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April in Japan
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I returned recently from a trip to Japan. I was in Tokyo and then on Kyushu. I had great weather almost the whole time. In Tokyo I thoroughly enjoyed going to see TakizawaKabuki at the Nissey Theatre, as I did last year. The show, as the other Takizawa shows I have seen, was superb. Michelle of takki.us has written an excellent report on it, so I will not bother.

I took one day to go to Kamakura again. I had not seen since a few years ago. I had a wonderful guide, Tomoko-san, and truly enjoyed my visit. We first greeted by the view of still notable but fast fading sakura. Then glimpsed a lonely heron looking for prey.

We then went on to Hasedera and walked around. Later, we went to my favorite, Hôkoku-ji. I really enjoyed its bamboo garden, the various mossy spots and blooms. Note the fallen sakura petals on the ground. Later still, we visited Jomyoji, had some green tea and contemplated their sand garden.

On the 17th I flew to Kyushu. I will continue this in a few days.

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Very lovely pictures *.*

Your guide there was a friend of you?


No, she was provided by my travel agency. They have done so in the past, and all the guides have been great. I am often alone, so a guide is both informative and company. I have also used volunteer guides in various cities, like Kanazawa, and had great experiences. In Kyoto my volunteer guide has become a friend and has been a wonderful help.

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