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This page contains photos from our Summer 2007 trip to Japan. Friends, family, festivals and great places in beautiful Japan for Tom, Dawn, and Brendan!
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Japan Trip 2007 Arrival in Japan after a 13-hour flight and 20 hours of travel. We're ready!

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Japan Trip 2007: Our wonderful friends, Mr. and Mrs. Kurashi and Wada-san and Nelida. Our first meal in Japan after 22 hours of travelling!

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Japan Trip 2007, The Kuraishi home. Thank you for your love and hospitality! You are wonderful! "Father" Kuraishi-san and Okaa-san.

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Japan Trip 2007 Mrs. (Mother) Kuraishi. One of the best mothers in the world!

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Japan Trip 2007 Kuraishi-san's home. Fantastic memories of staying with a fantastic family! In 1977 and 2007! We love you and hope to see you again!

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Japan Trip 2007, We are dining at a Kaiten Zushi (sushi on a conveyor belt) restaurant with Mr. and Mrs. Kuraishi--in Asakusa (in Tokyo).

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Japan Trip 2007, Brendan loves sushi!

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Japan Trip 2007 The front window of the sushi restaurant.

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa street scene

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa shopping arcade.

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa street scene, before the festival and big fireworks.

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa shrine gate

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa streets & shrine

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa shrine

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Japan Trip 2007 Asakusa streets & shrine

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan with his new fan, a useful item in Tokyo during the summer.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan in front of one of the beautiful rolling doors in Asakusa (covering a shop).

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Japan Trip 2007 Dinner possibilities on display at a restaurant in Asakusa

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan at the Ryokan Shigetsu in Asakusa (the inn we stayed at). A pleasant and worthwhile place to stay.

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Japan Trip 2007 Finding information at the train station with Naoko and her husband.

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Japan Trip 2007 Meiji Jingu Park with friends Naoko, her husband, and Mrs. Sugita!

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Japan Trip 2007 Meiji Jingu Park

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Japan Trip 2007 View of Tokyo from Roppongi Hills Towers (too bad it was a rainy and hazy day--Tokyo goes on forever!

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Japan Trip 2007 Our very SPECIAL friends, Naoko and Mrs. Sugita. Thank you for the wonderful Sunday together!

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan at the entrance to the Ghibli Museum. Those are soot-sprites in the small opening!

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Japan Trip 2007 Ghibli Museum grounds

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Japan Trip 2007 With our friend Mariko and her family. Mariko is too funny!

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Japan Trip 2007 Shopping arcade in Nakano (just west of Tokyo)

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Japan Trip 2007 Mariko's daughter and GRAND-daughter with Brendan. Mariko is an OBAA-chan??

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan with Mariko and Mariko's grand-daughter at the train station.

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Japan Trip 2007 Shopping in Nakano

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Japan Trip 2007 Shopping with Mariko

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Japan Trip 2007 A quiet early morning at a shopping arcade in Asakusa (Tokyo).

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Japan Trip 2007 Anime (animation) store in Nakano

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Japan Trip 2007 One of Brendan's favorite trains, the Azusa to Matsumoto from Shinjuku (in Tokyo).

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Japan Trip 2007 A view of the countryside from the train.

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Japan Trip 2007 Matsumoto City Street Signs

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Japan Trip 2007 Matsumoto Street Scenes

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Japan Trip 2007 Matsumoto soba noodle shop. Delicious!

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Japan Trip 2007 The menu at a Matsumoto soba noodle shop. Brendan loves soba.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan and the toad outside a noodle shop in Matsumoto.

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Japan Trip 2007 Matsumoto Castle

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan on the bridge at Matsumoto Castle.

