We just had the opportunity to take a 10 day vacation to Japan — neither of us have ever been and we were so excited to explore part of Asia! We visited our friend Stefan who lives and works in Yokosuka, a city about an hour southeast of Tokyo. We got to do so much including a lot of fun outdoor adventures such as sailing in Tokyo bay, spearfishing (aka snorkeling with a stick in our hand), and surfing off a couple different coasts (we really aren’t very good surfers and if you are picturing us catching crazy big waves… well, just stick with that image).
Japan was an amazing culture with amazing people. We learned some basic (very basic) Japanese and ate a whole lot of amazing food which actually included at least a trip a day to the 7-11. The 7-11 is full of fascinating Japanese treats including but not limited to: rice salmon balls, coolish ice cream in a pouch, shrimp flavored potato chips, mochi, and hazelnut starbucks in a mini cup. OK, we didn’t only eat at the convenience store. We ate some amazing sushi, ramen, yakiniku, and food I can’t spell or pronounce.
A couple of our more “educational” adventures were day trips to Kamakura, once the capital of Japan with a lot of history and a giant Buddha from the 13th century, and Tokyo, because you just have to see the busy modern city. Tokyo is a mind-blowing system of speeding trains and we proudly navigated with only minimal mistakes. In Tokyo, we checked out Yoyogi Park, where Olympic stadiums stand from the 1964 summer Olympics, the National Museum in Ueno, and the Tokyo Tower by night. We also managed to get lost and stubble across a restaurant with no English on the menu or English speakers – that was fun!
Another evening we have to mention is our night in Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan. We came across an Oktoberfest celebration that was nothing short of Munich… I mean, come on, a German polka band and hundreds of Japanese doing the conga line to John Denver?! OK, maybe it wasn’t Munich, but it was an amazing sight!!
We had so much fun in Japan and are so thankful to our gracious host! We will remember our Japanese adventure for the rest of our lives!