Blog research trip – Going to Japan

Shariden Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion) at Rokuonji...

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An opportunity has arisen which will send me to a conference in Kyoto. Japan has never been near the top of my list. I hasn’t even been ON my list. That is what makes it a true adventure!

I am more anxious about this trip than going to the Amazon. In the Amazon I could speak some Spanish and I didn’t have to worry about bowing, drinking tea daintily or getting stuck in the bullet train doors. I was about to write that I didn’t have to worry about protocol for bathing in a public bath, but then remembered how I DID end up trying to preserve modesty while bathing in the river.

Back to Japan… I understand that not many people speak English (or Spanish, for that matter) which wouldn’t be so intimidating except that I won’t even be able to look Japanese characters up in a dictionary. The guide book says that MOST train stations have the name written in Roman characters. That is not terribly reassuring.

I have a Japanese language book from the library. So far, I’ve learned…

  • Sayonara = Goodbye. That one I already remember. Wasn’t it in some famous movie?
  • Arigatou = Thank you

hmmm… That’s about it! I will study on the plane.



I am not ready! Tonight I must…

  • Remove ironing board and iron from prep room. There will be no more ironing.
  • Put away sewing machine, paraphenalia and fabric pieces. There will be no more new clothes in the making.
  • Remove snack food and wine glasses from work area. Time to concentrate.
  • Put Japanese phrasebook and guide book in in “to pack” pile.
  • Type up wardrobe plan for the 7 days I’m visible at a conference. The other 9 days are easy since I’ll just wear the same thing every day.
  • Pay credit card online.
  • Call bank and credit card company.
  • Charge camera
  • Spend an hour researching i-phone diary/journal apps
  • Downloaded Momento – I’ll test it on the long flight if there are no good movies.
  • Sync i-phone
  • Write a blog post about my preparations
  • etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.

I’m actually (sort of) nervous/uncertain about this trip. It will be different from my usual style of travel since I’ll be visiting only 2 cities and the hotels are all booked.

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