Shinkansen – bless you!

Another day, another mode of transportation.  Riding the rails across the Japan… the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto.  I’ve been to Japan many times but never to Kyoto so am excited about seeing Japan’s 2nd most-beautiful city (as voted by Japanese citizens… I don’t know what the #1 beautiful city is).


The bullet train experience is much nicer than an airplane.  You can get up, wander around, and there is always interesting stuff going on outside the window (see previous post about pet peeves of people in airplanes opening window shades).  One of my favorite things to do while riding the train is to get a bento from the station and some sake.  Good way to kill a couple hours.

For the next few days I’ll be on my own, which is nice.  I have overloaded on people in the past few weeks and I can’t think of a better place to be alone than the gardens of Kyoto.

Let’s see tonight will hold… perhaps a stroll around Gion (Geisha district) and some hot ramen.  Do I know how to live it up or what.

Speaking of living it up, here comes the beverage cart… it’s time for my next sake at 350 miles per hour.

(Written on the HP Mini 1000 next to a Japanese businessman who has just started snoring)

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  1. I love Kyoto – it’s very romantic with all the good food. There is an All you can eat shabu shabu near Gion and a really good Oyakoyumi?. Shinkansen are the best seriously. I’m so envious! I’m missing Japan!


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