As mentioned previously, April was a busy month for me. Part of that included a trip to Japan.
This trip was my:
- second time out of the country
- second time off the continent
- first time flying alone
- first time to Asia
- first time in a place where I couldn’t communicate well with others
It was a lot of other firsts, too, but most importantly it was an incredible, refreshing visit with one of my dearest friends.
Today, I wanted to share some of the trip with you. In typical Beth fashion, I’ll focus on the stories and history (probably).
My first day in Tokyo, we went to the Tokyo National Museum. It’s in a gorgeous park with a Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine. I’d just finished teaching about medieval Japan, so I bubbled with delight at seeing these things. I took far too many pictures, so I’ll just share the highlights with you.
A couple days later, we went to the Imperial Palace Gardens. After a picnic lunch, we explored. These Gardens are in the midst of a super modern bustling business and government area. Inside the walls, though, it’s like stepping back in time.
One day, we went to Yoyogi park. We ate a picnic lunch there, after I ordered my meal in Japanese. The Japanese people I met were so kind and patient.
On another day, we went to a bookstore.
Those are the highlights! I also tried a lot of new food, as I had not eaten much in the way of Japanese food before this trip. I loved everything I tried–except sushi. I didn’t hate sushi, but I learned that I do not prefer it.
While I was there, Amazon finished processing the new edition of the e-book for The Weavers’ Blessing! You can buy it and the paperback here.
Also, I had the honor of writing a guest blog post for Hannah Heath, one of the Phoenix Fiction Writers and my author friend. I got the inspiration for this post, “Don’t Write Every Day: 9 Ways to Rest and Rejuvenate” while I was in Japan, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to write it for her.
It’s geared for writers, but really applies to anyone. I think most of us have a tendency to overwork ourselves. If you’re feeling tired and weary, physically, mentally, or emotionally, you should check it out. Hopefully it can give you ideas of ways to find refreshment.
That’s all for today, friends! Have you been to Japan? What did you love about it? What’s your favorite trip memory? Please like this post and let me know in the comments.