In case you missed it, my new book, 1000 Days Between Part 2 is now available.
Read more about it here.
And now for the podcast:
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Here's a video of the toilet faucet that I talked about during the podcast. Genius!
How do you take a crap in Japan? I often felt lost, just like in this video:
- One more toilet related link. Freakonomics did a podcast a few years called Time to Take Back the Toilet. Many of these problems have already been solved in Japan.
- Yes, the Japanese government really issued an apology when a bullet train left 20 seconds early. Imagine Amtrak doing that.
And now for a few of my pictures from Japan:
We rode the Su Zhou Hao ferry for two days from Shanghai to Osaka.
First stop: Osaka, a foodie's paradise.
We found this heron at the Ritsurin gardens in Takamatsu.
One day we stumbled upon the Old Konpira, the oldest kabuki theater in Japan.
We saw plenty of rice fields while riding across Shikoku Island.
Many of the islands were connected by bridges...
…And other islands had an amazing ferry network connecting them.
Miyamoto the mask maker invited us to stay in his house one night.
Our trip would not be complete without a visit to the Great Torii on Miyajima Island.
Sento (public baths) and Onsen (hot springs) were a big part of our trip. Staying clean and relaxing our aching muscles proved easy, even while bicycle touring.
We also visited many temples. This one featured the oldest Buddha statue in Japan, created in 609 AD.
And of course, the we experienced peak fall colors season. The maple trees had a wild array of yellows, oranges and reds.
For more of my photos from Japan, click here.