a pear-shaped face like that, it’s very hard not to feel a twinge when I beat the snot out of her in Smash Ultimate.

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