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Ah Seattle….

I’m home and got a great shot of the area I live in on the approach to the airport. Also see Space Needle and EMP, a music museum. If I’m not lazy I will put together a crash compiliation video from all the footage but otherwise done updating blog now.

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Standing to Tokyo

Cheap ticket means no reserved seat. Guess I’m standing for the ride to Tokyo, only 2:10. My standing desk training at work is paying off! I even have a bit of a view, there is a guy sitting in there and sitting on floor when not smoking.
Update: thirty minutes left. This sucks…

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Kyoto Sightseeing

Snow let up in the afternoon. Once I left Kiyomizu took a long bus ride out to Arayshiyama to see the bamboo forrest, it was quite beautiful and my pictures don’t do it justice.

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Kiyomizu temple

Exquisitely beautiful in the snow. Funny to see other tourists not dealing with snow well.

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Last man standing

With Alex, Doug, and Mark heading to airport, I’m the last guy on the trip. On a slightly slower than normal bullet train due to some snow. Hopefully continues to Kyoto as seeing the city under a blanket of white would be very cool.

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Tokyo Day 2

Today was more low-key for us and didn’t really get going until noon when we went to Roppongi Hills to have a look around the expensive shops then on to Shibuya and their famous pedestrian crossing and some ramen from a shop under the train tracks. From there walked to the Meiji Jengu shrine. Finished the day at Ginza Tenkuni for tempura.

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Tokyo Sightseeing

The Tokyo Skytree offered great views but we weren’t able to see Mt. Fuji. I used the toy photo mode that produces pictures that look like a mini world. After a brief rest we went to eat and debated between the Golden Arches and continuing to eat Japanese food, we compromised with Chinese fried dumplings and McD’s apple pie (they still deep fry it here so it’s something I always make sure to have when in Asia). After we went to the East Garden of the Imperial Palace then made our way over to the Shinjuku district, after stopping for a snack on these unbelievably light cakes filled with cream/chocolate/strawberry cream, to look for electronics and the infamous “Piss Alley” for a bite before exploring more. The alley lived up to its name as after we were turned away from one place because we weren’t Japanese, we went to a place that had a small 2nd floor room – so small that Doug could touch both walls. We had some good yakitori there before heading out for some more drinks and takoyaki (ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus (tako), tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion.

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Meanwhile back in Niseko…

After climbing the summit in a whiteout and skiing crust we did a few groomers and them went bush to see if we could get to the Pension. Untracked and beautiful we came out within sight of the back of the Pension. Good day.

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Tsukiji market

We woke up really early to go see the tuna auction and get some sushi for breakfast as Daiwa Sushi. The auction was crazy, will post photos and video later. On our way to the Tokyo Sky Tree now, hopefully be able to see Mt Fuji.

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