Sadie and I are back from Japan and it was amazing. It's hard to sum it up in words. I took a ton of photos and at the end of each day I did an audio-to-text dump in Evernote so I can just edit that and add it to our photo album when we get it printed. I'm so gald I did it every day because it was all such a blur I would have never remembered the details. We went to Toyko, Okayama, Osaka, and Kyoto and were traveling with 3 others. It was such a good group, it was a very mellow mood and we all had a mix of interests which took us to places I think we wouldn't have normally gone, which was fabulous. It was such a gift traveling with Sadie, seeing her in such a different environment, thriving on all the new sights and culture, we will remember it forever.
The food, sights, and sounds were so vivid and strong. The fabric and textiles were amazing, as were the temples and shrines. I had a little bit of a freak out in a few shops, particularly this embroidered patch shop, KYO-TO-TO in Kyoto that we went to twice. I should have bought more patches. Loft was one of my favorite shops, with all the pens and papers I could want and the Sanjūsangen-dō shrine in Kyoto was incredible as was the art island, Naoshima. There are so many other places we went, it's had to list them all.
I had this all written a few days ago and was going to edit it, and then the election happened. And then I had a hard time focusing on anything. But here we are, moving forward, and staying strong.