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Indoors Osaka

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Our last bowl of ramen

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Taking a nap in the mall. It was hooooot in Osaka, and we were tired of sweating, so we mostly stayed indoors, which meant wandering around malls for several hours.

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Chris was enamored with the idea of seeing a themed love hotel, but they were sadly not love or not themed or just not obvious. I heard there was a crackdown. :( This Puppy Hotel could have been something, though...

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Kyoto to Osaka

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Mr. and Mrs. Beetle, our traveling companions

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They're very attentive listeners

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Alien birth cells, aka a capsule hotel in Osaka

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The photo every tourist needs to take when visiting Osaka (thanks, Tetsu, for reminding us!)

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This place reminded us of Blade Runner

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My bed for the night, looking pretty snug!

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They even provide you with a robe to sleep in!

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View from the inside

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Some entertainment, too (sadly not working)

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Kyoto II

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Ooo, someone to take a picture of the both of us!

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The Golden Pavilion

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Hey, this tree is getting some help...

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It's very...golden

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Lush bamboo forest in Arashiyama area

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Grass that's taller than trees!

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Peaceful hillside walk...

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...to a big Torii gate

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Back at Tomato Guesthouse at last

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We walked a long way, as usual. I think Chris was quite bored with our destinations, but he tried to put a bright face on it. And he was positively cheerful when we made our own afternoon dessert from grocery store green tea ice cream and mochi. Afterwards we toddled back to the JR station, our stomachs full with sticky balls.

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I could tell you everything we did, but it wouldn't mean much.

I'm still waiting to get nostalgic about Africa, but I'm afraid it may never happen. Chris read of the news yesterday that there was an outbreak of ebola in Uganda that started in Kibale and has spread as far as Kampala. Then I had a nightmare about it. Is that Africa to me? As opaque as if I'd never gone?

Tomorrow we move on to Osaka.

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Kyoto I

Oddly I can't seem to fall asleep, though twice I fell into a semi-dream state. In it things happened that I knew to be untrue, and yet there they were.

Chris and I have to sleep in separate dorm rooms here. I worry he'll wake up in the darkness and not know where he is, where I am. If he cries out he may awaken and confuse his dorm-mates, and I won't be there to snicker at him. It's happened two or three times already. Once he yelled "Help!" in the tent, and another time he said in such a lucid voice that I was sure he was awake, "What? How did I get up here?"

The sudden solitude is strange after being surrounded by people for 72 hours.

(I don't yet understand why, but the walk through the Meiji Shrine at dusk is one my most pleasant memories of Tokyo.)

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Riverfront Kyoto

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Nothing to make Chris happy like unagi on top of a bowl of rice

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BEARS BEARS Bears Bears bears bears bears bears bears

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Gnarly tree!

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So many shrines/temples, can't remember them all

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Peaceful Japanese garden

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Monster, monster, I'm a f*cking monster

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I think Chris felt a little dragged around that day

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More and more shrines and temples

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Dramatic sky

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Apron-wearing ancestors

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The streets of Gion

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This alleyway reminded me very much of reading Memoirs of a Geisha

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Tempting Japanese sundaes! (We ate one)

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Tokyo with Yu

My friend Yu, who lives in Tokyo, was nice enough to show us all around the city and even let us crash on the floor of his apartment at night.

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Asian malls are something else

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So hot/humid we wear towels around our neck to collect our sweat

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Beautiful Meiji shrine at night during an annual celebration. Free tea giveaway!

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Something magical about candles at dusk

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Hobbling in Yu's neighborhood, on the way to dinner

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Superb dinner at the restaurant Yu's friends own

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My swollen ankles got worse :(

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