Hello from Japan!
As some of you might know, I left for Japan with the most of my extended Japanese side of the family for Tokyo on the 22nd and we’ve been here getting our asian on ever since! After an 11 hour flight (made much more bearable by the personal tvs they have), we arrived and forced ourselves to stay up till 4 a.m California time to try to fight back the jet lag. The next few days were spent visiting relatives on my obachan’s (Japanese for grandma) side of the family and eating for hours on end. Seriously, though, there were days where I’m pretty sure I spent more time feasting than sleeping. The motto of the trip comes from my cousin William, who, when asked to finish what was on my plate, replied “I can’t eat anymore. I am DEAD.”
We also visited the gravesite of my ancestors and cleaned the graves by pouring water over the monuments. Afterwards, we lit an incense stick and said a quick prayer. It meant a lot to my obachan and there were a lot of teary eyes as most of the grandkids came and visited a big part of their family history.
Aside from that, we’ve been visiting tons and tons of temples. To be honest, I can’t even remember the names of all of them, so I’m just going to fill you guys in via a huge photo dump. Onwards!
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! I’ll have another photo recap up in a few days