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Today I'm remembering my incredible trip to Japan, which was exactly 1 year ago! My brother, Seth is currently living there and treated me to a trip as a graduation gift/gift to cover pretty much any future birthdays or christmases. I was lucky in that it was Japan's cherry blossom season when I was in Japan and then DC's when I returned so I had a long time with lots of beauty. I spent about 3 weeks with my brother traveling between his home in Atsugi, where the Navy Base is (he's a Weapons Systems Officer on the F-18 Super Hornet with the VFA-102 Diamondbacks) and his apartment in Tokyo, as well a trip out to Kyoto. I spent the trip in a walking boot, having broken my foot and ankle in 4 places which was annoying, but it wasn't going to stop me!

Enjoy this little picture story of my adventures!

My brother flew in from Guam via Australia the day after I arrived in Japan- it was awesome watching the jets arrive back.

An F-18 Super Hornet from the Diamondback's hangar

A temple & cherry blossom's in Kyoto

Prayers tied to trees at a temple.

Lanterns at a shrine

The "menu" at a lot of restaurants are faux replicas of the dishes

Beautiful, traditional Sake presentation

My brother and his roommate & fellow WSO, Dan

The Golden Temple in Kyoto

Torii (traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine)

At Shin's Sushi in Atsugi/Yama province - Shin is a huge supporter of the Navy guys & serves some of the best sushi in Japan. These crabs were flash fried.

Cherry Blossoms over a canal

Spicy Ramen at 3 or 4am was typical after a trip to Gioronimo's Shot Bar

Traditional Japanese picture pose!

 

Now who wants ramen??!! Let's go!!