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Toby has a renewed desire to finish writing up and posting our Japan travel blog since it's been a year. XD Be aware you might get posts raving about our time in Kyoto or whatever--yup, that was from a year ago, not now.
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Taking a quick break from painting to post this picture. It's a bird, but one I shot (with a camera!) in Japan this winter.
pretty damn nice photo, if I do say so myself )
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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Stephanie.

Still jet lagged; when we got home yesterday at 2PM or so, Toby managed to stay awake until 10PMish, while I crashed at 4, got up to eat dinner, crashed again, then got up to watch Toby play Assassin’s Creed for a while, then crashed when Toby went to bed. Toby got up about 6AM, while I got up at 8, then we both fell asleep at 1PM and got up at 6ish, and are now still awake at 11PM. So: yeah.

Anyway, a little about the final shrine of our journey. I found out about the Oji Inari shrine when Googling about for things to do. Inari is the god of rice, agriculture, sake, business, and a few other things in Shinto, the Japanese traditional religion, and foxes are the messengers of Inari, so while they’re viewed with suspicion as tricksters in many other aspects of Japanese folklore, they are revered at, and act as guardians for, Inari shrines.

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Yay

Jan. 15th, 2015 08:53 am
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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Stephanie.

Flight at 9:54; the 9:09 time printed in the boarding passes is actually boarding time. It’s now 8:53 and we’re sitting at the gate waiting.

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Arg

Jan. 15th, 2015 06:14 am
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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Stephanie.

Our plane is a little under an hour late to Chicago at the moment, which means instead of a decent 2-hour layover, we get a 1-hour layover to collect our bags, go through Customs, and get to our next flight, one terminal over.

Something tells me we’re probably not making it. Bah.

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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Toby.

- no requirement to take off your shoes
– no one yelling instructions to everyone in line like we’re a group of distracted fourth graders
– and when my belt set off the metal detector, the guy patting me down didn’t feel the need to touch my balls

Compared to the US, it’s civilized.

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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Toby.

When the captain kicks it in the ass on the runway, I flash back to the Viper launch sequence from Battlestar Galactica.

Waiting…

Jan. 14th, 2015 07:13 pm
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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Stephanie.

Our tickets get us access to the Sakura Lounge at Narita Airport before our flight. Taking advantage of the power points and the free wifi to top up our devices while farting about on the intertubes. One hour before we take off for home!

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Heh

Jan. 14th, 2015 05:14 am
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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Stephanie.

Guy standing next to is waiting for the train is doing Tai Chi. I think he’s drunk.

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Crossposted from Glamorous in Retrospect. Author: Toby.

The various Japanese people carrying large long luggage around the station are lugging instruments, not katana.

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