So I just got back from Japan yesterday.
Sorry that I wasn’t more up front about the timing of my trip. I’m one of those people who isn’t comfortable revealing travel plans online, especially when my house is being left unoccupied. It’s tough for me to exist in that intersection of social media and safety.
I spent a lot of my trip fighting the urge to post pictures on Instagram.
That said, I have so much to share with you.
I loved Japan. It’s that simple. The place is magical. The people are beyond friendly (and polite and kind and generous).
I’ve got at least a dozen blog posts cued up. This is going to be an extensive blog journey.
At this point, I have to admit that I suck at history. I wish I were one of those people who remembers the specifics of how things happened and why. The fact is that when it comes to some of the details about my trip, I going to have to do research.
What I can say is that I’m great at remembering how things felt. I really hope to convey the sense of excitement and how full my heart was when visiting Japan. The love I now have for this country runs deep.
So let’s start here – my itinerary of craziness.
Yeah, that list was completely unrealistic (but I already knew that). My poor husband spent way too much time sitting on chairs, looking at his phone while I shopped. To tip the scales, he did rope me into one especially evil hike, so I consider us even.
Here’s the recap of what did happen:
- Tokyu Hands: Art supplies (among other things). Been there!
- Kinokuniya: Bookstore. Been there!
- Parco Book Center: Bookstore. Skipped it.
- Masumi: Conservation materials and supplies. Been there!
- Paper Nao: Paper store. Skipped it.
- Isetatsu: Paper store. Been there!
- Kyukyodo: Paper store. Been there!
- Itoya: Paper store and exhibit. Been there!
- TAKEO: Paper store. Been there!
- Misuzudo Bindery: A showroom, not a bindery. Been there!
- Kihara: Library supplies and tools. Skipped it.
- Sekaido: Art supply store. Been there!
- Paper Museum: Museum. Closed on the day we would have been able to go there.
- Udatsu Paper & Craft Museum: Museum. Been there!
- Papyrus House: Visitors center for Echizen Washi Village. Been there!
- Okamoto Otaki Shrine: Shrine. Been there!
- Papermaker(s): Visited a studio!
- Uragu: Paper store. Skipped it.
- Rakushikan: Paper store. Been there!
- Karafuneya: Paper store and gallery. Skipped it.
- Morita Washi (Yamato Paper Shop): Paper store. Been there!
- Kamiji Kakimoto: Paper store. Been there!
My blog posts will be written in the order in which we visited each location (Tokyo > Echizen > Kyoto).
By the way, if you’re interested in having your own Japanese experience, feel free to contact me about any of the places I’ve been. I’m more than happy to give you the specifics of where we slept, what we ate, and who we met. My itinerary is totally accessible, I have no secrets.
Welcome to my adventure!