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The Chopstick Diaries: Imperial Tokyo, Touristy Tokyo, Local Tokyo, and…Going Home

Not only was I treated to splendid weather and cherry blossoms at near bloom while in Japan, but the Imperial Palace grounds and gardens were open for touring, a rare event that not even many Japanese have experienced.

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Hiking and Schnitzeling. Burg Liechtenstein.

The Liechtenstein tale is our favorite royal story. Though they were Lords, they presided over land that was under more senior Lords, and in particular, the Hapsburgs, and so did not have a seat at the Imperial table. What to do?

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Hiking and Schnitzeling. Carnuntum.

Roman Ruins in Austria.

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The Chopstick Diaries Japan: Sakura and Ohanami!

“Sakura” means “cherry blossom,” and by good fortune the timing of my visit to Japan. This day thus, was all about the blooms. We began with a lovely champagne brunch in a Ginza restaurant high atop Tokyo to put us all in good blossom-viewing spirits (it worked!). JF, the Kawagoe friend and I brunched with another of JF’s friends who will be relocating to Vienna, so we had much to chat about.

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The Chopstick Diaries Japan: Nagano and Yokohama

Monkeys and a Straw Man*

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The Chopstick Diaries Japan: From Dynasties to Shogunates

This was my second visit to Japan. On the previous visit in 2008 the four of us spent 12 days divided between Tokyo and Kyoto, and with day trips; so on this holiday my itinerary was a little more free-flow. JF had suggested Kawagoe to me and it sounded appealing, so off the three of us (one of JF’s friends, as well) set on my first full day in Japan.

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Lost in Translation

When even something written in your native tongue makes no sense.

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The Chopstick Diaries: Sayonara, Seoul! Konichiwa, Japan!

So much for Spring. Light snow was falling as we finally caught up with my Seoul Friend for a tour of Noryangjin Fish Market, where one can select their dinner and then take it upstairs to be cooked. We, though, just came to ogle these National Geographic caliber creatures of the sea.

This crab had other plans…

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The Chopstick Diaries Seoul: Certainly Not “Culturally Dull”

Winter was clinging to the breezy and cold Korean peninsula, so it was our parkas we donned for this sightseeing day. Compared to the attention-to-detail-to-a-fault of young Korean women (some might call it vanity) we felt woefully underdressed and certainly under K-cosmeticked; however, we were warm.

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