Monday, February 13, 2012

Japan




So, between having an old friend moving to Japan soon, and biting my nails with excitement as I wait to apply for one of 10,000 free flights to Japan, I think it is safe to say that I have Japan on the brain.  I even home-cooked Japanese food for myself last night (tuna soboro, sho-yu tamago, maki, and onigiri, for those keeping score at home).  So above, I decided to share a few more of my photographs of Tokyo -- a view over the city, Tsukiji fish market (possibly the best fish market in the world), and a tea house in Ueno park.

Sadly, since last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster, a lot of people have been put off traveling to this amazing country.  It breaks my heart, because there is so much to love about Japan (and so much to learn -- for example, it is the only place in the world where I have experienced a real language barrier.  No amount of shouting English loudly in someone's face would have helped...).  Here are a few pieces on the rebuiling effort, almost one year after the disaster, as well as a piece that just made me smile.

How Japan has rebuilt in the 11 months since the earthquake.

More amazing shots of the rebuilding here.

And an amazing animation of the intensity of all the earthquakes of 2011.

A CBS piece of the adorable way that some Japanese couples are expressing their love (hey, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow!)

Enjoy, and cross your fingers that I get one of these free flights!  I fell in love with Tokyo almost two years ago, and am just dying for the chance to explore more of the country.

(images mine)

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