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Japan Trip 2007 Kamikochi National Park sign

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan & Dawn at Kamikochi National Park

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Japan Trip 2007 Early morning frost in Kamikochi National Park (in July)

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Japan Trip 2007 Kamikochi National Park

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Japan Trip 2007 Kamikochi National Park Mountain Lodge

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Japan Trip 2007 Kamikochi National Park in July.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan and the conductor on the Highland Express to Kamikochi.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan ready to ride the Highland Express. It's a very pleasant train ride.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan studies the train tickets.

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Japan Trip 2007 Train platform

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Japan Trip 2007 Narai information. Narai is on old village in Japan.

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Japan Trip 2007 Narai street scene

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Japan Trip 2007 Our very spacious room at our Minshuku (family-run inn) in Narai. Great place!

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Japan Trip 2007 Unwinding with tea at our minshuku in Narai. From snow in the mountains to an old village in hours. Beautiful Japan.

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Japan Trip 2007 Narai street scene

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Japan Trip 2007 Shopping for snacks in Narai

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Japan Trip 2007 Chopsticks and more for sale at a shop in Narai

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Japan Trip 2007 Water flowing at a shrine along the main street in Narai. Cold and pure water flows freely in a lot of the mountain villages.

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Japan Trip 2007 An artist's workshop in Narai

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Japan Trip 2007 Portrait Narai

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Japan Trip 2007 The artist and her workshop in Narai.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's new friend at the Minshuku in Narai. The Japanese are extremely friendly all over the country. Absolutely wonderful and polite.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan and our good friend, Mr. Kinoshita, with his 660cc Suzuki car. VROOOM!

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Japan Trip 2007 Street scene in the ancient village of Tsumago

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan and the vegetable seller in Tsumago

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Japan Trip 2007 Tsumago street scene

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Japan Trip 2007 An odd way to transport a cat! This man is a visitor to Tsumago.

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Japan Trip 2007 Buying snacks in the village of Magome Can't get enough sembei (rice crackers)!

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr. Kinoshita with us in Magome (another old village).

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Japan Trip 2007 Getting ready to catch the Shinkansen (bullet train) in Nagoya (to Tokyo). This train MOVES!

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Japan Trip 2007 With Tahara-san at Tokyo station before taking the bullet train north to Aomori. We were so glad to see Tahara-san!

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Japan Trip 2007 On the platform.

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Japan Trip 2007 The Shinkansen! Brendan's favorite way to travel in Japan.

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Japan Trip 2007 Waiting for the start of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. Great seats thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Ninomiya!

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Japan Trip 2007 Drums being pulled into place for the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (Festival)

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Japan Trip 2007 The lights are on and the team is ready for the signal to proceed at the Aomori Nebuta Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 Aomori Nebuta Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 Aomori Nebuta Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 The castle in Hirosaki Park

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Japan Trip 2007 Shopping for souvenirs in Hirosaki Park

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Japan Trip 2007 Hirosaki Neputa Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 Hirosaki Neputa Festival. Notice the people standing on TOP!

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Japan Trip 2007 Hirosaki Neputa Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 Hirosaki Neputa Festival. Again, notice the people on TOP.

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Japan Trip 2007 Hirosaki Neputa Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi (tall) Nebuta; notice that all the drummers are women! This was our third Nebuta festival (and perhaps the rowdiest and best!).

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta, most of these nebuta are 3 or 4 stories tall! Now THAT'S a lantern!

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara. We have arrived. Sign in the train station.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's new friends on the train from Hirosaki to Goshogawara. Brendan made a lot of new friends everywhere!

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Japan Trip 2007 New friends at a train platform in Goshogawara.

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Goshogowara Tachi Nebuta

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Japan Trip 2007 Sendai Tanabata Festival

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Japan Trip 2007 Sendai Tanabata

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Japan Trip 2007 Sendai noodle shop

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Japan Trip 2007 Sendai Pachinko parlour

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Japan Trip 2007 Sendai Tanabata Information Desk

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Japan Trip 2007 Looking up the cliffs to the temples at Yamadera

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Japan Trip 2007 One of many stairways in Yamadera (up to the temples and shrines)

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Japan Trip 2007 Yamadera Shrine

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Japan Trip 2007 View of the valley from the top of Yamadera

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Japan Trip 2007 Yamadera Shrine

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Japan Trip 2007 The reward for climbing the stairs at Yamadera - a slushy!

