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    Taiwan Street Food: A List of Essentials

    There's something magical about the street food of Taiwan for me. I can remember sitting on street sidewalks, behind allies light by street lamps, and generally enjoying the company of my family while eating street food.

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    Xian, China: Guided Tour of the Terracotta Warriors

    One of the first things that needed to be done when we arrived in Xian was to get signed up for a tour of the Terracotta Warriors.

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    Xian, China: Exploring the OLD Capital

    During my time working in China, we had several three day weekends that were part of our vacation days. One of these weekends happened to fall during the first weekend of June.

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    Kyoto, Japan and the Silver Pavilion

    After my lunch outside the grounds of Tenryu-ji, I decided to walk to the bamboo forest right next to the temple. It's pretty impressive to be surrounded by tall, tall bamboo all around. One really interesting person that I might on the walking path in the forest was this Japanese artist.

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    Kyoto, Japan and the Golden Temple

    This entry is actually going to be part one of a very long day in Kyoto. The city of Kyoto is littered with literally a dozen plus UNESCO World Heritage sites and I was going to try to see as many as I could in one day

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    Kyoto, Japan and Kiyomizu-dera

    Many stories and blogs have written about the Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, Japan and here is another story. My story of climbing the hill past throngs of tourists and shops to reach the temple that looks over the city of Kyoto.

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    Kyoto, Japan and the Hillwalker Tour

    The many sites of Kyoto were too hard to try group into a coherent itinerary for one or two days. One of the things that Adam, my sometime Japan travel buddy, and I decided on was to do a tour of Kyoto with Johnnie Hillwalker. He came with some good reviews from various travel sites.

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    Takaragawa Onsen in Gunma Prefecture

    Besides the indoor baths in Kyoto and Arima, I have yet to have an outdoor onsen experience. I decided to do a little research on where to go before I came up with Takaragawa onsen in the Gunma prefecture, approximately two and a half hour train ride from Tokyo.

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    Kyoto, Japan and Fushimi-Inari Taisha

    Kyoto is a big town with a lot of sights to see. It is the cultural heart of Japan and with as many temples packed into this city as there are vending machines. That is saying a lot. With so many sights within the center of the city, I just had to point this tourist gem that is on the outskirts of the city.

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    Osaka, Japan and Osaka’s Aquarium

    One attraction in Osaka that is worth the extra yen and effort to get to is the Osaka Aquarium. It is not in a main area of the town so I had to take the subway to the docks.

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