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Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

While the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close, the next adventure is right around the corner, Japan 2.019! I’m going to (un)feature the first collection of posts and replace it with this one. Below you will find a new collection of blog posts about my upcoming trip to Japan this May/June! Don’t worry! The first collection of posts are still accessible here! Announcement Post 2.0 (Two Point Oh)– Originally posted on March 21, 2019 Update…

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T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

Twice in one year? Inconceivable!? But alas, I am heading back to Tokyo in May/June of this year. Unlike the last trip which saw Shyla and I travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukui, and Kanazawa, this time we are going to be a little bit more stationary. That means no Shinkansen trips, at least not that we currently have planned. Instead, this trip will mostly be situated in Tokyo with visits to Disney (both Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea), a…

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2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 …an adjective used to denote a superior or more advanced version of an original concept, product, service, etc. We live in an age where software updates and newer software versions are coming out all the times. We are constantly shifting, re-evaluating and redesigning. When software is updated or undergoes significant changes you developers update the version numbers with each significant software update, for example, version 1.0 will become 2.0 will become 3.0, and so on and so on. On…

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The Convenience of Vending Machines

The Convenience of Vending Machines

When I got to Japan one of the first things I noticed was that they had a $*%# ton of vending machines. They are literally everywhere, and they sell almost anything. My purchases from vending machines were mostly of the liquid variety and most machines sell both hot and cold beverages. I was in love! The ability to grab a hot coffee at any time of day was an empowering feeling as a coffee drinker. Move over Tim Hortons and…

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Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

So, yesterday I was finally able to share Shyla and I’s Japan Tour with my colleagues at Carleton University Library. Over an hour “Lunch and Learn” presentation we looked at over 200 photos on an absolutely massive 107 slide Google Slideshow (featured below). The session was well received with over 40 library staff, and even external university staff in attendance. You often hear the saying that “less is more”, but in this case, I didn’t feel comfortable cutting anything from…

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Things don’t change that much in 29 years…

Things don’t change that much in 29 years…

…except maybe the hair… and the clothes… and the shoes… and the technology… and the way we take photos… You know what? Plenty of things change! Not Kinkaku-Ji Temple and its grounds though. On December 18th, Shyla and I visited Kinkaku-Ji Temple (also sometimes referred to as the Golden Pavillion). On December 26th, I got an Instagram message from my dad. You know the picture of you in front of the pond and gold temple in Kyoto? I have a picture of me and a…

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My Favourite Photos from Japan

My Favourite Photos from Japan

When I set out to write this post, I was determined to narrow down my thousands of Japan photos down to my top 10.  Yes, you read that correctly, thousands. I honestly didn’t think it would be that difficult. As I sat down and flipped through my photos, however, I knew it would be impossible for me to narrow it down to only 10. As many people have, I watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Yes, I too have…

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Kanazawa: A Place Well Preserved (December 29 to 30)

Kanazawa: A Place Well Preserved (December 29 to 30)

Kanazawa was spared from the air raids during World War 2 which allowed many of the old structures and areas of the city to remain well preserved (source). Hence the title of this post. Day 1: December 29 Arrival Day Unfortunately for me, our last day in Fukui was wet. We walked around for about an hour before heading to the Shinkansen and my shoes became drenched. When we arrived in Kanazawa it was cold. Wet and cold are an…

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Osaka: The Bright City Lights (December 22 to 26)

Osaka: The Bright City Lights (December 22 to 26)

Osaka was a beautiful city but as Shyla says, it feels very much like Tokyo. When I visited Europe last year, this was one of the problems I had when I visited cities like London, they felt too, commercial? Too, similar to big cities back home. I had a similar feeling when visiting Osaka. When I went to Europe last summer and visited Cork and London I preferred Cork, because it felt less commercial. To me, London could be any…

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Hiroshima: A City Rebuilt (December 19 to 22)

Hiroshima: A City Rebuilt (December 19 to 22)

Hiroshima is infamous for being one of two cities targeted by the United States during World War II (the second being Nagasaki, another 300 km south west of Hiroshima). So it was important to make this stop on our 14-day tour outside of Tokyo. Both Shyla and I knew this would be an emotional, powerful, and exhausting portion of the trip. That isn’t to say we weren’t going to enjoy the city of Hiroshima, it just means we had some…

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