After a week in bed with a stomach flu, I'm back in Vancouver and back to posting photos from #jlxasia17. I hope you're ready; there's still much to cover.
This #bmwisetta was parked alongside a row of cherry blossoms in #himeji. I was trying to line up a shot when this equally tiny lady came along. .
She was so thrilled by the car and my fascination with it. She started chattering to me excitedly - mecha pecha kucha - but I couldn't keep up. When she learned I was a tourist, she only went faster. And when the driver popped the roof and stood straight up? Oh man. She went full blast ... and for some reason, a guy in a full-body, red spandex showed up? Probably the #japanese version of the Flash because the rest of us weren't keeping up.
Chasing #sakura had me on a strict schedule, leaving little room for some #japanese staples, like #mtfuji. As luck would have it, my flight out passed right over the range, clouds parted and all. .
Just the night before, I had a hunch something was waiting for me, so I changed my reservation to a window seat. What an exemplary way to end this trip. .
Truly, so many great things happened in Japan. So much serendipitous happenstance. So many wonderful new friends. So much growing, inside and in waist size. Mostly waist size. .
I think it's to Japan's credit that someone with little command of the language can explore the entire country. The infrastructure is unparalleled, but really, its the hospitality of the people that makes this place go.
So on that note, thank you to all of the friends and gracious hosts I met this past month! I had so much fun and grew so much because of you. Please come visit Vancouver, but come quickly; I might be back in Japan soon. .