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So, the male parental is really pushing for going to Japan now and has me "pencilled in" for 3 weeks of travel. (I haven't even looked at anything yet...) >_<;;


minkyleigh's entry recently about her Kyushu trip has had me put in my "want" as Kyushu this time - specifically the stone buddhas and cave shrines. We went to Karatsu and Dazaifu... two years ago I believe, but it's been... ~8 years since I've been further into Kyushu than the Northern tip. The male parental also mentioned something about possibly eating whale meat if we go to Shimonoseki. :/ I'm not sure I care to do that. I wanted to take the underground tunnel but forgot that we'd be lugging our stuff so I'll have to give up on that wish. *sigh*

When talking to the male parental yesterday about possible places to go, he mentioned wanting to stop in a small town somewhere around Nagano. When I asked why, he said we didn't have to stay, just stop over briefly... which made me realise his aim was eki-ben - train station lunch boxes. O_O;; That's okay his other major off-the-wall demand is to stop in Hakone. He's been complaining for the past couple of trips about not having been there or staying at such an expensive ryokan after learning that the FSU and I went one year. Hakone is a major hotsprings region and a fairly pricey one at that. Our hotel room had a great view of Mt. Fuji across the lake. However, the usual going rate for rooms in Hakone are on the order of Y30,000/pp/pn. It wasn't quite that expensive for the FSU and I (off-season, not to mention it was maybe 7-8 years ago) but... the food and the onsen as well as the view of Fuji made it all worthwhile. ^___^

I'm not sure how we're going to fit in the male parental's wants list for this trip though. At least it's mostly in line with where we're travelling. Apparently, he wants to go to Koya-san where there's a shrine to Abe-no-seimei from Onmyouji. ^^;; ......Mind you, I guess I can't talk. I originally wanted to go to Nikko many, many moons ago because of Rurouni Kenshin and the same is true for Hakone as well. ^^; I think this entire family is sunk for it's insane otaku-inspired interests. Koya-san is great fun though because you can spend the night in a temple. (The cemetary there is absolutely incredible as well; makes for a wonderful late night walk...). ^___^

One thing I'm really intrigued by but will probably never get the chance to do is the 88 shrine(?) pilgrimage in Shikoku. It's got me intrigued, but traditionally it's done on foot. Some people do taxi or take the bus but... ^^;; Call me nuts. The other wishful but unlikely for me is a hiking tour of Wakayama (from somewhere around Ise to Koya-san). The male parental bought a video outlining this and it seemed really nice. ^^;


I still haven't looked at Europe yet, but three weeks in Japan is painful. I honestly don't know if I can add it on. The travel agent said that low season for England is basically late Sept - Apr/May so I have time in that sense. Why couldn't Japan be for New Year's? I wanted to be squished worse than a sardine one last time. :/

umadoshi's post about Gedo Senki reminded me that I could try catching it if it's still playing when I go to Japan. It might well be possible and the male parental would probably be amenable to catching it. He enjoyed Howl as well so... shall see. It really depends on timing and if we have a chance once we get back to the Kansai region. It's something to keep in mind if we have energy though. ^^;;

Otherwise, I finished compiling Kokumono 16, but checking the file will have to wait until tomorrow. Ep 1 is... partially done, but I still have a lot more to do with it. ^^; I need to create a clone of myself... or three. :P
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