Kyoto at night

The more I think about my budget and the trip, the more it feels like it’ll be a one town trip with a visit to Mt. Fuji. But with pictures like this of Kyoto, I want to visit it even more.


Kakashi Sensei!

Part of the trip to Japan is to experience the Japanese culture and a large part of it is anime. Anime, which animation (thus anime) either in TV or in comics. Japanese anime ranges from the funny, to the extreme, to the weird (won’t get into that!). One of my favorite animes growing up with Naruto and my favorite character Kakashi. Naruto (popular Japanse manga series that went into the TV show) is based on a young, super-energetic ninja named Naruto and his journey to being a full ninja and all of the plots and twists to come along the way. His teacher (sensei) is Kakashi, one of the most powerful ninjas and also one of the funniest. From his funny games he pulls on Naruto, to him reading his “book” during missions, all take away from how skilled he is. He is my favorite from that series. If you’ve ever read Naruto, what is your favorite character from the series?

Masahiro Tanaka arrives in style

I’m a baseball fan and cheer for the Rays (I live in Tampa, duh) but one of the AL East rivals, the New York Yankees, added a new pitcher this off-season and he is arriving in style.  Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 last year, signed with the Yankees for $155 million dollars (that’s a lot of Yen).  For his flight to the United States, he decided to buy out a 787 to make the 15 + hour trip to the states (Check here for the story). Yep, for $195, 000, Tanaka bought out the plan from Japan Airlines for himself, 5 guests, and his poodle, to make the trip.  When you are making the cash he is, I guess you can rent your own massive plane.

When to go to Japan?

As much as I would love to see Japan during the cherry blossoms, work and life in general won’t allow it.

I’ve talked before in previous blogs about how many days I would spend in Japan, but since a long break in the blog,  I decided to revisit the subject matter.  The month of May continues to be the better month for me to visit Japan and here are some reasons. [Continue reading after the jump] Continue reading