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Tocho-Ji Temple in Fukuoka

Tocho-Ji Temple in Fukuoka

Fukuoka, Japan
Peace and Quiet at Ukimido Pavilion

Peace and Quiet at Ukimido Pavilion

Nara, Japan
Feeling Small at Todai-Ji

Feeling Small at Todai-Ji

Todai-Ji houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha Vairocana along with two towering statues of Bishamonten and Komokuten.
Lanterns and Deer of Kasuga Taisha

Lanterns and Deer of Kasuga Taisha

A shinto shrine housing an impressive 1000-year old Japanese Cedar.
Winter in Isuien Garden

Winter in Isuien Garden

A beautiful stroll complete with pagoda, central pond with two islands and stone paths through moss and streams.
Blossoms Blooming in Nara

Blossoms Blooming in Nara

I thought that I might have arrived in Japan a bit early to see some of the famous blossoms in bloom...
Bobbing for Boobs

Bobbing for Boobs

You won't find this crane game at any U.S. arcade.
Ramen Uroko in Osaka

Ramen Uroko in Osaka

If you are in Osaka craving ramen find this place and don't skip the gyoza either.
Early Breakfast at Sushi Zanmai

Early Breakfast at Sushi Zanmai

An early morning visit to Tsukiji Market is a tradition on my first day in Tokyo.
Getting Googie in LA

Getting Googie in LA

Keep your eyes peeled for examples of Googie architecture as you cruise through Los Angeles.
Breakfast from Sqirl in Los Angeles

Breakfast from Sqirl in Los Angeles

The crispy rice salad at Sqirl was an excellent break from my usual breakfast lineup.
Los Angeles by Night

Los Angeles by Night

The mood changes when the sun goes down in LA.
Taquitos and Bean Burritos at Al & Bea’s

Taquitos and Bean Burritos at Al & Bea’s

The refried beans here have a reputation as the creamiest in town.
Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights

Los Angeles, California
Sunset Tower Hotel: The View from Room 711

Sunset Tower Hotel: The View from Room 711

By my last night it started to feel more and more like a home away from home.
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