Walkabout X: Lost In Translation
November 9- 26, 2019
My first venture into Asia takes me to the Land of the Rising Sun, a country of ancient cultures and ultra-modern cities, of bright neon lights and spectacular fall colors, of conveyor belt sushi and steaming hot bowls of ramen, of crowded trains and ancient eastern philosophies, of bowing deer and pagodas, of samurai warlords and atomic devastation, of anime and origami. If anything, a visit to Japan is a study in contrasts, which makes it easy to customize a vacation here to one's own interests. For me, it was an all-too-brief introduction to the complicated Japanese culture, one that would likely require future visits to understand completely.