Mr. J and I live in a somewhat rural part of Japan. I really like the area we live in, but sometimes other foreigners that are new to Japan and get placed here go on about how there’s nothing to do and how they wish they were living in Tokyo or a bigger city. Besides easier access to concerts, conventions, and huge shopping areas, I can’t think of anything Tokyo and other bigger cities have that rural ones don’t. Believe me, I’ve lived in Tokyo. 😉
I find most of the time the problem is that people just don’t know where to look. For example, the shrine we took a walk through in last week’s 7-5-3 post held a korokke (Japanese loan word for croquette) festival during the holiday weekend. Our area is always putting on various events to introduce local cuisine/culture like this one, but if we hadn’t seen fliers for it or heard about it through a friends, we probably wouldn’t have known it was going on.
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Last Sunday Mr. J and I went to a nearby shrine to take a walk and look at all the fall foliage, and originally I’d planned to post some of the pictures. However it’s still 7-5-3 (shichi-go-san) season, and there were too many families and kids running around to get very many good shots. So in light of that, I figured why not post about 7-5-3?
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Most public transportation discounts are only available if you’re a tourist without a visa or buying a multiple trip ticket/commuter pass. This can be a bit of a bummer if you’re a resident and would just like to save a little money on a one-time trip out somewhere. Luckily ticket shops have the perfect answer, in the form of discount ticket vending machines. 🙂
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Kyoto tower, the first landmark you’ll see outside of Kyoto Station.
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Mr. J and I finally got internet up and running on the 3rd, woohoo! Over that weekend a couple of friends and I decided to take a short trip to Kyoto, since the foliage is supposed to be stunning there around this time of year. Up until now I’d only ever visited Kyoto for training with my first company, where all I saw was my hotel room, the boardroom, and a cheap mom and pop izakaya (Japanese-style pub) down the street. So needless to say I was pretty excited to finally have a chance to actually see the old capital after so many years!
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