There was so much to love about Japan... individuals with style, old stones left to gather colorful lichens, wild exotic animals and fish, and amazing food and sake! Unfortunately I could only spend two weeks there, but I will return some day. No Tokyo this time, but Kyoto, Nara, and Toba were amazing none the less. It was an exploration of the rural Japan that we hear about less often in the USA. Toba is the kind of place most Japanese people don't even know. It's home to pearl cultivation and an aquarium, but that's pretty much it.
I really wanted to do some kind of photo essay while I was in Japan but found it pretty hard to do so with so little Japanese and the fact that I was travelling all the time. So here are my favorite but disparate images that I made there while on vacation from teaching in South Korea.