Tokyo. The city comes alive at night. Roads and highways intersect the city like veins and arteries, pulsing with the rhythm of 9 million people on the move. They are the heart and soul of this glowing metropolis, acting as a single organism. They are the light.
For Part I of the Japan Cruise, click here Tuesday After a full day at sea, unable to escape the constant rocking and rolling of the ground beneath my feet, I was ready to get off the boat and explore Japan! The first port of the cruise was Wakayama, a relatively small city in southern … More Japan Cruise Part 2: Wakayama
Prayer cards lined up inside a Buddhist temple in Wakayama, Japan Whether these cards pray for hope, love, healing, or loss, their uniformity brings a sense of calm and peace. Under the shelter of the spacious and elaborate temple, people pull and release a braided rope to ring the bell, cementing each prayer in a … More Day 275: All in a row
Traversing the East China Sea is probably not on everybody’s to-do list. Although it is probably on the list of the Chinese and Japanese so they can park themselves on the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands with signs of protest. Uninhabited islands are perfect for a good fight. But for us Americans on an Italian cruise … More Day 274: Traversing the East China Sea
You know vacation is over when… You wake up to the sound of firecrackers outside your window on a Monday morning. When this happens you can also be certain that you are indeed, back in China. But there are definitely things to celebrate on this Monday morning. Like for instance: 1. Post-vacation tan (a darker shade … More Day 273: Beautiful and Toxic