So…is it just me, or does Japan somehow slip under the radar of even the most travely of travelers?
I always hear people talk about places like Paris and Italy and Thailand and Bali and Istanbul and Morocco, but I never hear anyone say, “It’s always been my dream to visit Japan one day.”
Know what I mean? It wasn’t high on my list either, but thanks to a pal who invited me to join her on a work trip to Kyoto, I came, I saw, I sat on their heated toilet seats and I will never be the same.
Here’s what I used to think about Japan I’m not proud to admit:
Totally scary impossible to read alphabet with nothing in English and nobody who speaks it around to help
Boring food once you were done ODing on sushi
Ho-hummish in the beauty department
Impossible to navigate
Oh I was so wrong wrong wrong! And I have pictures to prove it. Here’s some stuff from the Kyoto part of my trip:
Loaded with secret alleyways where you feel you could easily run into Batman
Surrounded by mountains
You can ride the bus in your robe
Squid on a stick!
Kyoto is also home of the Geisha, and it’s kind of a sport walking through the Gion area trying to spot one, especially since they tend to run from the cameras like the rockstars they are
One night we were out for dinner, and I realized it was a year ago that week that I put my dear old 22 year old cat, The Big Guy, to sleep, at once breaking my heart and freeing me up to travel the world indefinitely.
So we’re sitting there eating and I look up to see a PICTURE OF MY FRIKKEN CAT STARING DOWN AT ME!
The owner swears it was it his cat, but I knew better. Same exact markings, same zits on his chin, same “you sure you’re gonna eat all that?” expression…
And I can not conclude my post about my newfound Japanamazement without talking about their toilets.
I know, gross, but you guys, it doesn’t stop at the heated seat part! It’s like going to a butt car wash – spray, shower, dry, wax on, wax off – there’s probably even a button for an air freshener somewhere on there.
We are missing out people.