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Japan Trip 2007 Yamadera snack shop--excellent rice crackers

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Japan Trip 2007 One of many Japanese dragonflies that Brendan caught on this trip. Even the dragonflies are friendly in Japan!

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan waiting for door 15 of a soon-to-arrive bullet train.

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Japan Trip 2007 Another Shinkansen arrives! (On time, of course. Take note, Amtrak.)

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko--A World Heritage Site

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Japan Trip 2007 Mariko & Brendan at Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Tom & Brendan at Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Mariko & Matsumoto-san with Dawn & Brendan at Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko: If you go to Japan, visit Nikko.

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Japan Trip 2007 Dinner at our lodge in Nikko with Mariko and Matsumoto-san.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan in the lodge at Nikko. This was a great place.

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Japan Trip 2007 The wooded stairs to our lodge in Nikko.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan & Aunt Mariko in Nikko. Mariko is Brendan's "Japanese Aunt."

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls

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Japan Trip 2007 Kegon Falls, Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan with a stuffed animal at Kegon Falls

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan & Tom at Lake Chuzenji, Near Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko Imperial Villa

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko Imperial Villa, the Emperor's second home.

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko Imperial Villa

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Japan Trip 2007 One of Brendan's many semi (cicadas) that he found on this trip. Brendan caught dozens of semi!

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Japan Trip 2007 Nikko Botanical Gardens bridge

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Japan Trip 2007 Stone Buddahs in Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Hotel St. Bois bath (bathing) room, Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Hotel St. Bois bath, Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 At Hotel St. Bois: Brendan & his stuffed spider after a bath (in Nikko). Very relaxing.

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Japan Trip 2007 Mariko relaxing at Hotel St. Bois, Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan with Mariko & Matsumoto-san in Nikko

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Japan Trip 2007 Boarding the train from Nikko to Tokyo

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba City

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan with cell phone jackets

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba City's Monorail

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba's suspended Monorail

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba Castle

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Japan Trip 2007 Mariko & Dawn at a party in Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 Reviewing old photos with friends in Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 More great friends (from the 1970's) at a party in Chiba.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan with Mrs. Kuraishi at a party in Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 Friends at a party in Chiba. It was WONDERFUL to see Koichi-kun, Tehara-san, Fu-chan, Mr. Hatori, Kubo-san, and everyone!

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba Party & YMCA Meeting: Wada-san, Kubo-san, Omi-san, and Mari-chan!

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Japan Trip 2007 Party in Chiba and a YMCA Y's Mens Club Meeting. These are wonderful friends. You will be in our hearts forever.

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr. Kuraishi and Y's Mens Club Meeting

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Japan Trip 2007 Shopping in Chiba

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Japan Trip 2007 Paul & Kazumi Stacey (Stacey-san even looks a little Japanese after all these years!)

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Japan Trip 2007 Dawn being fitted for a yukata

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Japan Trip 2007 Kazumi Stacey

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Japan Trip 2007 Tom's old apartment in Chiba, with Wada-san. We had great times back in the 70's in Chiba!

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Japan Trip 2007 Tom & Wada-san Wada-san and Nelida, you are subarashii!

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san, Nelida & Maya: A GREAT FAMILY!

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san, My super-friend.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan shopping for DS cartridges near Chiba.

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Japan Trip 2007 Walking the road in Seiwa in Chiba Prefecture. I remember riding my motorcycle here many years ago.

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Japan Trip 2007 View of the countryside at the lake in Seiwa.

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Japan Trip 2007 Rice paddy in Seiwa.

