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Trip 13 -- Japan

19 February to 16 March 2010

I'd had so many sushi cravings during the preceding year that I figured it was time to head to the source. Also, I hadn't had many good train rides in the previous few trips. I was ready to use some frequent-flyer miles on an off-peak ticket, whiz around the country on a $624 three-week Japan Rail Pass, and eat everything I saw.

Message #1 Slipping and slurping from Tokyo to Sapporo
Message #2 Crickets and silkworms and bears (and temples and castles and shrines)
Message #3 Something's fishy from Kyushu to Tokyo