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Many Views of Mt. Fuji – Cellographing

Many Views of Mt. Fuji – Cellographing

Japan is a photographer’s dream destination and sometimes you’re lucky. The picture of Mt. Fuji on this blog header, taken from the shores of Lake Ashi on a perfect fall afternoon is an example of the serendipity of nature.   I always tell people to not expect to see Mt. Fuji when traveling to Japan, but, instead, to hope to be delightfully surprised if it shows up.   As a result, when I traveled to Hakone recently I had no expectations of seeing Mt. Fuji.  So it was pretty funny when it showed up outside the window on our train – I was too busy taking...
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Letting Go of Your Baggage

Letting Go of Your Baggage

How come you never see people schlepping their luggage on the train in Japan?   Well, most gaijin have no idea that the Japanese do not take their luggage with them, but ship it ahead via the amazing “takyubbin” system.  Takyubbin is used for package and baggage shipping throughout Japan.  You can use it to have your purchases delivered from the great little boutique you found to your hotel so you don’t have to carry them all day.  You can use it to have an unwieldy bag sent ahead to the airport.  And you can use it throughout your trip to Japan to have...