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Japan Trip 2007 Another of Brendan's spider friends in Seiwa.

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Japan Trip 2007 Shrine in Chiba Prefecture

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Japan Trip 2007 Shrine in Chiba Prefecture

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Japan Trip 2007 Shrine in Chiba Prefecture

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san & Brendan hunting for bugs in Seiwa

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Japan Trip 2007 The trophies from the bug hunt in Seiwa.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan making friends in Seiwa at a campground where Tom and Wada-san used to go.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's favorite semi (cicada), caught near Seiwa

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san & Tom near their old camping grounds. More great memories!

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's favorite semi (cicada).

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Japan Trip 2007 Shrine in the cliff during Obon season.

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Japan Trip 2007 Shrine in the cliff during Obon.

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Japan Trip 2007 View of the cemetery from the Shrine in the cliff (during Obon in mid-August).

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan hiking in Chiba Prefecture near Seiwa

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Japan Trip 2007 Chiba Prefecture Seiwa

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san, Nelida & Maya

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Japan Trip 2007 View from Mr. & Mrs. Ninomiya's deck

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Japan Trip 2007 Mrs Ninomiya watching Brendan play the Nintendo DS. The what???!!

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr & Mrs Ninomiya's House, which overlooks Tokyo Bay. An absolutely beautiful and fantastic place.

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Japan Trip 2007 Mrs. Ninomiya & Dawn

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Japan Trip 2007 The view from Mr & Mrs Ninomiya's deck, near Futtsu in Chiba Prefecture.

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Japan Trip 2007 On the beach in Futtsu on Tokyo Bay.

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Japan Trip 2007 Successful crab catch in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Hunting for crabs on the beach in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan & a new friend on the beach, Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Successful crab catch in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's smallest crab in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 A kaiten zushi restaurant in Futtsu. Great sushi and sashimi!

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Japan Trip 2007 Cliffs above Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Dragonfly in Ninomiya's garden

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Japan Trip 2007 Building lanterns for the Toro Nagashi festival in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Building lanterns for the festival in Futtsu and preparing to sail them down the river to the bay and ocean.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's own creation on wood, in Futtsu at the the Ninomiya's house.

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan dressed and ready for the Toro Nagashi festival in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr & Mrs Ninomiya with Brendan and the homemade lantern in Futtsu. This was a special night!

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Japan Trip 2007 Ready for the festival in Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr & Mrs Ninomiya on their deck in Futtsu. What a great place! What great friends and a warm welcome!

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san & Tom, Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr. Ninomiya & Tom

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Japan Trip 2007 A view of Mt. Fuji from the Ninomiya's deck at their house in Futtsu. Spectacular! SUGOI! It doesn't get much better than this!

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Japan Trip 2007 Lantern festival, Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Sailing the lanterns down the river at the Lantern festival in Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Preparing to light the lanterns, Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Brendan's lantern ready to float downstream and out to the ocean, Futtsu.

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Japan Trip 2007 Lanterns floating out to sea, Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Festival food vendor, Futtsu

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Japan Trip 2007 Breakfast time at Mr. and Mrs. Ninomiya's House. Thank you again for a great time!

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Japan Trip 2007 Preparing to leave Japan. Our final good-bye to Mrs. Ninomiya.

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Japan Trip 2007 Mr. Kuraishi (Father) & Brendan at the airport, just before leaving.

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Japan Trip 2007 Kyoko Kuraishi and Brendan. Brendan got to meet Kyoko for the first time. We were happy to see you, Kyoko!

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Japan Trip 2007 Mrs. Kuraishi, Kyoko & Brendan

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Japan Trip 2007 Wada-san, Nelida & Maya with Brendan

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Japan Trip 2007 Final Farewell to Friends as we leave Narita Airport. WE LOVE YOU AND WE WILL BE BACK! Matta ne!

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Japan Trip 2007 Our Japan Rail Passes--they were very useful and got us to a lot of places!







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